Library cards are free to residents of Bay, Gulf and Liberty counties and are good at any library location in the system. A non-resident card may be purchased for $15 per year. Identification verifying address is required. A replacement fee of $2 is charged for lost cards. A parent or guardian must sponsor children under age 16 and be responsible for any fines or fees accrued on the account. Parents are responsible for the book (and other material) selections of their children.
Patrons may also register online. Doing this will allow the patron to have immediate access to online databases. The patron will still need come to the library and provide adequate identification to begin checking out materials.
Patrons may check out up to 20 items. Some library locations may have format limitations - please check with the circulation desk of your location. The check-out period for all materials is three (3) weeks.
All materials may be renewed for another circulation period if they are not overdue and are not reserved for another patron. Online book renewals can be made by using My Account.
Materials that are in our catalog may be placed on reserve. The library will notify you when the material is available and hold it for 3 days. This may be done from any location branch or through the internet. Use the Request button found on the right of the item description page to place your hold.
You will need your library card number with a PIN number which you can get from any library in the system. There is a limit of 10 reserves, whether made online or in person.
Library materials may be returned to any Northwest Regional Library System library, except books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, which must be returned to the library from which they were checked out.
All libraries have book drops for use when the library is closed. Certain materials, however, must not be returned to book drops: interlibrary loan materials, DVD's, video tapes, and audio cassettes.
A patron who wishes to place holds must be a registered library patron with a Patron ID and a PIN number. The Patron ID is your barcode number on the back of your card, and the PIN number is a number you choose and give to a circulation employee, (in person, or by calling 522-2100). A chosen number allows the patron to select a personal number that they can easily remember.
Overdue fines are charged to encourage the prompt return of materials. Fines are 10¢ per item per day to a maximum to $5.00.
Charges also are made for damaged materials and for items lost or never returned. Patrons are responsible for the cost of the materials plus any overdue fines. Patrons also are responsible for damage to non-book materials returned to a book drop.