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Circulation and Library Card Policy

Full Service Library Cards:

A Jackson-George Regional Library card lets you check out books, music, DVDs and more from eight locations in both Jackson and George Counties. You can also remotely access online databases and download eBooks to your computer or tablet through our website. Other electronic materials may be available for check-out as well as funding permits.

You are responsible for any library materials borrowed on your card, whether by you or by someone else. You are also responsible for any materials borrowed by any patrons of whom you are the parent or legal guardian. If you lose a card or if there is a change of name or address, you must notify your library immediately.

The initial library card is given at no cost; lost cards will cost one dollar to replace. If a card is lost or expired, the card can be renewed or replaced after all of the personal information has been updated and checked for accuracy. In addition, there must not be any overdue items or fines greater than $10.00 on yours or any account belonging to a patron of whom you are the parent or legal guardian.

No account information may be shared with anyone other than the owner of the account, with the exception of parents who may have access to information regarding the accounts of their minor children. Spouses may not have access to their partnerxs account information. Parents may not have access to information from the account of an adult child.

A family member in possession of another adult family member's library card will be presumed to have permission to borrow materials and pay fines for that family member. No information on titles or numbers of items borrowed, returned, overdue, or on hold for another family member can be shared.

You must be in possession of your own library card to use public computers or borrow library devices.

Adult Library Card Requirements (17 and older)

  • Valid/Acceptable ID (See Acceptable Identification list below)
  • Full name as it appears on ID
  • Current mailing address (See Acceptable Proof of Address below)
  • Birth date
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Youth Library Card Requirements (16 and under)

  • Parent or legal guardian must accompany the youth
  • Valid/Acceptable ID of parent or legal guardian (See Acceptable Identification list below)
  • Full name including middle of youth applicant
  • Full name of the parent or legal guardian as it appears on the ID
  • Current mailing address of the parent or legal guardian (See Acceptable Proof of Address below)
  • Birth date of the youth applicant
  • Telephone number of parent or legal guardian
  • Email address of parent or legal guardian

Acceptable Identification (JGRLS only accepts the following IDs)

  • Driver's License
  • State or government issued License or ID
  • Passport
  • Military ID

Acceptable Proof of Address

The ID provided must list your current, valid address or you must provide a current bank statement, power bill, etc. that identifies your mailing address.

Check Out Items and Limits

-A valid library card must be presented to borrow any materials. A valid library card is defined by JGRLS as a card for an account with full and accurate patron information, a balance no greater than $10.00 owed and no overdue items outstanding.

-The number of items loaned to a first time borrower is limited to two items, with no further loans until the initial items are returned. A maximum of 75 items may be checked out at any time, see chart below for limitations.

-Materials designed for in-library use will be loaned on a limited time basis and cannot be renewed or placed on hold.

-Any items currently checked out but overdue will cause a patron's account as well as any accounts belonging to a patron of whom they are the parent or legal guardian to be blocked.

-Overdue fines are charged at a rate of 15 cents per item per day to a maximum of $10. Any unpaid overdue fines or other charges greater than $10.00 will cause a patron's account as well as any accounts belonging to a patron of whom they are the parent or legal guardian to be blocked.

-The Jackson-George Regional Library System does not assume any responsibility for damage to any personal devices used in conjunction with materials borrowed from one of our libraries.

Loan Limitations, Periods, Fines and Renewals

**There are limitations set on some types of items. If mixing item types, the total number of items authorized to be on a patron account is 75.

Item Type

Loan Limits

Duration/Renewals

Overdue Fines

A-List materials

2 items

1 week with no renewals

.50 per/item, per/ day,  $10 max

Books and Audio books

Up to 75 titles**

3 weeks with 2 renewals

.15 per/item, per/ day,  $10 max

DVDs and Blu-rays

15 titles

1 week with 2 renewals  

.15 per/item, per/ day,  $10 max

Ebooks

4 titles

1 to 21 days

Not applicable

Interlibrary Loan items

15 titles

Determined by lending library

.15 per/item, per/ day,  $10 max

Laptop

1 laptop

24 hours, no renewal

$100 per day, $500 max

Music CDs

15 titles

1 week with 2 renewals

.15 per/item, per/ day,  $10 max

Overhead Projector

1 projector

3 days with no renewals

.15 per day, $10 max

Video Games

2 titles

1 week with 2 renewals  

.15 per/item, per/ day,  $10 max

Renewing Items

Two renewals of your materials are allowed by phone, online or in person, unless the items are on hold for someone else or are "A-List" materials. eBooks can be rechecked out online if no one is on hold for the item.

Lost or Damaged Library Materials

Patrons will be charged for damaged or lost library materials. This charge will include any overdue fines accrued, a $5 service charge plus the amount needed to replace the lost or damaged item.*

Overdue Fines + Cost of Item + Service Charge = Total Charges *

Charges for an item that has been declared LOST and is returned later in good condition and still in demand may be waived at the discretion of the Branch Manager. Patrons are still responsible for any overdue fines. No refunds will be given on items claimed lost, paid for, and subsequently found.

eServices Library Cards:

JGRLS eServices cards are cards that allow patrons 6th grade and older access to all of our on-line electronic resources and to the public computers located at our eight branch locations. eServices library cards may be obtained from any of the eight branches of JGRLS or through participating schools and are valid online and at all branch locations.

To obtain an eServices library card, a patron must fill out a Patron Record Form providing current contact information.

-Patrons under the age of 17 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the eServices card application.

-No account information may be shared with anyone other than the owner of the account, with the exception of parents who may have access to information regarding the accounts of their minor children.

-Patrons should not lend their cards to others. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately.

-The initial library card is given at no cost; lost cards will cost one dollar to replace.

-If a card is lost, the cardholder is required to visit a JGRLS branch to obtain a new card.

-If a card is expired, it can be renewed by phone or in person after all of the patron data has been checked for accuracy.

-You must be in possession of your own eServices library card to use the public access computers.

An eServices card can be upgraded to a full-service library card by visiting any JGRLS public library. You must present your eServices card, a valid ID, and proof of address. A full-service library card has expanded privileges and additional policies apply. If under 17, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (See information above regarding Full Services Library Cards, Acceptable Identification and Acceptable Proof of Address.)

APPROVED – JGRLS Board of Trustees, September 24, 2014

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