To get a library card, just visit any library branch with a photo ID. That's it!
If your photo ID does not have your current local address, please bring another piece of information with your current local address such as a utility bill, rental agreement or check.
Cards for Kids and Teens
Children ages birth through 18 can get a library card with a parent or guardian who has a photo ID and proof of local residence. Teens ages 14 through 17 do not need a parent or guardian to get a
library card — they can be issued a library card by providing a photo ID and proof of local residence. A school ID with a photo may be used as photo ID.
Buncombe County Public Libraries partners with local schools to support students' ongoing education through Student Access, an initiative from the State Library of North Carolina.
We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide students access to books and resources found at
their public library. Students who are enrolled in Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, Christ School, and IC Imagine K-12 Public Charter School use their Student ID numbers to
borrow public library books and access digital resources.
For more information about Student Access, please check with your school administration, or email us.
Cards by Email
If you can’t visit the library to get a card, we can issue library cards by email. You will need to email a copy of your local ID to the library.
You can use your card to download digital books anywhere you have an internet connection. Contact the library at 828-250-4700 if you have any questions.
Out of County Cards
Non-Buncombe County residents can also get a Buncombe County Library card for $20 per year. You will need to visit a library in person to get an out-of-County card, as out-of-County cards are not issued by mail.