Library Cards and Accounts

Get a Pratt Library Card

It’s easier than ever to get a Pratt Library card! We have loosened restrictions to getting a card to access our resources. Anyone who lives or owns property in Maryland is eligible for a free library card.

How To Apply

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What's Needed to get a Library Card?

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Applicants must present an approved form of identification to get a library card.

One of the following photo IDs may be presented without proof of address:

  • Driver's license
  • State-issued identification card
  • City-issued municipal ID
  • MTA ID
  • Government-issued ID: Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Military, Department of Corrections, or Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization
  • School-issued ID: public school, private school, college or university
  • Employer-issued ID
  • Shelter ID
  • Bank-issued photo ID: credit and debit cards

Students under 18 may present a recent report card or official document from their school to register for a library card if parent or guardian is not present.

Photo ID is preferred for registration. Applicants who do not have a photo ID may present one item from each of the following categories to get a library card. Both pieces of information must have the applicant’s name.

Acceptable non-photo ID:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Health Insurance card
  • Other official document with name

Acceptable piece of proof of address:

  • Current lease
  • Change of address card
  • Most recent utility bill (dated within 60 days)
  • Piece of mail (postmarked within 60 days)
  • Letter from a shelter manager (dated within 60 days)

There are no age restrictions for library card applicants. However:

  • Parents or guardians must sign library card applications for children under 7. All parents or guardians registering their child must have the child present at the time of the application.
  • Parents or guardians who register their child for a library card are responsible for materials borrowed by those children.
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring their children's access to Library resources, including the Internet.

Different Types of Library Card Accounts

The Pratt Library offers special cards and privileges to different age groups as well as to teachers and companies. Please see Types of Library Card Accounts for details.

Using Your Card at Other Maryland Libraries

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The Pratt Library card may be used at public libraries throughout Maryland.

Anyone carrying a valid library card from another public library in Maryland may register that card with the Pratt Library. Additional identification with signature and address is required.

Keeping Your Card Updated

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The Pratt Library card is permanent. The cardholder's name and address must be verified every two years in person. Exceptions are Firm, Non-Resident, and Teacher Cards which must be renewed annually.

If you change your name, address, or telephone number, it is necessary to come to the Library in person to update your record.

If your library card is lost or stolen, please notify the Library immediately or within 48 hours (410-396-5325 or

The cardholder is responsible for any items borrowed until the loss of the card is reported. There is a $2.00 fee for a replacement card.

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