Library Cards

York County Library card
Children's YC Library Card

About York County Library Cards


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.

Library cards expire every two years and must be renewed. To renew your library card online, fill out our online form, and a library staff member will review the information and process the renewal. You may also call or visit your local YCL location to renew your card.

Getting a Library Card

We now offer York County Library eCards for access to all of our digital services. YCL eCards are temporary library card numbers that are available to York County residents only. To get an eCard, fill out our online library card application. An email address is required. Applications will be processed within 24 hours of receipt, Monday through Friday.


To get a physical card, eCard holders and other applicants may visit their local YCL location or the Bookmobile. Please bring a valid, current proof of identity and residency to activate your library card. 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 forms of ID:

  • Driver's license

  • South Carolina Department of Transportation ID

  • Employer or military picture ID

  • School picture ID

  • Consular ID

  • Passport


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

Borrowing Periods

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 Holds

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

The Library does not charge overdue fines on materials that are late, with the exception of special collection items (Interlibrary Loans, Mobile Hotspots, etc.). 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.