How to get a Library Card

Any person coming into the Library may use the collection within the building free of charge.  Persons wishing to borrow materials for home use are required to register with the Library to obtain a library card.  Registration is free to any legal resident of Clinton, Essex, or Franklin counties; and to all property owners within the system area, upon the presentation of a picture ID and proof of residence.  Non-resident students attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College will be granted the same borrowing privileges as legal residents.  All other persons who are not legal residents of Clinton, Essex, or Franklin counties may register to borrow materials for a $10 per year fee.   Non-residents shall include persons whose planned stay in the area is three months or less.  Canadians living in Quebec Province are also required to pay the non-resident fee. 

Registration for Library Cards

Library cards permitting full use of the circulating resources of the Library are issued as follows:

Adult library cards are issued to persons 18 years of age and over, not classified as a college student, after filling out a signature card and providing proof of residency.  Proof of residency can be any of the following items as long as it has a current address on the item:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Rent receipt or lease
  • Bank statement
  • Electric bill
  • Phone bill

Juvenile library cards are issued to children under 18 years of age after filling out a signature/address card.  A parent or legal guardian's signature is required for registration of children under 18 years of age.  Verification of a child's address shall be through a parent's registration in Horizon, or I.D. Each child must include his parent's name on the registration card.

College student library cards are issued to students after filling out a signature/address card and presenting a College I.D. card and proof of residency. If the student is attending Plattsburgh State, a document from the college showing permanent home address is required.

Registrations are good for one year, and must be renewed annually. Please let us know if your contact information changes.

First-time borrowers are allowed to borrow three books only the first time they check out materials.




Address: Plattsburgh Public Library
19 Oak Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2810

Phone: (518) 563-0921
Fax: (518) 563-7539


Library Hours

Monday, Friday & Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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