Attention North Carolina residents! As a resident of North Carolina, you can sign up for a library card at the Government & Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina (SLNC).

To get your library card, fill out the online library card application form. You may also visit the library in person to apply for a card.

What can I do with my library card?

  • If you are a North Carolina resident or a state agency employee, you can apply for a library card and borrow items from the SLNC Government & Heritage Library's circulating collection.
  • If you are outside of Raleigh and your local library is a member of the NC Cardinal Consortium, you may place a hold on our circulating materials and they will be sent to your library.
  • SLNC Government & Heritage Library card holders can access many online resources and databases from anywhere. The library subscribes to many different databases. Check our Online Resources web page to determine access availability. Some databases are only available on-site at the library.
  • Learn more about using your SLNC GHL Library Card with this helpful tip sheet, "Using Your Library Card."

How do I get a card?

  • Fill out the library card application form online. You will receive your card number in an email along with information on how to use your card. If you would like to receive your physical library card and check out print books at the SLNC Government & Heritage Library, please visit the library in person with your state issued identification to pick up your card.
  • You may also visit the library in person to fill out a library card application. Remember to bring your state issued identification card with you so that you can receive your physical library card.

More information:

Additional information about the State Library, SLNC Government & Heritage Library cards, and borrowing privileges may be found in the North Carolina Administrative Code: 07 NCAC 02H .0100-.0109.