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LAE 3414 - Children's Literature: Public Library Resources

Library Card

Library cards are free for Polk County residents!
Your library card opens the door to a world of information and a wealth of entertainment! ... and best of all? Library cards are FREE! Come in and get your library card today!

With your library card you can:

  • Borrow materials
  • Reserve and renew materials
  • Download ebooks, music, and movies
  • Access our online databases from home
  • Log on to the public access computers

... and your library card is valid at ANY public library in Polk County! 

How to get a library card

How to Apply
You may apply for a library card at your nearest branch library or Apply Online* 

You may also call the Lakeland Public Library at (863)-834-4263 to receive a card by mail:
You will need to provide:

Polk County Address
name, birthdate, phone/e-mail


There is no minimum age requirement to apply for a library card. Children of any age can obtain a library card with parent/guardian permission. Teens with a driver’s license or ID can apply for their own library card.

Individuals 15 years of age and younger must have a parent or guardian present.

*If you apply for a library card online, you will be issued a temporary library card. This account will not work with any library digital resources and expires after 30 days.

To receive full library privileges, including access to digital resources, you must go in person to the nearest branch library and present

  • a valid picture ID
  • proof of address*

If you do not provide this information within 30 days, your account will be deactivated. 

*Proof of address documents include: driver's license, utility bill, voter's registration card, rental agreement.

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