What Should I Know About Using My Library Card?


When I’m at the library, why do I always need my card?
Because the OWWL system includes 42 libraries in four counties and over 140,000 borrowers, it is for your protection that original library cards with unique barcodes are required. Your library card with your barcode ensures that materials are checked out to you. Likewise, other patrons must have their cards — so that no materials can be mistakenly checked out to another patron.

And if I forgot my card?
On a limited basis, we will allow photo identification in place of your library card. You will be asked to fill out additional paperwork to borrow without your card.  This is a courtesy transaction, and we still request the OWWL card for borrowing. It's the fastest, easiest way to check out materials.

What if I lose my card?

You can purchase a new card for $1.00 after establishing your identification.

Can I use someone else’s card?
No. The owner of the card is the only one who may use it.

What if someone is picking up a hold for me?
If you notify the library ahead of time and give your permission for someone else to pick up your hold, we will allow it. This is the ONLY time we allow someone else to use your card — so please be sure they have it..