How to get a library card

Posted: August 24, 2013

Star staff report

Winchester — Library cards are free to residents of Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties.

People may fill out an application online or in person and bring it to one of the branches. A picture identification with name and current physical address and/or proof of paying personal property taxes in the region the library serves is required.

Items that may be used for proof of residency are a lease or deed, utility bill, preprinted check, bank statement, payroll stub or receipt, car registration or voter registration.

Children ages 5 to 15 need a parent or legal guardian present to sign the application. Youth 16 or over do not need a parent’s signature if they have a picture ID and proof of physical address.

Residents of Loudoun, Fauquier, Warren and Shenandoah counties may have free Handley Regional Library cards by showing their home library cards.

“We have a reciprocal arrangement with them,” library Director Trish Ridgeway said. “Our residents can likewise get a card for their libraries in the same manner.”

Nonresidents are charged $25 annually for library cards.

All materials can be checked out for three weeks, and all items can be renewed for another three-week period.

Items can be renewed in person, online at, or by calling 540-662-9041, ext. 15, or 540-869-9000, ext. 0.

Overdue fines are 15 cents per item per day.

The maximum numbers that can be checked out on one card are 30 books, 10 videos, five DVDs, five books on tape or books on CD, and 10 music CDs. There is a limit of 30 items per library card.

Patrons may return materials to any library in the system. If the library is closed, a drop-off box may be used.

If patrons see an item online they want at any of the three locations, they can use their library card to place a hold request through the online catalog either in the library or at home. They will need a PIN number to place holds. They can be obtained at the circulation desk.

When the items you want are returned, the library will notify you by phone and hold the item for three days.