Columbia Public Library residents that reside in the city limits of Columbia, will be permitted to apply for a temporary card online. Resident must be 16 years of age or older. 
  • Card will be valid for thirty days after day of activation for residents. 
  • Card will allow use of e-resources only until residency has been verified. 
  • Card applicant must provide the Columbia Public Library within thirty days the following information. 
    • Governmental photo ID and one additional item that shows your current address. If Photo ID does not have current addresss, two additional items with current address will be requested. 
  • If after 30 days the account has not been verified, the account will be suspended. 
  • Personal check
  • Current phone, gas, electric or cable bill
  • Mail postmarked within 30 days
  • Bank statement
  • Voter registration card
  • Vehicle registration
  • Lease Agreement
  • FOID card
Digital versions of the above will also be accepted.
Information can be provided via fax, curbside, mail or in person. 
Please read through the following Library Policies
Library Use & Circulation Policy
Reference Services Policy
Internet Usage Policy
**Once your application has been submitted, our staff will be in touch within 1-4 days to provide you with a temporary library card number. The 30 day window to verify your residency will begin from the date you receive your temporary library card number.