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Getting a Library Card
Library Cards

How do I apply for a library card?

Can my child register for a library card?

How much does it cost to get a library card?

Does my card expire?

What do I do if I lose my card?

What can I do without a library card?

What is a TexShare card?

How do I become eligible?

How do I participate?

How do I apply for a library card?

You may apply for a library card in-person at the Check-out Desk at the DeSoto Public Library. To receive a library card, acceptable identification and proof of residency must be presented at the time of registration.

Acceptable forms of identification include:
  • Driver’s license
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Military Identification

Acceptable forms of proof of residency include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Lease or Rent Agreement
  • Utility Bill (Electric, Gas, Telephone, Water)
  • Car Insurance

You may also get a library card started on-line.

Can my child register for a library card?

Children under 16 applying for library cards must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with acceptable identification and proof of residency. Children must be at least 6 years old to have a library card.

How much does it cost to get a library card?

Anyone in one of the following categories may have a library card free of charge that is good for three years:

  • Residents or owners of real or personal property in the City of DeSoto, Texas
  • Employees who work in the City of DeSoto, Texas
  • TexShare card holders
  • DeSoto school teachers
  • Residents of Cedar Hill, Texas

Non-Resident Library Cards

Families residing outside the City of DeSoto, owning no property within the City of DeSoto may purchase a non-resident library card for an annual fee of $15.00, valid for one year from the purchase date.

Does my card expire?

Resident cards are good for three years. Non-Resident cards are good for one year. When your card expires you simply come to the library and circulation will update your card for another 3 years for residents, 1 year for non-residents.

What do I do if I lose my card?

If your card is lost, call 972.230.9665 or visit the library during regular business hours to let us know. Cards may be replaced for a fee of $3.

What can I do without a library card?

  • Read books, magazines, newspapers, and special collections when visiting the library
  • Use the lab computers by getting an hour pass for a $1
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Attend Events & Classes
  • Get Homework Help
  • Use online Career & Higher Learning resources
  • Use our free Wi-Fi



TexShare Card Program

What is a TexShare card?

The TexShare Card allows you to have direct access to books and other library materials that aren't available at your local academic or public libraries.

To be eligible for the TexShare Card Program, you must:

  • Be a user in good standing at your home library in order to participate. Your home library is the library that you are eligible to use for library services. The TexShare card is a privilege for those who can use library services in a responsible manner. You must be a patron in good standing with the Desoto Public Library for six months before you are eligible to participate in the Texshare Card program.
  • Present valid identification along with the TexShare Card in order to borrow materials from participating TexShare libraries.
  • Agree to return materials to the library from which they were borrowed , not to your home library.
  • Return materials in person or by other methods outlined in the library's lending policy.
  • Be responsible for any charges for late, damaged, or lost materials.

Lending policies are made by the individual libraries that participate in the TexShare Card program. Because of this, lending policies may vary from library to library. Be sure to check the lending policies for the library you wish to use.

How To Participate

To take Advantage of the TexShare Card Program, follow these simple steps:

  1. Register for and receive a TexShare card from your home library.
  2. Consult the TexShare website to see the list of libraries which participate and the specific lending policies of the library you wish to visit.
  3. Present your TexShare card, your library card from your home library, and a photo ID at the lending library's circulation desk to activate your checkout privileges.
  4. Check out the books or other materials at the circulation desk. It is your responsibility to take care of your borrowed materials and return them on time.