Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
http://www.bplonline.org
Library Cards
Library Cards
  1. General
  2. New Cards
  3. College, Junior College, and Boarding Student Cards
  4. Business Cards
  5. Cards for People Under 15 Years of Age
  6. Visitor and Temporary Cards
  7. Card Renewals
  8. How to Apply for a Card
  9. Virtual eCards
General
  1. The JCLC library card is honored at any public library in Jefferson County. However, some electronic resources may not be accessible from outside the library or in other areas depending on licensing agreements.
  2. Identification is needed for new, replacement, and renewed cards.
    1. Proper identification includes state-issued picture identification and a form of address verification.
    2. If patrons have no picture ID, alternate forms of ID may be acceptable.
  3. Cards expire one year from issuance or renewal. Exceptions to this would include students and persons in shelters or temporary housing.
  4. Signatures on library cards are optional.
New Cards
  1. New (first-time) membership cards are available at no charge to Jefferson County residents.
  2. An annual nonrefundable fee of $50.00 is charged for nonresidents of Jefferson County.
College, Junior College, and Boarding Student Cards
  1. A college or junior college student may use a current student identification card to apply for a library card. Proof of address must be presented.
  2. The student must live on campus, and the campus must be in Jefferson County. Proof of residency is required.
  3. Boarding students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts must supply a notarized letter from the school.
  4. The expiration date for the student's library card should be set on the system for August 31.
  5. The student's campus address will be used as a mailing address.
  6. The student's home address will be used as the secondary address.
Business Cards
  1. Business cards are issued at no charge to businesses or agencies in Jefferson County.
  2. Businesses that are located outside of Jefferson County will be required to pay the annual, nonresident fee of $50.00.
  3. Documentation for business memberships must include the following:
    1. A request for a business membership must be presented in writing on company letterhead.
    2. The presiding officer of the company must sign the request.
    3. A business application must be completed.
    4. he completed application must contain the names of the four (4) persons authorized to use the card. Whenever there is a change among these four (4) persons, a new letter is required.
    5. This process must be followed to renew the card. Card must be renewed on an annual basis as with individual records.
Cards for People Under 15 Years of Age
  1. Juvenile library cards are issued under the following circumstances:
    1. Patrons under the age of 15 must have a parent or legal guardian present with a government-issued ID (passport, driver's license) and verification of current address in order to obtain card.
    2. Patrons under the age of 18 who do not have their own government-issued ID, must have a parent or legal guardian present with a government-issued ID (passport, driver's license) and verification of current address in order to obtain a library card.
    3. Patrons 15 or older who have their own government-issued ID and verification of current address may obtain a library card.
    4. The child must be present in order for a card to be issued in the child's name.
Visitor and Temporary Cards
  1. Visitors from out of state may check out materials. To check out material, a visitor must make a cash deposit equal to the retail value of all material being checked out. Certain municipalities may make exceptions to this rule.
  2. Residents in temporary shelters are limited in the number of items and type of materials that can be checked out, and by expiration dates. Expiration dates should be no more than the time specified in a letter from the shelter director.
Card Renewals
  1. All libraries must update any county resident's JCLC card.
  2. Fines and other application problems must be cleared before a card can be renewed.
  3. Nonresidents of Jefferson County must pay an annual, nonrefundable library card fee of $50.00.
How to Apply for a Card

You can apply for a library card at any public library in Jefferson County, Alabama.

  1. If you live in Jefferson County:
    Present your driver's license or non-driver's I.D.
  2. If your address is incorrect on your I.D.:
    Provide a current utility bill listing your name and correct address, or check or deposit slip with your name, address and phone number, or letter mailed to you, postmarked within the month.
  3. If you have no driver's license or non-driver's I.D.:
    Provide a picture I.D. from school or work plus social security card, or, medical I.D. card plus current utility bill listing your name and current address, or check or deposit with your name, address, and phone number, or letter mailed to you, postmarked within the month.
Virtual eCards
  1. Can I register for a library card online?

    Jefferson County, Alabama residents can sign up for a temporary (one month) Jefferson County Library eCard via the web.

  2. What is an eCard?

    JCLC eCards are virtual one-month library cards that allow users immediate access to many of JCLC's electronic resources, including magazine databases. eCard users who wish to check out library materials will be asked to upgrade to a full service library card.

  3. Who is eligible for an eCard?

    Anyone who lives or attends college and lives on campus in Jefferson County, Alabama and is at least 15 years old may register for an eCard.

  4. What can I do with my eCard?

    An eCard gives you immediate access to JCLC electronic resources (magazine, newspaper, and journal articles from online databases). Place reserves using our online catalog (we will upgrade you to a full service library card when you pick up your items, so please be sure to bring appropriate identification at that time)

  5. What can't I do with my eCard?

    You will be asked to upgrade to a full service library card in order to do any of the following:

    • Check out items from any of the 40 Jefferson County public libraries
    • Access the Internet from any library public access computer
    • Access Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks from Overdrive
  6. How do I upgrade to a full service library card?

    Bring a picture identification and proof of your current address in the form of postmarked mail, bill, or lease to any JCLC location to upgrade your card.

    Staff will not be able to upgrade your eCard to a full service card without proper identification.

  7. Do I have to upgrade to a full service card?

    Yes. eCards expire in one month.

    Signup for an eCard

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