Get a Library Card
Getting a library card is easy!
Individuals age 18 or older who are physically present and can provide photo identification are eligible to apply for a Russell County Public Library card. A completed library card application is required for a card to be issued. The application must be signed, signifying a willingness to assume financial responsibility for all materials accessed or borrowed on the card.
Library Cards for Youth Borrowers
Parents or caregivers who possess a Russell County Public Library card are eligible to apply for a library card for their child from birth through age 17. The child must be physically present, and a completed library card application is required for a card to be issued. The parent must also sign the child’s application, signifying a willingness to assume financial responsibility for all materials accessed or borrowed on the child’s card.
Limited Access Library Cards for Youth Borrowers
Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 who can complete the library card application in full can come in without a parent or guardian to get a Youth Independent 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 caregiver 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 at no charge for all borrowers with proof of photo ID. Your new library card will continue to show loan history from the former card.
RCPL’s Statement on Access
RCPL believes in equity of access regardless of age, education, ethnicity, language, income, physical limitations, or geographic barriers. This also means that library users are free to exercise their right to know without fear of censorship or reprisal. Equally, the library cannot and does not accept responsibility for what a user accesses or borrows. In particular, the Library encourages parents and caregivers to consider the safety and well-being of their children and places all responsibility for what a child accesses or borrows on the parent. See the complete Library Card Issuance Policy here.