Jacksonville Public Library

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  • What do I need to get a library card?

    To obtain a library card, you need to present a current picture ID with correct address, post office box is not acceptable. If your ID is not correct, a utility bill can be shown with your picture ID.  A card is free as long as you live within the city limits of Jacksonville.

    If you live outside the city limits, but still reside in Cherokee County, there will be a fee of $10.00 for the first card in the household and $2.00 for each card after that. This is a yearly fee.

    You will be exempt from the card fee if you own or rent property inside the city limits and can supply written proof of the property's address.

    If you live outside Cherokee County, we cannot issue you a card, although you are welcome to use the library's resources inside the library.

    There will be a $3.00 fee to replace a lost card.


  • I live outside the city limits. Why do I have to pay a fee?

    The library is supported by City property taxes. If you don't live inside the city limits, you do not pay property taxes to the City of Jacksonville. Therefore, a fee system was set up to allow nonresidents to use the library's services.

  • What are the checkout limits?

    The first day you get your card, you are limited to two books only (no AV materials can be checked out your first day).  After that, there are no limits on the number of books you can check out. (Please note that Reference and Genealogy titles cannot be checked out.)
  • You must show your library card to check out material or to use the computers.

    There is no limit on the number of audiocassettes.

    There is a limit of two (2) videocassettes per household, regardless of how many people at that address have library cards.

    We ask that you limit yourself to no more than ten (10) back issues of magazines at a time. Current issues of magazines cannot be checked out.

  • How long do I get to keep the items?

    Printed materials (books and magazines), juvenile kits and audiocassettes are checked out for two weeks. If there is no one waiting on the item, you can recheck them up to two times.

    Videocassettes (marked JPL VC) and equipment are checked out for three days. You cannot recheck these items.

    Home education items (marked JPL HE) are checked out for one week. If there is no one waiting on the item, you can recheck them one time.

  • I'm going to be a few days late bringing my books back. How much is the fine going to be?

    We give a three-day grace period on all print material, juvenile kits, and audiocassettes. After those three days are up, a ten (10) cent fine per item, per day will be assessed back to the original due date.

    There is no grace period on Interlibrary Loan items, videocasettes, or equipment. Fines are twenty-five (25) cents per day on Interlibrary Loans and one dollar ($1.00) per day for videocassettes, home education items, and equipment.

    The maximum fine for print materials is $10.00 or the price of the item, whichever is cheaper. The maximum fine for videocassettes and equipment is equivalent to the price of the item.

    Since the library has a book drop available to return items when we are closed to the public, fines are still assessed for Sundays and/or holidays. The book drop is located on the side of the building that faces Neches Street.

  • I've lost/damaged the item. How much is it going to cost me?

    If a book, juvenile kit, or videocassette has been lost, the replacement fee is the cost to replace the item plus a $5.00 processing fee and any fines owed.

    If the item is damaged, the cost will be determined by the library director. This may include a rebinding fee.

    Replacement/damage costs for items borrowed on Interlibrary Loan are determined by the lending library and are subject to that library's policies.

    For lost/damaged audiocassettes, the replacement cost depends on whether the item was leased or purchased. Leased items and items purchased from certain vendors (such as Recorded Books or Listening Library) can be replaced on a per-tape basis. This would only be the cost of each damaged tape, usually about $6.95 per tape.

    Other tapes (such as those purchased through a book-on-tape club or from a store like Wal-Mart) are not available on a per-tape basis and the entire set will have to be paid for. The price varies depending on the number of tapes in the set. The replacement fee is the cost to replace the item plus a $5.00 processing fee and any fines owed.