Your Library Card grants you access to roughly 2.25 million items from over 60 Mid-Hudson Library System member libraries.
Find the items you want to order online through our public access catalog, or call us anytime. Requested materials typically arrive within a few days via the MHLS transit system. You will be notified by phone or email when your items arrive.
In addition to physical materials, your card grants you access to digital collections and databases such as:
- eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video through Overdrive
- eBooks for kids through TumbleBooks & Overdrive for Kids
- eMagazines through RBDigital
- Foreign language & ESL learning through Mango Languages
- Job & Career Help, Homework Help & more through HomeAccess Databases
The first time you log-in you will need to establish a “PIN” password associated with your library barcode. Enter the barcode from your library card, then type in a PIN of four characters or more and click “submit;” re-enter the PIN twice and “submit” again to confirm.
Find out more at the MHLS online catalog Encore help page.
Get a Library Card:
- Basic Cards grant access to MHLS & RHPL resources to anyone age 18+ who lives in the Mid-Hudson Library System service area. There are two ways to get one.
- Come in to any MHLS library with your current Driver’s License and fill out a registration card. Alternatives to a Driver’s License include a combination of photo ID and official correspondence such as a utility bill, lease agreement, or bank statement with your name and current address.
- Email us at email@example.com and attach scan/s of the same types of ID listed above. We will issue you a card and mail it to your house. Once you receive it, you can take advantage of all our online resources without ever having to leave home.
- You can get a temporary library card from home that will give you access to all our online materials.
- Get your temporary card number by filling out the short form here.
- This card will expire in 30 days according to system rules. To get your permanent library card, please follow the instructions above for Basic Cards.
- Youth Cards are available for individuals under 18 and grant access to the same materials as Basic Cards, but must be signed for by a parent or guardian with valid ID at registration.
- Guardians will be accountable for items taken out on associated youth cards.
Teen Access Cards:
- Young adults ages 13-17 may register independently for Library Cards.
- Teen Access Cards allow young adults to check out up to three items at a time, order items from the MHLS catalog, and access electronic resources such as eBooks and databases.
- Teen Access Cards are fine-free for Red Hook Public Library items.
- With a Teen Access Card, there is no need for a parent or guardian to sign the registration card.
- Acceptable ID includes non-driver IDs, permits, and school ID. Other forms of ID may be acceptable. If you have questions please inquire at the circulation desk.
- Institutions may apply for Library Cards.
- A designated individual from the institution must be associated with the account.
- Acceptable ID includes Driver’s License and credentials from the Institution. Alternatives to a Driver’s License include a combination of photo ID and official correspondence such as a utility bill, lease agreement, or bank statement with your name and current address.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in obtaining a card for your institution.