Library Card Eligibility
Anyone age 5 and older who lives, works, and/or goes to school in Lamar County may get a library card that provides full access to all library services. Patrons living outside of the Lamar County service area are eligible for a library card, but will not be able to access our eBook collection. Children 15 and under must have a parent or legal guardian present when signing up for a library card. Young adults age 16 and older may get a limited-use library card independently, but a parent or guardian must come in to the library to authorize changing the library card to full access.
To sign up for a free library card, you must visit any Lamar County Library System location and provide one form of identification for each applicant and one proof of address. You may join the Lamar County Library System for free even if you do not reside in Lamar County.
If you wish to get an Internet-Use Only library card, you only need identification.
Any person may use materials in-house. To check out materials (or to carry materials out of the library), patrons must obtain a library card.
Accepted forms of identification include: social security card, birth certificate, driver’s license, military ID, school or college ID, school report card or schedule, shot record, health insurance card, state issued ID, selective service card, or a non-expired credit card.
Accepted forms of proof of address include: current utility bill with name and address, checkbook with name and address, current tax receipt, apartment of house lease, mortgage document, filed homestead exemption, automobile registration, voter registration card with address, or received mail/bills with name, address, and current postmark (30 days or less).
Library Card Privileges and Responsibilities
Pursuant to the Mississippi Code:
§ 39-3-365. Confidentiality of library user records.
Records maintained by any library funded in whole or in part by public funds, which contain information relating to the identity of a library user, relative to the user’s use of books or other materials at the library, shall be confidential. Such records may only be released with the express written permission of the respective library user or as the result of a court order. Sources: Laws, 1992, ch. 521, § 1, eff from and after July 1, 1992.
By state law, library employees cannot share information, with regard to library materials, with anyone other than that patron. This applies to parents, children, spouses and other family members. This applies to materials checked out by a patron or books on hold for a patron. One must have the library card in order to review what items are checked out on that card or to pick up books being held on that card.
- Your card may be used at any of our four library branches: Purvis, Sumrall, Lumberton and Oak Grove. You may also return library materials to any of these four branches.
- You may have up to 30 items checked out on your library card at a time except DVDs, which are limited to 5 per card. The Library reserves the right to limit checkouts.
- Books, audiobooks, CDs, & DVDs can be checked out for up to 2 weeks.
- All magazines, with the exception of the latest issue, can be checked out for 2 weeks.
- For materials retrieved through our interlibrary loan ( ILL ) process, the loan period varies depending on the lender and can, usually, not be renewed
- Any items, such as popular titles that have 3 or more holds, will have a 1 week checkout period.
- There are three ways to update your contact information: in person, by phone, or by accessing your account through our online catalog. All address changes must be verified upon next visit to library by showing proof of address or address change.
- You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your library card or that of your child.
- You are responsible for immediately reporting a lost or stolen card. To get a new card, bring $1 and a valid photo ID to one of our four locations.
- Use of Lamar County Library System materials is free if all items are returned by the due date or renewed before the due date. However, the library system will call and/or send you a letter concerning any that are overdue.
- When an item becomes 2 weeks overdue, a notice will be mailed or emailed to you. This is the only notice you will receive.
- If the item is not returned within 30 days of the due date, the item will be declared lost and your library account will be charged a replacement cost and a $5 processing fee for each item.
- You will lose your borrowing privileges until all overdue items are returned and fines and fees are paid.
Parents, please share with your child the importance of his/her library card and the responsibility it entails. A library card provides your child access to all library materials, including videos, CD-ROMs, and magazines. Your child’s library card is confidential. However, parents are responsible for overdue fines, damages or lost items.