Get a Library Card

Get a Library Card

Library card application (.pdf)

Why get a card?

A library card will allow you to check out library books, DVDs, audiobooks, eReaders and more from 44 library systems across 12 counties in Northeast Ohio. Your library card will also give you access to valuable resources from home like eBooks, digital magazines, and online resources like Consumer Reports, online courses, research databases and more.

Library cards are required for in-library computer use and for all transactions.

Who is eligible?

  • Free to any resident of the State of Ohio (identification required, see below).
  • Children age 18 and under will need a parent or guardian to co-sign the application and present address confirmation.

How do I get a card?

  • Print and complete a library card application and bring it to the library. Applications are also available in the library.
  • Identification with current address is required before the card will be issued. A P.O. Box is not a sufficient address.

Library Card Rules

  • A $1.00 charge will be assessed for a lost or damaged library card.
  • Patrons may borrow up to 100 items at one time.
  • A patron’s library borrowing privileges will be suspended when the amount of unpaid fines reaches $25 or there are 20 or more overdue items on the card.
  • If your account balance is 60 days past due and equals $50 or more, the library forwards your account to Unique Management Services, Inc., a library materials recovery agency. A service charge of $10 is added to your account. Unique Management Services will contact you to request the return of the Overdue materials and payment of all outstanding charges.

The purpose of overdue fines is not to punish borrowers. Instead, the goal is to have library materials returned so that they can be used by other library patrons.


eCards are virtual library cards that allow members access to all of Hudson Library’s remotely accessible electronic resources, including online resources and downloadable eBooks, audio, video and music. Click here for more information and to register for an eCard.

  • You do not need an eCard if you have a standard Hudson Library & Historical Society library card. Your standard card allows you access to all of the resources available with an eCard.
  • A member is only permitted either a standard library card or an eCard.