About your Library Card

 

How do I get a library card?

If you:

  • live
  • work
  • go to school
  • or own property

in Lincoln Parish, you are eligible for a library card here! Just go to the Check Out Desk with a valid picture ID/proof of current address AND one of the following:

  • Proof of residency
  • Pay stub or employee ID
  • School ID
  • or Property tax receipt/title.

Parents can get cards for their children with the same information with the child present. Parents are responsible for all items checked out to their child.

 

You could also be eligible if you have a library card at another library in North Louisiana. You would need to go to the Check Out Center with a valid picture ID and a valid library card from your home library. If you would like to know more about this special service, please call the Check Out Center at 318.513.5501.

 

You are the only person who is allowed to use your card for any library services. You are the only one responsible for all materials checked out with that card, and some materials can be expensive. We encourage everyone to treat their library card like a credit card and be careful to keep it safe.

 

How much does a library card cost?

The first Lincoln Parish Library card is free! Replacement cards are available for $3 each, up to 3 cards. Thereafter, all library cards will cost $15.00. (Approved by the Library Board of Control, 8-24-2017)

 

Do I have to have my card to… (check out, use the computers, use a study room, etc.)?

A library card is like a credit card for the library. Just as no store would sell something without a valid credit card present, neither can we check out books without your library card. The card holder is the only one responsible for all materials checked out with that card, and some materials can be expensive. This is why it is important for all library users to let us know if library cards are lost or stolen. If you do not have your library card with you, you can buy a replacement card for $3.

 

How many items can I check out?

For most cards, the limits are:

  • 50 books
  • 50 audiobooks
  • 5 DVD’s
  • 2 Blu-ray discs

Some special cards have different limits, such as:

  • GOAL (Grade One At the Library) cards - 5 items total
  • Preschool cards - 10 items total
  • University students - 10 items total

 

How long can I keep these items?

The lending time limit for materials checked out is two weeks.

 

How many times can I renew an item?

You can renew items if no one else has a reserve on that item. Items can be renewed twice before they must be returned. You can renew items online with your library card, or you may call the Check Out Center at 318.513.5501 for assistance. If you would like help learning to place a reserve online, you may call the Information Kiosk at 318.513.5510 for assistance.

 

How else can I use my card?

Library cards can also be used to:

  • Log in to use library computers.
  • Log in to use different research tools, at home or at the library.
  • Log in to download different library e-resources, like ebooks, music, DVD’s, or magazines.
  • Check out a study room in the library.

 

How can I use the computers if I don’t have a card?

If you are not eligible for a library card, you can get a guest pass to use the computers at the Information Desk.

 

Why won’t my card let me… check out, use the computers, etc.?

Library cards will be blocked if there are fines totaling $1 or more or if a card is expired. Once fines are cleared or card information updated at the Check Out Desk, you can use the card as normal. If you don’t remember your pin/password for computer and database use, check with the Information Desk to have it updated.

 

About Fees and Fines

 

How much does it cost to… (check out a book, use a room, go to an event, etc.)?

The library has a lot to offer! We are pleased to offer most of our services at no charge. The only things we charge for include:

  • Fines/Replacement fees
  • Copies/prints
  • Faxes
  • Replacement cards ($3)
  • Headphones ($1)
  • Flash drives ($7)

Everything else is free! The library is paid for and supported by the citizens of Lincoln Parish Library, and we pass on these services (and the savings!) to you.

 

How much are fines?

Fines are $.10 per day per item.

 

When will you have fine forgiveness day?

We are not able to do fine forgiveness days often, so when we do, we are loud about it! Any upcoming fine forgiveness days will be publicized on our web page, on our Facebook page, or in our newsletter.

 

How much does it cost to print/make a copy?

  • 8.5”x11” (letter) black and white print - $0.10
  • 8.5”x14” (legal) black and white print - $0.20
  • 11”x17” (ledger) black and white print - $0.20
  • 8.5”x11” (letter) color print - $1.00
  • 8.5”x14” (legal) color print - $2.00
  • 11”x17” (ledger) color print - $2.00

If you need assistance printing or copying, staff at the Information Kiosk will be happy to help with the equipment.

 

How much do you charge to send a fax?

  • Local or toll-free faxes - $1.50 per page (not counting cover sheet)
  • Long distance faxes - $2.00 per page (not counting cover sheet)
  • Received faxes - $1.50 per page (not counting cover sheet)

Faxes are sent and received at the Check Out Desk. The fax number is 318.251.4130.

 

About Other Services

 

Are there quiet places to study in the library?

There are many different areas in the library with study carrels, tables, or comfortable chairs for people to use for reading or studying. If you need a larger area for a group or an area with a little more privacy, we also have study rooms available. Anyone 18 or older with a library card can check out a study room for two hours, which can be extended if no one is waiting. Anyone under 18 must have an adult with them in the room the entire time they use it.

 

Do you have free wi-fi?

We have free wireless internet access available as an open network during normal library business hours. Once you have connected, use your browser to accept our Terms of Use to continue. Not all devices are compatible with our wi-fi. If your device doesn’t connect, check with the Information Desk for assistance.

 

Did we miss your question?

You can call the Information Desk at 318.513.5510, and a staff member will help you find your answer.