Visit Chapin Memorial Library and complete a library card application​​. You will need valid photo identification and proof of your current address.

There is no minimum age for getting a library card.  For those under 18, a parent or legal guardian can sign the application in person with proof of current address and picture identification to obtain a library card for their child. 


FREE Library Cards

Free Chapin Memorial Library cards are available to the following:

  • City of Myrtle Beach residents
  • United States Active Military/Veterans (individuals) with Military/Veteran ID or DD214
  • City of Myrtle Beach employees
  • Horry County residents
  • Palmetto Overdrive Consortium participating counties – Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Marion, Marlboro & Sumter Counties.

If you do not meet these criteria and want to check out items, see non-resident purchase options below.

Examples of acceptable photo identification:

  • Driver’s license or DMV identification
  • Passport
  • School identification
  • Employee identification

Examples of acceptable proof of address:

  • Driver’s license or DMV identification
  • Paid property tax receipt or vehicle registration
  • Utility Bill (ex. Water, cable, electric, or gas)
  • Bank statement postmarked or official copy from bank



Non-residents who do not meet any of the above criteria for a free library have the option of purchasing one.  A library card application and photo identification are required.

  • 90-day card: Membership fee is $8.00 for first/primary card holder, $2.00 per additional family member.
  • 1-year card:  Membership fee is $20.00 for first/primary card holder, $8.00 per additional family member.


Guest Computer Access

Guests needing only computer access can register at the Customer Services Desk for a FREE Computer Access Card. The card is valid for 6 months and one, 2-hour session per day (subject to change). No library materials may be checked out on this card. 


There is a $2.00 fee to replace any lost card.

Please notify the library of changes in address, email, phone number or if your card is lost or stolen at 843-918-1275.  

Updated: 8/17/18