• Quote-startIn a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.Quote-end

    — Mark Twain, author

Main Services

Getting a library card from the Russell County Public Library is easy! This card grants you access to thousands of book titles at our main library or Russell Springs branch, allows you to set up and access your account online, and more. Don't miss out on all the fantastic benefits of being a Russell County Public Library cardholder!

  • Present a photo ID (i.e., driver's license, state-issued identification card, or college or work ID with your name and photo).
  • Complete a registration card with a valid phone number and mailing address.
  • Library cards are free for all Russell County residents and those who work or own property in Russell County.  Proof of employment or owned property is required as well (i.e., paystub, nametag, title or deed, utility bill, etc.)
  • Library cards that have been lost may be replaced for a fee of $1.50.
  • Non-residents may apply for a Russell County Public Library card at the cost of $5.00 annually.

Books? Yes. So much more? Absolutely. Find below what other materials you can get at the Library, and how long you can check them out with your RCPL card.

Material  Check-out duration 
Books (large print also available) 21 days
CDs 21 days
Audio cassettes 21 days
Magazines 21 days
Videos 7 days (limit three per cardholder)
DVDs 7 days (limit three per cardholder)

Of course.  Our interlibrary loan services are provided at no charge to you through participating libraries of Kentucky.

  • Patrons must have held a library card for at least three months in good standing in order to request books through the interlibrary loan service.
  • If the book is shipped from out of state, there is a $3.00 postage charge.
  • The circulation period of interlibrary loan material is determined by the lending library and renewals are generally not allowed.
  • Generally, interlibrary loan materials must have been in publication for at least six months prior.

Let one of our friendly staff members complete an interlibrary loan request form the next time you visit the Library, or make your request over the phone.  You can also suggest that a book be reviewd for possible addition to our collection.

Russell County Public Library offers copying and fax services to the community. Prices are as follows:

Copy Service

  • 10¢ per page for black & white copies
  • $1 per page for color copies

Fax Service

  • To send or receive a fax, there is a charge of $1 per page.  There is no charge for the cover page.

Laminating Service

  • The Main Library in Jamestown offers a laminator that can accept items up to 15 inches wide.
  • The Branch Library in Russell Springs offers a laminator that can accept items up to 24 inches wide. We recommend leaving your items with us to be laminated, as it takes more than an hour for the lamintor to warm up.
  • Items up to 8.5" x 11" can be laminated at a charge of $1 per item.  Items large than 8.5" x 11" can be laminated at a charge of $2.50 per item.

Notary service is FREE and available at both Russell County Library locations.

The Russell County Public Library meeting room is available on an equitable basis free of charge. Please contact the Library during normal business hours for our meeting room policy and to check availability at (270) 343-READ.

Audio-visual equipment — including overhead projectors, slide projectors, filmstrip projectors and screens — may be borrowed at no charge.

The Library also has a data projector available for use by established community groups at the discretion of the library director.

Public computers are available on a first-come basis at the Russell County Public Library to our cardholders. There is a two-hour time limit. We also offer free wi-fi to those who want to bring their electronic devices to either of our locations.

Parents and legal guardians, take note: You must accompany children younger than 12 who are using our computers. Children ages 12-18 must have your written permission.


94 N. Main Street
Jamestown, Kentucky 42629
(270) 343-READ

512 N. Main Street
Russell Springs, Kentucky 42642
(270) 866-READ