Getting Your Library Card
The application process can be completed in 5 minutes and
provides instant access to books, magazines, comics and graphic novels, movies, downloadable
eBooks and audiobooks, Internet access, research databases and WiFi.
With your new library card in hand, be sure to ask a staff member to take you on
the guided tour.
In compliance with Missouri state law (Section 182.230, RSMO),
library cards are free for all those who reside in the following Missouri
counties: Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Ripley, Stoddard and Wayne.
residing outside this service area are invited to apply for a temporary card. Temporary
cards extend borrowing privileges for 30 days at a fee of $10. A temporary card can be
renewed after 30 days for an additional $10 fee.
Library Circulation Policy; Board
Applying for a Library Card:
An adult, ages 16 and over, will be asked to provide the following documents when
applying for a library card:
- A valid government ID (driver’s license, Missouri state ID, Social Security Card, U.S.
Passport, or other government issued identifications).
- One document establishing residency with printed name and current, physical address.
Accepted forms of residency include: personal check; current telephone, gas, electric or
cable bill; mail with a current postmark (within 30 days) or voter registration card.
Original physical and electronic proofs of address are acceptable. (Post office box
numbers are not considered proof of residency.)
Children, ages 4 - 15,
must have a parent present when applying for a library card. Parent will be asked to present
documentation as described above.
The library practices a One Person, One Card
policy. This policy is in place to safeguard a library card from unauthorized
access. Every library cardholder will be asked to present their own library card EACH TIME
library services are used.
Updating Your Library Card
Poplar Bluff Municipal Library cards are updated every two
years. A library card’s renewal date can be provided by staff when calling or visiting the
library. Library cards may be renewed at the Main Desk. Current valid ID with name and
address is required. For added convenience, cardholders may update their name, address,
email and notification preferences by logging into My
Account. In this instance, current valid ID with name and address can be
provided during your next visit to the library.
Replacing Your Library Card
A library card must be presented at every check out.
If a library card is lost or stolen, please report it to the library
immediately. A library cardholder is responsible for all materials and fees charged
against his or her library card until its loss is reported to the Poplar Bluff Municipal
Library. If a library card is lost, the cardholder must pay a $3 replacement fee and
present current valid ID to get a new card. If a library card is damaged, the library will
replace the card free of charge.
What if I forget my library card?
You may still use library services if you do not have fees
or lost materials on your account. You will need to show your current, valid government
issued picture I.D. to allow staff to access your account. A parent or guardian listed or
grouped on a child's library card may still use library services for the child after
showing a current, valid driver's license or state I.D. to allow staff to access the
How to login to My Account
Have control over your library card account 24 hours a day,
7 days a week. Login at www.poplarbluff.org/myaccount
to manage your library card account online.
From there, you can:
- Renew items and check due dates
- Pay any outstanding fees
- Place items on hold and let staff pull these for you for faster service when you
- Check the status of your holds or cancel a hold
- Suspend your holds
If you are going on vacation, enter the dates you will be gone and the library will
delay your hold until you return.
- Update your address
- Change your password
- Update your email
- Setup email and text notifications
When applying for your library card, you are entering into a
contract with Poplar Bluff Municipal Library. The card extends borrowing privileges
from the library's digital, state-wide, shared, and local collections. By signing
your card, you agree that you are accountable for the timely and safe return of all
items borrowed on your card and agree to pay for lost and damaged items. It is the
responsibility of the cardholder to report a lost or stolen card.
The library card remains the property of the Poplar Bluff