Get a Library Card

We strive to provide access to a comprehensive collection of materials that we believe helps to build knowledge, stimulating imagination, and cultivating thought for all of our patrons. We work hard to make sure our patrons have access to the latest books, audiobooks, e-books, DVDs, and more.

Each month, we usually add over 1,000 items to our physical and online collections and with a library card, you get access to it all.

Library Card

When you get a physical library card you get access to our entire collection of materials located both inside the library and online.

  • Patrons are allowed to have 40 items checked out at one time.
  • Checkout period for books, audiobooks, CDs, and magazines are 21 days.
  • Get access to thousands of items in our digital media collection.
  • Access dozens of helpful resources from both inside and outside the library.
What are the requirements to get a card?
What are the requirements to get a card?
  • A completed library card application form and a photo ID are required for a library card to be issued.
  • There is no Laurel County residency requirement for a Laurel County Public Library card. Acceptable forms of a photo ID include government-issued cards such as current driver’s licenses, state-issued ID cards, passports, or military IDs.
  • For patrons under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must present acceptable identification and sign for the juvenile. A juvenile card will not be issued if the parent/guardian’s own account has been submitted to the Library’s collection agency.

Digital Library Card

If you’re unable to visit the library to obtain a physical card but you still want to access our digital media collection, you can register for a digital library card. It’s quick and easy!

Once you complete your registration you’ll get your digital library card number (ex. PACREF#####). Be sure to write down that number, you’ll need it to link your digital accounts back to your library card number.

You’ll then have access to all the digital media that we offer. If you ever want to upgrade it to a physical card, stop by the library and the staff at our front desk will be able to help you out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the limits to checking out items?
What’s a hold and how does it work?
Do I need to do anything to keep an item longer?
Will I ever be asked for a deposit in order to check out an item?
What if I lose my card or it gets stolen?
Are the limits to checking out items?

The Library checks out materials to any patron who presents a valid Laurel County Public Library card with a balance of less than $10.00.

  • Each patron is allowed to have 40 items checked out at one time.
  • Of these 40 items, up to 15 may be media items–audiobooks, CDs, or DVDs.
  • The checkout period for books, audiobooks, CDs, and magazines is 21 days. Fees begin to accumulate on day 22.
  • The checkout period for DVDs is 7 days. Fees begin to accumulate on day 8.
  • The checkout period for equipment varies—see circulation staff for details.
What’s a hold and how does it work?

A hold is a patron request for an item to be to be held for check out.

Holds are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and do not have a set arrival date. Once the requested material arrives at the library and is available for checkout, the customer is notified via phone, email, or text.

Holds are kept up to 7 days from notification.

With our digital media collection, holds are used on services like Overdrive. Once the loan period ends for the patron who has the item checked out, you’ll get notified that you can download your item.

Digital media services like Hoopla and Kanopy don’t use holds, all items are always available to everyone.

Do I need to do anything to keep an item longer?

Books, audiobooks, and CDs without holds will automatically renew on the due date for one loan period, up to two renewals. (DVDs and equipment do not renew.)

Will I ever be asked for a deposit in order to check out an item?

Only a few items require a deposit (by cash, check, or credit/debit card payment) for checkout, refundable upon the return of the item without damage. The items requiring a deposit are:

  • Multimedia Projector: $100
  • Test Preparation Books: $10/$20
  • CDL/Child Care Training DVDs: $25
What if I lose my card or it gets stolen?

The first card issued to each patron is free. Lost or stolen cards are $1 each time they are reissued. A photo ID is required for the re-issuance of any library card.

If the card is lost or stolen, it is the patron’s responsibility to notify the Library immediately. The patron is responsible for any material checked out before the card is reported lost or stolen.

Do you still have questions?

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Call Us

If you prefer to speak to someone on the telephone, give us a quick call at (606) 864-5759.

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Fill out our contact form and we’ll pass your message along to someone on our staff that can help you find the answer to your question.

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