Getting A Library Card
Anyone residing or employed in Bartow County may receive a free library card with presentation of valid identification!
A resident is a person who can provide acceptable evidence of his permanent address in Bartow County. A library card will be issued to a patron with a completed application form and a driver's license or non-driver's I.D. with his current Bartow County address or two pieces of documentation from the following list. One item must show the patron's current address in Bartow County. A post office box does not prove residency.
Voter Registration Card
Checks with current address
Rental receipts or lease
County property tax receipt
Senior Citizen's I.D. Card
State Photo I.D.
Current auto tag receipt
The registration of one adult member of an immediate family establishes residency for the minor children living in the same household. The adult must accompany the child during registration.
Borrowing privileges for library patrons is valid for three years at all Bartow County branches. When the card expires the patron is required to update his account information and is expected to present valid documentation confirming his residency in the county. There is no charge for the initial card or for subsequent renewals of borrowing privileges.
Lost cards may be replaced for $3.00. A damaged card can be replaced for a fee of $1.00. The damaged card must be returned to the library before a replacement will be issued.
Patrons may check out a total of 25 items. Item checkout periods are:
Books & Magazines - 3 weeks (limit of 5 the first day and 25 thereafter)
Express books - 1 week (limit of 5)
New books - 3 weeks (limit of 5 )
Audio books - 3 weeks (limit of 7, must be age 16 or older)
Music CDs - 3 weeks (limit of 7, must be age 16 or older)
Computer CD-ROMs - 1 week (limit of 7, must be age 16 or older)
VHS - 3 weeks (limit of 7, must be age 16 or older)
DVDs - 1 week (limit of 7, must be age 16 or older)
Deposit books/tapes/software - 3 weeks with deposit
Materials can be returned to any branch. Each branch has drop boxes for drive-by return. Materials, excluding CD-ROMs & DVDs, without holds placed on them can be renewed twice. Renew your items over the phone at 770-382-4203 or online.
Please return materials on time. Fines for overdue materials are as follows:
Books & Magazines - $.15/day
Audio books - .$15/day
Music CDs - $.15/day
CD-ROMs - $.15/day
VHS - $.15/day
DVDs - $1.00/day
Deposit items - $1.00/day
Card use is suspended when $10.00 in fees is accrued.
Failure to return borrowed library material is a misdemeanor under Georgia law and items outstanding for long periods of time may be turned over for collection.
The Library will assess a charge for lost items or for those returned with damage not considered consistent with normal wear and tear. A $5.00 processing fee will also applied for lost or damaged materials.
**See the Library Program Policy for a full description of Library Membership and Circulation **