Use your Timberland library card to:

  • Checkout books, magazines, DVDs and music CDs
  • Download ebooks, audiobooks, videos and music
  • Check the online catalog in the library, from home, office, or school, or by telephone to see what items you have checked out, overdue, or on hold and place holds on items
  • Use a library computer with Internet access and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • In the library or from home, access hundreds of online newspapers and magazines and dozens of online classes and other reources on health, business, computers, genealogy, car repair, hobbies and many more topics

Timberland library cards are free to:

Applicants of any age, with provision of current physical address and proof of identity, who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Anyone living or owning property in TRL's 5-county Service Area: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties (except residents of these cities: Mossyrock, Napavine, Ocean Shores, PeEll, Vader.)
  • Non-resident individuals who work in or attend school in the TRL Service Area.
  • Institutions, businesses and qualifying homeschools in the Service Area
  • Washington State legislators and legislative staff
  • Residents of library districts that have reciprocal borrowing agreements with TRL (see details)
  • Residents of other areas outside of the TRL Service area within Washington that have tax-supported public library service.

How to get a library card:

Non-Residents may buy a library card:

  • Residents of Washington State and Clatsop County in Oregon, not in the TRL Service Area and not covered by a reciprocal agreement or cooperative service area, may purchase a Non-Resident card.
  • The cost of the card is determined by the average cost each household in the Timberland district pays in property taxes for library services and is re-calculated annually.
  • In 2017, the price is $87 per year, with the option of a six-month card at $44, a three-month card at $22 or a one-month card at $8.

Library Card options:

      

 

Proof of address required

Checkouts / Holds

Loan period

Database & Zinio

OverDrive, hoopla, Freegal

Checkout renewals

Regular

Y

50/25

21

Y

Y

2

Basic

N

5/5

21

Y

Y

2

Reciprocal

Y

50/25

21

Y

Y

2

Non-resident

Y

50/25

21

Y

Y

2

Internet

N

0/0

 

Y

Y

-           

Mail

Y + complete application form

50/25

35

Y

Y

1

Institution

Y + administrator approval

50/25

35

N

N

1

Business

Y + administrator approval

50/25

35

N

N

1

Homeschool

Y + personal library card + current letter of intent to homeschool

50/25

 

                             

35

N

N

1

Library Account Privacy

What does the library do to protect my library card account?

TRL protects the privacy of your account, keeping all records confidential. We only release information to the person to whom the card is issued, unless you instruct us otherwise (See the Library Card Permissions Form). That includes all information in your account, e.g., address and contact information, items borrowed or requested, and computer use information.

You may opt to share information with others, granting others specific permissions or linking your account to others. Parents should work with their minor children to determine what methods will work best to help children manage their accounts and selection of materials. Check with your local library staff for details.

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements:

Reciprocal borrowing agreements between library systems allow residents of one library district to use the services of another library district. Library users may apply for and have library cards in the other library system.

In general, you must show proof of residence in your "home" library district to get a card in the "other" library district.  The agreements with Seattle Public Library and Longview Public Library require that you show a valid library card in your "home" library in order to apply for a card in the "other" system. 

TRL has reciprocal borrowing agreements with the following library systems: 

  • Fort Vancouver Library System (Clark, Klickitat, Skamania Counties, the City of Woodland, and Yale Precinct in Cowlitz County)
  • Jefferson County Library
  • King County Library System (Hunts Point, Yarrow Point not eligible)
  • Kitsap Regional Library (Kitsap County)
  • Longview Public Library (Must show your Longview Public Library card to get a TRL card; must show your TRL card to get a Longview card)
  • North Central Regional Library (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant Counties) (Conconcully, Hartline, Marlin, Nespelem, Rock Island not eligible.)
  • North Olympic Library System (Clallam County)
  • Pierce County Library (Carbonado, Fircrest, Ruston not eligible)
  • Puyallup Public Library
  • Roy Public Library
  • Seattle Public Library (Must show your Seattle Public Library card to get a TRL card; must show your TRL card to get a Seattle card)
  • Sno-Isle Regional Library (Snohomish, Island Counties) (Woodway not eligible)
  • Upper Skagit Library District
  • Whatcom County Library

Cooperative Service Area:

An alternative to reciprocal agreements, the cooperative service area includes those areas in Washington State, outside of the TRL Service area, that have tax-supported public library service. As with areas covered by a reciprocal agreement, you will need to apply at a Timberland Regional Library and provide ID and address verification showing that you qualify.