How do I apply for a library card?
What type of identification is required to apply for a library card?
May I borrow materials if I live outside Monroe County?
May I borrow materials if I do not have my library card?
When are my library materials due?
May I return my books to any library?
Are there fines for overdue items?
Can I renew materials I have charged out?
Why can’t I renew an item?
Is there a way to reserve popular or difficult to find items?
Is there a way to reserve a book that is not in the Monroe County Library System?
Is there a charge for holds?
Is it okay to let someone else use my library card?
What if my dog chews my book?
You may apply for a library card at any library in Monroe County. You will be required to show identification with your current address. Policies for applying for Young Adult and Children’s cards may vary. Contact your local library for more information. The Monroe County Library System card may be used at any public library in Monroe County. Online registration is not available.
You will be required to show one form of identification with your current residence, such as a driver's license; or two forms that together establish your identity and residence.
You may; however, there is a $25 per year membership fee for those who do not reside in Monroe County. The membership fee grants you full library privileges. There is an exception made for those who own property in Monroe County and can show a current tax bill as proof. Click Application for Non-Resident Library Card for an application. Click here for more information.
Some libraries will allow you to borrow materials using a valid form of identification, including your address, such as a driver’s license.
When you borrow materials you will be given a due date slip. Loan periods vary so you should look at the slip to determine when you need to return your materials. You may also go to the library’s web site, www.libraryweb.org, and check your patron information for the dates your materials are due. The library will notify you when your materials are overdue. The best way to receive this notification is by email; however, if that is not an option for you, you will be notified by phone or U.S. mail.
Materials may be returned to any library in Monroe County, unless otherwise noted on the material. Some exceptions are Interlibrary Loans, framed prints, and special loan items. Many libraries have bookdrops available so that items may be returned when the library is closed. Check with your local library for the availability of a bookdrop.
You may borrow materials free of charge; however, there is a late fee for overdue items. Fines may be paid at any public library in Monroe County. Do not put fine payment in overdue books returned in the bookdrop. Fines on most reading materials are 35 cents per day, but it can vary with different material types. Check with your local library. Fines of $5.00 or more will block your account and prevent you from borrowing more items. Delinquent accounts that exceed $35.00 (combination of replacement costs and fines) will be turned over to a collection agency and a $20.00 collection fee will be added.
As long as your library account is in good standing, you can renew most library items twice. Renewals can be done in person, online at www.libraryweb.org, or by calling 585-428-8484 or your local library.
Some common reasons that a library item cannot be renewed
- The item is a material type that cannot be renewed
- The item is on hold for another borrower
- The item to be renewed is a "lost” item (42 days or more overdue)
- Your account is delinquent (owe $5.00 or more and/or have 19 or more overdue items)
- Your account is expired or restricted
You may place holds on many items. Search the online catalog at www.libraryweb.org and select the “Place Hold(s)” button on the left-hand side of the item’s full record screen. You may also contact your local library.
Holds may be limited by
- Individual library policies
- Certain material types
- User account restrictions (more than 25 holds already placed, or a certain type of library card that doesn't allow holds)
Books not available through MCLS may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There is a non-refundable $5 fee for each request. The fee will be collected at the time your request is made, or added to your patron account if the request was made by telephone. Payment does not guarantee the book will be received. Contact your local library for more information on this service.
A fee is charged for each item put on hold and filled. If you do not pick up an item, this charge will be added as a fine to your account. Hold fees are determined by individual libraries, so the amount may vary depending on pickup location. Please check with your local library to find out what they charge.
No! Your library card is yours. If you let your best friend, your older brother, or your younger sister borrow something with your library card, you are the one who will be fined if the item is lost, damaged, or kept overdue. Be sure to report a lost card immediately so that no one else will be able to use it.
You are responsible for returning library books and other material in good condition. When a book is damaged, you may have to pay for its repair or replacement. Talk to the librarian and explain what happened.