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How do I Get a Library Card?

Books in a library.
Most libraries require proof of identity and proof for residence in order to give out library card.
A library card enables patrons to borrow books from the library.
An old fashioned card catalog.
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 April 2014
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If you want to borrow books and other materials from your local library, you will need a library card. If you come prepared with the right materials, applying should be easy and quick, and you can usually get started as a borrower right away. Since most libraries have interlibrary loan agreements, getting a library card at one branch will allow you to borrow materials from other branches, all, typically, for free.

Most libraries require that you provide two items: proof of identity, and proof of residence. As a general rule, you must be a resident of the region in which a library is located to get a library card. There are some exceptions; some major libraries may let you get a library card if you live in the library's state or province, and others may let borrowers purchase library cards while they're visiting. In most cases, you can access public library materials without a library card, you just can't take them out of the library.

A driver's license, military ID card, or passport are the most common types of proof of your identity. Some libraries may have more flexible rules on what they will accept, while others necessarily require a government-issued photo ID. For the proof of residence requirement, a formal piece of mail which has been sent to you, like a utilities bill, is generally required. A copy of a lease agreement may also suffice. If your proof of identification includes an old address, you should tell the libraria.

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You will also likely need to fill out a brief form for the library with your name and contact information. The form may be accompanied with a brochure about borrowing privileges so that you know what kind of media you can check out and for how long. Hang on to this brochure, as it may come in useful for you later. Once your library card is issued, you need to sign it, if required, and then you'll be ready to start checking out materials and viewing special collections.

If you lose your library card or it is damaged, the library may impose a replacement fee. You will also have to pay fees and fines for media which is returned late or damaged. Which actions result in late fees and other penalties such as a loss of borrowing privileges may be provided by the librarian. Review these so that you know how to avoid them.

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sneakers41
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Moldova-In order to find library online, you simply do an internet search on the research topic that you are interested in and type library org after it.

For example if you are looking for a medical library you simply type medical library.org and it should bring up a medical library for you or if you are looking for a county library for example you would type the name of the county then library then add the .org.

For Broward County you would type, Browardlibrary.org as one word. There you can apply for a library card, renew your account, or search the catalog database for available books.

Moldova
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Icecream17-They also tell you how to get a library card online if you prefer to have the card mailed to you. By looking at your account online, you can renew books and reserve books.

If you reserve a book that is not in your library, the library can do an inter library loan which transfers the book from one library to another.

This way you do not have to travel to the other location to pick up the book. Also, when the book comes in the library near your home they will call you. It only takes a few days for the library to get the book.

icecream17
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The free public library near me allow you to get a new library card as long as you supply proof of residency such as a driver’s license and a copy of a bill that notes your address.

Once you provide the librarian this information, you will out an application and select a personal identification number or a pin number in order to access your account online at home or with the library computers.

You also need a library card if you want to use the library computes.

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