A. Any person who can furnish a local address and local telephone number may apply for a regular library card at no charge. Visiting patrons must provide identification and proof of permanent mailing address. Members need not be full time residents of Baldwin County to be eligible for library cards. Temporary residents must furnish permanent addresses and telephone numbers as well as those for local residences.
B. To apply for a library card, applicants must fill out and sign an application form and present in person at the library one of the following: a valid driver’s license, passport, P.O. Box receipt, condo rental receipt, utility bill, voter registration, personalized check or mail which has been delivered to applicant.
C. Children may apply for library cards as soon as they are able to sign the application form. Children and the parent or guardian must appear in person to fill out and sign an application (see B. above). The Parent/Guardian of minor children will be held responsible for any damaged, lost or overdue materials checked out on the child’s card.
It is the policy of the Orange Beach Public Library that parents and guardians, not the library staff or trustees, are responsible for monitoring and approving the selection of materials made by minor children. It is the parents or guardians – and only these – who may restrict their children – and only their children – from borrowing specific library materials. Parents or guardians who wish their children not to have access to certain materials should accompany or otherwise advise their children. The Library staff and trustees cannot and do not act in loco parentis.
D. Library privileges will be extended to applicants without regard for educational, social, racial or cultural status.
E. Owners of Orange Beach Public Library borrower cards assume responsibility for the care and safekeeping of all materials borrowed on their cards. The person in whose name the card is issued assumes responsibility for settling any and all fines, damages, losses, or other assessments incurred by the use of their cards.
F. Card owners are asked to report changes in names, addresses, and telephone numbers to the Library as soon as possible, so that the Library’s borrower records can be kept up to date. Card owners should also report lost, stolen, or damaged cards to the Library as soon as possible.
G. Lost, stolen or damaged library cards may be replaced for a nominal fee.
H. Borrowing privileges may be permanently suspended when a patron has unpaid fines for overdue, lost or damaged materials. Borrowing privileges may also be suspended for continued abuse of library rules, falsification of eligibility requirements or abusive, destructive behavior in the library.
I. Patrons are strongly encouraged to present their library cards at the time of checkout. If a patron has forgotten his/her card, the number of items he/she may check out at that time may be restricted. A person who has forgotten his/her card must present a valid piece of identification proving name and address before materials may be checked out.
J. The Library encourages borrowers to use their own library cards exclusively and not to lend them for use by other persons. However, when a patron wishes to borrow materials using a card that belongs to another person, the Library staff is authorized to use its judgment in assessing the safety of the transaction, and to permit such a transaction when circumstances warrant. Under no circumstances should a person use another person’s library card to avoid paying any fines or fees assessed against his/her own card. The person in whose name the card is issued is responsible and liable for any and all fines, damages, losses, or assessments against said card.
K. Blind and physically disabled or homebound patrons may be served by the library through the Friends of the Library’s Books on Wheels program or by application to the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
With thanks to all of you who participated in our library survey earlier this year, the library is pleased to present its new 5-Year-Plan. After reviewing the results of your surveys, talking with patrons in and outside the library, and reviewing professional literature, this plan provides the library the framework to better serve you over the next five years.
Meetings are held every Thursday at Noon at Sunset Cork Room, 225 East 16th Avenue, Gulf Shores. For more information, contact Lyle Cooper, 251-968-2000
The Lions Club meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at Noon at Cobalt, 28099 Perdido Beach Boulevard.
Orange Beach Public Library Application for Library Card
Bring the completed form and identification to the Orange Beach Public Library.
Name (Last) ______________________(First)______________________ (Middle)__________
E-Mail_____________________________________ Date of Birth _________________________
Local Address ___________________________________________________________________
Permanent Address ______________________________________________________________
(City) (State) (Zip Code)
Local Phone Number ___________________________
Permanent Phone Number ________________________
Drivers License Number & State _________________________________
SIGNATURE_____________________________________ Date ___________________________
(Please read below before signing)
If under 13 years of age, name of responsible parent/guardian
Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________________________________________
Print Parent/Guardian Name ________________________________________________________
NOTE TO PATRONS: The issuance of a library card involves privileges and responsibilities. Free use
of library materials requires your agreement to abide by library rules. All library policies are
available for viewing in the "Policies of the Orange Beach Public Library" policy manual.
Respect for library materials and other library users is required for all library patrons.
Your signature constitutes an agreement to abide by the rules of the library.
Please do not write below this line.
Barcode No._________________ Application taken by___________
Dr. Lic. # & State___________ Personalized check _____ Utility Bill_________
Other ID (Specify) _____________________
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