Library Cards and More

Library Cards

Getting a Rosenberg Library Card is easy and free!

If you are a resident of Texas, visit Circulation at the 1st floor circulation desk with an up-to-date state-issued ID* and fill out the application. For applicants who own property on Galveston Island but live outside of Texas, please provide both an up-to-date state-issued ID and proof of Galveston ownership/residency (utility bill, lease, etc.) If you want to save time, fill out the electronic application then see Circulation to finish the process.

Temporary cards are also available for people who have no proof of residency, are living on the island temporarily, or for children under the age of eighteen (18) with no guardian to cosign a permanent card. This card gives short term access to both physical and digital items at the Rosenberg Library. To get one, either visit Circulation on the 1st floor, or fill out the electronic application, select “physical card,” then visit Circulation to finish the process.

Customers can receive one free replacement card per year. Additional replacement cards are $1.00. Every three years, library cards need to be renewed, and a replacement card can also be issued at that time at no cost to the customer.

*If not up-to-date, please provide utility bill, lease or other similar documentation that shows your current address.

Digital Cards

Digital cards are best for those who only want access to digital content from the Rosenberg Library, which includes databases, movies, music, and more. To sign up, fill out the electronic application, select “digital card.” A guardian’s signature is required if the applicant is below the age of 18. Please note, this card is only for digital content, and will not allow you to check out physical items.

Digital cards can be changed to a regular/permanent card if you have a state-issued ID and proof of Texas residency from the past sixty (60) days.

All questions about library cards can be answered by Circulation at 409.763.8854 Ext. 111.

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Check Out Limits Per Card Type

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Teacher Extended Loans (T.E.L.)

Fines and Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check if you have an item at the Library?

You can search for the title on our online catalog!

View Instructions how to Search the Catalog

If someone else has the item I want, how can I be notified when it’s available?

To be notified when an item is becomes available, go into the library catalog, find the item, and select “Place Hold.” When the item is returned, we will hold the item for you and notify you, either with an email, text message, or phone call. You will have three (3) days to pick up the item once notified.

I didn’t finish using my items. Can I renew them?

Absolutely! If you need more time with an item, you can renew your check out time either by visiting us in person at the Library, through your online account, or calling us at 409.763.8854 Ext. 111 during regular library hours. Items can be renewed up to three times, unless someone else has placed a hold on it, or it has been checked out with a teacher card.

What do I do if I lost my items?

We are sorry to hear your items were lost, it happens! If the item is lost for longer than ninety (90) days, there may be a replacement cost as well as a $5 processing fee. However, if you find the items and return them to the library, the cost is waived with no consequences!

Please note: lost/overdue items must be returned inside the Rosenberg Library. Do not return lost/overdue items to the Intelligent Book Return/Drop Boxes (Moody Methodist Church/north side of Rosenberg Library).

The Rosenberg Library doesn’t have the item I want. How can I request it?

You can use the InterLibrary Loan program! A Rosenberg librarian will search for your requested item at other libraries across the nation. If it’s available, they can have it delivered to Rosenberg Library at no cost. It can take up to two (2) weeks for the item to arrive. Learn more about InterLibrary loans.

Ask a Reference Librarian

By Chat

Can’t get in to the Library, but still need help from a librarian?
Live Chat with a Librarian – Hours of service: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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By Phone

Phone the Library at 409.763.8854 Ext. 115 any time during regular library hours: Monday, Friday – Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

By Email

Send your reference questions via email to a reference librarian. Questions will be answered in the order in which they are received and as soon as possible (generally within three working days – Monday through Saturday). If we cannot quickly answer your question, we will let you know.

If you have a mail service set up on your computer or device, simply click the link above.

From Hotmail, Yahoo, or similar Internet email program, copy and paste the address Reference@Rosenberg-Library.org into your email message “To” line, and type “Reference Question” in the subject line.

Please include the following in your message:

  1. Your first name
  2. Your city and state of residence
  3. Your question