Getting a Library Card

A valid library card is needed to borrow library materials. A Juvenile Card is issued through the fifth grade. An Adult Card is issued starting in the sixth grade. Proper identification is required. All cards must be renewed every three (3) years. Adult applicants must show proof of residence within the Smithtown Special Library District in order to qualify for a Smithtown Library card. Initial application and subsequent renewal must be done in person. The burden of proof lies with the applicant. 

Proof of Residence

Adult applicants must show one (1) of the following which MUST include your name and current street address (a post office box is not sufficient proof of residency):

  • Current driver's license
  • Non-driver photo identification
  • Photo identification with name and address
  • Current automobile registration or car insurance card
  • Current voter registration postcard
Original or Printed Copies on on-line statements will accepted for the following:
  • Utility bill (dated within 60 days)
  • Major credit card bill, e.g., department store, bank card
  • Current bank statement
  • Current deed or tax bill

If you do not have any of these with street address (e.g., if one rents and does not receive bills), the adult applicant must submit BOTH of the following :

  • A notarized statement from the homeowner stating that you are residing at their residence.
  • Identification with your name, e.g., school ID, credit card.
Library cards are issued to minors who reside in the Smithtown Special Library District.  A minor's residency shall be presumed to be that of his or her parents or legal guardian.  Where a minor's parents are divorced the Library will allow each parent that resides within the Smithtown Special Library District to obtain a library card for the child.  A parent or legal guardian must be present with their minor child through grade five (5) at the time of initial application.  Minors in grades 6 thru 12 can show a school ID as proof of residence.   
Library cards are issued to Business Owners in the Smithtown Special Library District.  Proof of ownership is required at the time of application.   Acceptable proofs of ownership must include owner's name. 
  • Lease for property
  • Business license
  • Utility bill (electric, water, etc.)
  • Property tax bill
  • Business check that includes the person's name and Smithtown Special Library District address

Always bring your library card with you when you come to the library. Your library card is like a credit card -- if it is lost or stolen, please notify the library at once. There is a $1.00 fee for replacement library cards. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your card.

Register for a Program Online?

To register for a program online, go to and click on Program Registration.
Enter keyword or title in search box and click Submit.
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 Click on program title of the program you want to register for.
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Click on register (next to the star).
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Enter your library barcode or username and your password and click Login.
Fill out Note to Instructor (if required) and click Continue.
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 A confirmation screen will appear confirming you are registered for the program.
If the program requires a payment, when you click on continue you will be prompted to pay online. 
Enter your credit card information and click Submit.

View My Library Account Online?

Login to your Library Account online to renew items, manage holds and update contact information.
1.  To view your Library Account online, go to and click My Account
2.  Enter the barcode on the back of your library card and your password and click Login. If you have never created a password before, leave this field blank and click Login. The next page will prompt you to create your own password.
3. Checked out items and due dates display in the center of the page. To renew an item, click the box to the left of the item and click Renew Selected at the bottom of the page.
4. To view your holds, click requests (holds) on the left side of the screen. Cancel or freeze holds by clicking the box and choosing Update Holds at the bottom of the screen.
5. Click Change Your Contact Information to create a username, enter an email address, or sign up for text message alerts.

Reserve an Item Online?

To reserve an item online, go to and click on Catalog.
Enter keyword, title or author in search box and click Submit.
Click on the red check mark to request an item.
Enter your library barcode or username and your password and click Login.
Select your preferred pickup location from the dropdown menu and click Submit.
Next, you will see a message saying your request was successful. You will be notified by the Library when the item becomes available. 
If you have any questions, please contact a Librarian.

View My Record Online?

Go to The Smithtown Library home page ( and click on the My Account button located on the top of the page.

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Click the Login link on the top right corner of the screen. Then enter the barcode number from the back of your library card and a password that you create yourself.
*After you log in, you can create a unique USERNAME to use in place of your barcode number.


Any items currently checked out will appear on the screen and you can renew items if they are eligible. On the left side of the screen, there will be a link to any items currently on request. To create a username, click on the link to Change Your Contact Information.

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