How do I get a library card?
Just bring a Photo ID and proof of current, local mailing address to the main desk.
Proof of address means any official document (Driver's License, bill, contract, etc.) that has YOUR NAME and current address. If your photo ID also has your correct address on it, that will work for both requirements.
How old does my child have to be to get a library card?
There is no upper or lower age limit on who can get a library card! A parent or guardian with a Photo ID and proof of current mailing address can get a library card for minors. We recommend that everyone get their own library card so they can fully enjoy the events and services offered by the library.
How many items can I check out?
First time borrowers are limited to 3 items for the first 90 days. After that:
- Adults may check out twenty(20) items
- Jacksonville State University Students and children age 15 and under may check out five(5) items.
Is there a restriction on the kinds of things I can check out?
Yes. All patrons are limited to:
- three(3) books per subject,
- four(4) audio books - including CDs and cassettes,
- three(3) movies - including VHS tapes and DVDs.
During the first 90 days, new patrons may not check out any movies.
Children age 15 and under may not check out movies at any time.
How long can I keep the items?
Books and audio books check out for two weeks; movies check out for three days.
Can I keep my items longer?
Yes. If the items are not on reserve for another patron, you can renew your items up to three times at the library, by phone or through the web site.
The item I want is checked out. How do I reserve it?
You can ask at the library, call, or you can place the item on reserve through the web site.
What about items the library does not have?
You can come to the library to fill out an Item Request Form to suggest an item to be added to the collection.
You can also request that we borrow an item through InterLibrary Loan for a $2 fee per item.
How do I know when an item I have reserved or requested through InterLibrary Loan is available?
Someone from the library will call you when an item you have requested is available. You will have 24 hours from that notification to either pick up the item or contact us to let us know when you will pick up an item.
If you do not let us know when you will pick up an item, it will be returned to the shelf or moved to the next person on the reserve list after 24 hours.
Is there a computer I can use at the library?
Yes! The library has many computers available for the public to use for internet access, research, word processing, printing and many other tasks. There is also a free Wi-Fi area for patrons to use any Wi-Fi ready devices such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones.
You can also print from your devices — check out the Mobile Printing page to see how!
I would like to make a donation to the library. How do I do that?
The library welcomes the donation of books, magazines and tapes as long as the items are in good condition. The library cannot accept items that are falling apart, musty, moldy or in a physical condition that makes them unsuitable for the collection or book sale. Those items not used in our collection are put in the book sales.
What if I want to make a monetary donation to the library?
If you would like to make a monetary donation, simply mail a check made out to Jacksonville Public Library to 200 Pelham Rd. S, Jacksonville, AL 36265.