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Library Card Rules

The Basics

When you apply for a library card, you agree to return borrowed materials on time and assume responsibility for lost or damaged items.

Your library card is valid as long as you use it at least once every three years.

If your card is lost or stolen, call or stop by any Jefferson County Public Library location to inform a staff member. Please keep your contact information up to date in My Account.

Jefferson County library materials may be returned to any Jefferson County Library. Book drops are open 24 hours.

My Account

Login to My Account to manage checkouts, renew online, place holds, pay fees, and see your reading history. Keep your information in My Account up to date to receive hold and renew notifications.

Your Privacy

To ensure the privacy of your library account information, please remember to bring your library card or account number when checking items out. Account numbers are also required when checking items out for family members or friends, and for parents needing access to their child’s account. A government issued photo ID can be used as proof of identity if you don't have your account number or have lost your card.

Lending Guidelines and Renewal Information

You may check out a total of 99 items and have up to 99 holds on your library card. You will be notified when your hold is available by email or phone. You have 14 days to pick up your holds. During this time, patrons with temporary cards may checkout most physical materials, excepting hotspots and Launchpads.

Items Holdable Loan period Check-out limit Renewable
Lucky Day Movies No 7 days 3 item limit of all Lucky Day items
(counts towards total item limit of 99)
No
Lucky Day books No 21 days 3 item limit of all Lucky Day items
(counts towards total item limit of 99)
No
Books Yes 21 days 99 item limit Will auto-renew 6
times, if no holds
E-books & Audiobooks Yes 21 days 10 item limit No
Movies Yes 7 days 25 item limit,
(counts towards total item limit of 99)
Will auto-renew 6
times, if no holds
Non-fiction
DVDs & TV Shows
Yes 21 days 99 item limit Will auto-renew 6
times, if no holds
Magazines Yes yours to keep 99 item limit No
E-magazines No unlimited none N/A
Music CDs Yes 7 days 99 item limit Will auto-renew 6
times, if no holds
Playaways Yes 21 days 99 item limit Will auto-renew 6
times, if no holds
Book Club Kits Yes 6 weeks 99 item limit No
Prospector loans Yes 1 - 3 weeks 60 item limit Usually, 1 time
Interlibrary Loans Yes 1 - 3 weeks 60 item limit No
Launchpads Yes 21 days 3 item limit
Available to permanent cardholders only
Yes
E-media (Streaming)
Movies
Music
Audiobooks
No 3 days
7 days
21 days
10 items/month limit
Available to Jefferson County residents only
No
Mobile Hotspots Yes 7 days 1 item limit
Available to Jefferson County residents and permanent cardholders only
Will auto-renew 6
times, if no holds

Overdue Fines

We do not charge overdue fines on most materials. If an item is more than 21 days overdue a replacement fee will automatically be charged to your account. Once the items are returned, the replacement fee will be removed.

If you have questions about charges to your account, please visit any Jefferson County Public Library or call us at 303-235-5275 with your library card or account number.

Related Info

FAQs

  • Please follow these steps:

    1. Try your library card number and your 4-digit birth year here.
      • If you see a “Welcome” message, follow prompts to continue setting up your online library account. You are all set!
    2. If you see “The username or PIN is incorrect,” Use this PIN Reset Request, instead of clicking on “Forgot your PIN or don’t have one?” Enter your library card number there and wait for an email.
      • If you don’t have an email address in your account, the form will not submit. Please see this FAQ.
    3. Use the link from your email, enter your library card number, then enter your PIN twice.
    4. Click the purple Continue button, enter your card number and PIN again. You will either see your account Dashboard, or you will see a Welcome message.
  • Colorado residents who are 17 years of age or older can register for a Jefferson County Public Library account by visiting any of our locations with a current photo ID. Residents who are under 17 may do so with a parent or guardians signature.

    You can also apply for a temporary library card online to start placing holds and using our website, then visit any of our libraries within three weeks with your photo ID to get a permanent library card.

    Acceptable forms of ID for users 17+ to register for new library card:

    • State issued Driver’s License, ID card or digital ID in the MyColorado app
    • Passport, Military ID, or Matricula Consular card
    • University or School ID

    Your ID doesn’t need to list CO address, but new registrants must have an address in Colorado.

  • Everything that is eligible for renewal will renew automatically, up to six times (temporarily increased to 12 times). Lucky Day items or material on hold for other people will not renew

    If you want to control your renewals yourself, that is still an option:  from jeffcolibrary.org, click on Log in/My Account, then Checked Out, then enter your library card number or username and PIN. Items are automatically sorted by due date. There are several options for renewing.

    • You can renew items individually by clicking on the Renew button near the title:

    • You can renew everything that is overdue or everything that is due soon with the Quick Renew option near the top right of your checked out list.

    • You can renew multiple titles at once by clicking in the check boxes to the left of each title and using the options on the purple bar at the bottom of the screen:

    • You can renew in batches, using the left menu to select Overdue, Due Soon, or Due Later. Click the "Select # items" checkbox, then use the Manage Items bar at the bottom of the screen.

  • Call us at 303-235-5275 and let us know and a block will be placed on your account so no one else can use it. The next time you come into the library, bring your photo ID and we can get you set up with a new library card number.

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