Can I get an account?
We offer free library accounts to anyone of any age who:
- Is a district resident (lives or owns property in the FVRL district), or
- Lives in a library district with which FVRL has a reciprocal agreement.
You can pay a fee for a non-resident account if you live in an area geographically next to the FVRL district (but not in a reciprocal system) or are a temporary resident of the FVRL district.
How do I sign up?
Tell me more about FVRL accounts...
- What are limited privileges?
Who has limited privileges?
Your privileges are limited if you:
- Register online, or
- Don't have proof of address when you register, or
- Are 17 or under and don't have a parental signature.
What can I do with a limited account?
- Access our complete digital collection of eBooks, eAudio, Video, Music, Articles and resources
- Have three holds and three checkouts of physical items
- If you're an FVRL district resident: Borrow Experience Passes, Chromebook kits, and Wi-Fi hotspots
What if I want to borrow more physical items?
- Visit a library with valid photo ID and proof of address and upgrade to a full-privileges resident or reciprocal account.
- Minors will need to bring their parent or guardian to the library or bring in a completed authorization form:
- What are full privileges for a district resident?
- District residents with a full-privileges account can:
- What are full privileges for a reciprocal account?
- Reciprocal patrons with a full-privileges account can:
- Have 50 holds and up to 50 checkouts of physical items at a time (sorry, no Chromebook kits or Wi-Fi hotspots)
- Access the complete digital collection of eBooks, eAudio, Video, Music, Articles and resources
- Sorry, Experience Passes and Interlibrary Loan are not available.
- Tell me more about non-resident accounts...
How much does a non-resident account cost?
- $44 annually for an individual
- $115 annually for a household
- Paying for a household allows each member of the household to get their own account.
How do I sign up?
- Purchase an account at any staffed FVRL library. Bring current photo ID and proof of address.
- Cowlitz County residents may apply online, await billing, then pay online.
What can I do with a non-resident account?
Everything you can do with a full-privilege resident account.
Does it expire?
Yes, when your paid period runs out. You may pay online to extend your privilege.
- Do you have accounts for teachers?
Yes! Our educator account allows teachers to borrow materials for classroom use or curriculum support.
Who can get an educator account?
- Teachers at a daycare or a public or private K-12 school within the FVRL district
- Homeschool educators within the FVRL district
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the educator account.
How do I sign up?
What kind of proof do you need?
- Proof of employment (such as a staff ID) from a daycare or a K-12 public or private school or
- A Declaration of Intent as a homeschool provider. (Homeschool parents of children younger than eight don't need a Declaration of Intent—you can just tell us you're homeschooling.)
What can I do with an educator account?
- Borrow up to 100 physical items at a time, with an extended loan period of six weeks
- Place up to 50 physical items on hold at a time
- Access FVRL's subscriptions to eBooks, digital magazines and newspapers, music and videos via FVRL's website. (Experience Passes and interlibrary loan are not included.)
What else should I be aware of?
- If you have a personal library account and an Educator account, you need to keep both in good standing or you could lose borrowing privileges of both.
- The Educator account is intended for education-related items only. Personal use may result in loss of privileges.
- My child has an account through school. I'd like to know more...
- We provide access to our digital collection in partnership with many school districts. Learn about ConnectFVRL.
How do I renew my account?
Accounts expire periodically so we can verify your contact information and eligibility. See How do I renew my library account?
Do I need an account to use the library?
What are my responsibilities?
Here's what you're agreeing to when you get a library account:
- I accept responsibility for all items checked out to this account.
- I agree to promptly pay all fees for lost or damaged materials.
- I agree to follow all library rules and policies.
- I will notify the library of any changes to my contact information.
- I will notify the library if my card is lost or stolen.
- I understand that my minor child will need to be present or I will need their library card to access their library account.
For more details on account types and your responsibilities as a borrower, read the FVRL Board of Trustees' Library Privileges Policy.