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
- Friend’s Bookstore
- 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, 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 and the parent must show verification of current address as described above.
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
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.
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)
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, HotSpots, and NOOKs are $1.00 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.
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 Library offers public computers available for children, teens, and adults. To log onto public computers in the adult department, you may use either your library card or a guest pass provided by a staff member.
Printing and Copying
In order to print from a library computer, you must purchase a print card.Print cards may be purchased for $0.50, cash only. Print cards are reusable and reloadable.
In addition to the $0.50 charge for the print card:
- Black and white prints are $0.10 per page
- Color prints are $0.50 per page
- Print cards may also be used to make copies for the same rate.
Friends of the Library Book Store
The Friends of the Vestavia Hills Library Used Book Store (located on the main floor) offers a large selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, CDs, and DVDs. Come in and browse!
All donations and proceeds of sales benefit the library. The bookstore is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sundays from 1pm – 4pm.
The Library has four study rooms for patron use available on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to schedule a room in advance, you may be interested in scheduling another area. Please contact the Administrative Assistant at 978-0162. Rental fees are associated with all other registrations.
Requests for study rooms should be made in person at the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library. Phone call reservations will not be accepted. Individuals requesting a study room must be at least 14 years of age. The individual initiating the request must be present during the period of usage. Study rooms may be used in two hour blocks. The length of these sessions may be extended if no other patrons are waiting to use the room.
Patrons must wait two hours before requesting the use of a room again when your time expires. The library reserves the right to shorten the blocks to one hour for heavy usage times. Study rooms will close 15 minutes before the library closes.
The following uses are expressly prohibited of the Library study rooms: buying, selling, advertising, or trading products or services. Paid tutors are not allowed to utilize the study rooms for tutoring sessions.
Study Room Behavior
Patrons using the study rooms are responsible for leaving the rooms in a neat and orderly condition. Failure to do so may result in the denial of future requests. Patrons will be asked to leave if they disturb others or engage in destructive behavior. Patrons may not move tables and chairs into or remove them from the study room. No items shall be taped or tacked to painted walls or windows. No alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or food is allowed in any room. Only beverages with lids are allowed. Rooms shall remain unlocked during use.
Borrowing a NOOK
The Library has NOOK e-readers available for checkout for adults, teens, and children. The NOOKs are pre-loaded with several titles for your convenience.
In order to check out a NOOK: The borrower must be 15 years old with a valid government issued photo ID and a valid Jefferson County library card. Both the ID and the library card must be issued in the name of the patron checking out the NOOK. Borrower must confirm his or her contact information at the time of checkout. If the borrower’s ID does not have the correct address, the borrower must bring additional proof of address (bill, lease, deed, check, etc.)
A parent or legal guardian may check out a NOOK for children under the age of 15. The parent or legal guardian will fill out the NOOK lending agreement as the responsible party in case of fines or damages. Borrowers under the age of 15 must have a parent or legal guardian present, and the parent or legal guardian must present their own valid government issued photo ID. The ID number must match the number in the child’s account.
Borrower must be in good standing with the library with no outstanding fine over $5.00. Borrower must confirm that the NOOK is in working order at the time of checkout.
Finding Available NOOK titles
Additional guidelines for NOOK use
- Only one NOOK may be checked out per library card.
- NOOKs may be checked out for up to three weeks and can be renewed once.
- Long overdue NOOKs will be deactivated.
- NOOK may be placed on hold for pick up at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest only.
- NOOKs must be returned directly to a staff member at the Circulation Desk of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest.
- There will be a $25 fine charged to the borrower if a NOOK is returned to an indoor or outdoor book drop, or for a NOOK returned to any library other than the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest for unnecessary risk.
- NOOKs must be returned with some remaining battery charge in order to verify that the device is in working order. NOOKs will not be checked in until a staff member verifies that the NOOK is in working order.
- Additional titles may not be downloaded to the NOOK by the borrower.
- Titles preloaded on the NOOK at the time of checkout may not be deleted by the borrower.
- Borrower will not tamper with any other hardware, software, or settings. Please request assistance from the library if the device is not working properly.
- NOOKs should be kept in a temperature controlled environment. NOOKs should not be left in cars.
- The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest assumes no responsibility for any personal information left on NOOKs (Facebook, email, etc.)