You have knowledge and consent
If you have a child under the age of 18, they can only obtain a library card with your permission. We will not issue a library card to a minor without the parent or legal guardian willing to sign the child’s registration card. By signing the library card application, you accept responsibility for returning whatever is borrowed, on time, and in good condition. Your signature also means that you acknowledge that your child will have access to a wide variety of resources, and that you will monitor your child’s use of the library.
You decide what your child may borrow
You can choose if you want your child to be able to borrow movies and video games and whether or not you want them to have access to the internet. If at any time you wish to change your minor’s borrowing privileges, just talk to a Circulation Associate who will be happy to assist you.
You have monitoring options
If you lose track of what’s been borrowed on the card(s) for which you are responsible, you can call the library to find out. Be prepared to present the library card number of the account you’re checking. You can also check your child’s borrowing record online.
- Click My Account
- Click Review My Account. Enter the User ID and PIN. The User ID is the library card number of the account you are checking. If you don’t know the PIN, call the library and we’ll be happy to tell you, or you can click Forgot your PIN and we will email it to the address on file.
You will be able to see what’s checked out, when the items are due back, if anything is overdue or if there are fines on the account. You can also tell if any holds have been placed and whether or not they are available. You can even cancel them if you want.
Your interaction makes a difference
- Visit the library together with your child and help them choose what to borrow. You are the best person to know what’s appropriate for your child.
- Talk to your child about their visit to the library and ask to see what they borrowed. Your family can designate a special place in your home for library materials. That way you can easily keep an eye on what’s been borrowed and when the items are due back.
- Some parents choose to be the keeper of their child’s library cards. We often see moms or dads with a bundle of cards on their key chains.
You are your child’s best advocate
We believe it is essential for you to take an active role in guiding your child’s use of the library. Children ten (10) years of age and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or assigned a chaperon age fourteen (14) or older.