Your Library Card

There are many great benefits to signing up for a JCPL library card. Here are the services you can only get as a cardholder:

  • Borrow from our collection of 35,000 items
  • Use our public access computers (note as of 2013, Jefferson County residents must use their library cards to access public computers)
  • Borrow ebooks for your Kindle, Nook or other e-reader
  • Check due dates, renew books, place holds and make purchase suggestions through the online catalog
  • Use the interlibrary loan system to get books from other libraries, including expensive, rare and out-of-print books

New library cards are free for Jefferson County residents. To apply, just bring proof of residence (e.g. a driver’s license, ID card or recent utility bill) to the library. There is a $1.00 fee for replacement cards. If you’re from out-of-town (including Leon County), you can get a lifetime membership for a $30 donation, but you must register in person. Contact the library for more information 850-342-0205.

Cardholder responsibilities

Library cardholders are expected to care for borrowed books and materials, return them on time, and communicate with the library if the item is late, lost or damaged. Library books are county property, and if they cannot be returned, cardholders are expected to pay for them or take on one of the alternative methods of compensation listed below. Your signature on your library card indicates your understanding of this responsibility; abuse of library books or privileges may result in loss of membership.

Children’s cards

Patrons under the age of 16 may apply for a children’s card with the permission of a parent, who must provide local ID. Parents are responsible for the items borrowed by their children. Parents are encouraged to visit the library with their children and ensure that the items their children borrow are appropriate for their age.

Schedule of fees

  • Library books can be borrowed for a period of 3 weeks, and renewed for an additional 3 weeks. There is a 5 cent a day fine for overdue books, up to $5 per item. Late fees must be paid even if the late items are returned.
  • Three DVDs can be borrowed for a period of  7 days and are not renewable. There is a 25 cent per day fee for overdue items
  • Items more than one month overdue are presumed lost. Patrons must pay the full replacement cost of lost or damaged items. Alternatively the patron can provide an identical copy (e.g. same or  newer edition, cover type, etc.) of the item in new or good condition.
  • Parents are responsible for items borrowed by underage children.

Fine alternatives

Late fees can be paid for in canned food or peanut butter donations at the rate of $1 in fine forgiveness per can/jar, or $2 per can for child borrowers. Cans/jars must be unopened and not expired.

Children may also “read off” $5 in fines by providing a book summary or review to the librarian. Reviews must be at least three sentences long for the fines to be forgiven. Children too young to read and write may “read off” fines by presenting a book log, $2 per title.