Your Library Card

What do I need to get a library card?

You can apply for a free library card at any one of our seven branches. Please bring proof of your current local address and a photo ID. Proof-of-address can be a piece of mail, checkbook, or lease. Children under 18 must get a signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a library card.

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Who can get a Library Card?

Anyone who lives or works in Athens County, lives in a surrounding county or lives in a county where their local library is a member of SERLS may obtain a library card.

What if I lose my Library Card?

If you lose your library card, we can replace it for a $1.00 fee. Please bring another form of identification to the circulation desk at your local library and ask for a replacement card.

Your role as a library user:

With the exception of the reference and local history collections, newspapers, and current magazine issues, all library materials may be borrowed for two weeks.

The first time you use your card, you will be limited to 5 items. After those first five items are returned, there is no limit on the number of books you may borrow. There is a limit to the number of items you may check out in some other categories: 1 video game, 5 DVDs, 10 Audio Books on CD, and 10 Music CDs.

Anyone with a valid library card may take home or reserve any circulating library materials.

The Library does not charge overdue fines, but please try to return all borrowed items by the due date. If you do need extra time, just call your library or log on to your account in the online library catalog to extend the loan period for two more weeks. You can renew items twice.

You are responsible for any damage to library materials that are checked out on your library card. If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it to the library immediately.

Please keep us informed of any changes in your mailing address, telephone number, and email address.

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