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Getting a Library Card

How to Obtain a Library Card

Bring your Picture ID and Proof of Residence to the Library, fill out and sign the application, and start borrowing right away!

Parents need to accompany and sign for cards for children under 16.

The proof of residence must include your name and current address within the library district. Acceptable proof of residence can be mail postmarked no later than 30 days. This can include a rental agreement, property tax bill, utility bill, current vehicle insurance card or closing papers on purchased property.

Who Can Get a Card?

The library is tax-supported by the residents who live in the library district. Check your St. Clair County or Monroe County Real Estate Tax bill. If New Athens District Library is listed as a ‘Taxing Body’ under ‘Distribution’, then you are eligible for a library card at no charge.  There is a $3.50 fee for replacing lost cards.

 Non-residence fees

A non-resident card may be purchased for a fee by those persons residing outside of the district.  The current non-resident card fee is $65.00 per year per household. 

Borrowing Limits

New Athens District Library materials have a two (2) week loan period, with two (2) renewals of two (2) weeks each.  Library materials with holds placed on them may not be renewed.   Holds may be placed on up to 5 items owned by the New Athens Library or any library in the database. 

DVDs have a (1) week loan period with no renewals.

Placing Holds and Renewing Borrowed Items

Holds may be placed on library materials by using a library card and accessing the online card catalog at  Placing holds requires the person’s account number (the barcode on the back of the library card) and a 4 number password (which is chosen by the individual when he/she applies for a library card).  By accessing their account, a person can view their patron information, view a list of items currently checked out, renew items currently checked out and place holds on library materials.  The New Athens Library does not charge fines, but fines may be incurred from other libraries. If a person’s fines exceed $5.00, then he/she will be unable to place holds.