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.
Individuals 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 Approved 12-3-2018
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. (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 child's account.
How to login to My Account
You can access your library account by logging into My Account
From there, you can:
- Renew items and check due dates
- Pay any outstanding fees
- Check status of holds, cancel holds, change pickup location
- Place a hold suspension
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 PIN
- Update your email
- Manage your notification preferences
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 cardhold to report a lost or stolen card.
The library card remains the property of the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.