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Library Card Sign-Up Month

About Library Card Sign-Up Month

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to encourage individuals to get a library card. During the month, libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every one signs-up for their own library card.

Throughout the year, library staff assist card holders by providing access to services, programs and collections.  Libraries save YOU and your family hundreds of dollars all with the use of your library card.  Curious to see how much you'd save using your library card? Try our library card calculator

Help us celebrate this special month but encouraging your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or even the person you met at the coffee shop to get a library card.


Getting Started

Are you ready to start using all the services that your library offers? Each year, our library locations host thousands of free events, classes, and programs to help you succeed. With a Library card you can access everything we offer, including computers in our libraries, thousands of books, DVDs and CDs to borrow, and digital media to stream and download. Register for a Library account to get started today.


What can you do with a Library Account Card?


Account Holder Information

  1. The account holder or guardian agrees to abide by Metropolitan Library System policies and accepts responsibility for fines or other charges resulting from the account’s use.
  2. The account is to be used only by the person(s) named on the account.
  3. The account is valid at all Metropolitan Library System libraries.
  4. Responsibility for the choice of materials borrowed rests with the person named on the account and not with the Metropolitan Library Commission, the library system, or its employees.
  5. Account holders who lose their library account card or change their address should notify the library system promptly.

For detailed policy information, please refer to Account Holder Responsibilities and Rules of Conduct.

Maximum Items Borrowed. For most accounts, a maximum of 100 physical items can be on loan at once; ONEcard account holders may have a maximum of 10 physical items on loan at once.

Loan Periods and Renewals. Library materials may be checked out for 3 weeks. Providing there is not a hold on the material, borrowers may attempt to renew most physical materials 8 times or up to 6 months, whichever comes first. 

Holds. Library customers may place up to 50 items on hold at a time. Limits may apply to certain materials. Service providers working in partnership with the library system to provide materials in electronic formats may set their own hold limits.

For detailed policy information, please refer to our Borrowing Policy.

Materials.  All materials are fine free and do not accrue fines. Lost or damaged materials will still incur charges. Technology (e.g., Hotspots, Chromebooks, iPads, laptops) and Experience Passes are not fine free and will still accrue fines.

Lost or Damaged Items and Materials. Once an item is 60 days overdue, the item is considered lost. The borrower who damages, loses, or does not return an item must pay the replacement cost as determined by the library system.

Lost or damaged electronic devices. Account holders will be charged $5.00 per hour to a maximum of $60.00, plus the replacement cost, for each overdue or lost electronic device (e.g., Hotspots, Chromebooks, iPads, laptops).

Loss of borrowing privileges. Accounts that have been billed a replacement cost (a “lost fee”) for an item will lose borrowing privileges until the item is paid for or returned.

Fine Collection. After reasonable notification, the library system may take legal steps to retrieve unreturned materials, and/or file felony or misdemeanor complaints.

Fee Structure

If you return select materials after their due date, fines accrue daily. Lost and damaged items will incur fines based on the type of material as outlined below.

  • Overdue Fines
    • Electronic devices: $5.00 per hour to a maximum of $60
    • Interlibrary loans (borrowed by MLS): $0.50 per day up to the cost of the item
    • Experience Passes: $1.00 per day to a maximum of $30
  • Damaged Book, Magazine or Electronic Device – List price at the time of purchase
  • Damaged Audiovisual Materials – Replacement cost if lost or damaged due to carelessness or neglect
  • Damaged Audiovisual Materials, One Part of a Set (book on CD) – $7.00 per part if lost or damaged due to carelessness or neglect
  • Damaged Audiovisual Materials, Liner Notes or Guide – No charge
  • Lost or damaged materials borrowed by MLS via Interlibrary Loan – The lending library sets the fee

For more detailed policy information and a list of all fines and fees, please see our Borrowing Policy and our Fee Schedule.

  • Photocopies - $0.10 per page
  • Microfiche Copies - $0.25 per page
  • Computer Printouts, Black and White - $0.10 per page
  • Computer Printouts, Color - $0.50 per page

For a list of all fines and fees, please see our Fee Schedule.

We know you value the materials and resources provided by Metropolitan Library System, but just how much are those services worth? How much would you have to pay out-of-pocket if the Library didn’t exist?

Check out the Library Value Calculator to find out.


Types of Library Accounts

Which account is right for you?

This all-access pass is free for people who live in or own property in Oklahoma City or Oklahoma County. Persons 17 and older who meet eligibility requirements may apply for an account while persons under 17 will need the consent of a parent or guardian. Certain others may qualify for this account so if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

We also offer a Library by Mail service for residents of Oklahoma County who are homebound or over 65. Contact Library by Mail at 405-606-3295 for more information and to determine eligibility.

Apply for a primary account today! The online application determines eligibility based on your home address.

The Metropolitan Library System maintains a reciprocal service agreement with the Pioneer Library System, headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma. Those who live, work, or attend school in Cleveland, McClain or Pottawatomie counties as well as Blanchard school district students living in Grady County may apply for an MLS account which offers access to our collection and most of services. MLS account holders may do the same at any Pioneer Library.

Apply for a reciprocal account today! The online application determines eligibility based on your home address. If you work or attend school in Pioneer Library System's service area, then you will need to apply for a reciprocal account in-person at one of our locations.


ONEcard is a partnership between the Metropolitan Library System and area schools. Students with in a ONEcard account can use their student IDs to access MLS resources. Students are automatically enrolled in ONEcard when they register to attend school, unless their parent or guardian opts them out. Materials checked out with a ONEcard account do not accrue overdue fines, but students are responsible for lost or damaged materials. Learn more about ONECard.

Students and school employees who do not qualify for a primary, reciprocal, or ONECard account may be eligible for a school account if their school is in Oklahoma City or Oklahoma County. School accounts are valid for one year and eligibility must be verified annually. A school account provides access to all MLS services except interlibrary loan. Students must present proof of current enrollment and school employees must provide proof of employment.

If you attend or work at a school in Oklahoma City or Oklahoma County but live outside those boundaries, then you will need to apply for a school account in-person at one of our locations.

Live outside our service area? You can obtain an annual fee account for $70 per year which is less than the average taxpayer in our service area pays in property taxes that go to the Metropolitan Library System each year. Even better, each member of your household can use the account. Using our library value calculator, you can quickly see just what a bargain $70 is for your entire household.

Please visit one of our locations if you would like to apply for an Annual Fee Account.

If you are visiting one of our locations and are needing access to a computer or internet, you can request a free internet access account. This type of account allows you to log onto one of our public computers--giving you access to the internet, our online resources, as well as productivity software like Microsoft Office.

Please visit one of our locations if you would like to apply for an Internet Access Account.


Upcoming Events

Bethany StoryWalk®

All Day9/7 - 9/30
Bethany Library
Library Branch: Bethany Library
Room: Outside (Bethany)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Books & Reading, Health & Wellness
Event Description:
Join us for a StoryWalk® around Bethany Library. Enjoy nature and Bethany's walking trails as you read a story. The story changes every month so drop by to catch a different story. When you've reached the end, stop in the library to collect a craf...


This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

Flags of Latin America Challenge

All Day9/7 - 9/30
Capitol Hill Library
Library Branch: Capitol Hill Library
Room: Children's Area (Capitol Hill)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month beginning on September 15th, we are doing a Flags of Latin America challenge at Capitol Hill! Our Latinx Heritage Month book display has 25 numbered flags from various Latin American countries. On a sheet of paper av...

Kids Create Art Contest

All Day9/7 - 10/7
Del City Library
Library Branch: Del City Library
Room: Offsite (Del City)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Exercise your creativity by joining the 2021 Kids Create Art Contest! We're now accepting submissions from artists ages 5-12 in the following categories: 2D Art (painting, drawing, chalk art, etc.) 3D Art (sculpture, jewelry, etc.) Short Story ...

Make it Together: Thaumatrope

9/7 @ 8:00am
9/30 @ 8:00pm
Midwest City Library
Library Branch: Midwest City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Midwest City)
Age Group: All Ages, Kids, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Each Make it Together kit contains supplies for two people and is intended to be a project for an adult and child to work on together. We believe talking through activities, spending time, and working together with a child builds communication, trust...


This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

Adult Take and Make Kit: String Art

All Day9/13 - 9/26
Belle Isle Library
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
If I had a hammer…I’d probably break my thumb! You won’t have to worry about thumb loss with our easy-to-use String Art Kit for adults this month. You will be weaving colored string between pins on a foam board to make a pattern. Supplies are include...
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take Home Kit, Writing
Event Description:
Jump in to the new school year with bullet journaling! Pick up a Bullet Journaling starter kit and learn how to record your past, organize your present, and design your future in the best way. While supplies last. Call the curbside number 405-843-9...


Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.