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car1.JPGHow To Apply For A Library Card

You may apply for your card at the Library's front desk. Borrower Cards are issued without cost to:
  • Residents within the city limits of the City of Mount Vernon.
  • Individuals showing evidence of paying property tax to the City of Mount Vernon.
  • Individuals holding an Annual business License from the City of Mount Vernon.
  • Reciprocal users in accordance with interlocal agreements with the Anacortes, Burlington, LaConner, Sedro Woolley, and Upper Skagit libraries. Reciprocal users should inquire at their home library for details and requirements.

Cards are issued to individuals - not to business or corporate entities. An individual not eligible for a free Borrower Card may purchase a non-resident card for use by his/her household. The non-resident fee is set annually by the Board of Trustees.

All applicants for Borrower Cards must provide proof of his/her current residence and official photo identification with a birth date:
  • Proof of residence may include a utility bill, voter registration card, bank statement or other official paperwork that includes your name and current street address.
  • Proof of property ownership in your name via the Skagit County Assessor's website for real property within the incorporated city limits of Mount Vernon.
  • Proof of a current Annual Business License in your name per the City Finance Department.

Children Under 18
Cards for children under 18 years of age are issued on the basis of the residence of his/her responsible parent or legal guardian. The parent or guardian must provide proof of residence as outlined above and agree to be responsible for materials checked out on the child's card by signing the application.

Washington state law (RCW 27.12.270) mandates that libraries "shall be free for the use of the inhabitants of the governmental unit in which it is located...".

Almost every county in the state provides a county library to serve it citizens. Unfortunately, Skagit County has no such library. The city libraries in the county are mindful of the lack of library service outside their respective jurisdictions, and allow non-residents access to borrower services through the purchase of non-resident cards. The annual fee at the Mount Vernon City Library as set by the Board of Trustees is currently $80 per household. The annual fee for senior citizens remains at $40. Cards may be purchased on an annual, semi-annual, or quarterly basis.

For your yearly fee of $80 you will have access to more than 80,000 items. To help put this in perspective, compare that to what $80 will cover elsewhere: two or three hardbound books per year, pizza and a movie for two nights for a family of four, or less than a year's subscription to the Skagit Valley Herald. A library card is the best bargain around at less than 22 cents a day.

Renewal of Cards

Do not throw away your card when it expires. Just bring it back to the Library and we will update the information in the computer and renew your card for another year.

Lost Cards
When you apply for a Library card you agree to be responsible for all materials checked out on your card. For your protection, report all lost or stolen cards immediately. There is a $1 replacement charge for lost cards.