Borrow

  • How do I get a library card?

    • Library cards are free to all who live or work in Jessamine County.  Bring photo ID and proof of current address, and once you have read and signed the library card agreement, you will get your library card right away. If you live in another county but work in Jessamine, you will also need to bring proof of employment, such as a pay stub.
    • Customers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will need to sign the library card agreement on behalf of the minor. The rights and responsibilities of parents and legal guardians are outlined here.
  • I don’t live or work in Jessamine County.  Can I still get a library card?

    • Yes, cards are also free to all who can present proof of ID along with a library card from any of the following counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford.
    • If you don’t live in Jessamine County or in any of the counties listed above, you are welcome to sign up for a temporary library card that will expire in 60 days. With a temporary library card, you can check out two print and one AV item (DVD, blu-ray, BCD, music CD, playaway), plus have full access to all digital collections, online resources, public computers and in-house maker kits.
  • What is my PIN?

  • What if I lose my library card?

    • If you lose your card or think it might be stolen, please let us know as soon as possible. This is very important because you remain responsible for all card activity until you report the card lost or stolen.
    • Keep your card in a safe place and never share your PIN or let anyone else use your card.
  • How many items may I check out? How long may I keep my items?

    • MaterialLoan periodItem limit
      New books21 daysNo limit
      Books21 daysNo limit
      Books on CD21 days5
      Music CDs21 days10
       Comic Books21 days5
      Magazines21 days5
      Playaways21 days5
      Playaway Views21 days1
      eReaders21 days1
      Video games21 days2
      Fiction DVDs3 days3
      Non-fiction DVDs21 days3
      Blu-Ray Discs3 days3
      Instruments21 days1
      Interlibrary LoansSet by the lending library3
  • Can I renew the items I’ve borrowed and if so, for how long?

    • Yes, you can as long as a hold hasn’t been placed on the title you wish to renew. Visit your account to renew your items online, call us at (859) 885-3523 or text us at (859) 538-5885 (standard messaging rates apply).
    • Items renew as follows:
    • MaterialNumber of renewals
      New books2
      Books2
      Books on CD2
       Comic Books2
      Magazines1
      Music CDs2
      Playaways2
      Playaway Views2
      eReaders2
      Video gamesNone
      DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs2
      Instruments1
      Interlibrary LoansMaybe, please contact the Ask a Librarian Desk
  • How can I place holds on items that are checked out?

    • If an item is checked out, you can place a hold on it in person, by phone at (859) 885-3523 or text at (859) 538-5885 (standard messaging rates apply). You can also request a hold from the library catalog. You need to have your library card and PIN available.
    • Holds can be placed on all items except feature movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, video games, reference materials, and magazines.
  • Where can I return library materials?

    • In addition to book drops at the library, book drops are also located at:
    • Walmart, 1024 N. Main Street, Nicholasville KY
      Kroger, 200 E. Brannon Road, Nicholasville KY
      WesBanco, 106 S. Lexington Road, Wilmore KY
    • Please do not return Interlibrary Loans and eReaders in a book drop.
    • For information about overdue fees and payments, visit our Fines & Bills page.