Q. How do I get a library card?


Temporary procedure for COVID-19

You can complete this application for a temporary Digital Access Card.

How to apply for a library card

Complete a library card application (below) and bring it with name and address verification to Lawson McGhee Library (downtown) or any branch. Each of the following items is considered to be acceptable proof for identity and Knox County address.

Proof of identity:

  • Current driver's license
  • Credit card
  • Social Security card
  • School ID
  • Hunting/fishing license

Proof of Knox County address:

  • Current driver's license
  • Current telephone or utility bill: any date on the bill is within 30 days of today
  • Current checkbook
  • Voter registration card
  • A piece of mail received at your Knox County address, postmarked within the last 30 days

You may check out up to ten items as a first time card user. After these items are returned, you may check out up to 50 items.

Once you receive your card, you may use it at any Knox County Public Library location until it expires.

If the applicant is age 13 or younger, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required, acknowledging responsibility for the use of the child’s card including fees and materials. This library card provides the child access to all library computers, including games and the Internet.

An out-county card is available for an annual cost of $40. Immediate household members may use this card if authorized.


  • Last Updated May 28, 2021
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  • Answered By Melissa Brenneman

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