Kids of any age can get a library card. Really. Even babies or teenagers. Well, there's one thing - you have to live in Iowa City. Or rural Johnson County. Or Coralville or any town in Iowa that has an Open Access library (ask at the Check-Out Desk if you're not sure). That's it. Here's how you do it:
- Come in to the library and go to the part of the Check-Out Desk that's labeled "Library Cards" (we're so tricky about that).
- Fill out the application for a library card (after asking nicely for one of course).
- If one of your parents is with you, they'll need to have an ICPL card or a photo ID with proof of where our family lives (like a recent letter).
- If you have no parent with you and are in 6th grade or younger, you'll need to know your address, phone number and all the other stuff on the application, AND a letter will be sent to your parent telling them you got a card, AND you can only check out 2 things at a time for the first 2 weeks of having your card (just so your parents have time to get the letter).
- If you have no parent with you and are in 7th grade or older, you'll need to bring more stuff - a photo ID and proof of where you live (like a recent letter addressed to you) - but you won't be restricted to 2 items at check-out or wait for a letter to go to your parents.
- If you just don't seem to fit any of the above for some reason, call or visit the Check-Out desk and they'll let you know what you'll need to do to get a card.
- Sign your card and get busy using it (after saying thank you to the person who helped you get your card of course).
By the way, if you lose your card, you can get a new one for just one buck.
For a lot more information about using your new library card, go to the ICPL's My Library Account page.