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Does your child have a card? If not, the Burlington County Library System is here to help.

Having a library card teaches kids about responsibility. It allows a them to feel like a trusted member of the community. Being handed one for the first time is a rite of passage and helps them feel as if they’ve been accepted into a special club!

Getting a library card for your child also can be an opportunity for a lesson in accountability. The main responsibility of a cardholder is to keep borrowed books safe and clean. BCLS depends on our users to return their books in the same condition as when they were checked out. That way, they can be enjoyed by others.

A child of any age can get a BCLS library card. What can it be used for?

Kids can borrow up to 35 items, including books, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and videogames, can be checked out at one time. We even have TumbleBooks, fun interactive stories for our youngest readers. Families can keep track of everything they've read with Beanstack, an online service that includes suggested book lists and activitity tracks. Once a book has been entered into a Beanstack account, it becomes part of a permanent list that can be referred to at any time. So when kids talk about a book they loved last year, simply check the list for the title. Kids with library cards also can use our computers which have child-safe AWE software installed on them in the Youth Services department.

What are the requirements to get your child a BCLS library card?

The card is free to Burlington County residents. You can apply online and we ask that you bring proof of residency to activate the card. Call your local branch if you have any questions. Remember, when you’re ready to pick up your child's card, the child must be present. So that you and your family can fully enjoy every visit to the library, explore our guide on Children in the Library.