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Your Library Card

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.

Borrowing

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 each item.

Renewing

Library materials may be renewed in person, online, or by calling (205) 226-3790. 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.

Returning

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.

Non-book materials (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 $0.25 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 will be.

You will be sent an overdue notice for any library materials not returned on time.

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 20 member libraries, which includes the Birmingham Public Library System (Central Library and 18 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.

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