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HOW TO GET A LIBRARY CARD

Residents of the city of Kelso are eligible for library cards. To receive your card we require a valid Washington State Driver’s License or Identification Card/Military ID; and a document that shows current name and street address. Some examples are: 

  • Voter’s Registration card
  • Mail
  • Utility Bill
  • Printed Cheques
  • Auto Registration
  • Minors under the age of 18 may get a library card with their parent’s or legal guardian’s permission. All applications must be made in person.

NON-RESIDENTS

If you live outside the city limits of Kelso there is a fee for library service: 

  • Annual Family Card: $70.00
  • 3-month Family Card: $20.00
  • 6-month Family Card: $40.00
  • Annual Senior Card: $35.00 

 

RECIPROCAL BORROWING BETWEEN LONGVIEW & KELSO LIBRARIES 

Beginning April 1, 2015, a pilot reciprocal borrowing project will begin between the Longview and Kelso Public Libraries. What that means is that if you have a library card in good standing at one library, you will be able to go to the other library, present your card, show ID and/or proof of address, fill out a short application, and receive a card from the other library. For Kelso Library card-holders good standing means that the card is active and has a total fine of $5.00 or less. For Longview Library card-holders good standing means that the card is active and has a total fine of $10.00 or less. Each library has different policies such as checkout time, number of items checked-out, etc., and borrowers will have to follow the rules of each library for those materials checked out from that library. All items checked out will need to be returned to the library from where they were checked out, i.e., library materials checked out from Longview should be returned to Longview. The contract for this program was renewed through June 30, 2019.

 

FAQs

CAN I RENEW BOOKS?

An item can be renewed twice unless someone is waiting for it. You can renew in person, by phone or online.

  

For more information please Ask a Librarian or call us at 360-423-8110.