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Most individuals who live in or pay library property taxes to Washington County are eligible for a free library card. Simply come to any one of our library branches and fill out an application. You will need to provide proof of residency. Your library card is accepted at all Washington County Library branches and Library Express locations, as well as the Washington County Law Library, Stillwater Public Library, and Bayport Public Library.
Washington County Library also offers special library card options for educators and organizations in the county. Learn more about these options by speaking with staff at any Washington County Library branch.
Use your library card to borrow books, ebooks, audiobooks, e-audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, kits, and other library materials.
To share library resources in a fair and timely manner, there are limits for any library account at one time. Borrowing privileges are suspended when limits are exceeded
Washington County Library offers auto-renewals for most materials that don't have a waiting list. You can also renew materials online through My Account, by calling your local branch, by using the library's mobile app, or by visiting the service desk at any of our library branches.
Loan periods for most borrowed materials may be extended three times. Loan periods are:
Loans for some materials cannot be extended:
1. Search for the title in the library catalog. 2. Select the Place Hold button. (You will need to sign into your account with your library card.) 3. Select your preferred branch or Library Express for pick-up. 4. You will be notified when the item is available for check-out. Please note: Popular titles may have waiting lists.
If the title is not in the library catalog, you can request it from another Minnesota library using MNLINK. MNLINK searches titles in libraries throughout Minnesota. Magazines, video games, and book kits are not available from other libraries. If you cannot find an item through MNLINK, ask a librarian for assistance.
See our eBooks, Audiobooks & eMagazines page to learn more about our electronic lending services. Ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines are available through the Libby or OverDrive apps. All of these resources are free with your library card but may require you to set up an additional account with the specific application. If you have any questions or need troubleshooting, contact the staff at any of our library branches.
Most magazines and newspapers are available from library databases on our Magazines & Newspapers page. You can see a full list of all of our magazines and download current issues using OverDrive or OverDrive’s Libby app. To search for specific magazine, journal, or newspaper articles use either our ProQuest or EBSCO MegaFILE databases.
You can access the entire Washington County Library Events Calendar and search for an event, area of interest, or specific date. You can also select a specific library location from our Locations & Hours page to see upcoming events for that branch.
If you have unpaid fees on your library account, borrowing privileges are suspended until the fees have been resolved. Additionally, to share library resources in a fair and timely manner, there are limits for any library account at one time:
Borrowing privileges are suspended when limits are exceeded. When your account is blocked you also cannot borrow materials or download titles from the library’s ebook or eAudiobook platforms. The library maintains the accuracy of customer accounts with regular address checks. Having correct contact information increases the probability of customers receiving library notices and avoiding fees. Each customer’s account is blocked once every two years. This provides an opportunity to update contact information including home address, phone number and email address. To unblock your account, visit, call, or email Washington County Library and provide your current contact information. Library staff will update your account and unblock your account. You will than have full access to library services. Call 651-731-1320 or email AskALibrarian@washcolib.libanswers.com.
The library maintains the accuracy of customer accounts with regular address checks. Having correct contact information increases the probability of customers receiving library notices and avoiding fees. Each customer’s account is blocked once every two years. This provides an opportunity to update contact information including home address, phone number, and email address. When your account is blocked you cannot borrow materials or download titles from the library’s ebook platforms. To unblock your account, visit, call or email Washington County Library and provide your current contact information. Library staff will update your account and unblock your account. You will then have full access to library services.
Requested materials ready for pick upMaterials nearing due date (e-mail only)Overdue materialsLost materials
A final courtesy notice is sent at six weeks overdue for unreturned 2-week loans and at 3 weeks overdue for unreturned 1-week loans. The final notice is a bill for the replacement cost of materials plus a nonrefundable $8 recovery fee for each item. Thirty days after the final notice is sent unpaid charges of more than $50 are sent to Washington County for debt collection.
Card holders should update their e-mail and mailing addresses at a branch.
You can also check My Account for the status of your borrowed or requested items.
To ensure you receive email from the Washington County Library, please:
All of the mobile apps from the library and its partners can be found on our Mobile Apps page. WCL Mobile is a free mobile app that let you connect with your library anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, access your library account, and more all from your mobile phone. Other apps specific to our ebook, audiobook, emagazine, and database services are also available.
To ensure fair use of the library's computers, a daily time limit may be enabled. However, your time can be extended when possible.
Our libraries have public printer/copiers available to use for a fee (per page).
Photocopies - $0.15
Black & white printing - $0.15
Color printing - $0.50
Print from anywhere!
Send documents to the library's printers and pick them up when you're ready. Items can be sent from your own computer or mobile device at home, in the library, or on the go.
You may first want to read our guidelines regarding meeting room use on our Reserve A Meeting Room page. Call the library to make a reservation.
You can add items to your My Lists by using the "Select An Action" drop-down from either a search results page or an item's detail display. If you are logged in to the system, you will be prompted to select which of your lists you want to save items to. If you are not already logged in to the system, any items you add to My Lists will be sent to a "Temporary List." To access your custom lists, you will need to first log in.
To view a list, go to My Lists, and click on the list you wish to view. It will open in the main window. Click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.
To arrange your saved lists, do one of the following: • Use the :: icon to drag and drop your lists in the order you want them to appear. • Use the Arrange By drop down to arrange your lists alphabetically (ascending or descending), or by the time they were created (most recent first or oldest first).
To create a new list, click the Add List button (+). A window will open and prompt you to name your new list. Enter the name and click Create to create the new list or Cancel to go back.
To delete lists, select the lists you want to remove and then click the Delete Lists button (-).
Yes, but please see our Exam Services page for details. Unsupervised student exam service is available at most branches. The library does not proctor exams by observing students during the test.
Please see our page on Tax Forms for forms and tax information available through the library. Photocopying of tax forms from reproducible files is available (15 cents per page). You may also download and print tax forms from the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue websites.
Washington County Library is often asked to add items to our collection that are independently written and/or published. This can include materials that are self-published or published through micro-niche publishers. There are now more nontraditional titles published than from traditional publishers. The librarians at Washington County Library have no efficient way to evaluate all of these titles to make informed decisions on selection. The best way to bring a title to our attention is through reviews. A positive review in one or more of the library review journals, such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, or a local Twin Cities newspaper will give your book an improved chance for purchase by Washington County Library (and other public libraries as well). Review sources that specialize in self-published and small press materials include the following:
The next best method is a fact sheet mailed to the Collection Development Department. Librarians generally have only a few seconds to look over a fact sheet, so it is to your advantage to emphasize the essentials. You should include:
Be prepared to accept purchase orders, and to wait several weeks for payment. As a public library that focuses on items in popular demand, we select materials whose content is aimed at the general reader/listener rather than for the specialist or practitioner. Also, due to the constant and sometimes careless use by the public, the Library purchases materials that are sturdily packaged. If you send a sample copy to the library, it will not be returned in the event the title is not purchased. We will treat your item as a donation. Washington County Library reserves the right to dispose of unsolicited materials in any manner it deems appropriate. If your book is available as an eBook, please contact our vendors for inclusion in their catalogs.
Drop in visits to market your book are not encouraged. Due to their busy schedules, it is possible a librarian might not be available to meet with you. If you would like Washington County Library to consider your materials, please send the fact sheet with the professional reviews attached to:
Attention: Collection Development DepartmentWashington County Library8595 Central Park PlaceWoodbury, MN 55125
If you are interested in presenting a program in relation to your book, please see our Author or Book Talk page.
If you would like to offer an event at the library, please choose one of the following links according to the type of event and fill out any required forms.
By Minnesota law, the information you provide when applying for a library card, as well as information that links your name with library materials, is private. Only your name is public information. The information you supply to us is only available to you and to appropriate library personnel in order to support library services. This information is not available to the general public without your written permission or a court order.
If you are under age 18, information about materials requested, checked out, or kept overdue is available to your parent or guardian. You may ask to have this information withheld by filling out a data privacy request form. However, we can only withhold this data from your parents if it is determined to be in your best interest to do so.