How do I get a library card?

To apply for a library card visit one of our branches to verify your identity and other information. For minors, any accompanying adult acting in a caregiving capacity may verify ID and information.

The two most common card types are:

  • Basic Card:  Verifying your ID allows you to check out up to 10 items and place 10 items on hold. Basic cards may not check out Library of Things items.   
  • Regular Card:  If your current address is on your ID, or you provide another form of address verification in addition to your ID, you can upgrade to a regular card.  This allows you to borrow up to 50 items and also place 50 items on hold.

Both card types provide full access to online resources, digital ebooks and audiobooks, computers and printing. 

Timberland library cards are free to applicants of any age 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, Pe Ell, and Vader. These locations have not contracted or annexed for library service. Residents may pay a non-resident fee for a regular card.
  • Non-resident individuals who work or attend school in the TRL Service Area.
  • Institutions, businesses, and qualifying homeschools in the TRL Service Area.
  • Residents of library districts that have reciprocal borrowing agreements with TRL.
  • Residents of other areas outside of the TRL Service area within Washington that have tax-supported public library service.

Students in grades K-12 may already have a MyTRL account that can be used to access online resources, ebooks and more. Learn about MyTRL accounts here.