Athens-Limestone Public Library

Athens-Limestone Public Library

Library Cards FAQ

Get a library card

The Athens-Limestone Public Library offers a library card, free of charge, to residents of Athens and Limestone County, including Anderson, Elkmont, Harvest, Toney, and those residents of Limestone County who have been annexed into the city limits of Madison and Huntsville, and the residents of Ardmore, TN.  This card can be used to access our 80,000+ collection of books, audiobooks, and DVD selections plus our 40,000+ digital collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming video. The card also allows access to the library’s public internet computers. The application form is available at the Circulation Desk or can be downloaded here: Library Card Application.

The signature on an Athens-Limestone County Public Library card application indicates the user accepts responsibility for their use of the Library, including the replacement cost of lost and damaged materials.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s use of the Library.  Patrons must report lost or stolen Library cards, and remain responsible for all transactions made with their cards until we are notified.  Materials checked out on your card remain your (or the parent/guardian) responsibility until the items are returned to the Library.
  • Patron Accounts:  All New Patron accounts have a check out limit of 2 items. Once those two items are returned, the Patron will have full loan privileges and will have a check out limit of 25 physical items* and 5 digital items (eBook, EAudiobook) through CamelliaNet. CamelliaNet also offers unlimited check outs of digital magazines.
  • Non-Resident Cards: For those not meeting the residency requirement, non-resident cards may be purchased for a non-refundable fee of $20.00/year.  Non-resident cards have a check out limit of 25 physical items* and 10 digital items.
  • Family Non-Resident Cards: Families who don’t meet residency requirements, may purchase Family Non-Resident cards for $30.00 a year.  Each member in the family who can write their name, will be given their own library card. The primary Family account holder will have a check out limit of 25 physical items* and 10 digital items. Additional Family card holders will have a check out limit of 10 physical items and 10 digital items.
  • Non-resident eAccess Cards may be purchased for a non-refundable fee of $10.00/year. We do not currently issue eAccess cards for residents because a regular library account includes access to all digital materials.
  • Replacement Cards:  If your card becomes lost or damaged, a replacement card may be purchased for $3.00.

*Please note, only 5 DVDs and 5 Books-on-CD may be checked-out at one time per library card.

See our Loan Policies page for full loan policies.

Library cards must be presented at the Circulation Desk in order for patrons to check out materials.  The cards are also necessary to access the public computers, WiFi, and print services. If you forget your Library card, the staff can look-up your account but must see photo ID as proof of account ownership.

Because of time constraints, the Library does not issue new library cards within 15 minutes of closing.  Those last 15 minutes are not long enough to complete the application process and allow the patron adequate browsing time.

How do I apply for a Library Card?

  • Submit a completed library card application.
  • Staff will need to see photo ID and proof of current address.
    • If your photo ID has your current address, the ID is all we need.
    • If your photo ID DOES NOT contain your current address, we will need to see one piece of additional documentation that has your name and current address listed; a bill, car registration, rental agreement, proof of auto insurance, etc.
    • If you have no proof of current residence, you can STILL get a library card, although you will be limited to checking out two items at a time until we are able to see proof of current residence.

How to apply for a Library Card for a Child?

Any child, regardless of age may be issued a library card, with a legal guardian’s signature.

  • Submit a completed library card application.
  • For full privilege library status for those under age 18, staff will need to see a parent or court appointed legal guardian’s ID and proof of address. A limited card may be issued for those ages 16 and 17 with proof of ID. Limited cards may not check out more than two items at any time.
  • Parent and child must both be present at the time the card is issued.