A Fargo Public Library card gives borrowing and usage privileges at the Main Library and all branches and provides remote access to the Library’s online resources. Library cards are required for checking out materials and for using many library services. Library cards expire after three years, with the exception of organizational cards and paid non-resident cards, which expire after one year, and computer-use-only cards, which expire after three months.
Who can get a free Fargo Public Library card?
Library cards are available for free to residents and taxpayers of Fargo. K-12 students in Fargo public and private schools whose residences may be outside the city limits also qualify for a free Fargo Public Library card.
You also qualify for a free Fargo Public Library card if you live in the following areas:
- The West Fargo Public Library service area
- The 7-county area served by the Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL)
Users from these reciprocal borrowing libraries must present a valid library card from their home library at the time of application. These library systems also extend the same benefit to cardholders from the Fargo Public Library. If residents of the LARL system and West Fargo do not choose to have cards from their local library system they will be charged the nonresident fee.
Other residents of North Dakota may also get a free non-resident Fargo Public Library card.
For users who do not qualify for a free Fargo Public Library card, paid non-resident cards are available. Non-resident cards are valid for one year for a fee of $20 per year. The nonresident fee is set by the Library Board of Directors based on the library’s per-household revenue from property taxes.
Student Digital Resources Card (K – 12)
This card is issued to K – 12 students who choose to only access online resources such as Overdrive, RB Digital, Mango Languages, Tumblebooks, or others. Hoopla is not included in the Student Digital Resources card. This card does not allow borrowing physical items. To gain full access to library materials and borrowing privileges, students are subject to the policy outlined below (see How to Get a Library Card).
Student Digital Resource cards are available for free to K – 12 students in Fargo public and private schools including those whose residences may be outside the city limits. To reduce access barriers for students whose parents or guardians are unable to visit a Fargo Public Library location, a teacher, librarian, or other school official may complete the Student Digital Resources card application form in lieu of parent or guardian either at a library location or school.
Teachers, librarians, or other school officials who are interested in the Student Digital Resources card for their students should contact the Library directly for more information.
Computer Access Cards are issued for individuals who choose to use only Internet/public computer services. This card has no borrowing privileges. In addition to the acceptable picture I.D. as noted below, the following are also acceptable: Temporary State I.D., VA Health Card, Corporate I.D., New Life Center I.D., Centre I.D., photo copied I.D.
Computer Access cards are valid for one year and provide up to four hours of computer access per day. Individuals sixteen years of age and above are eligible to register for a Computer Access card.
Organizational Library Cards
In order to receive an organizational library card, a brief letter of request on organizational letterhead must be submitted along with the completed application form. The authorized person who signs the application form is responsible for all materials checked out on that organizational library card. If the authorized person who signs the application leaves the organization, the organization will continue to be responsible for all materials borrowed. Organizational cards are valid for one year.
Homebound Library Cards
To be eligible for homebound service, individuals must reside within Fargo city limits, have a valid library card, and meet the qualifications for service. If the individual does not have a Fargo Public Library card, an application for a card can be filled out during the first homebound visit from a member of the Outreach Department.
How to Get a Library Card
Applicants who are age sixteen and older must present a current picture ID and proof of current residence, and complete the application form. If a person applied for a library card online, the applicant must present a current picture ID and proof of current residence when picking up the card.
For applicants who are fifteen and younger, the parent or legal guardian of the child must present his or her current picture ID and proof of current residence and complete the application form. If the application is submitted online, the parent/legal guardian must present a current picture ID and proof of current residence when picking up the card.
Acceptable picture ID (must present one):
- Driver’s license or non-driver’s state ID
- School photo ID
- College or university photo ID
- Tribal photo ID
- Armed services photo ID
- Permanent resident photo ID (Green Card)
- Federal government-issued photo ID
- Photocopied IDs or pictures of IDs are not accepted.
If the address on the photo ID is not current, additional address verification is required. Acceptable proof of address/residence includes, but is not limited to:
- Mail postmarked and addressed to the applicant
- Utility bill
- Rent receipt
If proof of residence is not available, the registration will still be processed. The library card will be mailed to the residence address to verify current address. If the card is mailed out, first-time checkout is limited to 2 items. If the card is returned for incorrect address, the patron record will be blocked until the address is verified.
To Renew Your Library Card
Patrons age sixteen and older must come into the library and show acceptable picture ID to renew the account. If the patron’s photo ID does not have the correct address on it, the patron must also bring acceptable proof of address. For patrons fifteen and younger, the child’s parent or legal guardian must complete the process. Library cards cannot be renewed over the phone or online.
If the patron or patron’s guardian does not have acceptable picture ID and proof of current address at the time that card renewal is required, the card expiration date may be extended one time for 90 days. Expired cards are not usable until acceptable picture ID and proof of current address have been presented.
To renew an organizational library card, the authorized person must come into the library and show acceptable picture ID to update the account. If the authorized person for the organization has changed, a brief letter on organizational letterhead of the authorization change must be submitted.
Renewal of homebound library cards is coordinated through the Outreach Department.
If You Lose Your Card
There is a $1.00 replacement fee for lost or missing library cards. Please contact the Library immediately if your library card is lost or stolen as you are responsible for any borrowed items.
Approved by Library Board of Directors: 07-16-2002
Revision Approved 01-28-2003
Revision Approved 12-13-2005
Revision Approved 04-16-2013
Revision Approved 07-15-2014
Revision Approved 07-17-2018
Revision Approved 02-19-2019