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Meet Your Library Card: About

A library card is pretty much a superpower. Learn all about the moves it gives you and how to get one for yourself.

Meet Your Library Card

Library cards

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 such as Gale Courses, 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 were lost or severely damaged while in your care. The more content you use, the bigger the value you get!

New Designs

Already have a library card, but really want one of our awesome new designs? You'll be happy to know that you can trade-in your existing library card for a brand new one at no cost! Just visit your local branch library and make the trade today.

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 required identification you can 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 which provides full library access to everyone in their household. There is an annual fee for this type of card.

Card Applications

Fill out an application and turn it in at your local branch library. You may apply for an eCard online.

Using Your Card

Now that you have your library card you can use it to borrow items from our extensive range of materials and things, 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 on this page. 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, but will accrue late fees.

Library Card Types

Full Service

A Full Service card is your all-access pass to the library and its numerous resources, be they physical or electronic. It is designed for Jackson County residents who are checking out materials for their personal use.

Minors will need authorization from a parent/guardian before receiving a Full Service card.

Computer Access

If you are just looking to make use of the Library's electronic or online resources, consider the Computer Access option.


Qualifying teachers can get materials to use in an educational setting. Items checked out receive a six-week loan period and may have up to 40 holds at a time. It cannot be used to access subscription databases or for ILL.


Organizations with a governing board in Jackson County can apply for a card with full borrowing privileges and a six-week loan period. They cannot be used to access subscription databases or for ILLs. They expire annually on the issue date.


If you want to use our online resources, but can't make it to the library to get a card you can opt for a virtual library card good for use with electronic media.


If you do not live in Jackson County, but still want access to all the services offered by the Library, this is the card choice for you. You will need to establish proof of identity and address. This is the only card type with an annual fee.