Get a Library Card

Applying for a Library Card

Virginia and North Carolina residents are eligible to apply. Visit any Suffolk Public Library location or our Pop-Up Library or Library2Go to complete an application or apply online for a digital library card. Applicants can also call the library to sign up over the phone: 757-514-7323.

Adult Cards (18+)

Items Required
  • Completed application
  • Photo Identification (examples below)
  • Photograph taken by staff for library records

Teen Cards (16-17)

​Items Required
  • Photo identification
  • Completed application
  • Photograph taken by staff for library records
About This Card
  • Limited to 6 items per check out
  • Customers who are 16-17 years old may sign for their own card
  • Teens are responsible for their own card

Juvenile Cards (Under 18)

All juvenile cards linked to the applying Parent/Guardian account.
Items Required
  • Child must be present in order to apply for a library card
  • Completed application
  • Photo Identification of Parent/Guardian
  • Photograph of Parent/Guardian taken by staff for library records

Digital Library Cards

Suffolk Public Library now offers a digital library card option. Sign up for a digital library card online for immediate access to digital content. 

Steps to Apply

  • Click on the My Account button at the top of our website or click here
  • Select "Click Here to Register Now"
  • Complete the steps to submit your information and create a PIN
  • Use the generated barcode number to access eBooks and other eResources
Staff handing back a library card to a patron
Closeup of woman using iPad

Examples of Accepted Forms of Photo Identification (ID)

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • School ID
  • Warehouse membership card

Replacement, Lost or Stolen Library Cards

If your library card is lost or stolen, notify the library immediately at 757-514-7323. 


Payments for lost or damaged items are accepted using cash, check (payable to City of Suffolk), or online using the City of Suffolk Payment Portal ( 
*Please contact the library before making any payments to confirm the correct amounts.  No refunds will be provided*