How can I apply for a library card?

A current, valid library card must be provided to a library staff member in order to complete borrowing transactions. The rights and privileges of a library card are not transferable to another individual. In order to maintain patron privacy, holds and other services reserved for a specific patron will be released to another patron only when the patron receiving the materials has possession of the requesting patron’s library card.

Adult patrons (16 years or older) applying for a library card must provide identification such as a valid driver’s license or state issued identification card. If the driver’s license does not have the patron’s current address, proof of current address must be provided (a bill, piece of mail or rent receipt).

Library cards may be issued to minors (under 16 years of age). An application must be completed by a parent or legal guardian. The parent must come in with the child to obtain the library card. The parent must provide identification as outlined above.

Library cards may also be issued to an Institution. These cards are granted only when a business or institution accepts, in writing, responsibility for the loss or damage of materials borrowed. Examples of Group Cards: Nursing Homes, Group homes, Daycares, School libraries etc. Overdue fines may not be assessed on Group cards, at the discretion of the Library Director.

A library card is considered valid for 24 months from the date of issue. The library card may be renewed after that date by the confirmation of address, telephone and other pertinent data.

A library card which has not been used in 3 years and does not have outstanding fines or overdues will be purged from the system. The owner will need to reapply for a new card.

When a library patron turns 16, the patron must re-apply for library card in his/her own right.