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Library Cards and Lending

Libary Card Eligibility

  1. Boone County residents or property owners.
    • Must provide proof of residence or ownership. No PO Boxes.
    • A parent or legal guardian must sign for minors under 18.
  2. Boone County Public Library staff and volunteers.
  3. Owners of businesses located in Boone County.
  4. Educators employed by a public or private school in Boone County.
  5. Full-time students enrolled in a Boone County public or private school.
  6. Residents of Lawrenceburg-Indiana with a current LPL card.
  7. Cardholders in good standing from North Region of Kentucky 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.
  8. Cardholders in good standing from SWON Member Institutions.
  9. Students in good standing from Northern Kentucky University.

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.

Replacing a lost Library Card

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

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.

Responsibility for Borrowed Items

  1. The individual to whom a library card is issued assumes full responsibility for all items borrowed with that card.
  2. The parent or guardian who signs the juvenile card application is responsible for all items borrowed with that card.
  3. Parents and guardians, not library staff, are responsible for monitoring and approving selections made by minor children.
  4. Parents or guardians who wish their children not to have access to certain materials should advise their children.

Types of Library Cards

  • Eligibility: Boone County residents or property owners 18 years old or older.
  • Required: You must provide identification and proof of residence or ownership.
  • Renewal: Three years from date of issue.
  • Restrictions: None.
  • Eligibility: Businesses, organizations, institutes, and agencies located within Boone County.
  • Required:
    • Applicant must provide identification and proof of address.
    • Applicant must provide a written request on business / organization letterhead that includes the names of all employees (not to exceed 6) authorized to use the card.
    • The written request must be signed by the owner, manager, financial agent, or principal, and it must accompany the Business / Organization Application.
    • The Business Card application must be signed by an officer of the organization with authority to assume financial responsibility for the organization.
  • Renewal: One year from date of issue.
  • Restrictions: None.
  • Eligibility: Homeschool educators and individuals employed as teachers in a public or private, Boone County K-12 school. Independent preschool/childcare teachers are not eligible but may contact outreach@bcpl.org for service options.
  • Required: Teachers must provide picture identification and proof of employment. To prove they are eligible for our Educator services, homeschool educators must provide a copy of the letter required to send their school board.
  • Renewal: Expires May 31st each year and may be renewed August 1, by staff, unless proof of summer school contract is presented.
  • Restrictions: No new releases or items for personal use. Thirty items at any one time. Loan periods of 42 days. Seasonal items and books in high demand are subject to limits.
  • Eligibility: For minors from birth to age 17 whose parent(s) or guardian(s) live or own property in Boone County.
  • Required: You must provide identification and proof of residence or ownership. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature to get a Juvenile Card.
  • Renewal: Three years from date of issue.
  • Restrictions: No Interlibrary Loan service (ILL), R-rated videos and DVDs, and M-rated software.
  • Eligibility: For military personnel in Boone County.
  • Required: Must present a current Military ID.
  • Renewal: One year from the date of issue.
  • Restrictions: No Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service; no purchase requests.
  • Eligibility: For individuals who are not eligibile for a free library card.
  • Required: You must provide identification and proof of address. (A post office box does not meet this requirement.) If under 18, you must have a parent or guardian's signature.
  • Renewal: One year from the date of issue.
  • Restrictions: None.
  • Fee: $80.00 annually
  • Eligibility: For individuals who are registered borrowers at a SWON or KDLA North Region member institution, NKU, or Lawrenceburg Public Library.
  • Required: You must provide identification and proof of affiliation with reciprocal school or library.
  • Renewal: One year from the date of issue.
  • Restrictions: No Interlibrary Loan service (ILL).
  • Eligibility: For Boone County residents, property owners, and businesses. (Teachers, parents, and students should inquire about Student Digital Access Cards.)
  • Required: Identification and proof of address (a post office box does not meet this requirement) to remove restrictions and extend privileges.
  • Expiration: 6 months from date of issue.
  • Restrictions: None on digital items. You can place holds on physical items but can check-out no more than 3 at one time.
  • Eligibility: Students in participating Boone County schools.
  • Required: Attend one of the following schools:
    • Goodridge Elementary
    • Ballyshannon Middle School
    • Camp Ernst Middle School
    • Conner Middle School
    • Gray Middle School
    • Ockerman Middle School
    • R.A. Jones Middle School
    • Boone County High School
    • Conner High School
    • Cooper High School
    • Ryle High School
  • Expiration: Upon graduation from high school or transfer to school outside Boone County. If students have forgotten their SDAC numbers, they are listed in Infinite Campus.
  • Restrictions: Digital access only.
  • Eligibility: Residents, business, and property owners in Boone County.
  • Required: Complete an online form.
  • Expiration: 6 months from date of issue.
  • Restrictions: Digital items only.

Check-out Policies

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

Fines

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).

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 4 4