FAQs

How do I get a library membership?

If you live in Jefferson County, you must apply in person, show a driver’s license with current address or a form of government-issued photo ID, and show verification of current address (such as a piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, billing statement, etc.).  If you live outside of Jefferson County, you must pay a $50 annual fee in addition to the above requirements.

Can my child get a library card?

Yes! A parent or legal guardian must be present and both parent (or guardian) and child must sign the application and responsibility statement. The parent/legal guardian must show a driver’s license with current address or a form of government-issued ID and verification of current address (such as a piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, billing statement, etc.).

Where can I use my library card?

You can use your library card at any Jefferson County Public Library. For a complete list of locations and hours, CLICK HERE. Please note that if you borrow materials from other Jefferson County libraries, checkout time, late charges and return requirements may vary.

How long will my card be valid?

Library cards are valid for one year. When your card expires, you may renew it at any JCLC library by showing your driver’s license or other government issued photo ID and verification of current address.

How many items can I check out at a time?

You may have a maximum of 100 items checked out on your card at a time.

Can I request materials from other libraries to pick up at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest?

Yes! Materials from other JCLC libraries can be requested by patrons for pick up at the Library in the Forest. These requests can be made online (CLICK HERE) or in person.

How do I renew materials?

Materials can be renewed in person, via telephone or online by clicking the button below. Please have your library card ready in order to renew. All items can be renewed once unless another patron has the item on hold. If you renew an item after its original due date, you will still be fined for the days prior to renewal.

Renew Online

Can I pay overdue fines online?

Yes! Click the button below to pay fines online.

Pay Fines Online

What if I don’t have the money to pay my overdue fines?

Turn in your overdue items anyway to prevent accruing even more fines. You can still check out items if your fines are $5.00 or less.

What if an item I checked out from the library gets damaged or lost?

You are responsible for all items checked out on your card. You may have to pay the replacement cost. Please speak with a staff member to explain what happened.

Can I register to vote at the Library?

Yes, the library offers voter registration forms. You can complete and submit the form onsite or complete later and mail.

Can I donate books to the Library?

Yes. Donations will be reviewed by a librarian and either added to the library’s collection or given to the Friends of the Library Bookstore to be sold.

I need a place to study with a group. Does the Library have study rooms?

The library has four study rooms available for patron use available on a first come, first served basis.