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Library accounts are free to all Maryland Residents and available to non-residents for a $10.00 annual fee.
Apply in person at any of our three branches. You will need to show photo ID and proof of address.
Children under 18 must be able to sign their first names and must have a parent or guardian present to co-sign the application.
Washington College students with valid college ID are treated as Maryland residents.
Please see our Smartest Card brochure for more information about lending limits and borrowing times.
If we do not own an item, you can try searching for it in Marina, Maryland's statewide Interlibrary Loan service. You will need your library card number to log in. If you find an item in Marina that is requestable, select the KCPL branch at which you would like to pick it up and submit your request. If you don't see what you are looking for there either, or would prefer that we place the request for you, let us know. We will do our best to get it for you.
We also consider requests when making purchasing decisions. If you would like to suggest an item be added to our collection, fill out our online form.
In order to protect your privacy, we do not keep records of your items after they are returned. However, you may choose to keep a history of items you check out going forward by logging into My Account and checking the "Maintain reading history" box under "Contact Information and Preferences."
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First, it's important to know which account you are trying to access.
When you got your library card, your KCPL account was set up to allow you to log into the catalog in order to see what items you have checked out, place holds, renew items, and other basic functions. .
In order to use some of our online resources, you will need to create a free account to manage your use of the service. These accounts are separate from your main library account and must be set up individually to use each of the following resources:
Adult Learning Center
Maryland's Digital Library (Overdrive)
Rosetta Stone Languages
Testing and Education Reference Center
If you are having trouble logging into one of these accounts, you may need to reset your password. Each site should have a link you can click to start this process. If you have trouble resetting your password or have other questions about these accounts, please contact us and we will help you figure out the problem.
Please see the My Accounts page for more information.
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Yes, we offer regular programs and classes for children, teens, and adults, as well as special events. All programs and classes are free of charge. Registration is sometimes required, so please check the Calendar for more details about specific events.
Our regular programs include Book Groups, Technology Classes, story time programs, Friday films, programs for writers, and needlecrafting. More information about all our regular programs can be found on our Regular Programs page.
For information about all upcoming regular and special programs, please visit our Calendar.
You may visit the library, attend library programs and classes, and use public computers or the public wifi network at no cost. We charge service fees for printing, notary public services, and meeting room rental. Fees are also charged if items are not returned by their due dates or are damaged or lost while checked out. For more information please see our complete Fines and Fees Policy.
Yes, we offer public wifi at all of our locations. Further details are available on our Services page.
We offer a Tech Questions Answered at the Chestertown branch at 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month -- bring your devices and questions!
You can also sign up for a one-on-one technology appointment for personalized help at a time that suits your schedule. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Other technology-related classes are offered throughout the year. Please see our calendar for information about upcoming classes.
All classes are free of charge.
We welcome information about community events and encourage community involvement in our displays and exhibits.
To be sure your flier, display, or artwork matches our criteria and to review the process you need to follow, please see the relevant policy:
We gladly accept many types of donations. For further information on supporting your library, please see the Library Supporters page.