Albany County Public Library

 

Checkout Questions

GET A LIBRARY CARD OR REPLACE A CARD?


New Cards - Prepaid when you pay taxes!

We issue a card to anyone who lives, shops, goes to school or owns property in Albany County. Please bring a picture ID and proof of current address. A current driver's license will suffice for both. If your license does not reflect your current address, a piece of mail or a bill you have received will verify your address.

No one may use your card without your permission; the card needs to be present to access an account. Patrons may access their own accounts with a  photo ID.

Replacement Cards

The replacement of a card costs $1.00.  Photo ID is needed to verify identity. Free replacement cards are issued when deteriorating cards are turned in. 

Statewide Access

Cards are shared among all public libraries in Wyoming (except for UW – UW will issue a separate card to anyone living in Wyoming).  We honor cards in good standing from other WYLD libraries.  Individuals are only issued one card for in-state use (with an exception for LCCC students).

 


USE MY CARD

A library card or photo ID is needed to checkout items. There is no limit to the amount of items checked out. 

ITEMS

3-WEEK CHECKOUT

1-WEEK CHECKOUT

5-DAY CHECKOUT

1-DAY CHECKOUT

IN-HOUSE USE ONLY

DO NOT CHECKOUT

Books, CDs, Audiobooks, non-current magazines, and Children's DVDs

         X

   

 

 

 

Adult DVDs, iPads

         

X

 

 

 

 

Tabletop Games, National Forest Passes

 

 

X

        

 

 

AV Items (such as CD players or Projectors)

   

 

X

   

Headphones

        X  

Reference books, Wyoming Room  Items, and Current Issues of Magazines

 

   

 

 

          X

 

Fines

Patrons cannot checkout if over $25 is billed to the card. The library charges overdue fines for Adult DVDs, Table Top Games, and National Forest Passes. Books, CDs, Audiobooks, and Children's DVDs do not incur fees.

Notices

Sent by email when email address is provided, or sent through the Postal Service for those without an email address.

  • Warning notices are emailed to those who provide an email address only.  This notice warns patrons that their item is due in two days.

  • 1st overdue notice is sent three days after the item is overdue.

  • 2nd overdue notice is sent 14 days after the item is overdue.

  • Card is billed for items after 21 days being overdue. Patron will be notified by email only. Bills are deleted from the account if item is returned undamaged.

 


HANDLE DAMAGED OR LOST ITEMS?  CAN I BUY A WITHDRAWN BOOK?

Items remain the property of the library.  If an item is lost or damaged, the patron will be charged the replacement price, in addition to a $10 processing fee for each item.

If you have dispute about an item marked as "damaged", please visit the circulation desk.

Damaged items - can I keep it?

The book (or CD, video, etc.) remains the property of the Albany County Public Library. Your fees are paying for a new item. You are not buying a damaged book. Damaged items remain the library's property to be disposed of in the same way as other items withdrawn from the collection.

A damaged book may include missing signatures, animals chews, mysterious or unpleasant smells such as kerosene or urine, unpleasant stains such as orange juice, cocoa, bath water.

What is too “badly damaged” to keep in the collection is subjective. The same book can be just fine to one person and repulsive to another. We have seen urine, juice, lipstick, crumbs, water, kerosene, wine, and blood on library materials, and tend to be more critical rather than more accepting. A book with pages falling out or stained with known liquid would be fine for an individual to keep at home. However, the library’s standard is different because we work with the public, a book drop, and people with immune deficiencies.

After the library board and county commissioners approve, withdrawn books are sold during the Friends of the Library book sales. The Friends offer items for a year before a volunteer takes books to recycling at the University of Wyoming and strips the bindings from them. The pages are then recycled, and the binding thrown away—bindings are not recyclable.  Badly damaged items are thrown away immediately.