Get Your Library Card

Fort Worth Public Library Cards are available at no charge to individuals and organizations residing in or owning property within the Fort Worth city limits. Proof of residency or property ownership is required.


Learn more about adding Open Access to your card. 



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, which can include:
    - Texas Driver's License
    - Texas State-Issued Identification Card
    - First Class Business Mail dated within the last 30 days
    - Lease Agreement
    - Texas Vehicle Insurance Card
    - Vehicle registration 
    - Utility Bill dated within the last 30 days

English application  Aplicación en español




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





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?





To obtain an Educator Card, the Library is offering in-person and online registration options.

Educators may visit any of the Fort Worth Public Library locations across the City of Fort Worth or may email for assistance. Either option requires items for verification.


Registration requirements for school/ISD teachers include:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Proof of current educator status
    • School ID
    • School district pay stub
    • Letter from school administrator
  • Card expires June 30 annually and can be renewed

Registration requirements for homeschool educators include:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Verification of home school child:
    • Homeschool association documents
    • Birth certificate
    • Texas ID card
    • Medical insurance card
  • Card expires June 30 annually and can be renewed
  • Card is canceled after the child’s high school graduation year


Additional Educator Information


Organization - Fort Worth-based businesses and 501(c)3 charities can obtain library cards for their organizations. 

With up to five cards, you can provide access to unlimited learning for your team. 

To get a Business Library Card you will need to:

  1. Submit a request for a business card on company letterhead at any of our locations
  2. Complete an application and an officer of the company must sign for all cards
  3. Agree to terms, the company/organization is responsible for any replacement fees that are incurred