- Your Library Card
- Borrowing Materials
- Renewing Materials
- Returning Materials
- Late Charges & Notices
- Library Patron Confidentiality Act
Your Library Card
Your library card, or registration may be
used at any public library in Jefferson County. Please, take care of your
library card--treat it like a credit card.
You are responsible for any library
materials borrowed on your card, whether by you or by someone else.
If you lose your card, or if you change your name or address, notify
your library immediately.
If your card must be replaced there will be
VIEW YOUR OWN RECORD.
When you are ready to check out, take your
materials and library card to the circulation desk. Borrowing periods
vary but all library materials should be returned on or before the due date.
There is a late charge for each day overdue on each item.
Library materials may be renewed in person,
online, or by
calling 226-3790. If you call to renew you must have your library card
number and the bar code number for each item you wish to renew.
Materials may be renewed one time. Some
materials may not be renewed at all.
Your Responsibilities Regarding Renewals:
If you renew item(s), you are
confirming that you still have each item. Therefore, before renewing,
you are responsible for:
- Carefully matching
material (on the next screens) that you plan to renew against library
material in your possession.
- Immediately reporting any
discrepancy to the library from which the material was checked out.
After clicking "renew," you
must examine the STATUS column for each book to determine IF it has
actually been renewed. Some types of material will never be renewed,
- items reserved by another patron and marked HOLD on the screen.
- items that are long overdue
- items checked out for less than 7 days
- items whose loan policies do not allow renewal, such as some videos and popular books, etc.
- items already renewed once
- If it has been renewed, note the new due date for your records.
- If it did not renew, return
the material promptly!
NOTE: Even if you do not notice that an item
did not renew, you are responsible for any overdue fines.
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Books may be returned to any public
library in Jefferson County, Alabama. They may be placed in a book
drop or returned to the circulation desk.
Non-book materials--audio cassettes,
CD-ROMs, video cassettes and any other non-print materials may be returned
Birmingham Public Library. You may not
return these materials in a book drop.
Late Charges & Notices
An individual item usually has a late
charge of $0.15 a day with a total fine of $5.00. One exception
is videos. A video has a late charge of $1.00 a day with a total
fine of $5.00.
You will be sent an overdue notice for any
library materials not returned on time.
If the late charges are not paid when
overdue materials are returned those charges will be billed to your card for
Late charges may be paid at any library.
|Books, paperbacks, magazines, CD-Roms||$0.15 per day, $5.00 maximum|
|Videos||$1.00 per day, $5.00 maximum|
|Audio Books||$0.15 per day, $5.00 maximum|
|Music Recordings||$0.15 per day, $5.00 maximum|
|Art Prints / Reproductions||$1.00 per day|
|Interlibrary Loan||$1.00 per day|
E-mail Notification Of Overdue Items
Library users whose library card records
include their e-mail addresses can participate in e-mail notification of
overdues. These notices will list each overdue item with author, title, date
due, and library from which it was borrowed. Library users may visit any public
library in Jefferson County to update their records with their e-mail addresses
and become a part of this service.
Library users may renew their overdue materials
by telephoning the Renewals Hotline at 226-3790. Telephone renewals are
available to all BPL cardholders during library hours and are suitable for most
materials, including those that are already overdue. Online renewals at
https://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/patroninfo/ are accessible 24 hours a day, but
the online service may be used only for materials that are not
For those without e-mail, printed reminders of
overdue materials will be mailed.
Library Patron Confidentiality Act
All library patron information is confidential.
Employees must, therefore, treat all patron matters accordingly as stated by the
Privacy Act (Code of Alabama 41-8-10). No patron information, including home
address, phone number, and materials checked out, may be revealed to anyone,
except by the patron him or herself, with proper identification.
The content of patron records may not be disclosed to
anyone except under subpoena. Employees will be subject to appropriate
disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, for improperly revealing
information of a confidential nature.
(Code of Alabama 41-8-10)