Getting a Card
*Please note that due to our Covid-19 closings, some information is temporarily not applicable and is subject to change.*
York County Library cards are free to all York County residents, property owners, and workers. Fees apply to non-residents. Cards are valid at all York County Library locations and SCLENDS libraries to borrow materials, place holds, and access online resources.
Since our libraries are closed due to COVID-19, we are offering the York County Library eCard for access to all of our digital services. YCL eCards are temporary library card numbers that are available to York County, SC residents only. An email address is required to be issued an eCard. Applications will be processed within 24 hours of receipt, Monday through Friday. To get a physical YCL card, eCard holders may call their local YCL branch during curbside pickup hours.
To get a card, either fill out our library card application online now, or visit any York County Library location to get started. Please bring a valid, current proof of identity and residency to activate your library card at the location of your choice, or our Bookmobile. Common forms of acceptable proof are listed below; for a complete list, check our Library Card Policy.
Please note, if you register online you will have three calendar days to activate your card at any York County Library and provide your proof of identity and residency. You must also agree to all library card and circulation policies.
Library cards for youth ages 17 and under require a completed paper application, signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Acceptable form of ID:
South Carolina Department of Transportation ID
Employer or military picture ID
School picture ID
Acceptable proof of residency:
Picture ID with current address
Bank/check statement with current address
Tax notice with current address
Recent utility bill with current address
York County voter registration card
Recent rent receipt with current address
Types of Library Cards
* Maximum Renewals are subject to availability based on holds.
** Excludes interlibrary loan materials, rentals, and bestsellers
*** $25 annual loan fee
1 Week Checkout - DVDs (Limit 10)
2 Week Checkout - New items
3 Week Checkout - All other items
Renewals and Returns
Items may be renewed in person or online. Items on hold for another patron cannot be renewed. Return materials inside any York County Library location or an available outdoor book return. To avoid charges for damages, do not place audiovisual or Interlibrary Loan materials in an outside book return.
Placing a hold on an item allows patrons to reserve currently unavailable materials by adding their names to a waiting list. Materials that are newer than six months old cannot be placed on hold from other SC Lends libraries. Holds can be placed at the library, by phone, or online by simply selecting "Place Hold" by the desired item. The library will then notify the patron when that item is available to pick up.
Fines and Fees
Materials returned more than one day past their due date will accrue fines for each day the item is overdue. Patrons will be notified when materials are overdue. Lost or damaged materials are also subject to fees, dependent on the type or amount of damage.
For more about charges for overdue, lost, or damaged items, see the Fines and Fees Policy.