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Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

How can my child get a library card?

Answer:

Any child, no matter how young, may get his or her own library card if the parent so desires. The parent must show appropriate identification (see list of acceptable identification). Cards are usually prepared quickly while the family waits.  However if applications were submitted as part of a school or offsite library card drive, please allow up to two weeks to receive the cards via the mail.  Please don’t wait until the library is closing to apply for a card - new cards are not issued during the last 15 minutes the library is open.

A PINES card is FREE to any resident of Georgia, regardless or city or county of residency. Once a child is 18, he or she is considered an adult and must apply for his or her own library card, or convert a juvenile card to an adult card. Cards must be renewed/updated (for free) every two years.

Children do not need to be able to write their own names to get library cards.  A parent or legal guardian (documentation may be required) must sign the application and print the parent’s name.  Please note that when a parent signs a library card application form, that parent is agreeing to be legally responsible for the timely return of borrowed materials in the same condition as when they were checked out.  Parents may opt to use their own cards to check out materials for children. However, in order to reserve a computer with Internet access, each patron, including a child, MUST have his/her own card present at the time of the computer reservation and session. Parents and siblings may NOT use another person’s card to reserve computer time.

If a child loses a library card, the replacement cost is $2.  If fines and/or replacement fees total over $10 on any patron’s card, including that of a child,  that patron may not check out materials until the amount owed is under $10.