Anacortes 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. Others may also apply for a library card, including non-residents, city property owners, business owners. City residents may also apply for a Reciprocal Library card at Skagit County libraries.
Children must be at least 5 years old to have a library card. A parent or guardian will be asked to sign the application, accepting responsibility for all charges incurred.
The Library requires annual address verification for city residents, and address verification for non-residents upon renewal.
Please bring in a photo ID and proof of current address.
- 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, utility bill, piece of mail, rental agreement
Click HERE for a printable Library Card application
Non-residents pay a small fee to checkout materials. You may have an Anacortes postal address but if your property is physically located in the unincorporated areas outside Anacortes City limits, by definition you are a non-resident. Fees are as follows:
- 3-month family card privilege $25
- 6-month family card privilege $50
- 12-month family card privilege $100
The fee equals $8.33 per month, or just 28 cents a day. It gives you access to over 100,000 items. What a bargain! You can use the Library's electronic databases, download audio books and eBooks, and access online magazine resources. Children can participate in our Summer Reading Program.
For property and business owners, library cards are issued without cost. Individuals must:
- show evidence of paying property tax to the City of Anacortes
- hold an Annual Business License from the City of Anacortes
Please be aware that these cards are for the actual property or business owner only, and do not include employees of an Anacortes business. These cards are renewed annually with proof of property tax or business license.
Anacortes city residents with library cards can apply for reciprocal library cards at Burlington Public Library, La Conner Regional Library, Mount Vernon City Library, Sedro-Woolley Public Library, and Upper Skagit Library District. First, present your card at the Anacortes Public Library to get a sticker that shows your account is in good standing. Then take your card to a reciprocal library and apply for a library card. Please call the reciprocal library for application requirements.
- Burlington Public Library
820 E. Washington Avenue
- La Conner Regional Library
614 Morris Street
- Mount Vernon City Library
315 Snoqualmie Street
- Sedro-Woolley Public Library
802 Ball Avenue
- Central Skagit Library District
100 W State Street Suit C
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
- Upper Skagit Library District
45770 B Main Street
Replacement cards cost $1.00. 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 materials out.
Loan periods vary, depending on the item. DVDs and videos checkout for 7 days; magazines, CDs cassettes, CDs and CD-ROMs checkout for 14 days. All other items checkout for 28 days.
Book drops are located behind the Library on 9th Street, and also inside the building. The drops are designed for Media (DVDs, CDs), Children's, and Adult items.
Our Library does not charge daily overdue fines. As a courtesy, we send out an email or postcard reminder when materials are 2 weeks overdue. Returning items promptly saves billing costs and maintains funding and availability of materials for all Library patrons to enjoy.
Items may be renewed twice, as long as another patron is not waiting. You may renew at the Library, by phone, or by accessing your account online at the Library website.
On return, all items are carefully checked and cleaned or re-packaged as necessary before reshelving. Items with minor damage are repaired as needed, with the damage noted. Patrons returning materials with damage requiring replacement covers or containers are charges $5.00 processing fee per item. Patrons returning items damaged beyond repair are charged full replacement cost.
Patrons can place a hold on an item that is currently checked out. This can be done through our online catalog, by phone, or at the Library. Because holds cannot be placed on items that are currently available at the Library, please call the Library and ask a staff member to pull the item and place the hold for you. Available holds are held for 3 days, with consideration given for holidays.
Library patron status is renewed annually, and the library requires proof of residence if you reside within city limits. If you reside outside of city limits, but have a card because you pay property tax in the city, or have a business license in the city of Anacortes, these cards are also renewed annually with current proof of property tax or business license.Back to top
The Anacortes Public Library does not currently charge fines for overdue materials. As such, when materials are overdue and not renewed or returned, your status becomes delinquent, and you will be unable to check out items both digitally and at the library until the items are returned.Back to top