Your Library Card

An example of a Pines library card.

Apply for a Library Card

Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia. Persons who attend school, own property or are employed in Georgia are eligible for a free PINES card. Patrons of both PINES and non-participating Georgia public libraries may receive a PINES card. PINES cards are valid for 2 years. Property owners who do not reside in Georgia may be required to show proof of ownership, such as a tax bill or deed. Persons employed in Georgia or attending school in Georgia may be required to show proof of employment or enrollment.

Out-of-state cards are available to persons living outside Georgia who do not meet the above criteria for a $25 annual fee, payable at the time the card is issued.

Signing a PINES card application indicates acceptance of responsibility for lost or damaged materials. There is no minimum age for a child to receive a PINES card. A parent or legal guardian may register a child. Parent or guardian must show proper ID to register a child. A parent or guardian must sign the application for all children under 18.

Proper identification must be presented to register.

An applicant for a new card is required to provide proper ID, which includes current local address.

Acceptable ID for a PINES card:

  • photo ID showing current local address, OR
  • photo ID and one item from approved list (see below) showing current, local address (if photo ID does not have correct address), OR
  • TWO (2) items from approved list showing current, local address.

Acceptable ID includes:

  • a valid driver's license
  • a valid voter registration card
  • checks with pre-printed addresses
  • a utility bill, tax receipt or other piece of mail that shows the user's name and present address.

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Check out library materials

A patron must present a card in good standing to borrow materials. A patron's card will be blocked to additional borrowing if the patron has 10 or more overdue items or owes $10 or more in unpaid fines and/or fees. Videos and DVDs check out for one week with no renewals. Books, audios, and CD's check out for two weeks with two possible renewals.

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Renew library materials

Two renewals are allowed on most items. Renewals may be accomplished in person or by telephoning ext. 304. Library card number must be given for phone renewals. Videos and items which are on hold for another user will not be renewed. You may also choose to renew your checked out items by logging in to your Evergreen account on the PINES catalog.

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Place or pick up holds

Library staff members can place holds on items for you. Holds may be placed on any circulating items owned by the Athens Regional Library System. In addition, holds may be placed on many titles owned throughout the state of Georgia in the PINES network. Videos, audiocassettes, new books, current bestsellers, software, microforms, CDs, or DVDs may not be placed on hold unless owned by the Athens Regional Library System. There is no fee for placing holds in PINES. You may also chose to place an item on hold by logging in to your Evergreen account on the PINES catalog.

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Overdue Fines

To encourage the prompt return of material, the library has established a schedule of fines for those patrons who fail to return library materials by the date due.

Overdue Books, Audiobooks and CDs$ .20/day
Overdue DVDs and Videos (VHS)$ .50/day
Overdue Georgia State Park Pass or Historic Sites Pass$ 3.00/day
Overdue Zoo Atlanta DVD$ 3.00/day
Overdue Go Fish Education Center Pass$ 3.00/day

Please come to the Circulation Desk to pay your fines.

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Lost/Damaged Materials

When an item is declared "lost," the cardholder's account will be charged for the price of the item as listed in the PINES database plus a processing fee as designated by the owning library. The processing fee for materials owned by the Athens Regional Library System is $10.00 per item. The full replacement cost may be assessed if one or more parts of a multipart item are lost or missing. The Athens Regional Library System will not accept a replacement copy in lieu of payment for a lost or damaged item.

Charges for Damaged Library Materials

Barcode removed$10.00
Book is partially or totally wetSupervisor or Branch Manager will assess usability. If not useable, replacement price.
Booklet, DVD, CD, or part of kit /set missing Supervisor or Branch Manager will assess usability. If remaining item is not useable without booklet, etc. the replacement price will be charged.
Chewed cover or pages$ .50/page; replacement price if book cannot be read.
Crayon, Ink, Pencil Marks in book$ .50/page; replacement price if page cannot be read.
Dust Jacket missing$1.00
DVD or CD case missing/damagedReplacement price
Gum stuck to pagesSupervisor or Branch Manager will assess usability. If not useable, replacement price will be charged.
Missing pagesSupervisor or Branch Manager will assess usability. If not useable, replacement price will be charged.
Torn page$ .50/page; replacement price if page cannot be read.
Lost GA State Park Pass$50
Lost Historic Sites Pass$35
Lost Zoo Atlanta DVD$30
Lost Go Fish Education Center Pass$50

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