Library Card

Your Luzerne County Library Card may be used to borrow materials at the Osterhout Free Library, any of our branch libraries, or other public libraries which are members of the Luzerne County Library System. If you live in Luzerne County, you qualify for a free library card. You may visit the Osterhout to fill out a registration form, or you may print out a registration form from the link above and bring it with you to the Central Library or any of our branches. You will be asked to show proof of residence. Once the required identification is presented, you will be issued a library card. You will be able to use your card immediately.

General Card (ages 18 or over)
You must present identification that shows your current address, for example, a driver’s license, utility bill, or a credit card bill. The card is valid for 3 years, at which time it may be renewed.

Children’s card (ages 17 or below)
The signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on the application, and proof of current address must be shown. By signing the application, the parent or legal guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for materials borrowed, lost, or damaged, and any fines incurred.

Persons Living Outside Luzerne County
Your Luzerne County Library Card may be used to borrow materials at the Osterhout Free Library, any of our branch libraries, or other public libraries throughout Luzerne County: Back Mountain Library (Dallas), Hazleton Area, Hoyt (Kingston), Kirby (Mountain Top), Mill (Nanticoke), Pittston Memorial, Plymouth, West Pittston, and Wyoming Free Libraries. NO MATERIAL MAY BE CHECKED OUT WITHOUT A LIBRARY CARD. The blue ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA sticker on your card gives you statewide library privileges.

Anyone who lives outside Luzerne County, but inside Pennsylvania, can get a free library card if he/she can present a current library card from another library in Pennsylvania with the blue “Access Pennsylvania” sticker on it. If this card does not contain the person’s address, then some form of identification such as a driver’s license must also be presented to verify the address given. The card is valid for 1 year.

Anyone who lives outside Luzerne County, but inside Pennsylvania, who does not have an Access Pennsylvania library card, can purchase a library card for a $25.00 fee. This card is valid for 1 year.

No material may be checked out without a library card.

Responsibilities
You are responsible for the use of your card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately. There is a $3.00 charge to replace a lost card.

Library Card Application
This application is for NEW accounts. The library card will be sent to the address provided. Before being able to borrow material, valid state-issued ID with proof of current address will need to be provided. For a replacement card or to update information on an existing account, please contact the library for more information.

Policy for Borrowing Materials

Loan Period

Adult Books 3 weeks and 2 renewals
New Adult Books 2 weeks and 2 renewals
Children’s Books 3 weeks and 2 renewals
Audio Books 2 weeks and 2 renewals
Music 2 weeks and 2 renewals
DVDs 1 week and 1 renewal

Patrons may renew materials by calling any Luzerne County Library System library or by accessing their patron record online.  Materials may not be renewed if there are holds on the item. If the Item is overdue or the library card has expired, the patron may not renew it online. They will have to call a LCLS library for a renewal.

Policy for Borrowing R-Rated Materials

Hold/Reserves
Holds may be placed on material currently checked out or on order. The only requirement is that the person making the request must have a valid library card with current address and telephone number. Once the items become available, the patron will be notified, usually by phone. The items may be picked up at the Library’s circulation desk within 3 days.

Returning
For your convenience, you can return books, CDs, and DVDs even when the library is closed by placing them in one of the library’s BOOK DROPS. There is a drive-up book drop in front of the Central Library on Franklin Street and a walk-up book drop in front of the Plains Branch. Please do not return audiocassettes in the book drop as they may be damaged.

Material borrowed from either the Osterhout Central Library or any of its branch libraries may be returned to any other public library in the Luzerne County Library System. Likewise, items borrowed from other member libraries may be returned at any other member library.

Fees and Fines

FEES

Library Card Free
Replacement Card $3
Lost and Damaged Item Cost of the item plus $10 processing fee
Holds/Reserves Free
Interlibrary Loan Free
Self-Serve Photocopying 20¢ per page (b&w) / 50¢ per page (color)
Computer Printouts 20¢ per page
Microfilm/Microfiche Printouts 25¢ per page

FINES

Materials returned after the due date will accrue the following charges:

Adult Books 25¢ per day
Children’s Books 10¢ per day
Audio Books 25¢ per day
Compact Discs 25¢ per day
Interlibrary Loan Items 50¢ per day
DVDs $1.00 per day
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