Library Cards

Mesquite Public Library System library cards are available to Mesquite residents only. To apply for a library card, complete an application in person at the checkout desk at either the Mesquite Main Library or the Mesquite North Branch Library and present a current photo ID and proof of your current residence address. 

Non-Resident Card

The Mesquite Public Library System has a $25 nonrefundable annual fee for applicants who do not live in Mesquite but wish to obtain a library card. Non-resident library cards will be valid for one year and have the same privileges as resident library cards. The annual fee may be amended and changed by the Mesquite City Council, as deemed necessary. Replacement cards are $1.00 and are only valid until the original expiration date.
Exceptions to the non-resident fee are:

  • Residents of Garland or Balch Springs
  • Mesquite ISD or Eastfield College students
  • City of Mesquite or MISD employees
  • Mesquite business owners

Acceptable Photo ID

  • Current Texas driver’s license
  • Texas Department of Public Safety 
  • ID card issued by a recreation department or school
  • Employee ID
  • Passport
  • Resident Alien Registration Card
  • Military ID
  • Any other document of an official nature that includes name and photo

Acceptable Proof of Current Address in Your Name

  • Current Texas driver’s license, temporary driver’s license or learner’s permit
  • Texas Department of Public Safety ID
  • Current utility bill (telephone, water, electricity, natural gas, cable) 
  • Current property tax receipt
  • Current report card issued from a school
  • Current personalized check
  • Voter’s registration card
  • Official rent receipt, rental agreement, contract or lease
  • Personalized checkbook
  • Any other document of an official natures that supplies proof of residence

Library Card Application for Residents

A library card for a Mesquite* resident is issued for a period of three years. When the card expires, we will ask residents to visit one of our libraries to verify their address and other information.  Then the card will be extended for another three years.  (This also applies to residents of Garland, Balch Springs, and other exceptions to the non-residency card.) 

A parent or legal guardian can apply for a library card for a child 13 years old and younger. Teens aged 14-17 years can apply for a library card on their own; a parent’s signature is required on the application to allow access to the library’s Internet Access computers. 

Library Card Renewal for Residents

If your library card expires, you will need to visit one of our libraries to renew the card.  At that time, we will need to verify your address and other information to extend the card for another three years.

Library Card Renewal for Non-Residents

A non-resident library card is issued for one year.  When a non-resident card expires, the cardholder will need to visit one of our libraries to pay the annual fee and verify information for a new card.

Borrowing Items

You may borrow two items when you first receive your library card. After that first visit, there is a limit of 20 books, 5 movies  and  5 audiobooks or (or Playaways) per library card. 

Loan Periods 

Most library items can be borrowed for a three-week period.

The exceptions are:

  •  DVDs, which can be borrowed for one week.
  •  cloudLibrary and Libby eBooks and eAudiobooks, which can be borrowed for two weeks.
  • Hotspots, which can be borrowed for two weeks with no renewals.

All physical items (books, DVDs, CDs) will automatically renew for one additional loan period unless:

  •  A hold has been placed on the item by another patron
  •  There are fees totaling $5.00 or more on the library card account.
Renewals of physical library materials can also be made:
  •  In person at the checkout desk at either the Main Library or the North Branch Library.
  •  Over the telephone at 972-216-6220 (Main Library) or 972-681-0465 (North Branch Library).
  •  Online at the My Account section of the Library Catalog.
     (To  renew materials online, you will need your library card number and PIN.
     Your PIN is often the last four digits of your telephone number.)
Digital items (eBooks & eAudiobooks) do not renew automatically, but can be borrowed again unless:
  •  A hold has been placed on the item by another patron.
  •  There are fees totaling $5.00 or more on the library card account.

For answers to more questions about Library Cards, please read the Circulation Policy

Online eCards
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The Mesquite Public Library offers an online eCard for Mesquite residents only.

Note: If you already have a library card from the Mesquite Public Library, you will not be issued an eCard. Both traditional library cards and nonresident cards provide the same online privileges as an eCard.

(To access online resources with a traditional library card, use your card number and PIN.
 Hint:  The PIN may be the last 4 digits of your telephone number.)

An eCard: 

  • Is a virtual library card that allows access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, databases and other electronic resources.
  • Will be issued via email.
  • Is available to Mesquite residents 14 years or older.
  • Is good for 3 years and may be renewed online.
  • Cannot be used to access internet computers in the Library or to checkout physical books, CDs, DVDs, etc.

To apply for an eCard, fill out this form