What do I have to do to get a library card?
It’s easy and it’s free to anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in Ohio. All we require is a picture identification and proof of where you live. A driver’s license will do. A passport or picture ID, along with a personal check or letter you’ve received will also work. The form is simple to fill out and you can get your card right away. Children ages 18 and under need their parent or guardian’s signature on the form at the time they apply before a card can be issued. Cards are not transferable.
- Three for Me Card for Kids
We understand that it is not always possible for kids to get a parent or guardian to come to the library to sign a library card application. That’s why we offer the “3 for Me” card. Kids age 12 and under can get this special card without the signature of a parent or guardian and can borrow up to three books (no DVDs or CDs) from the Children’s Department. Children can still acquire a regular library card with the signature of a parent or guardian, but the “3 for Me” card ensures that all children are able to check out books, no matter what their circumstances. They can fill out a special application at any branch.
- Three for Me Card for Teens
Teens ages 13-18 can also get a “3 for Me” card, which includes everything the child’s card offers (see above), plus access to items in the Teen and Adult departments.
- Educator Cards
This special card is offered exclusively to educators who live and/or work in Cleveland Heights or University Heights. It allows cardholders to supplement their curriculum with an abundant, ever-changing supply of books on a range of subjects and reading levels. Find out more, and apply.
- Temporary Cards
Are you in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community temporarily? Maybe you’re a college student, a professional on temporary assignment, a patient undergoing long-term treatment at one of our local hospitals, or a family member of a patient at a local hospital. Whatever brought you here, we want you to feel welcome at Heights Libraries. As long as you are over 18 and have a driver’s license, you can have a library card! Ask a staff member.
- eMedia Cards
Would you rather get your library materials online than come in to a building? If that sounds like you, our new eMedia Card is for you. Click here for details and to apply.
Where may my new library card be used?
Cards are honored in any Cleveland Heights-University Heights branch and in any library participating in CLEVNET and the online catalog of Cleveland Public Library. There are 44 systems in northern Ohio that will accept this library card. Close to us, your card is good in Shaker Heights, Cleveland, East Cleveland and Euclid. Any other public library in the state of Ohio will loan books to you with proper identification. Your card also allows you to check out materials from CLEVNET.
Can I return materials from other libraries?
Glad to have them! We participate in a daily delivery service which moves materials all around northern Ohio. You can return our books at other locations too. But please note that the item will remain on your card until it reaches the library it was borrowed from.
Be sure to read our Loan Policies about borrowing terms, late fees, and other details.