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An application for a new library card may be made at the customer service desk. If you own property, live, or work on Orcas Island, you are eligible for a library card. Renewals are made every 2 years to verify current information.

To save a step, print out an application or en españoland bring it with you on your next visit to the Library. You must bring the application to the Library in person in order to get your card. We do not process library card applications remotely.

If you're visiting the island and want to check out items from the Library there are two options. A nonresident card is available for an annual fee of $100.00 and carries the same user privileges as a resident card. A visitor's card is only $10 for 30 days and you may check out up to five items concurrently.

Holders of library card from the Lopez Island and San Juan Island libraries have reciprocal borrowing privileges with the Orcas Island Public Library; however, they must obtain a card for the Orcas Library. Items borrowed by these patrons must be returned to this library.

Borrowing Library Materials

Books — Books, including books on CDs and books on tapes, may be borrowed for 3 weeks.
Reference books are for in-library use only.

DVDs and videos — can be borrowed for 1 week. Limit of 10 DVDs checked out at a time.

Music CDs — can be borrowed for 3 weeks.

Periodicals — Current issues of magazines and newspapers are for in-library use only.
Back issues may be borrowed for 3 weeks.