Library Cards

LIBRARY CARD

Why should I get a library card?
How do I get a library card?
How old does my child have to be to get a library card?
Does my card expire?
If I have a library card from one Mid-Hudson library, can I use it at another?
How many libraries are in the Mid-Hudson system?
Why do you ask me for my email address when I apply for a library card?
Do you share or sell any of my personal information?
Do you have key chain cards?
Will you send me a reminder when my books are due?

 

Why should I get a library card?

If you’re the type of person who can’t live without knowing that there’s a stack of books somewhere in your house waiting for you, the answer is pretty obvious. Your local public library is a cost-attractive alternative to constantly buying books. If, on the other hand, you’re not a big reader, we still have lots of wonderful options; DVDs, audio books – downloadable or on CD  (which are great for commuters), magazines, large-print books and eBooks and eReaders. And, even if you don’t read for fun, you may find that you need to refer to a book from time to time; car repair, diet, health, exercise, hanging wallpaper are a few things that may bring you to our doors. And finally, through your library card, you have access to many databases: For example, foreign language, school and professional testing, genealogy, full-text newspapers and magazines, such as the NY Times and Consumer Reports. This is all information that isn’t found on the Internet!TOP

How do I get a library card?

You are eligible for a library card in the Mid-Hudson Library System if you have proof of local residency. A driver’s license with your current local address is good. If you’ve just moved to the area and your driver’s license has your old address, bring along a bill or some other document showing your current address.TOP

How old does my child have to be to get a library card?

Your child can get his or her own library card once enrolled in kindergarten. He doesn’t have to be able to sign his name or read. As the parent, you will be responsible for anything your minor child takes out should it get damaged or lost.TOP

Does my library card expire?

Your card “expires” every three years, at which time we’ll ask for verification of your address and phone number and any other personal information you shared when getting your card initially. This is done so that our database of patrons stays current as people move and change phone numbers and email addresses. Once we update the information, you’re good for another three years. Your card and its unique number do not need to be changed.TOP

If I have a library card from one Mid-Hudson library, can I use it at another?

Yes. All 66 member libraries of the Mid-Hudson Library System work cooperatively to bring you the best library service possible. You can use your East Fishkill library card at any Mid-Hudson library and you can order books and other materials online from any Mid-Hudson library. The only thing that may be denied to you is access to a database that is purchased by one library for its own patrons. This is generally due to licensing considerations.TOP

How many libraries are in the Mid-Hudson system?

There are 66 libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System spread over five counties; Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene and Ulster. Each library is chartered by the Division of Library Development which is part of the Department of Regents. Each library is run by its own local board of trustees and creates its own policies and procedures.TOP

Why do you ask me for my email address when I apply for a library card?

If you reserve books and other library materials or have overdue books, email is the most cost-effective way to notify you. We can also send you newsletters by email (which, of course, you can opt out of). You aren’t required to give your email address however, and we can contact you by telephone or US mail should you prefer.TOP

Do you share or sell any of my personal information?

Never. All of the information that you provide when applying for a library card is kept by the library for library use only. We never share or sell your information.TOP

Do you have key chain cards?

Yes. When you receive your library card, you actually get two cards; one for your wallet and one for your keychain. We often recommend that you keep one near your home computer to make it easier to log on to your account and databases.TOP

Will you send me a reminder when my books are due?

Our computer system doesn’t have the capability to send reminders when your books are due. However, there is an alternative. You can sign up for Library Elf. Elf is a free service, not associated with the library or the company that makes our computer system. When you join you input your library card number and Elf automatically accesses our database and sends you an email message when your items are due. You can also get your message sent as a text to your phone or an RSS update. Elf will keep track of multiple cards and you can customize the frequency of the notifications.TOP

I’d prefer not to sign up for ELF.  Is there another way for me to keep track of my loans and holds?

If you log onto you library account you can keep track of your holds and loans, save searches on the catalog so that you’re notified when your favorite author has a book that’s added to the collection, pay for your overdue fines with a credit card and much more.TOP

 

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