Every card-carrying member of Arapahoe Libraries is a Very Important Patron.
We can't wait to meet you!

Sign up for an eCard online or visit one of our eight locations with a valid photo ID and proof of address.

Need help? Call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279), chat with us online or visit your favorite library location.

  • We'd love to help you get a library card no matter your age!

    If you are under 18 and apply for a card online, you will receive a temporary card that can be brought into a library location to convert to a full-service card. Parents or guardians will be notified by mail if they are not present when a minor receives a physical card. Parents/guardians are responsible for library materials borrowed by a minor.

  • We issue Colorado Library cards to any Colorado resident with a photo ID and proof of address. Once you're in, you're family and you'll have all the same benefits as our local patrons.

    Temporary resident cards are available to those visiting from outside Colorado and to patrons in temporary housing, including homeless shelters or rehabilitation facilities.

    Visit any Arapahoe Libraries location to get started or you can sign up for an eCard online.

    Contact us if you'd like help.

  • You bet! You can use your eCard with the ArapApp to check out materials, place holds and more.

  • With a temporary card you can access online resources, use library computers, check out up to 10 physical items and place up to 10 holds on physical items. 

    If you would like a full-service card, please visit a library location with a photo ID and proof of address.

  • If you received a notice that your temporary card is expiring, you can come into a library location to provide whatever documentation is missing, usually proof of address. Contact us for help.

    Arapahoe Library accounts are also deleted when they haven't been used to check out or access online resources in over 3 years and you have no fees on your account. But don't worry, you can get a new card and you'll be back in business!


At Arapahoe Libraries you can:

Ask us a question (we're a little obsessive about discovering answers!)

Tell us your library preferences and get more of what you want in your inbox with personalized emails.

Keep up to date on your library account with text alerts for holds, items due soon, overdue items and fees.


Take the library with you everywhere you go with ArapApp, the Arapahoe Libraries mobile app! Available for iOS and Android devices.

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