Who gets a Larchmont Public Library card?
You are entitled to a Larchmont Public Library card if you live in the Town of Mamaroneck or the Village of Larchmont. You are also entitled to a card if you work, own real property or go to school in the unincorporated portion of the Town of Mamaroneck or in the Village of Larchmont and do not live anywhere else in Westchester. If you live elsewhere in Westchester, you must get your card there even if you have always used us and like us very much. Once you get your card, you can still use us.
Mailing addresses are not always dispositive. For example, some of our patrons have Scarsdale mailing addresses. Go figure. You can look up your address on the Westchester Library System’s Interactive Service Map. Alternatively, here is a link to the official Town of Mamaroneck Street List which we use to determine if you are eligible for a Larchmont Public Library card. If your address is listed as being in the Village of Mamaroneck, then you go to the Mamaroneck Public Library for your card. If you are not sure, give the Circulation Desk a call first(914-834-2281 x.2). If you don’t live, work, go to school or own real property in Westchester County, don’t give up hope. You can purchase a card from the Westchester Library System for an annual fee of $75 ($35 for seniors).
What sort of proof do I need to bring?
You need two things: 1) photographic id and 2) proof of residence or, if you don’t live anywhere else in Westchester, proof of employment or schooling here. So, for example, a New York Driver’s License would serve both functions as it has your photo and your address on it. A passport or an out-of-state license and a bill or lease will work as well. The passport or license proves your identity and the bill proves your residence. If you go to school, work or live with someone in Larchmont or the Town you need to fill out the aptly named Employment/Residendence/School Verification form and get it signed by the appropriate person.
Any more paperwork?
Yes. You also need to fill out the Library Card Registration form. Note: At the bottom there is a portion of the form that says “for staff use only.” Just be aware that the bit on the top called “Barcode number” is also for staff use only.
Can’t I do all this online?
We don’t want you to have to wait to get your card. Go to Getting a card online. Fill out the form. We’ll email you your card number, so you can start using our downloadable stuff immediately (well, within one business day). We will also snail mail you your actual card. You will have six months to bring in your id and proof of address.
Do cards ever expire?
Sort of. Your account is good for three years. To renew it all you need to do is come down to the Library with the photographic id and proof of residence mentioned above. You don’t need the registration form. You keep your card.