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 200 items and have up to 200 holds on your library card. You will be notified when your hold is available by email or phone. You have 7 days to pick up your holds. During this time, patrons with temporary cards may check out 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 200)
No
Lucky Day books No 21 days 3 item limit of all Lucky Day items
(counts towards total item limit of 200)
No
Books Yes 21 days 200 item limit Will auto-renew
12 times, if no holds
Books on CD Yes 21 days 200 item limit Will auto-renew
12 times, if no holds
E-books & Audiobooks Yes 21 days varies between 40 and 99 Yes, if no holds
Movies Yes 7 days 200 item limit Will auto-renew
12 times, if no holds
Non-fiction
DVDs & TV Shows
Yes 21 days 200 item limit Will auto-renew
12 times, if no holds
Magazines Yes 7 days 6 item limit No
E-magazines No unlimited none N/A
Music CDs Yes 7 days 200 item limit Will auto-renew
12 times, if no holds
Playaways Yes 21 days 200 item limit Will auto-renew
12 times, if no holds
Book Club Kits Yes 6 weeks 200 item limit No
Book to Screen Club Kits Yes 6 weeks 200 item limit No
Prospector loans Yes 1 - 3 weeks 60 item limit Usually, 1 time, if no holds
Interlibrary Loans Yes 1 - 3 weeks 60 item limit No
Launchpads Yes 21 days 6 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
12 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. When the total charges on your account reach $50, your borrowing privileges may be suspended. Once an item is returned, the replacement fee for that item will be removed. Once the total charges on your account are under $50 your borrowing privileges will be reinstated.

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

  • 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.
  • In order to take full advantage of everything the library catalog can do, all library accounts need a unique username. An easy-to-remember username gives you quick access to your account if your library card isn’t handy. After you register, you can log in with either your username or your library card number, whichever you prefer.

  • Contact us to 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.

  • Temporary library cards usually expire within three weeks, but we have extended the expiration dates in 2020 and 2021. If you are able, please visit any of our locations with your photo ID to get your permanent library card. If you are unable to visit us, please contact us.

    If you have used e-books or downloadable audiobooks with your temporary card number, please let a staff member know when you get your permanent card, or contact us anytime. We might need to update your accounts.

    If you have a permanent card, and you see a message about expiration, please contact us.

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