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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.

  • Take free online classes with Learning Express or register for free computer classes in the Cartersville Public Library Computer Lab.
  • Download eBooks and eAudiobooks with Georgia Download Destination through OverDrive.
  • Borrow books through interlibrary loan from libraries all around the state and nation.
  • Get 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.

  • Current Georgia driver's license or Georgia state-issued identification with a photograph which shows a current address, or
  • Georgia identification on other photo ID with a prior address, plus one of the following:
    • Utility Bill detailing  a period within the last 30 days
    • Bank statement issued within the last 30 days or personalized checks with current address
    • Current completed lease with dates, address and name
    • Paycheck or paystub issued within last 30 days with current address
    • School schedule or transcript for the current or preceding calendar year with name, address and date
    • Mortgage contracts, mortgage statement or payment coupon, deed, or property tax bill for current or preceding year
    • Current voter registration card
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.

Non-residents of the county wishing to utilize the services of the Bartow County Library System are required to pay a fee of $35.00 each year. This fee is non-refundable and borrowing privileges are in effect for one year. A non-resident library card will be issued to a patron with a driver's license or one of two pieces of documentation as detailed above. One item must show the patron's current address. One card may be issued for the entire family.