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Residents of the following seven counties are eligible for a free library card: Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Wilkin. See the Registration and Circulation Policy for more details.

Apply for a Library Card Online:

  1. Fill out the online application, and if eligible, you will receive a library card number via email within 48 hours, giving you access to the library’s collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMovies, eMagazines, and more.
  2. A physical card will be mailed to your address for checking out books, movies and more from the library.

Apply for a Library Card In-Person at a Library or LINK Site:

  1. Fill out a library card application.
  2. Present a photo ID (including a driver’s license, state identification card, social services card, student ID or tribal ID) with your current address. If your photo ID does not include your current address, present an official document that lists your current address, such as:
  • Utility Bill
  • Medical Bill
  • Insurance Paperwork
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Rental Receipt, Lease or Deed
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Student or Tribal ID
  • State or Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License, Permit, or Registration
  • Check with Name and Address
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Mortgage, Rental or Lease Agreement
  • Pay Check Stub
  • Checkbook
  • Student Loan Bill
  • Semester Class Schedule
  • Mail from a Government Agency

Library Cards for Youth, Ages 0-17

A parent or guardian must sign the application for the youth. Simply fill out the application and bring an ID or identifying document to a library near you to apply.  The online library card application is also available with a parent or guardian’s consent.

Reciprocal Borrowing

If you are a resident of Minnesota, but reside outside the boundaries of LARL, or if you have a library card from the Fargo, Wahpeton, or West Fargo Libraries, bring your local library card to a LARL location and we’ll enter it into our system. This will allow you to gain access to LARL’s collection of physical books, DVDs, and more. However, as a reciprocal borrower you will not have access to the library’s digital collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMovies, etc. Out-of-state residents do not have access to the Interlibrary Loan system.

Do Library Cards Expire?

LARL library cards expire every three years. To renew your card, visit or call your library or request to renew your card online.

If you are not eligible:

If you are not eligible for a LARL card or reciprocal borrowing privileges, you may purchase a Fee Card for you and your household for an annual fee of $30.

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