Library Card Policy

Purpose

Improving and enriching the lives of our users by serving the literacy, educational, and recreational needs of the residents of Iredell County.

Confidentiality of Library User Records

The Iredell County Public Library values the confidentiality of its library users and does not disclose any information about a patron’s account or use of the library, including, but not limited to:

  • Any questions directed to library staff.
  • Any use of library computers including time and dates used or use of the Internet.
  • Items charged to a patrons card.
  • Items requested by a patron.

Such records are not to be made available to any person or agency including agencies of state, federal or local government except pursuant to subpoena court order or where otherwise required by law.

Exceptions

Information about items currently checked out to a library user’s account may be made available in the following instances:

  • To the parent of a minor under age eighteen.
  • To any person whom the library user has given written permission to obtain such information. A valid Library Card or valid picture ID is required each time an inquiry is made about this account by anyone other than the cardholder.
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by law. Any request from law enforcement officers should be referred to the Library Director or Assistant Director.

Basis of Policy

Library Cards

  1. Apply for a Card
  2. Using Your Card
  3. Lost or Damaged Cards
  4. Blocks on Use of Card

Application for Library Card

You must complete and sign a Library User Agreement to open a library account and receive a library card. Applicants aged 5 - 17 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a completed application form. You need to present a form of photo identification to apply for a card

No Current Address

If you do not have photo ID with your current address, you may provide proof of current address or the library card will be mailed to you. 

Emancipated Minors

If you are under the age of 18 but are legally emancipated from your parents, you are eligible to apply for a card if you can present photo identification and court documents declaring that you are legally emancipated from your parents.

Non-Resident Annual Fee for Library Card

There is a $20.00 annual fee for a library card for those who do not reside or own property in Iredell County.

Institutional Cards

Institutions such as assisted living centers, group homes, or childcare facilities may apply for an institutional card. Applications for institutional cards are mailed to applicants to confirm correct address. An application for an institutional card must be signed by an individual that has legal authority to sign agreements for the institution. The institution is responsible for all items charged to the institutional card.