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BULLET How to Get a Library Card ?

Library cards are free to St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County residents and property owners, and to persons attending school or working in St. Louis City. This includes those who live in or pay taxes to these Library Districts:
Brentwood Public Library
Ferguson Public Library
Kirkwood Public Library
Maplewood Public Library
Richmond Hights Public Library
Rock Hill Public Library
St. Charles City-County Library
St. Louis County Library
University City Public Library
Valley Park Public Library

Others can obtain a card for a fee.

Appropriate current identification is required at time of registration.

Your library card is valid at all St. Louis Public Library locations.

Your personal card is valid for one year. Identification must be provided when a card is issued or updated.

Please report a lost card promptly!

WHAT KIND OF ITEMS MAY I BORROW?

St. Louis Public Library has books, magazines, audiocassettes, videocassettes, compact discs, CD ROM’s, and many other kinds of materials available for borrowing, in both our Adult and Youth collections.

For minors 17 and under, guardians may approve borrowing privileges for both collections, or for only the Youth collection. However, videos can only be borrowed from the Youth Collection.

Questions concerning Public Performance videos should be directed to Film Library at 241-0478.

HOW LONG CAN I KEEP IT?

All circulating items, except videos, are loaned for a 3-week period. Videos are loaned for a 1-week period.

Materials are overdue if not returned or renewed by the date due. Items returned in the bookdrop must be returned before the library opens the next day to be considered on time.

Prevent overdues. Renew materials anytime!

RENEWALS

Most materials, except videos and certain items from the Youth collections, may be renewed 3 times, unless there are other customer requests for the materials. Overdue materials may be renewed, but usual fines will apply.

Items may be renewed in 2 ways:

  • On the World Wide Web from our Library Catalog. Select MY ACCOUNT, enter your library card number and PIN. Click on the box next to the items you want to renew, enter your PIN again in the box provided, then click PROCEED. The new due date will show next to the title.

Or

  • If you prefer to speak to Customer Service staff, you may call 539-0373 or your branch library during regular library hours.

Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be renewed through that department. Call 539-0322 during regular library hours.

HOW DO I GET A PIN?

Some functions of the Library’s catalog, such as requesting or renewing materials, require a 4 digit PIN, as well as your St. Louis Public Library card number. Upon request, a PIN can be assigned to your library account when your account is created.

If you don’t know your PIN, contact Customer Service at 539-0373 or staff at your branch library for assistance. Have your Library card ready, as staff will need this information.

LATE RETURNING AN ITEM?

ADULT CARDS – Fines on most items are $.05 per day, per item, with a $3.00 maximum. Paperbacks reach a $.50 maximum.

MINOR CARDS – Fines on most items are $.05 per day, per item, with a $.50 maximum.

Fines on videocassettes, book boxes, book bags, and toys are $1.00 per day, per item, with a limit of $10.00 on both adult and minor cards.

Customers can continue to check out until fines reach $5.00.

WHERE CAN I RETURN MY ITEMS?

Most items can be returned to any location of the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis County Library, Municipal Library Consortium, or St. Charles City-County Library, either in person or in the bookdrops.

Large toys should be returned to Central Library, and deposit collections should be returned to the lending branch.



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