HCC ID/ Library Card

Who can register for an HCC ID / Library Card?

HCC credit students and employees: You must register for an HCC ID, which is also your library card. There is no cost, but to replace a lost or damaged card is $15.

Online credit students only: Students enrolled only in credit online courses and with a photo ID exemption will receive information about their library card number through Owlmail. Contact the Manager for Circulation at 443-412-2130 if you have not received your library card number.

HCC noncredit students: You may be eligible for a CET Student or a Clinical ID if you are enrolled in an eligible class. If you are not enrolled in an eligible class, you may be eligible to register for free as a Community Borrower.

Community Borrowers: Maryland residents are eligible to register for a HCC library card for free. You must present proof of identification, as listed below, with a Maryland address. You must be 18 years or older.

If you do not reside in Maryland, you may still be eligible for an HCC Community Borrower library card if you fall within any of the following four exceptions:

  1. Spouse or child of an active HCC employee – The active HCC employee must accompany dependent when applying for an HCC library card. The HCC employee must present an HCC ID.
  2. Military personnel stationed in Maryland – Active military personnel must present military identification and a piece of mail received at their Maryland address.
  3. Retired HCC employee or spouse of retired HCC employee- Must complete an Exceptions Form when applying for a Community Borrower Card. It may take up to 3 business days to process your request.
  4. HCC Alumni – Must complete an Exceptions Form when applying for a Community Borrower card. It may take up to 3 business days to process your request.

A registration form must be completed and dropped off at the library Circulation Desk or emailed to Elaine Atwell, Manager for Circulation. It may take up to 3 business days to process a request.

HCC Youth Library Card: Youth between the ages of 13-17 years may obtain an HCC library card with the consent of a parent or legal guardian and if they reside in Maryland. The parent or legal guardian must be eligible for a library card as a Community Borrower, HCC Employee, or HCC Student. Both the parent and child must complete a consent form.

What document(s) do I need to register for an HCC ID/Library Card?

You will need to provide one of the following as proof of identification.  (Credit students: You will also need your Student ID Number/H Number.)

  • Valid Driver's License or Learner's Permit
  • Valid State MVA ID Card
  • Valid Government ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid Visa or Passport From Another Country
  • Valid Driver's License From Another Country

Print and fill out a registration form, or ask for one at the Library Circulation Desk.

How do I get a library card if I only take online classes and never come to campus?

Students enrolled only in credit online courses with a photo ID exemption will receive information about their library card number through Owlmail. Contact the Manager for Circulation at 443-412-2130 if you have not received your library card number.

Where do I register for an HCC ID/ Library Card?

Please visit the Circulation Desk located on the second floor of the Library and present a photo ID that verifies your name, address and age. You will be asked to fill out a registration form. NOTE: ID/Library cards are available ONLY until 1/2 hour before closing.

How do I access research databases from off campus with my card?

You will see a 14-digit barcode number on the back of your card. This number will enable you to access our research databases from off campus. After you select a database, you will be prompted to type in your barcode number and then you will be taken to the database.

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