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Library Cards and Lending

To replace a lost card please bring a photo ID and proof of current address to a BCPL location near you.

Libary Card Eligibility

One free Library Card will be issued to all eligible individuals. Individuals who are not eligibile may purchase a library card. Eligibility includes:

  1. Boone County residents 18-years-old and older.
  2. Boone County property owners.
  3. Boone County residents under 18-years-old with a parent's or legal guardian's signature.
  4. Educators employed by a Boone County public or private schools.
  5. Businesses located in Boone County.
  6. Students enrolled full-time in a Boone County public or private school.
  7. BCPL staff.
  8. BCPL volunteers.
  9. Residents of Lawrenceburg with a Lawrenceburg Public Library card.
  10. Current card holders from the North Region of Kentucky, a SWON Member Institution, or NKU.

Library Account Number

Your account number is in one of the following formats:

  • Begins with 2040
  • Begins with BOONE (Temporary Cards for Boone County Residents)
  • Begins with SDAC (Student Digital Access Cards - for Boone County students.)

Resetting Your PIN

If you provided the Library with an email adress, then go to My Account and click on the Forgot My Pin to reset your PIN. Otherwise, call us.

Types of Library Cards

Borrower's Responsibility

The individual to whom a library card is issued assumes full responsibility for all items borrowed with that card. The parent or guardian who signs the application for a juvenile card is responsible for all items borrowed with that card.

Parents and guardians, not library staff, are responsible for monitoring and approving selections made by minor children. Parents or guardians who wish their children not to have access to certain materials should advise their children.

Check-out Policies

  • Most circulating material may be borrowed for three weeks.
  • New releases and high-demand items may have limited check-out periods.
  • M-rated software and R-rated DVDs may only be checked-out by patrons over the age of 18.
  • Reference materials do NOT circulate.


A service charge is assessed for overdue material. Children's books are $.05 per day. Adult books and all audiovisual materials are $.10 per day.

Renewal Policies and Auto-Renewal of Items

  • You may renew books, DVDS, music CDs, software, and audiobooks twice if no one else is waiting for the titles.
  • Due to high demand, New Releases cannot be renewed.
  • Most physical items checked-out from the Library renew automatically.
  • Items NOT eligible for auto-renewal include:
    • Items that have reached the renewal limit.
    • Items on hold for someone else.
    • Downloadable and streaming materials.
    • Readers' Express items.
    • Laptops, Kits, and WiFi Hot Spots.
    • Items owned by another library (Inter-Library Loan items).

SWON and North Region Members

North Region Libraries

Bath, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Bullitt, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Fleming, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, and Trimble.

SWON Members

Borrowing Limits for Adult and Juvenile Cards

Adult and Juvenile Library Card Limits
Item limits: Adult Juvenile*
* Juveniles may not check out M-rated software or R-rated videos/DVDs.
Maximum checkouts allowed at one time 100 25
Books 50 25
Videos/DVDS 10 10
Books on tape/CDs 25 25
Music CDs 25 25
Magazines (Back Issues Only) 10 10
Software (Video Games) 2 2
Software 5 5
Items on Hold 50 25
Wonderbooks 2 2

Library Card Expiration

Library cards expire periodically to provide an opportunity to verify and update customer information.

Library Card Suspension

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for non-returned items, unpaid fees, a change in eligibility, or upon request of the customer.