The purpose of this policy is to ensure the fair and consistent application of the Hennepin County Library Board Lending Policy and define the patron requirements for obtaining (or registering) a library card for use at the Hennepin County Library.
Individuals and organizations may obtain (or register) a library card for use at the Hennepin County Library if the following eligibility, application and registration requirements are met.
Hennepin County residents (adults and minors) with permanent address
Proof of residency is required.
Applications may be completed in person or submitted online via the Library's website.
In person applications:
Patron may check out no more than 2 items if identification requirements are not met at time of application.
Full borrowing privileges begin when patron presents library card for next check out.
Hennepin County residents (adults and minors) with no permanent address
Applications must be completed in person.
Library card expires 12 months after issue date.(May be renewed if necessary)
A limit of 10 items may be checked out at any given time.
Non-resident Hennepin County employees
Patron must present proof of Hennepin County employment.
In person and online applications are accepted. For online application, the library card is mailed to customer.
Library card expires 12 months after issue date.
Library card may be renewed if application requirements are verified.
Non-resident Hennepin County property taxpayers
Patron must present proof (e.g. recent tax statement) of eligibility.
Minnesota residents served by one of the MELSA member library systems:
*Lake Elmo residents are not a part of the Washington County Library system effective 01/01/2012
Minnesota residents served by MELSA may register their existing library card for use at Hennepin County Library.
Registrations may be completed in person or online.
In person patron presents valid library card issued by one of the MELSA member library systems and provides identification to verify name and address.
Online patron completes online form and enters library card barcode number from home library.
If no identification is available at time of registration to verify library card holder, patron is limited to checking out 2 items.
Borrowing privileges begin when patron presents address verification.
Checkout of downloadable content is not allowed.
Minnesota residents served by MELSA may apply for a library card which is then issued by the home library system (within 60 days)
Applications may be submitted in person or online.
In person patron presents identification and completes MELSA application form.
Online patron completes online form; identification will be required at time of first check out.
Patron may check out two items at time of in person application
Borrowing privileges begin when patron presents the library card issued by the home library system and satisfies the identification requirement (either at the time of application or at time of checkout).
Minnesota residents (outside of the metro area) who are served by one of the Minnesota regional public library systems
Library cards issued by a Minnesota regional public library system may be registered for use at the Hennepin County Library.
Registrations may be completed in person or initiated online.
In person patron presents valid library card issued by one of Minnesota’s regional public library system and provides identification to verify name and address.
Online patron completes online form and enters library card barcode number from home library system. Registration will be completed within two weeks.
If patron does not have a library card, patron is referred back to his/her home library system to initiate the application process.
If no identification is available to verify library card holder, patron is limited to checking out 2 items.
Non-Minnesota residents or Minnesota residents whose public library is not a member of one of the regional public library systems
Patrons who are ineligible to apply for or register a free library card may obtain a Hennepin County Library card for an annual fee.
Applications must be completed in person
Fee-based cards are intended to allow patrons to borrow physical materials and are not to be used exclusively for remote access to subscription databases.
Organizations and businesses located in Hennepin County
Applications must be submitted online.
Cards may be renewed pending confirmation of organization name, address, and contact person.
Up to 100 items may be checked out at one time.
Remote access to HCL subscription databases is intended for individual use, remote access for organization card holders is not allowed.
This administrative policy is reviewed at least every three (3) years by the Library Services Division Manager (or designee) in conjunction with the Hennepin County Library Board’s review of the Lending Policy. Upon completion of the review, this policy is revised or reaffirmed.
Next review: 12/01/2014
Last reviewed/revised: 12/22/2011