~Who May Receive a Card~
All residents of Douglas County may receive a free library card! Your card entitles you to check out library materials and use public computers at the Douglas County Library, any of our 10 branch libraries and online. Library cards for out-of-county residents are available for a fee.
~How to Obtain a Card~
Application for a library card requires picture ID to show identity and documentation to show residency and current physical mailing address in Douglas County. If an applicant is under 16 years of age, we require the signature and identification of a parent or guardian. You are financially responsible for all items borrowed on your card, until you report the card as lost or stolen. Report lost or stolen cards to DCLS immediately so staff can block further use of the card. There is a replacement fee for lost, stolen or damaged cards. Most library cards expire every year.
Library materials may be checked out and returned to any of our eleven outlets. All materials have a 21-day loan period. There is a 50 item limit for total items checked out to any one patron. Note: As of 03/01/2017, the check-out limit will be reduced from 50 items to 20 items per person. If there have been no reserves placed on borrowed materials, they may be renewed up to two times. Online and automated phone renewals must be conducted on or before the due date.
~How to Renew Items~
- call 541-440-4353 to renew items and check holds using the automated phone system. For more details CLICK HERE.
- for staff assistance by phone call your local library.
- in person
Please be aware that certain conditions will block renewals.
~Place a Hold~
If a particular book or other library material is not available in your Douglas County library or is currently checked out you can request it from any library in our system by asking us or you can do it yourself through our library catalog. Simply log into your library account using your library card number and PIN and place a hold. Patrons will receive notification of hold pick-up via email or phone only. Please make sure your contact information is current.
Please examine your materials BEFORE checking out, and make sure that library staff notes any pre-existing damages. If you return an item that is too damaged for others to use, you will be charged the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee.
~Overdue Fines and Lost Materials~
Library privileges are suspended for patrons who have overdue material and fines are incurred.
- Overdue 1-7 days, 50¢ per item
- Overdue 8-14 days, $1.00 per item (50¢ more)
- Overdue more than 14 days, $2.00 per item ($1.00 more) The maximum overdue fine per item is $2.00.
- A billing notice is sent to patrons for lost materials. This billing will include the price of the material plus a processing fee. If materials are not returned and charges paid, there is a possibility of referral to a collection agency.
Tips to Avoid Overdue Fines
Keep track of due dates. Save the slip you receive at checkout that shows the due dates. Visit your online account anytime to see a list of items checked out to your card, including due dates. Or ask staff in person or by phone.
Sign up for e-mail notices. This courtesy service provides an advance reminder of upcoming due dates. Sign up at any Douglas County Library System location.
Renew loans before the due date. Most items may be renewed up to two times, if no one has placed a hold request.
Return items to the most convenient DCLS location, regardless of where you borrowed it.
1. DRIVER’S LICENSE OR DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES IDENTIFICATION CARD
2. GOVERNMENT IDENTIFICATION
4. SCHOOL PHOTO IDENTIFICATION
NEW LIBRARY APPLICANTS’ REQUIREMENTS FOR PROOF OF RESIDENCE
1. VALID OREGON DRIVER LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD WITH CURRENT PHYSICAL/MAILING ADDRESS
2. UTILITY STATEMENT IN APPLICANT’S NAME (NOT IN SPOUSE’S NAME)
3. MAILED BANK STATEMENT WITH CURRENT PHYSICAL ADDRESS
4. VOTER REGISTRATION CARD
5. CURRENT PROPERTY TAX STATEMENT OR PROOF OF COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
6. CONFIRMATION OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS FROM POST OFFICE OR RECENT POSTAL LABEL WITH FORWARDING ADDRESS - MUST BE PHYSICAL ADDRESS
Applications by Juveniles and Incapacitated Individuals
An application shall be signed by the applicant's parent or legal guardian if:
The applicant is under sixteen years of age, or
The applicant is under eighteen years of age, lives with a parent or legal guardian, and does not possess one of the documents listed above or the applicant is subject to a guardianship under ORS Chapter 126.003, and the applicant lacks the capacity to incur the obligations of a cardholder without the approval of the applicant's guardian.