Get a library card in Jackson County
Ready to get access to the great resources available at your library?
Come get a card at one of our locations today!
Already have a card but don’t remember your pin for the online resources?
Call the library at (850) 482-9631.
How much does it cost?
Library Cards are free to any resident of Jackson County. Bring your current photo ID and proof of residency. Children and Teens 0-16 years of age must be guaranteed by a parent or legal guardian.
Current Chipola students can apply for a free library card.
Non-Residents may apply for a card with an annual fee of $25.00.
If you have lost your card there is a $1.00 replacement charge.
Acceptable proof of residency (all must be current and show the street address):
- ID with current address
- Property tax agreement
- Rental or lease agreement
- Utilities bill
- Jackson County voter registration
- .Federal income tax return
Chipola Students who do not live in Jackson County: Current Chipola Student ID
If you are getting a card for a juvenile you must be their parent or legal guardian. Legal guardians must bring proof of guardianship.
*Proof of residency must identify the person signing up for the card
Card holder agreements:
• I accept responsibility for items borrowed on my card.
• I will present my card for all library transactions.
• I agree that this card may not be loaned to anyone.
• I will assume responsibility for items borrowed by a minor child if I am the parent or guardian.
• I will notify the library if this card is lost or stolen.
• I will inform the library of any change of address or name.
• I will pay fines for overdue materials and lost/damaged items. *
*Note: Items borrowed and lost/damaged from out of county libraries must be paid either in exact change or with a check. You cannot replace the item with a similar item or pay with credit card. This includes any items from PPLCS member libraries.
Frequently asked questions
I live in a nearby county. Can I get a card in Jackson County?
If you live in Holmes or Calhoun county please check with your local library to get a card. You can use your current library card to use our library. All other out of county cards are available for a $25.00 annual fee.
We do not offer a temporary card for visitors.
I had an old card, moved, and have returned to Jackson County. Is my old card still valid?
Your old card will need to be renewed. If you have lost the card there will be a $1.00 fee. If you have unpaid fines on your account, you will need to pay those before the card can be renewed.
I moved to Jackson County from Calhoun or Holmes County. Do I need to get a new card?
Yes. You will need to get a new card issued in Jackson County, but will still be able to use the Calhoun County and Holmes County libraries.
How long is my card valid?
Cards are renewed once per year. Bring your ID and proof of residency to the library to renew your services.
What are the limits that can be checked out on my card?
Cards are limited to 25 items at a time with these further limits:
- 5 items from the same author.
- 5 items about the same subject.
- 5 audiobooks.
- 3 new books.
- 2 video games
- 3 Wonderbooks
- 1 Playaway Launchpad
- DVD checkouts are limited to 5 total DVDs per household. (1 week, no renewal)
- 1 BingeBox per household.
- Rated-R and Rated-NR items may not be checked out to a patron under 17.
How long can items be checked out for?
Most items are checked out for 3 weeks, and you have the option to renew the item 2 times as long as it is not on hold for another patron. Please be aware of these further limitations on checkout time:
- DVDs 1 week, no renewals.
- Video games 3 weeks, no renewals.
- Wonderbooks 3 weeks, no renewals.
My family member/friend has a card already. Can I use theirs?
All patrons of the library are expected to have their own card to access our services. Parents may use their card to check out items for a child.
I want to know what my friends or family members have checked out. Can you give me a list? Can you tell me who currently has an item checked out or on hold?
No. Our patrons all have a right to privacy. We are unable to give this information to someone who is not the card holder.
How old does my child have to be to get a card?
Children under 16 may be issued a card at any age as long as they have a parent or legal guardian signature. At age 16 a juvenile may sign up for a card without a signature from a parent/guardian, but we must have guarantor information on file. To sign up without a parent a 16 or 17 year old must also have a valid state ID.
My card has fines on it, can I use my child’s card to check out or use the computer?
No. All fines must be paid and all overdue items returned for the household accounts before any of the cards may be used.
I have a card but it won’t work with the online resources. Why?
If your card does not work with the online resources call 850-482-9631 or visit your branch to find out why. Note: If it has been a year or longer since you last renewed you will need to bring your ID and proof of residency to the library.
I don’t remember my PIN for the online resources. Can you give it to me?
We cannot see your PIN number. Call the library at 850-482-9631 with your card number or come in to change your PIN.
Do you have a drop box for items?
Yes, both locations have book drops for items.
Please be aware that discs and electronic media items should not be returned in the book drop. You should return all of these items inside the building to prevent damages. Discs, cases, and media damaged in the book drop will be subject to damage fines.
I already used all of my renewals. Can you just check it in, and then check it back out to me? Can’t I just check in and immediately check out to avoid hitting the renewal limit?
No. Items that have reached their renewal limits must be checked in and cannot be checked out by the same patron for 24 hours. We do this to allow other patrons a chance to check out items. If the item is still here after the 24 hour time period you may check it out again.
You have 2 of the same item. Can I check both of them out?
No. Please be aware that we sometimes have multiple of an item to allow for more patrons to be able to access it.