About your Library Card
You probably already know that having a library card means getting access to over 400,000 titles in our collection. But it also means digital downloads and streaming, access to wireless hotspots, dozens of online research and learning services, and our Library of Things, which includes a growing collection Kindle eReaders, instruments, and much more. There are also no late fees, signup fees, or program fees. If you’re a local, the only time you might see a fee is if an item was lost or severely damaged while in your care. The more content you use, the bigger the value you get!
Getting a Card
There are several different kinds of library cards offered and some have specific requirements to qualify. Different types are discussed in the Card Types box on this page. A regular, Full Service library card gets you access to everything the library has to offer in physical and electronic form. It allows for up to 21-day loan and renewal periods for up to 60 items at a time and allows for 25 active holds. In order to qualify for a Full Service Card you must be a resident of Jackson County and present two pieces of identification along with your application. If you do not have the required identification you may receive a Temporary Card which allows you to borrow two items and return with identification later.
Examples of proof include:
- Driver’s license
- County tax bill
- Utility bill/bank statement with your physical address
Get all the details in the Circulation Policy.
Non-Residents may also apply for a library card that provides full library access to everyone in their household. There is an annual fee for this type of card.
Using Your Card
Once you have your library card you can use it to borrow items from our extensive collection, reserve meeting rooms, and even get discounts at special events. You’ll want to know your card type, as different services are available for different cards as described in the Library Card Types listing below. In general here are some tips that apply to most library services:
- Held physical materials will be available for pick up for 7 days.
- Most materials have a 21-day checkout, except magazines, hotspots, and some other special items.
- RCC materials can be checked out with a JCLS card.
Card Types and Applications
Sign up for an Online card
Cards created online are good for 30 days, at which point they will need to be verified. Until verified they can be exclusively used for electronic resources offered by Jackson County Library Services. See full online details here.