Library Cards

To Obtain a Library Card:

A free library card is available to:

  • Residents of the city of Spirit Lake
  • Rural Dickinson county residents
  • Residents of contracting towns (Okoboji, Orleans, West Okoboji, Wahpeton)
  • Residents of Iowa participating in the Open Access program

To obtain a card, all individuals must be 14 or older and provide a photo ID and current address verification.

Acceptable forms of ID and address verification include the following:

Photo ID:

  • Driver’s license
  • State/Federal issued ID or Passport
  • School ID card

Address Verification (if address is different from, or not listed on the photo ID):

  • Checkbook
  • Current utility bill
  • Letter with a current postmark

If a visitor is providing an ID or documents that create some doubt, the staff may tell the visitor that they may use the items in the library but may not check out materials until documents have a chance to be verified.

Cards can be obtained in the library or by visiting our online catalog and clicking "sign up" in the upper left hand corner.


Library Cards for Children:

Children of any age can obtain a library card. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to sign the application and the parent/legal guardian will need to show a photo ID and provide current address verification. Parents with a library card must be in good standing with the library. The parent/legal guardian understands they are to supervise the child’s use of library materials and will ultimately be responsible for the materials checked out on the card. An individual  must be 14 or older to obtain a card without a parental signature.


Card Holder Information:

When you sign up for your library card, you agree to the following:

  • Presenting this card when checking out material
  • All material checked out on this card
  • Not lending this card to others
  • Notifying the library if the card is lost, stolen, or a change of name, address, phone, or email.
  • Responsibility for all fine and for lost or damaged materials borrowed on this card.


Replacement Card:

A charge of $3.00 will be made for a lost or damaged card


Where can I use my SLPL card?

You may use your card at the 6 FlexShare libraries in the Iowa Great Lakes Area: Arnolds Park, Estherville, Milford, Spencer, Spirit Lake & Terril. (You need only ONE card from your HOME library!)


Membership Types

Provisional – new local property owner or resident (Spirit Lake, Orleans, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Wahpeton, rural Dickinson County)

  • May check out 10 items at a time
  • Full access to digital resources
  • If account is in good standing after 3 months, will renew to Residential

Residential – local property owner or resident (Spirit Lake, Orleans, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Wahpeton, rural Dickinson County)

  • May check out 40 items at a time (DVDs – limit 10)
  • Full access to digital resources
  • Inter-Library Loan (ILL) services available ($2 per item)

Open Access – Iowa resident outside of Spirit Lake & contracting cities (Spirit Lake, Orleans, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Wahpeton, and rural Dickinson County)

  • May check out 10 items at a time
  • May check out ONLY books, audio books, DVDs and magazines
  • No Learning Resource Kits
  • No access to digital resources

Group Home – client of residential facility

  • May check out 5 items at a time
  • No Learning Resource Kits or Electronic Devices