How do I?

How do I get a library card? 

Library cards are FREE to any Lebanon County resident over the age of 18.   Visit your local Lebanon County Library with a valid picture ID and proof of current residence.

At what age can my child get a library card?

This decision is made by the parent/guardian. A child may obtain a card whenever the parent/guardian feels the child is able to handle the responsibility.  Please remember, however,  the parent/guardian is ultimately responsible for any fines or lost book charges until the child turns 18.

Can I borrow from any of the Lebanon County Libraries?

Yes, we are a county-wide system. Our Online Catalog is a county-wide card catalog. It lists the holdings of all six of the libraries. You can select any item from  the catalog, and we will send to your local library. By default, your pick-up library is the library at which you registered.

Can I use the library catalog or other databases from my home computer?

How to access the online catalogThe library catalog can be searched from the library website using your home computer. Go to the Online Catalog link located at the top the website. You may also go directly to the eLibrary Online Resources page of the library’s website to download ebooks and use the online databases. In most cases, you will need to use the 12-digit number appearing under the barcode on your library card.

How many books and other materials can I check out?

There is no limit on the number of “circulating” items you may borrow, with the exception of audio books, magazines and DVDs. There is a limit of 10 DVDs, 10 audio books and 10 magazines per library card.

How long can I keep a book out?

You may borrow books, magazines, and audios and many other kinds of materials. Most items can be checked out for 21 days.  DVDs and VHS have a 7-day check-out period.

Can I return books to any Lebanon County Public Library?

You may return borrowed materials to any Lebanon County Public Library location.

I need to keep my items longer than three weeks.  What do I do?

You may renew your items a maximum of two times, as long as someone else did not place a hold on your item. You can renew online, in person, or by telephone.

Online: Library materials may be renewed online with your library card number and password. To renew a book online, go to the online catalog, then Patron Account. Once you are logged in, click on “Items Out.” In the list of items you have checked out, click in the check box to check mark each item you wish to renew, then click on “Renew Selected Items” below the list of your items. 

By phone: You can call any of any of the county libraries during library hours. Please be aware that library staff cannot renew items past the renewal limit (2 renewals/item) or cannot renew your item if someone else has a hold on it.

In person: Renewals may be made in person at any Lebanon County library location. In addition, you can renew your library materials at any Lebanon County Library location during regular open hours by using any public computer (Your library card number and password are required).

I’m not able to renew my items online.  Why?

  • Renewals will be blocked if:
  • The fine on your card is greater than $5
  • The material is overdue.
  • You’ve already renewed the item two times
  • Your card has expired or if your card will expire prior to the new due date.
  • There is a request on by other library customer for the item

What happens if I bring my items back after the due date?

Fines for books and magazines are $.25 cents per day per item with a $10.00 or cost-of-material maximum. DVDs/VHS, CDs, and special reference loans are $1 per day if overdue, with a $10 maximum.

There is a $5 reprocessing fee added to the cost of a lost or damaged item.

The library closest to me does not have the item I need, but I see it’s available in another library in the county.  Can I borrow that one?

Yes. Here’s how:

Find the item you want to request in the catalog.  Click on “Place Request”.  Log in using the barcode number from the back of your library card and your PIN.  (Don’t have a PIN?  Call your local library).  Choose the pickup library.  Click on submit request.

Delivery runs between the libraries daily, so if the item is on the shelf, it should be delivered to your library within a day or two.  Your library will contact you when your item has arrived.  Please make sure your library has current contact information to reach you.

How do I request materials from a library outside the county?

Contact staff at any Lebanon County Library to request items that are not owned within the county.  Please remember that new items (materials published within the previous 6 months) are not available for request, and that not all libraries outside Lebanon County are willing to lend DVDs, computer games or audio books.

How will I be told my books are ready for me?

You will be notified by email or phone when your material is available. If you wish to be notified by email, please contact the circulation staff at any Lebanon County Library.

Please be sure that your email provider is not blocking the address we are using to send notifications to you. You may need to add circdesk1@lclibs.org to your email “white list.”

Does the Library accept gift books and magazines?

The Libraries accept gifts and donations.  The items may be added to the collection or sold to raise money.   They can give you a receipt for tax purposes stating the number of items you gave, but we cannot assign a value.  Please do not drop off books in poor condition, textbooks more than five-years old, or records.