The Summer Reading Challenge begins June 1st!

Getting a Card

A library card is the smartest card you can own! It provides access to the more than 150,000 books, audiobooks, movies and magazines in the Bartow County Library System’s collection. But that’s just a fraction of what your library card allows you to do.

You can take free online classes with Learning Express or register for free computer classes in the Cartersville Public Library Computer Lab.
You can download eBooks and eAudiobooks with Georgia Download Destination through OverDrive.
You can borrow books through interlibrary loan from libraries all around the state and nation.
And your card also gives you access to dozens of databases with information on topics from auto repair to local history to case law.
Most importantly, a library card — and everything that comes with it — is free. Visit your local library branch and start using the smartest card you will ever own.

Register Today

We now have the option to register online! You may apply online or by emailing

If you are only interested in accessing our eBook & eAudiobook collection sign up for a Digital Library Card.


Anyone residing or employed in Bartow County may receive a free library card with presentation of valid identification!  A resident is a person who can provide acceptable evidence of his/her permanent physical address in Bartow County; out of county residents employed in Bartow County may receive a free card with proof of employment.  A library card will be issued to a patron with a valid driver’s license or state ID listing his/her current Bartow County address or a valid picture ID and documentation from the following list that shows the patron’s current Bartow County address; a post office box does not prove residency.

Accepted Picture IDs

Driver’s License
State Photo ID
Military ID
Resident Card

Accepted Forms of Proof of Residency

Utility Bill
Auto Tag Receipt
Voter Registration Card
Bank Checks w/address (no counter checks)
County Property Tax Receipt
Rental Receipt/Lease (typed & signed)
Government Social Services Agency Letters

The registration of one adult member of an immediate family member establishes residency for minor children living in the same household. The adult must accompany the child during registration. Library card applications are not processed during the final 15 minutes of the library’s business hours.