Library Cards

We will continue to process new cards while we are closed due to Covid-19

Click here to apply for a library card online. Once your application has been processed, we will email you your login information as soon as possible. This will provide you with access to our digital collection and online research tools while we are closed. Once we reopen, we will resume card pick up/mailing cards out to patrons.

How Do I Get a Card?picture of a library card with barcode

To get a Mary Riley Styles Public Library card, you can:

You’ll receive your card once you complete your application and provide proof of your current address. Valid proof of address includes (but is not limited to): 

  • a driver’s license
  • bill or bank statement
  • lease/housing agreement
  • delivered mail.

If you apply online, you can choose to either:

  • Have your card mailed to you (which will serve as proof of address); or
  • Pick up your card at the library, at which time you can provide proof of address.

Who Can Get a Card?

You can get a library card if you reside, work, or own property in the City of Falls Church, VA.

By cooperative agreement through the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, residents of the following Metro DC cities and counties can get a Mary Riley Styles Public Library card at no charge:
A subscription Mary Riley Styles Public Library card is available for a $75 annual fee for Commonwealth of Virginia residents who live outside the Metro DC area. 

NOTE: City of Falls Church residents can also:
  • Get free cards with most of the surrounding Metro DC public library systems. For more info, click on the jurisdiction name (in the list above) to visit the library for that city or county. 
  • Register for a card with the Library of Virginia (in Richmond) to access many of their materials. 
  • Obtain a Community Patron card to borrow limited materials from any Northern Virginia Community College campus library. 

Can Children Get Their Own Cards?

Children can apply for their own cards; however, cards will not be issued to children under 14 without a parent's or legal guardian's signature.

How Long Is My Card Valid?

Library cards automatically expire after 3 years but can be renewed in the library with valid proof of address. 

What If I Have Lost or Damaged My Card? 

If you have lost or damaged your card, you can obtain a replacement card for $1.

What Is My Default Password for My Library Account?

Your default password for your card and associated account is the 10-digit phone number you provided on your application. If you are having difficulty with your password, please contact library staff and we will help you reset your password. 

How Can I Access My Library Account and Update My Card Info?

To view and update your library account and card information online:
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your 14-digit library card number and password (in the upper right of the screen). 
  3. When logged in, click on "My Account" (again in the upper right of the screen). 
  4. From the "Account Info" tab, update your password, address, telephone, email, etc. 
  5. From the "Notifications" tab, update how you wold like to receive notifications for due dates, overdues, and holds. 


If you have questions about your card or library account, please contact library staff and we will help you resole them!