Beginning Monday, July 2nd, the Huntsville Public Library will require all customers to bring their library cards to check out items or use the computers. Customers who have misplaced their library cards may obtain a replacement card at no charge up until that time. After July 2nd, customers will be charged $1 to replace a lost card.
In the past, library cardholders could check out items or use the computers by presenting a photo ID.
This change is being implemented in order to reduce the number of mistakes made and speed up wait times at the circulation desk. Customers who bring their library card are also able to use the library’s new self-check machine, which allows them to bypass the lines at the desk.
New customers may sign up for a library card by presenting a government-issued photo ID and a piece of mail dated within the last 30 days that shows proof of address. New cards are free for all customers within the state of Texas.
Customers may receive a card that allows them to use the computers by presenting only a government-issued photo ID. This card will also allow them to check out laptops for use inside the library building.
Minors must have their parent or legal guardian sign them up for a library card. Beginning immediately, children may receive a library card in their own name once they reach the age of 3.