In order to sustainably offer high-quality services, Irving Public Library (IPL) has charged nonresidents for library and computer access cards since 2012. IPL instituted this fee in response to dramatic reductions in funding from the State of Texas and an increasing demand for library services and materials. Rather than eliminating services available to tax-paying residents, IPL charges an annual fee to nonresidents who enjoy the library system’s exceptional services.
Everyone is welcome to visit, attend programs and use the materials within the library, regardless of where they live. In order to check out items from the library’s extensive collection, access the online resources or use one of the computers available at all library locations, non-residents must purchase either:
- Computer Access Card for an annual fee of $10 or a monthly fee of $5
- Full Access Card for an annual fee of $40
The $40 fee for a Full Access card reflects the amount of taxes collected from each adult Irving resident annually that funds library operations.
PUBLIC LIBRARY BENEFITS
Public libraries can save users time and money, teach new skills, and improve lives in many ways. Cardholders interested in calculating the value of their library membership can visit the I Love Libraries website. The benefits of having an Irving Public Library card include:
- Access to an extensive collection of over a million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks, steaming video, and downloadable audiobooks
- Access to online resources available from home
- An individual or family may borrow up to 50 items at a time, which can include:
- Five eBooks or digital downloads
- 10 magazines
- Two Bluebonnet Award books
- Borrowing and returning privileges at three convenient library locations
- Two computer sessions a day; sessions can be up to 90 minutes in length
- Use of the Make it Yourself Zones (ages 11 and up)
CITIES WITH NONRESIDENT FEES
Many cities currently charge for non-resident library cards, including:
- Arlington - $50
- Dallas - $250
- Ft. Worth - $50
- Plano - $50
- Coppell - $40
Other area cities charging nonresident fees include:
- Farmers Branch
PROOF OF RESIDENCY
All Irving Public Library cardholders must provide proof of residency each time they renew their card. A list of approved identification is here (PDF). To find out when a card expires, the cardholder can log into their account online, call the library at 972-721-2440 or use the online chat service.
- Why has this begun? I've never had to pay for library card from Irving Public Library before.
- Who is eligible to receive a free Irving Public Library card?
- What does a non-resident library card cost?
- Is this fee a one-time fee or a yearly fee?
- How did I get a non-resident card?
- What do I get when I purchase a non-resident Full Access Card?