Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I...?

Loudoun County Public Library cards are available for free to individuals of any age who:

  • live in Loudoun County
  • work in Loudoun County
  • own property in Loudoun County
  • own a business in Loudoun County
  • attend school in Loudoun County
  • live in any one of the jurisdictions that participate in the regional reciprocal borrowing program

Cards may be obtained by visiting any LCPL branch in person. People 18 and older can apply online. People younger than 18 must apply for a library card in an LCPL branch while accompanied by a parent or guardian, or fill out and return this paper form with the signature of a parent or legal guardian.

If you applied for a card online, please bring your driver’s license or other form of identification during your first visit to the library. Customers registering for the first time will need to provide a photo ID and proof of current address or other documents that may be used to establish eligibility. You are asked to present your library card whenever you check out library materials.

Visit the online catalog and log in to your account to reserve items and to manage your current loans, or ask a staff member for help. All library materials can be checked out for three weeks and will be automatically renewed up to three times (unless another customer is waiting), with the exception of DVDs (one week) and 7-Day Hot Pick books (one week, no renewals). Borrowing periods vary for eBooks and other digital resources. Click here for complete borrowing information.

LCPL branches periodically accept donations of used books, CDs and DVDs for fundraiser sales organized by library friends groups. Sometimes branches cannot accept donations because space is limited, so contact your branch before bringing donations.

Branches currently accepting donations include:

Items must be in good condition and free of mold. We cannot accept encyclopedias, magazines or textbooks. If you have a large number of items to donate, please call ahead so staff can make arrangements.

Your library card PIN is your birthdate in a MMDDYY format. For example, July 4, 1976 would be 070476. If LCPL does not have your birthdate on file, your PIN has been set to 999999. You can change your PIN or set up an EZ login on your account page.

Click here for a complete list of all available jobs within Loudoun County government.

The are no fines for overdue items. Fees for lost items can be paid online by logging into your library account at Customers will be charged the replacement cost for lost or damaged items. Items are considered lost 21 days after the due date. Click here for complete borrowing information.

If an item is unavailable, contact a librarian at any branch or place a hold at

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Click here if you're interested in presenting a program or want to tell us about an event you would like to see.

Request a title be added to our collection by filling out the Suggest a Title form.

Volunteers are being accepted on a branch-by-branch basis; please call your local branch for details. Loudoun County Public Library does not accept court-ordered volunteers. Please visit Loudoun's WORK Program page for more information.