If you live in Jefferson County you qualify for a library card, free of charge. Patrons over the age of fifteen must apply in person and show a driver's license with current address or a form of government issued photo ID as well as verification of current address (such as a piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, bill statement, etc.). Children under fifteen must have a parent or legal guardian sign a responsibility statement. Both parent and child must sign the application.

Replacement Library Cards are $3.00

Your library membership provides free access to the collections
of all forty of the Jefferson County Libraries as well as:

Checkout Information

Books, audio books, and music CDs may be checked out for three weeks. Movies/DVDs check out for seven days. You may have up to 100 items checked out at a time.

Late Charges

Movie/DVD late charges are $1.00 per day. All other late charges are fifteen cents 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.

Book Return Slot


As part of a county-wide policy, we renew items once, only if there are no reserves on the item, and it does not qualify as long over due already. 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.

Returning Items

Books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs may be checked out and returned to any public library branch in Jefferson County (View all restrictions here). 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.

Lost/Stolen Library Cards

Please report lost or stolen cards to the library at once, you are responsible for every item checked out on your card. There is a $3.00 fee for a replacement card.

Live Out-of-County?

Patrons may purchase cards for an annual fee of fifty dollars. These cards are issued in the applicant's name, but may be used by that person's entire family.

The Online Catalog

The library’s online catalog is more than just a way to find books. It serves many functions, including a way to access your account, reserve items, and keep up with your currently checked out items. The Jefferson County Library Cooperative provides a guide to help you learn how to use the shopping cart feature. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page that might help you if you have a question as well as a feature that allows you to write reviews on books.

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)

Frequently Asked Questions

Checkout Information
Late Charges
Returning Items
Lost or Stolen Library Cards
Live Out of County
Online Catalog

A Member of the JCLC Cooperative

As part of the Jefferson County Library system, The Vestavia Hills library has become a part of every Jefferson County library, linked by library computers. There are also computers for public use, both for adults and children, and a wealth of information thus becomes available to all library patrons.