Yakima Valley Libraries offers free library cards to anyone who lives or owns property within Yakima County with the exception of the City of Grandview (which hosts its own city library). Non-county residents as well as City of Grandview residents may purchase a YVL Super Card at the non-resident rate.
Your first Super Card is free! A replacement card costs $1.00. You must present your Super Card every time you check out an item.
The Super Card is giving you access to, among others, these wonderful YVL services:
- Check out books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs.
- Download eBooks and eAudiobooks.
- Stream fiction and non-fiction videos.
- Search our online reference and educational databases, including: language learning tools, interactive test preparation guides for the GED, U.S. Citizenship, ASVAB, GRE and SAT, online magazines and newspapers, health and consumer information, genealogical resources, encyclopedias, auto manuals, and many more!
- Take courses on Microsoft Imagine Academy and access to premium study resources and free exam sessions for MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certifications.
- Use the WestlawNext Patron Access Database from a designated computer at our Yakima Central Library.
- Access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. Find out about grants through Funding Information Network premium databases, librarian selected grantseeking websites, and personal assistance from library staff.
- Check out a free family admission pass to visit the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA.
- Use our Interlibrary Loan service to borrow materials from other library systems.
- Reserve a PC session in any library to access the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point.)
- Access to our free Wi-Fi service (at certain library locations.)
The Super Card – Adult
To apply for an adult’s library card:
- Fill out the application form completely
- Visit any Yakima Valley Libraries location to get started.
- Show identification that you reside within the Yakima Valley Libraries service area
- Show picture Identification
The Super Card – Minor
Children and teens under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when applying for a Super Card – Minor. The adult parent or guardian must supply photo ID and proof of current address. To apply for a Super Card for children and teens under 18 years old:
- Fill out the application form completely. Either you or your parent may fill out the form.
- Visit any Yakima Valley Libraries location to get started
- Your mother, father, or legal guardian must sign your application, and provide a driver’s license number or other identification number.
- With your parent or guardian, submit the finished application to staff at your library.
- Show proof (a driver’s license, utility bill, or other non-personal piece of mail addressed to you, etc.) that you reside within the Yakima Valley Libraries service area.
The Super Card – Institutions
A Super Card for Institutions from Yakima Valley Libraries allows your school/daycare/preschool or similar institutions to check out library materials for use in your organization. The institution is responsible for all materials checked out by authorized staff.
Please have a formal letter requesting a Super Card for Institutions prepared on your organization’s letterhead, listing the following:
- The number of library cards you are requesting
- The names of staff authorized to use those library cards
This letter must have the signed authorization of the head of the organization. Should a person leave your organization and no longer be authorized to use a library card, please contact us at 509-452-8541 or visit your local library branch, so that your organization’s library record can be updated.
The Super Card – Reciprocal Agreement
If you do not live or own property in our service area but you already have a library card with a cooperating library system in Washington State, you can get a reciprocal card. Reciprocal Borrowers can possess a YVL Super Card with full access to print and online resources and borrowing privileges. This card type does not include Interlibrary Loan services. Cooperating library systems include:
- Fort Vancouver Regional Library
- North Central Regional Library
To apply for a reciprocal card, please fill out an application at any of our libraries. Be sure to bring your library card from the cooperating library system, a valid photo ID, and proof of address.
The Super Card – Non-resident
To apply for the Everything card if you do not live within the Yakima Valley Libraries’ service area:
- Fill out the application form completely.
- The non-residents may use services for which a library card is required through payment of an annual fee entitling everyone residing at the same street address (i.e. house, apartment, or other type of living unit) to resident library privileges at no additional charge. The annual fee is governed by Yakima Valley Libraries Board of Trustees.
- Non-resident cards expire after one year. (To renew please visit one of our libraries to pay the annual fee and reinstate your borrowing privileges.)
- Per Resolution #17-016 Annual Non-Resident Fee, the annual non-resident fee amount is $90.
The Digital Pass is valid for up to sixty (60) days and grants immediate access to our digital collections including online databases, eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming video. Digital Passes are open to residents of Yakima County (except those living in the City of Grandview) who don’t already have a card. Learn more about Digital Pass eligibility (FAQ).
Upgrade to a Super Card within sixty (60) days by visiting a library branch in person and showing identification that you reside within the Yakima Valley Libraries service area. Click the link below to complete the online registration form and be granted immediate use of our digital collections.
- Although you may place two holds on physical items with your Digital Pass, use of physical materials is excluded until you get The Super Card.
- The Super Card will allow you to check out library materials (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) and reserve and use public computers.
YVL Digital Pass Registration Form – ENG | Formulario para la solicitud de Pase Digital – ESP
Important: The entry of a valid email address is highly desired.
Provisional Library Card
The Provisional Library Card is for people who live in the Yakima Valley Libraries’ service area, but do not yet have proof of current address (examples: new residents or people in transitional housing). To apply for a Provisional Library Card you must:
- Fill out the Library Card Registration form.
- Present the completed Registration form along with picture identification at any Yakima Valley Libraries’ location to receive your Provisional Library Card.
Also please note provisional library card holders may:
- Checkout only 2 items at one time.
- Place holds on only 2 YVL items at a time.
Once you provide the library with proof of current address your card will be converted to regular status and have full privileges.