Getting Started



Get immediate access to our eLibrary

What you need:

  • Johnson County residence
  • 16+ years old or a parent or guardian available
  • Email address

What you get:

  • Immediate eLibrary access
  • Research resources online
  • Ability to place two holds on physical items


  • All eCards must be transitioned to a verified card to check out physical items (non-eLibrary).
  • Please visit staff inside a branch to transition your eCard to a verified card.


Come in for access to our whole collection

What you need:

  • ID and address verification
  • Fill out a paper form and bring it into any location

What you get:

  • Up to 30 holds and 150 checkouts on physical items
  • eLibrary access and Research resources

Print an application - Adult (PDF)

Print an application - Birth to 15 (PDF)


Para la tarjeta de la biblioteca

Imprima una solicitud (PDF)

Imprima una solicitud - Nacimiento a 15 (PDF)

Don't live in Johnson County?

That's OK, anyone can get a traditional Johnson County Library card! We'll give you one even if you don't live in Johnson County. You'll just need to stop by to fill out an application in person.

Under 16?

No problem, your parent or legal guardian just needs to help with your Library card application.

Identification and proof of address

You don't need to live in Johnson County to get a traditional Library card, but we do need to verify your name and current address. For identification, we accept:

  • Driver's license
  • State identification
  • Passport
  • Consular identification card

For address verification, we accept:

  • Driver's license
  • State identification
  • Utility bill
  • Current residential lease
  • Postmarked piece of mail addressed to you
  • Postcard mailed to you from the Library (ask us for details)

If you apply for a traditional Library card in person without address verification, you can still access Library services such as computers and check out up to two items until you're able to confirm your address.

Card lost or stolen?

It happens. Please tell us immediately if your card is lost or stolen so we know not to hold you responsible for items checked out by someone else. We can issue you a new card right away. How much does that cost? Nothing. It's free.

Keep us updated

Did you move or change your contact information? Let us know so we can stay in touch with important information and notices.

Your PIN or Password

Every Library card comes with a PIN/Password. Hang onto this number, because you'll need it to access many services including our eLibraryonline databases and placing online holds.

Forgot your PIN / Change PIN