Library cards are free for Lexington County residents and property owners. To register for a library card, visit any branch and complete an application. You'll need photo identification and proof of residency. You can also register online for a library card. Non-resident property owners need to provide a current property tax receipt. Non-residents who do not own property in Lexington County can get a library card for a yearly $35 fee.
Acceptable proof of residency is a valid driver’s license with current address or a photo identification and one of the following:
- Lexington County property tax receipt with current address
- Vehicle registration or insurance card with current address
- Utility receipt in person’s name
- Rent receipt (with address) in person’s name
- Printed check with current address
- Cancelled mail to current address
- Voter registration card
For minors under the age of 15 a parent or legal guardian must sign the application.
You can access your library account online or you can visit any branch to check the status of your account and due dates for items.
Your password is chosen when you apply for a library card. If you did not specify a password on your application, the default is set to the last four digits of your phone number.
If you're having trouble accessing your account online, call or visit your local branch.
Books: 2 weeks; two renewals
Audiobooks: 2 weeks; two renewals
DVDs: 7 days; two renewals
Magazines: 7 days; one renewal
Downloadable items: varies by platform, see Digital Downloads
Yes, you can return items to any of our 10 Lexington County Public Library branches.
Items can be renewed in person, by phone or by accessing your account online. Items that have a hold or have exceeded the renewal limit can not be renewed. To ensure privacy, you'll need to provide your library card number or your driver's license number when renewing over the phone.
Books, magazines and audiobooks: 20¢ per day; maximum $6 per item
DVDs: 75¢ per day; maximum $7.50 per item
Interlibrary Loans: 50¢ per day; maximum $20 per item
Patrons with a balance of more than $5 or have items more than six weeks overdue loose privileges until the balance is paid and those items are returned. Patrons who have a balance of $25 or more are turned over to a collection agency and charged a $10 fee. Patrons with lost items are expected to pay replacement costs.
We accept payment in person, by cash or check. We can not accept debit or credit card payments at this time.
To renew your library card, visit your local branch. You'll be asked to provide photo identification and proof of residency. If you are unable to physically come in, give us a call.
Report lost or stolen library cards in person or by phone to any library branch. There is a $2 fee to replace a lost card.
Libby: 10 items at a time
Hoopla: 4 items per month
RBdigital: unlimited number of magazine titles and issues
Digital titles are automatically returned using Libby and Hoopla. You can return titles early with both applications. Returning titles early using Libby keeps you from reaching the maximum checkout limit and allows other patrons to access the material. For instructions about returning items in Libby, click here.
There are no late fees for digital content.
You can renew titles in Libby if they do not have a hold on them. For instructions about renewing titles, click here.
Lexington County Public Library cards automatically expire one year after issue. If you received an error message that your card expired, visit your local branch with valid identification or mail with your current address to renew your membership.
Prospective users need a current Lexington County Public Library card and should sign the Internet Use Agreement. A parent or legal guardian, through signature, is responsible for internet access of children under the age of 18.
- A parent or legal guardian must sign the Internet Use Agreement form allowing permission for children 0-17 to use the internet.
- Children 12 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, adult family member over 18, or teacher who remains with the child at the computer during the entire time the child is accessing the internet.
- Children ages 13 to 17 can access the internet on their own but must have signed permission on the Internet Use Agreement from their parent or legal guardian.
- All removable devices must be scanned for viruses by library staff prior to use.
- There will be a charge for printouts. Black and white prints are 25¢ per page. Color prints are $1 per page.
- Patrons without a library card who want to use the internet can be given a guest pass if they don’t want to get a library card. The maximum use for a guest pass is one hour per day of internet access at all branches.
Yes, copies are available at 25¢ per page. Black and white prints from computers are also 25¢ per page. Color prints from computers are $1 per page.
Print jobs can be sent to the Batesburg-Leesville Branch, Cayce-West Columbia Branch, Chapin Branch, Irmo Branch or Lexington Main Library for release and pickup using Mobile Printing.
You can send faxes at the cost of $1 per page. Faxes for the public cannot be received through the library's fax system.