Burlington Public Library is a department of the city government and therefore is supported by city taxes. Residents inside the city limits may apply for a card free of charge.
To expand services throughout Skagit County, Anacortes Public Library, LaConner Regional Library, Mount Vernon City Library, Sedro-Woolley Public Library, and Upper Skagit Library District now have reciprocal borrowing agreements in place to allow resident users to obtain cards in these other libraries. Resident users include all patrons who qualify to get a Burlington Public Library card without paying a non-resident fee.
Identification is required and an annual sticker is placed on qualifying borrowers cards to demonstrate eligibility for reciprocal cards. Visit your current resident library for a sticker before you go to one of the reciprocal libraries to avoid complications.
Non-residents of the above city or library districts are required to pay a small fee to check out materials, as follows:
- 3-month non-resident family card -- $20
- 6-month non-resident family card -- $35
- 12-month non-resident family card -- $60
- 12-month non-resident card with family member over 62 -- $45
As always, no card is necessary to use library materials within the library, ask reference questions, use library computers, attend storytimes or other programs, schedule meetings in our meeting rooms, study a language in a language lab, etc.
For more information, please go to Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Resident Cards.
To apply for a card, please bring in 2 forms of identification:
- something with your picture on it:
e.g. driver's license, passport, government ID
- something with your local address on it:
e.g. driver's license, rental agreement, utility bill
Library Cards for Children
Children of all ages may have a library card. A parent or guardian will be asked to sign the application accepting the responsibility for all fines or charges incurred.
Teacher CardsBurlington-Edison School District employees who do not reside within Burlington city limits may receive a library card at no charge. Teachers may ask for extended (4 week) checkout on materials checked out for classroom use.
Cards for Property and Business Owners
People who own a business and/or property within Burlington city limits but who do not reside here may receive a library card at no charge. Please bring in a property tax statement, sale agreement, business license or other document that shows your name and legal ownership of the business or property, in addition to current photo identification. Please be aware that these cards are for the actual property or business owner only, not employees of a Burlington business.
STAR Reader CardsChildren from birth to 15 years who do not qualify for a free Burlington Public Library card may still check out books (up to 4 items at a time) from our STAR Reader collection by completing a brief application. The collection consists of children's books (from board books for babies to chapter books for older readers) which have been donated to the library. The Burlington Public Library wants to make sure ALL children develop a lifelong love of reading, regardless of whether or not they live within city limits. Donations to the STAR Reader progam are gratefully accepted.
Lose your card? Replacement cards cost $1.00 each. Please let us know as soon as you realize your card is missing; we'll make sure no one else can use your card to check things out.