Library Cards



Effective December 1, 2003, patrons of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will be required to present a library card at checkout. The card must be up to date and registered in the name of the patron who is wishing to check out library materials.

How to Obtain a Library Card


The following individuals qualify for a free library card:


  • Anyone who lives in and/or owns property in Johnston County.

  • Residents of the counties of Wake, Harnett, Sampson, Wayne, Wilson, Nash, and Franklin.

  • Any person attending school or working in Johnston County.



At least one of the following items of identification is required to obtain a library card:



  • A valid NC driver's license with a current address or a valid driver's license with your picture and a document showing present address.

  • A student picture ID showing proof of enrollment (if under 16 years old, the student must be accompanied by a parent with a valid NC driver's license with a current address or a valid driver's license and a document showing present address).

  • A document showing proof of employment in Johnston County (such as a current pay stub) and a picture ID.



A picture ID is required to update the card. There is a $1.00 replacement fee for lost cards. Replacements are issued at the Circulation and Reference Desks.


In the rare event that patrons do not have their card with them at check out, library staff can access the patron's record on the computer and complete the checkout transaction if the patron has proper identification. Patrons who do not have proper identification with them will be required to fill out a short form with their name, address, birth date, and phone number.