Get a free library card to:
- Check out books, DVDs, books on CD, music CDS & magazines
- Download ebooks, audiobooks & videos from home
- Access premium online resources for research and learning
- Use the library’s public computers and Internet
Your Marin County Free Library card can be used at any public library in Marin. View a list of locations.
How to Apply
You can fill out an application online. You will be issued a temporary e-card, which will be valid for 2 weeks and enable you to place requests on items. Then visit any branch with your photo I.D. and proof of address to be issued your library card.
Library card application forms are also available at any branch, or you can print out a form (in English or Spanish) and bring it with you. Your card will be issued while you wait.
What do I need to get a library card?
- Photo I.D. – a valid Driver’s License or other official photo identification
- Proof of current address – if your current address is not printed on your photo I.D., then you also need a document with your address: e.g. bank statement, utility bill, imprinted check, rental agreement, rent receipt, or canceled mail with name and address. If you have recently moved and cannot verify your new address, we can send you a postcard in the mail to use as your proof of address.
If you cannot provide proof of your address, you can still apply for an Internet Only Card. This type of card gives you access to the library’s public computers, but cannot be used to check out materials.
If you are an out-of-state visitor, you can apply for a Visitor’s Card for $10 for 3 months.
If you are under 16, your parent or legal guardian must come with you to the library, and bring their photo I.D. and proof of current address. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for items checked out on the child’s card and any related fines and fees. Notice to parents.
Lost or Stolen Cards
If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately by phone or in person at any branch.
You are responsible for any materials checked out on your card until the card is reported lost or stolen.
To get a replacement card, you will need to bring your photo I.D. to any branch. Replacement cards are $1.00.
Library cards automatically expire every 3 years. This gives us a chance to check that your contact information is still correct. If your card has expired, just bring your library card to any branch to have your card updated.
A PIN is a secret number or password that you create yourself. You can create your PIN either online or at any branch, with your library card. Your PIN should be between 4-30 letters and/or numbers.
To create a PIN online:
- Click on the “My Account” link at the top of our website to go to the MARINet login screen.
- Type your name and your entire library barcode number (starting with “211110…”), but leave the PIN box blank and click Submit.
- On the next screen, re-type your barcode number and enter a PIN in both boxes, then click submit.
If you forget your PIN:
- If we have your email address on file, you can request a new PIN online.
- You can also reset your PIN at any branch. Be sure to bring your library card with you.
Accessing Your Account Online
- To log in, click on the “My Account” link at the top of our website.
This will take you to the MARINet login screen.
- Enter your name, library card number and PIN.
You can use your online account to:
- Check due dates and renew items
- Place or cancel requests
- Pay library fines by credit card
- Add or update your email address
- Sign up to keep track of your Reading History
- Save Favorite Searches & sign up for new item alerts
- Use My Ratings to rate items in the catalog
Library Card Terms & Conditions
When you apply for a Library Card, you are agreeing to the following terms (as on the Application Form):
- I agree to take financial responsibility for all library materials borrowed on my card or on child’s card (under 16) and agree to cooperate with all policies, rules, and regulations of the Marin County Free Library which include: care of all borrowed library materials, the prompt payment of fines and fees, and payment of replacement costs and fees for borrowed items lost or damaged.
- I accept the Library’s Computer Use Policy, which I understand is available online and in print on request.
- I agree to inform the Library regarding changes in my address.
- I understand that I am responsible for materials checked out on my card if it is lost or stolen until I report the loss to the library.
- I understand that the Library is not responsible for damage to my audio or video equipment.
- If I am signing this as the registrant’s parent or legal guardian, I understand that my child has a right by state law to confidentiality (a notice is available that explains this law).
- I understand that the Library reserves the right to modify conditions for continued service at any time.