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To receive a library card, you must first fill one out at the library with your current information. Information which is currently required for a library card includes name, phone number, address, and message phone number. The message phone number is someone who lives outside your household who could give you a message if library staff is unable to reach you. A copy of your photo ID is also required.
If you live or own property inside the city limits of St. James, you may receive a library card free of charge. You will need to present proof of residency or property ownership; examples include a current lease or utility bill, or a current property tax receipt. If you live outside the city limits and do not own property inside the city limits, then a non-district membership fee applies. Membership rates are: 12 months for $40; 6 months for $20; 3 months for $10. The Library is only able to accept cash and check.
Before you may check out books, your library card must be processed by library staff. Processing includes entering your information in our patron system as well as confirming both phone numbers. This process can take 1 business day. We will notify you as soon as your library card is available.
Library services are free to use; these include but are not limited to computers, reference materials, library events and on-site WiFi. In order to check out any materials, you must first obtain a library card and, if applicable, pay the fee. The library has a scholarship program, thanks to funds raised by students at LWJE, which can help to pay part of or the entire annual fee for local families who qualify. For more information about our scholarship program, please contact a staff member or visit the library.