Library Cards

Apply for a Card by Email 

While libraries are closed to the public, you may apply for a card by email: hcpubliclibrary@haywoodcountync.gov 

Scan or take a photo of a current driver’s license and include the following information:

  • Full Name (first, middle, last)
  • Full Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

You will be emailed a library card number and PIN within 24-48 hours, which will give you access to all of the library’s online resources. You will be required to visit the Waynesville branch to pick up your library card within two weeks. You will then be able to check out items from all branch libraries. New cards issued during this time will be deleted if physical cards are not picked up within one month of reopening (not yet determined). Cards to minors under 18 will only be issued if their adult parent/guardian already has a card in good standing with fines less than five (5) dollars. The adult parent/guardian agrees to pay fines or other charges imposed for late return, loss, or mutilation of library materials.

Library cards are issued free of charge to:

  • Residents of Haywood County
  • Property owners in Haywood County
  • Students or teachers at a Haywood County school, college, or university
  • Employees in Haywood County

Applicants not falling under one of these guidelines will be assessed a nonresident fee of $25 annually. The fee is based on the amount Haywood County taxpayers are assessed, per capita, for library services.

Card applications are available at all library branches. If applying online, please allow 24-48 hours before coming to the library. You will receive your card when you visit the library with a photo ID - driver’s license, passport, state issued ID, and military ID. Minors must appear with a parent or guardian.

You are responsible for all library materials checked out on your card and agree to abide by library policies and lending rules. If a card is lost, there is a $2 replacement fee. Lost cards should be reported immediately.

North Carolina Government & Heritage Library Card

If you are a North Carolina resident or state agency employee, you can sign up for and receive a card from the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library, part of the North Carolina State Library. You will be able to borrow items from the Raleigh location and they will be shipped free to your preferred branch library in Haywood County. You can check out the Online Resources and Catalog, available to NCGHL cardholders. 

To apply for a card, click on this link, Apply for a North Carolina Government & Heritage Library Card., print out and complete the form, scan and email your completed form to: slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov.