Get a Library Card

Library cards are free to the residents of Cortland, Tompkins, Cayuga, Tioga, and Seneca counties—the chartered territory of the Finger Lakes Library System.  Those residing outside of this area are required to pay a membership fee of $10.00 annually. 

Patrons of Cortland (Cortland Free Library), Homer (Phillips Free Library), McGraw (Lamont Memorial Free Library), Marathon (Peck Memorial), and Cincinnatus (Kellogg Free Library) are able to borrow items and use the services of any Cortland county library with a single, common card.

Adults:
  • Individuals 18 years and older must provide photo ID and proof of current address to sign up for a library card.  Examples of photo ID include: a driver’s license, passport, sheriff’s ID, or NY State Benefits Card. 
  • If your current address is not depicted on your photo ID, please be ready to provide us with official documentation of this information.  Examples of proof of address documentation include: a rent receipt, lease agreement, vehicle registration card, checkbook, or postmarked piece of mail.
  • Applicants must be able to prove their street address, even if mail is to be sent to a P.O. Box.
  • Applicants are expected to sign their name legibly on their registration/contract card.
Teens:
  • Young adults ages 13-17 must provide photo ID to sign up for a library card.  Examples of photo ID include: a driver’s license, passport, or school identification card.
  • Anyone under 18 needs to have an adult co-signer who takes fiscal responsibility.
Youth:
  • Under the supervision of a parent /legal guardian, children old enough to write their own name through 12 years old may apply for a library card. 
  • The parent /legal guardian of the applicant must be a Cortland County library card holder in good standing (no fines/fees).  It should also be understood that in the event that a child misplaces or damages library materials, the parent/legal guardian is responsible for these items.
College Students:
  • College students living in Cortland temporarily must provide their college ID number in addition to photo ID and proof of their local and home addresses.
Temporary residents:
  • People visiting the area (summer students, vacation rentals, theater employees) can obtain a card temporarily by providing duration of stay and photo ID and proof of their local and home addresses.