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You can get a free Derby Public Library card at the library!
If you are 16 or older and have a valid photo ID, you can get a library card. Just bring in your ID showing your current name and address (or a piece of mail that shows your current address if it’s not on your ID or the address on your ID isn’t correct).
For patrons who are 15 and younger, a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must come in with a valid photo ID that shows their current name and address (or a piece of mail that shows it). That authorizing adult will be responsible for all items checked out on the child’s card as well as what is accessed on the computers in the library.
You must have your library card or a photo ID with you to check out materials and use the library computers.
What does your library card let you do?
- Use a public PC up to 3 hours a day
- Use the library’s app — DerbyLibrary on the App Store or Google Play — to check your account, renew items, place items on hold, search the library catalog, scan a book’s bar code to see if it’s in the library collection
- Use the library website —www.derbylibrary.com —to see when items are due and renew them, search the catalog, put items on hold, request items via interlibrary loan, suggest purchase recommendations for the collection
- Check out digital items (e-books and e-audiobooks) from the Sunflower eLibrary, RBDigital or Hoopla
- Do research using one or more of our online learning resources
How long can I keep the items I check out?
And how many items can I check out at a time?
|Books (unlimited checkouts)||3 weeks|
|Books on CD (limit of 10 per card)||3 weeks|
|Playaways (limit of 6 per card)||3 weeks|
|Music CDs (limit of 10 per card)||1 week|
|DVDs (limit of 6 per card) ||1 week|
|Video games (limit of 2 per card)||1 week|
|Magazines (unlimited checkouts) ||1 week|
Items may be renewed twice unless they are on hold for another patron. Interlibrary loan periods are set by the lending library and may not be renewed.
Other helpful information
Items have a four-day grace period before fines begin accruing after the due date. A fine of $.25 per item per day will begin accruing on day five, and continue accruing until the item is returned, renewed or a maximum fine of $5.00 is reached. There is no grace period on interlibrary loans. Fines on interlibrary loans begin accruing the first day after the due date.
Patrons can add an email address or cell number to their account to receive email or text-message notices from the library. Advance notices can be emailed as a reminder for items coming due. Hold notifications will be emailed when a requested item is available for pick up. Overdue notices will be sent when an item is 1 day overdue and 25 days overdue.
Patrons without an email address or SMS number on file will receive overdue notices by mail and hold notifications by phone.