RESIDENT PATRONS

Library registration is a free service for residents of Copiah, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, and Jefferson-Davis counties.  

NON-RESIDENT PATRONS

Non-resident patrons may register with the library using the registration guidelines detailed below. Non-residents without a qualifying address will be assessed a one-time non-refundable $10.00 registration fee.

MINOR CHILDREN

Children under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.  The parent or guardian signing for minor child must present application requirements in person. Applications will not be accepted from minor children without the associated parent or guardian being present.

Minor children registered with the library, upon reaching their 18th birthday, assume sole responsibility for their account for any activity incurred *after* their 18th birthday.  

MINIMUM REGISTRATION AGE

There is no set minimum age requirement for library registration.

All minor children, regardless of age, must be able to independently sign his/her name on the library’s patron registration form and exhibit a basic understanding of their responsibilities in using library services and materials.

REGISTRATION DEFINITIONS

Qualifying”

Photo ID

Utility bill

Address

Trace

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Restricted Use Registration: Computer, Digital, and Facility Use Privileges Only

Full Use Registration

Non-Resident Full Use Registration with no registration fee required

Non-Resident Full Use Registration with registration fee required

LIBRARY CARD

The borrower must have an ID card with them to borrow materials, and will be held responsible for all materials borrowed on his or her card.  The library should be informed immediately if a card is lost or stolen.  A lost card will be replaced at a cost of $1.00.  

CHECKOUT PROCEDURE

Library employees, trustees, and governing officials are not required to physically present their library card in order to check out materials BUT must not take library items into their personal possession without having checked them out on their individual accounts.  After checking out items, the patron will be given a printed receipt showing the due dates of the items checked out.

RENEWING MATERIALS

Most items may be renewed twice via a visit to the library facility, telephoning the library., or utilization of patrons’ online accounts.  Items may not be renewed if they are overdue, on reserve, borrowed from another library, or on short term checkout.

RESERVING MATERIALS

If an item is checked out, the borrower may request that it be reserved or may reserve the item itself via his/her online account.  When the item is returned to a library branch, the borrower will be notified.  The book will be held for up to five days at the circulation desk.  After five days, it will be returned to the shelf or given to the next person on the waiting list.  

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Policy’s Procedural Implementation

Employees will copy and file all paperwork that qualifies patrons for library services.  Patrons’ social security numbers are never to be retained in any form.

One-time passes

Persons visiting the library’s service area for one to two weeks can use a one-time computer use pass for their library visits. They DO need to fill out an application for EACH visit. Anyone staying in the area longer than two weeks will need to apply for a non-resident card and pay the $10.00 fee. One-time passes are only intended for out of area visitors. Anyone living within the Library's service area is required to get a regular patron card.

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