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Library Cards

Library card policy

How to Register for a Library Card

  • Register in person at any Polk County Library
  • If you’d like, you may start the application online.  Applying online will give you a temporary card number and allow you to place holds, but you will still need to visit the library with proper ID to receive your card or use Library services and resources.
  • We are unable to register children age 17 & under for a library card online.

Apply for a Library Card

Resident Membership Requirements


  • Membership is free.
  • Must reside in Polk County.
  • Requires valid photo ID with current address.
  • If the photo ID is current, but with an old address, documentation is required to provide proof of current Polk County, Florida address such as: current utility bill, local personal checkbook, car registration, voter registration card, or property tax receipt.


  • Children age 17 and under must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them at the time of application.  A parent/guardian must sign the application and assume responsibility for materials borrowed on the card of the child.


Polk County Public Schools, the Lake Wales Charter Schools, Cypress Junction Montessori Charter School, Berkley Accelerated Middle Charter School and the Polk County Library Cooperative have partnered to provide free access to library materials and online resources for Polk County students!

With a PLUS Card, students can:

Students use their student ID number for their library card number and PIN to checkout books, or access online learning resources. No physical card is issued and the PLUS account is not associated with any other library card or account. Students may have a PLUS Card in addition to a standard PCLC library card. How to Login to your PLUS account

Non-Resident Membership Requirements

  • Cost: $35 per year
  • Available to non-residents of Polk County
  • Requires a valid ID

Reciprocal Borrowing Privilege Requirements

  • Free with a valid ID and a library card from a reciprocal borrowing library.

Participating Florida Libraries

Library Card Benefits

  • As a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative, Winter Haven library cards may be used at any Polk County Library.
  • Library cards are valid for 3 years. To renew, just stop into any Polk County Library and provide your current address, phone number and email address.
  • Can check out for 2 weeks: books, books on CD, Playaways, music CDs, T-Mobile HotSpots.
  • Can check out for 1 week: DVDs (Genres include: feature movies, documentaries, travel, exercise, and how-to.)
  • Check out for inside library use only: Chromebook laptops.
  • Access to public computers.
  • Access to Libby/Overdrive providing digital ebooks, eaudiobooks, magazines and movies.
  • LinkedIn Learning providing over 16,000 video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills.
  • AtoZdatabases providing access to information on businesses, job searching, mailing list & sales leads, free email services, and background checks.
  • Rocket Languages providing tutorials on 13 languages.