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Library Card Policies

  1. Any resident of Kentucky or Tennessee, or student of Murray State University (MSU) may obtain a library card free of charge with a state-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, visa, etc.).
  2. Children under the age of 18 may obtain a junior library card free of charge with the approval and signature of a legal guardian. Junior library cards may not be used to check out DVDs, Blu-Rays, or e-Readers.
    • The child’s guardian will be listed as the child’s “Responsible Party,” which indicates that he or she is responsible for all items and charges on the child’s account.
    • Exception: MSU students aged 17 may obtain a regular library card with a state-issued ID and a valid MSU ID.
    • Exception: Any 17-year-old who is married may obtain a regular library card.
  3. If any patron accrues fines exceeding the sum of five dollars, the patron’s account will be unusable until the balance is brought under five dollars.
    • A blocked account cannot be used to check out materials or use library computers. A blocked account also restricts usage of any cards that are linked to the blocked account.
  4. Patrons who have lost their library cards may obtain a new one for the price of five dollars. All items and charges on the patron’s account will remain when a new card is issued. The library will replace stolen cards; a police report may be required.
  5. CCPL library cards expire once every 365 days. At this time, a patron must update their contact information at the library in order to reactivate their library card.
  6. Patrons must present their library card in order to check out materials or use the computers. Patrons may only check out materials without their card if their photo is recorded in the library’s computer system and they present a photo ID.
  7. No one may check out items on a card that does not belong to them, except with a written consent form on file at the library.
  8. Any patron who is listed as the responsible party on a child’s account may check out materials on the account, but must have the child’s library card in hand. Other cases will be handled by the director on a case-by-case basis.

The Calloway County Public Library Board reserves the right to alter this policy without prior notice.