To get your FREE library card, you will need to bring picture ID and proof of residency to the library. The ID lets us confirm identity, and makes it possible to protect your confidentiality going forward. The proof of residency confirms where you live, so it’s okay if the address on your ID doesn’t match the address on your mail. Since we do not have the power to confirm where someone lives, we rely on other entities to confirm residency, and this documentation is that proof.
The picture ID should be state-issued, like a driver’s license or state ID card.
The proof of residency can include such things as an unpaid utility bill, occupancy permit, rental agreement, or a piece of first class mail. It should have your name and current address, and a recent date. Using an online statement or bill that you can show us will also work.
If either of these requirements is a problem for you, come talk to the Director, Scott Bonner, about it. We want every Ferguson resident to get a library card and use it regularly!
For a child’s card, a parent needs to complete the application, provide standard ID and proof of residency for the parent, and assume responsibility for materials checked out on the child’s card.
Municipal Library Consortium
To provide a broad range of the best materials and services to the residents of Ferguson, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library is part of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis. This consortium has 9 member libraries, in University City, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Maplewood, Rock Hill, Valley Park, and, of course, Ferguson. A library card from any of these libraries will work at Ferguson Municipal Public Library!
These are all well-established libraries. As the St. Louis County Library formed, these cities voted to retain their own libraries, to keep that local focus and commitment to their city’s citizens. Here at Ferguson Municipal Public Library, we are devoted to supporting the Ferguson community, and target our efforts to meeting the needs of our citizens.
Reciprocal Library Agreements
Ferguson residents may obtain a library card from St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis County Library, St. Charles City-County Library, Jefferson County Library, and Scenic Regional Library. We will issue a Ferguson card to residents of these districts. Library fans will often end up with multiple library cards, one for each district.