Library Cards

Your library card is more than a piece of plastic. It's the key that unlocks a treasure chest of information and entertainment both here at the library and on the internet.


With your card you can check out materials such as books, audio books, music CDs, DVDs, and more by stopping by the library. Through the internet, you have free access to:
  • All of our subscription databases (some of which can be accessed from outside the library)
  • Downloads of audiobooks and other media through the North Carolina Digital Library, Hoopla, and RB Digital (See Downloadable Titles page for instructions)
  • NCLive

Getting a Card

You may request a library card at the Lending Desk on the first floor. The whole process takes about 5 minutes of your time. Please be aware library cards are not issued after 30 minutes prior to closing.


Library cards are available free of charge to:
  • All Guilford County and High Point City residents or property tax payers
  • All current and retired employees of the City of High Point
  • Students and teachers in public and private educational institutions in Guilford County
Others may also obtain a card by paying a nominal annual fee (currently $40 per year). Exemptions to the fee are detailed in the Library Card Policy.


You will be asked for a photo identification that proves residency in Guilford County or High Point City limits. A driver's license is frequently used. A utility bill with your current address postmarked in the last 2 weeks can also be used.

Child Library Card

A child, 15 years and younger, may get a library card if a parent or legal guardian shows a photo ID, proof of current address and signs an application form. The parent or legal guardian who signs the form is responsible for items checked out by the child and must assume responsibility for and monitor their children's use of the internet through the library's internet connection.

Lost Cards

Lost cards should be reported immediately to prevent misuse.


Most library cards expire annually. Please contact the Customer Service or Lending Desk to renew your card.

Fines & Other Fees

Overdue fines are charged on items that are not returned by the date due. The charge is 10 cents per day per item.
Balances of $5 or more must be paid in full to check out, renew, use the library's Public Computing Center or submit Interlibrary Loan requests. For more information, visit our Fees page.

Loan History

Our system can keep a loan history of everything you borrow from the library. You must request this service at the lending desk or customer service desk on the first floor. This service is not retroactive and will only track items you borrow after you request the service.


Please be advised that if your records should be subpoenaed by the government or requested by Homeland Security, we would be required to surrender them.

Library Elf

Let Library Elf help you manage your library loans and holds.

Who uses Elf?

• Anyone who wants to reduce overdues
• Families with children and lots of books
• Anyone who requests a lot of holds

What's delivered?

• Email and/or RSS alerts before items are due
• Email and/or RSS alerts on overdues and holds
• Consolidated list of yours or your family's library loans and holds
• Cellphone text message alerts for holds (US and Canada)
• Real-time checking by browser

To sign up go to

Library Elf is independently-run and is NOT affiliated in any way with High Point Public Library. Borrower is responsibility for debts incurred and items borrowed on library account.