Covid-19 response information
Get a Library Card
The Library issues library cards free of charge to residents or property owners in its primary service area:
- Cape Girardeau County
- Perry County
- Scott County
Residents of the following surrounding counties may also obtain a free library card.
- Bollinger County
- Madison County
- Mississippi County
- New Madrid County
- St. Francois County
- Ste. Genevieve County
- Stoddard County
To obtain a library card, come to your local Riverside branch and present a photo ID with your current address or documentation showing the physical address of your residence, such as a piece of mail. If you are a property owner but not a resident, please present proof of property ownership, such as your most recent property tax statement.
You may also complete the form below:
Online Library Card Application
Residents outside the above counties may receive services provided they apply in person, show proof of identity, and make a non-refundable payment. The cost is $24 per household for 12 months or $12 per household for 6 months.
Replacing a lost library card costs $5 (non-refundable). Your old card becomes invalid.
Child/Young Adult Cards
Children ages 5 to 15 can get their own library card if a parent or legal guardian has a valid Riverside library card and comes to the library and gives written permission or completes the form above. Residents ages 16 & 17 with proper ID and/or proof of residence may get a library card without parental/guardian permission.
Businesses and Daycares
Certified commercial daycares and residential care facilities may get one library card in the business name, with the business owner as responsible party. The Business owner may also provide names of current employees who may use the card. Owners are responsible for keeping the list of employees up-to-date.
Accessing My Account Online
You can access your library information through My Account on our website or through the Missouri Evergreen App. You will need your library card (use all the numbers on the back of card) and PIN. From My Account, you can search and place holds on materials, renew materials and track your reading through lists and by checking your history. NOTE: If there are fines on your card, the automation system will not allow items to be renewed from home.
A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is needed to access My Account online and for access to electronic resources on our website. PINs are created when you sign up for your library card and can be changed by the patron at any time online through My Account. If you have lost or don’t have a PIN, call or come into the library and ask the circulation desk staff to create one for you.