Your library membership provides:
- Free access to the collections of all 40 of the Jefferson County Libraries
- Programs and events for children, teens and adults
- Use of library computers
- Free computer classes
- Online databases and research resources
- Downloadable audio and eBooks
Who can get a card?
If you live in Jefferson County you qualify for a library card, free of charge. Patrons over the age of 15 must apply in person and show either a driver’s license with current address or a form of government issued photo ID. You must have some way of verifying your current address (such as a piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, billing statement, etc.)
Children under the age of 15 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a responsibility statement. Both parent and child must sign the application and the parent must show verification of current address as described above.
Patrons may purchase cards for an annual fee of $50. These cards are issued in the applicant’s name, but may be used by that person’s entire family.
Books, audiobooks, playaways (self-playing audiobooks), NOOKs and music CDs may be checked out for 3 weeks. DVDs, Blu-Rays, and HotSpots check out for 7 days. You may have up to 100 items checked out at a time.
Materials from other JCLC libraries can be requested by patrons for pick up at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. These requests can be made online by visiting the Encore Catalog or in person.
Books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs may be checked out and returned to any public library branch in Jefferson County unless otherwise stated. If you are returning materials to the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, please take advantage of our quick access exterior return slots located near the main entrance
Fines for overdue books, audiobooks,playaways (self-playing audiobooks), and music CDs are $0.25 per day. Fines for DVDs, Blu-rays and NOOKs are $1.00 per day. Hotspots are $5.00 per day.
You will be sent an overdue notice for any library materials not returned on time. If the late charges are not paid when overdue materials are returned, those charges will be billed to your card for payment later. Late charges may be paid at any library or online.
Lost/Stolen Library Card
Please report lost or stolen cards to the library immediately, as you are responsible for all items checked out on your card.
As part of a county-wide policy, we renew items twice. This can only be done if there are no reserves on the item, and it does not qualify as long over due already. If you renew an item after its original due date, you will still be fined for the days prior to renewal. Library materials may be renewed in person, online, or by calling 226-3790 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also call 978-0155 during normal library hours. Please have your library card number ready.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary loan (ILL) acquires books, photocopies of non-circulating materials (such as magazine articles), and government publications not already owned by the public libraries of Jefferson County.
ILL request forms may be submitted in person at any public library in Jefferson County or online. To submit an ILL request online, go to WorldCat Discovery and search for your desired title. After locating your selection, click on the ILL icon and fill out the online form to process your ILL request. For additional information, please visit www.jclc.org.
The information required by patrons to get a library card is protected by the Library Patron Confidentiality Act:
All library patron information is confidential. Employees must, therefore, treat all patron matters accordingly as stated by the Privacy Act (Code of Alabama 41-8-10). No patron information, including home address, phone number, and materials checked out, may be revealed to anyone, except by the patron him or herself, with proper identification. The content of patron records may not be disclosed to anyone except under subpoena. Employees will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, for improperly revealing information of a confidential nature. (Code of Alabama 41-8-10)