Fort Worth Public Library Cards

Fort Worth Public Library Cards are available at no charge to people, businesses, groups, or institutions residing in or owning property within the Fort Worth city limits. Applications are available in both Spanish and English. Proof of residency or property ownership is required.

If you do not qualify for a Resident Card, you may qualify for a TexShare or Non-Resident Card.

Resident Cards

After completing an online application you will be issued a library card number. We will not issue physical cards to patrons using online registration.  If you would like to receive a physical card, visit an open library location and a customer service representative can assist you. 

Card applications require:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Local Branch Name
  • Proof of residency

English application  Aplicación en español



Sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TexShare lets registered cardholders of participating libraries borrow books and other materials directly from other participating libraries. Many libraries in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are TexShare participants.

  • Registered Fort Worth Public Library cardholders must obtain a TexShare Card from any Fort Worth Public Library before they are able to check out materials from other TexShare libraries.
  • Registered borrowers of other libraries must obtain a TexShare card from their home libraries. With a TexShare card from their home library, they may obtain a TexShare Visitor Card from the Fort Worth Library.
  • Fort Worth Library TexShare Visitor Cards issued may only be used to check out materials belonging to the Fort Worth Public Library, use Library computers, and obtain remote access to TexShare Databases.

Each library establishes its own TexShare borrowing policies. Borrowers are responsible for knowing and following the lending rules of the libraries they use, and for the care and return of materials they borrow.

More TexShare Information

What is TexShare    Does My Library TexShare?




 Please apply for a non-resident card at any open library location

Adult Nonresident Card 

If you do not live in or own property in Fort Worth, do not qualify for a TexShare card you may purchase a Non-resident Card for $50 per year.

A Nonresident Card allows individuals to check out items owned by the Fort Worth Public Library, access online research and learning tools, download items such as music and e-Books, and use Library computers. Cards are valid for one year from date of purchase. Standard checkout limits apply.

Proper identification is required to receive a Nonresident Card.

Nonresident City of Fort Worth Employee Card

City of Fort Worth employees who are not residents of Fort Worth are eligible for a free library card. The employee must complete an application and show proof of current address and employee identification. Cards must be renewed annually. Employee identification and proof of current address are required to renew cards.

As an acknowledgment of their service to our City, nonresident City of Fort Worth employees have the same borrowing privileges as Fort Worth residents, including offsite access to licensed, online databases and downloadable books, music or movies.

Nonresident employees’ family members are not eligible for library cards.

 Nonresident Student Card

A nonresident individual currently attending pre-K through 12th grade at any formally recognized educational institution may use Fort Worth Library services and materials, including remote access to FWL-licensed databases, e-books and other electronic services at no cost. These cards expire one year after the date issued. Enrollment is subject to verification. Acceptable forms of verification include the following:

  • Current Student ID
  • Report card or progress report dated within the last six months
  • Current school-enrollment paperwork
  • Current school-issued class schedule
  • Letter from a teacher, principal or school librarian on school letterhead




You may access your account information 24/7 online or by phone. Call TeleMessaging, the library’s automated telephone circulation system, at 817-392-7771 for information about your library account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll need your library barcode number, your PIN, a touchtone phone, and any items you’re renewing. TeleMessaging is available in English and in Spanish.