Library Card Information
Your library card, or registration may be used at any public library in Jefferson County. Please,
take care of your library card — treat it like a credit card.
You are responsible for any library materials borrowed on your card,
whether by you or by someone else. If you lose your card, or if
you change your name or address, notify your library immediately.
If your card must be replaced, there will be a charge.
You may view Your Record
online at any time.
When you are ready to check out, take your materials and library card to the
circulation desk. Borrowing periods vary but all library materials should be
returned on or before the due date. There is a late charge for each day overdue on
Library materials may be renewed in person,
online, or by calling
If you call to renew you must have your library card number and the bar code number
for each item you wish to renew. Materials may be renewed one time.
Some materials may not be
renewed at all.
Books may be returned to any public library in Jefferson County, Alabama.
They may be placed in a book drop or returned to the circulation desk.
(audiocassettes, CD-ROMs, videocassettes,
DVDS, and any other
non-print materials) may
not be returned in a book drop unless the drop is identified as an
audio/visual or non-book drop.
Late Charges and Notices
Most items have late charges of $0.15 a day with a total fine of
$5.00. The main exception is videos. At most locations videos have a late charge of
$1.00 a day with a total fine of $5.00. Each library sets its own late
charges and total fines. The item you have checked out may be
different. Please contact the owning library to make sure what the charges
You will be sent an overdue notice for any library materials not returned on
If the late charges are not paid when overdue materials are returned those charges
will be billed to your card for payment later.
Late charges may be paid at any library.
Library Policies and Rules
The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) is the umbrella
organization for the autonomous municipal libraries countywide. The
nineteen member libraries, which includes the Birmingham Public Library
System (Central Library and 20 branches), participate in the Jefferson
County Library Cooperative. There are 40 public library locations in the
county. Each municipal library has its own policies, in addition to the
JCLC policies. Please check with the library you are using for more
specific information. Staff members of all libraries in Jefferson
County, Alabama are eager to provide library and information services
that meet your needs.