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A Library Card for the Chester County Library System unlocks a world of resources, opportunities, and experiences! Use your library card to check out books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, access online research databases 24/7, plus gain access to music, DVDs, business information, and our on-site PCs!
Need a library card?
You are eligible for a free library card if you live, work, own property or attend school in Chester County. Out-of-county residents who are ACCESS PA cardholders qualify for a free library card under the ACCESS PA Statewide Library card program.
For all others who wish to obtain a library card, an Out-of-County fee of up to $20 may apply.
Apply Using Mobile App: Adults can submit an application using the Chester County Library System mobile app. Two forms of valid ID that verify current address are required when using the mobile app to apply for a library card. The app is available to download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Apply In Person: Download, print and bring your completed application to any Chester County Library with valid ID (i.e., driver's license) to verify your current address (required):
When applying in person, applicants must be present at the library to obtain their new card. Parent or guardian must sign and show valid ID for application of a minor under 18 years of age.
Renew Your Card
Adult accounts expire every three years. You can renew your account in person at the library by presenting ID that verifies your current address. You can also renew your account using the Chester County Library System mobile app. Two forms of ID that verify current address are required when using the mobile app to renew an expired card.
Minor/child accounts expire when the cardholder reaches 18 years of age. When a minor’s account expires they must re-apply as an adult cardholder either in person, online or using the mobile app.
Not sure when your card will expire? Check your account expiration date online at My Account or contact us at (610) 696-1721 / .
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Aplicaciones de tarjeta de usuario: por favor imprima la solicitud, llénela, y llevarlo a la biblioteca con ID que
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A Chester County Library System Policy • Last Updated March 2014
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Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources (POWER Library) provides access to magazine and newspaper indexes, full-text encyclopedias and almanacs, and an archive of over 50,000 photographs. You will need your library card barcode to access the POWER Library.
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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service among participating libraries to share resources, including those that cannot be found at one of our Chester County Library System locations. This service is available to patrons who have a current library card to any of the 18 libraries in the Chester County Library System, and whose records are updated and fine-free. If you have any questions, contact the Chester County Library’s Interlibrary Loan office at 610-280-2625.
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Free, un-secured WiFi is available at WCPL. Access is open, no password needed; simply read and agree to our Acceptable Use Policy.
A Chester County Library System Policy • Last Updated October 2019
Chester County Library System offers its patrons access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive. Enjoy popular titles, including new bestsellers and old favorites for use on your smartphone, tablet, eReader, PC, or Mac. Read digital copies of magazines on your computer, smartphone, or tablet on Flipster using your library card. For more information and how to get started with Overdrive and Flipster visit: https://www.ccls.org/305/eMaterials
The Chester County Library System subscribes to a number of online resources for your research and information needs (look here when the search engine fails you!).
A curated list of websites from CCLS.
Need some help learning how to set up an email account or how to do a basic search on the Internet? Try the free online tutorials from DigitalLearn.
Need book suggestions? Try Nextreads, an email service that sends you book recommendations based on your interests. The monthly or bimonthly emails list books with a link to the CCLS online catalog for easy reserving. NoveList Plus is another excellent tool for reading recommendations including reviews, lists, articles, and more. Use NoveList to find read-alikes in both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages.
Locate resources available in our county, from training, family/community services, mental health and much more with the Chester County Community Resource Directory.
did you know?
WCPL can loan families free or discounted passes to several local attractions. Each of the passes gives entry to 2-5 persons in the same family!
RESERVE A PASS: Call 610-696-7985 to speak with a staff member and reserve a pass today. Passes are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
NOW OFFERING PASSES TO:
Academy of Natural Sciences
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum! They are dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Explore this attraction for exhibits on wildlife, butterflies, dinosaurs, and all things natural!
Image courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University,
Chester County History Center
Founded in 1893, the Chester County History Center (formerly the Chester County Historical Society) is the official county history museum, education center, and repository of Chester County, PA. Visit their permanent and rotating exhibits in a 56,000 square foot history center in downtown West Chester, featuring locally crafted Grandfather Clocks, furniture from the early 1700s, over 200 quilts, and a historic clothing collection dating from the 1700s to today!
Image courtesy of Chester County Historical Society, www.chestercohistorical.org/
A world-famous garden attraction right here in Chester County, Longwood Gardens are a 'living expression' of what founder Pierre S. du Pont loved and found beautiful. Catch an awe-inspiring fountain show, stroll through beautiful gardens blooming differently in every season, see a holiday light extravaganza, and experience a variety of fun educational programming.
Researching your family tree in Chester County, PA? The Chester County History Center is your best resource for genealogical research in the county. The following links will be very useful in your search:
For genealogical research for other parts of the US, you can access Ancestry.com for free at the Library (this program is not available for home use). Please call ahead to reserve computer time for your research on this valuable resource.
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West Chester Public Library staff are available to proctor exams. The WCPL Exam Proctoring Sheet (PDF) lists our procedures and requirements for using this service. It is the student’s responsibility to check with his or her institution to be sure the institution will accept our procedures.
Fully vaccinated? You do not need to wear a mask on the main floor and lower level. Masks still required in Children's (2nd floor).
Library hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10:00am - 7:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00am - 5:00pm.