Get a Library Card
Getting a library card at RCPL is easy! Adults who live, work, or own property in Russell County can apply for a library card free of charge. You must present a photo ID and proof of current address. Out-of-county residents can get a library card at a one-time fee of $5.00. All borrowers sign their library card, signifying that they assume the financial responsibility for all items checked out on the card.
Library Cards for Youth Borrowers
Parents or guardians can apply for a library card for their child between the ages of 3 and 17 at no charge. The child must be physically present for the card to be issued and the parent must have a library card in good standing. The parent is the responsible party for the child and assumes all responsibility for damages, lost charges, and everything the child checks out.
Limited Access Library Cards for Youth Borrowers
Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who can complete the library card application in full can come in without a parent or guardian to get a Limited Access library card. Checkout limits are restricted to a maximum of three books. No DVDs can be checked out. To upgrade to a full access card, a parent or guardian must get a library card themselves so the accounts can be linked.
Renewing Your Card
Library cards expire annually to allow our staff to update your contact information. Expired cards can be renewed over the phone or by visiting the Library. When your card expires, it does not have to be replaced.
Lost cards will be replaced for a $1.50 charge for all borrowers. Your new library card will continue to show loan history from the former card.