Reasons to Get a Library Card
Besides checking out books, there are many reasons to get a card for the Lake County Library System.
- Search and reserve materials from any of the Lake County Library System libraries via our online Catalog
- Access to premium online Databases
- Free computer use at any LCLS library
- Access to Downloadable Media through our online partners, Overdrive for ebooks and Zinio for magazines.
- Borrow books and materials from any other library with whom we have a Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
Appyling for Your Library Card
You can apply and renew a Lake County Library System library card online!
Click here to go to the application.
Fields in red are required however the more information you can provide, the faster your card can be processed. For renewals, enter your card number. For new card applications, leave the card number field blank.
When you are notified that your card is ready, you will need to bring proof of residency (see below) to the library for verification. Applications for people under 16 also require the signature of a parent or guardian.
To apply for a Lake County Library System Library Card in person, you need to bring in proof of current residence or ownership of property by presenting one (1) or
more of the following showing a Lake County street address.
(a) Current Florida Driver's License or Florida Identification Card showing a street address
(b) Current Florida motor vehicle registration showing a street address
(c) Current property tax receipt showing a street address
(d) Current Voter identification card
(e) Current utility bill showing a street address; utility bills include phone, electric, gas, water or cable; personal mail or credit card, medical or insurance bills cannot be accepted
(f) Checkbook with name and address imprint
(g) Current, signed lease agreement or rental agreement showing a street address; we cannot accept agreements for temporary housing such as hotels or individuals residing with family or friends
(h) Federal income tax return showing a street address
(i) Recent Florida intangible tax return showing a street address
(j) Valid school ID from an educational institution within Lake County
Post office boxes are not considered proof of residency.
Non-residents and Reciprocal Borrowers must still show proof of current street address.
A PIN Number is required to access your Library account and to place requests in the online catalog. By default, your PIN is set to the last 4 digits of your primary phone number. If you do not know what your PIN is, please contact any LCLS library.
How to get a Library Card if you do not live in Lake County
The Lake County Library System has Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with Marion, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola Counties. . Cardholders in good standing are entitled to free Lake County Cards upon presentation of a valid Library Card from their county and proof of residency. Students at Lake Tech, Lake Sumter State College, University of Central Florida and Beacon College who show a school ID or current class schedule are entitled to a 1 year complimentary card.
The Lake County Library System offers a Library Card to individuals who neither reside nor own real property in Lake County. Non-residents must complete a Lake County Library System Registration Form and can only apply for a card in person. Non-residents must still bring proof of residency (see below) containing their current street address from outside Lake County.
A non-resident may purchase an annual library membership by paying a fee of forty dollars ($40.00). We also offer a six-month card for twenty dollars ($20.00) and a one-month card for ten dollars ($10.00). Fees must be paid at the time of registration for the card to become valid.
Part-time residents are eligible for adult and youth resident library cards, but they must show proof of both Florida and permanent addresses.