Who May Apply For A Library Card?

CCLD Library CardAt least one of the following requirements needs to be met to apply for a library card with Camden County Library District (CCLD):

  • Residents of Camden County, MO. Children 5 years and older who can sign their name may apply for a card with a parent/guardian’s signature.
  • A non-resident who pays property tax within the county
  • Residents of counties adjoining Camden County who do not reside in a library district using the Missouri Evergreen consortium. Missouri Evergreen consortium cardholders may use their home library card.
  • Temporary summer residents with a hotel/motel/general delivery address or living with relatives may purchase a library card for one (1) year. The fee for a library card is $30 and allows the user the same privileges as residents.
  • Individuals who reside in homeless shelters or safe houses may have a free temporary card, allowing access to our public computers and up to three (3) items at checkout. This restriction is removed once they can show permanent residency in Camden County.

Patrons who have had library cards at any Missouri Evergreen library and have relocated to Camden County must have all fines and fees paid off at their old library before Camden County Library District will issue a new card.

When will I get my library card?

Library cards are issued at the time of application is made at any of the Library District’s branches or headquarters. 

What do I need to apply for a library card?

To get a library card, applicants need to supply a complete and accurate application. The application must include your current mailing address, phone number (if the applicant has a phone), and birth date.

If the driver’s license/state ID does not match the address given, then the individual is required to provide some proof of mailing address, such as a utility bill with the address given. The library card must be kept by the patron, who assumes full responsibility and presents it at the desk when materials are being checked out.

Once you have an account with us, if your mailing address, phone number, or email address changes, please let us know to keep your account up to date.

How many items can I check out?

Patrons may check out three (3) items when the application is made for the card.

Patrons who have an account in good standing (i.e., no fines due to lost or damaged items) may check out the following items on their account:

  • Unlimited check out for books
  • Unlimited check out for DVDs
  • 5 audiobooks
  • 5 specialty items
  • 5 video game discs or cartridges

For Parents/Guardians

A parent or guardian’s signature is required on the library card application for library users ages 5 through 17. The parent or guardian thereby assumes responsibility for any library materials lost or damaged by that individual. Parents/Guardians must sign the following statement:

“As the parent/legal guardian of my child, I grant access to the full collections of Camden County Library District, including online materials. Library staff does not supervise children. District personnel does not know what you consider appropriate for your child and cannot be responsible for their selections. If you do not agree to full access to the collections your child will not be issued a card. Parents/guardians may then check out items for their children on their cards. This statement is required by 15 CSR 30-200.015 Missouri State Regulations.”

How long is my library card valid?

Library cards are issued for one year. At the end of that time, the card will be updated if it is in satisfactory condition.

What happens if my card is lost, stolen, or damaged?

If a library card is lost, a $0.50 fee will be assessed for the replacement. Cards that become worn to the point they are no longer usable will be replaced free of charge. Patrons may not check out any additional materials if their account has more than $20 due.

Anyone living in the same household with a person who owes more than $20 is also denied privileges. When someone has overdue or billed items, they may NOT use the card of a spouse, sibling, child, parent, or another resident of the same household to check materials out. 

Are there any limitations or restrictions?

Limitations may be placed on the number of items on the same topic or by the same author, particularly at times of peak demand for said materials.

What about my privacy?

Every library user’s right to privacy will be strictly upheld. Under no circumstances will information from application cards or circulation records be available to anyone but library staff unless a subpoena is presented by law enforcement.

What if I forgot my library card or don’t have my driver’s license? Can I still check the materials out?

Patrons are normally required to have their library card or driver’s license in order to check out books/materials or to use the public access computers. If a staff member recognizes a long-time patron, the use of a driver’s license or library card may be waived if their account is in good standing. This is at the discretion of the individual staff member.

What if I belong to another Missouri Evergreen Library?

Missouri Evergreen consortium library cardholders have full CCLD (Camden County Library District) library privileges if their library cards are in good standing. Fines and fees must be cleared at their home library before being allowed circulation privileges at CCLD libraires.

It is presumed that parents of minors from Missouri Evergreen consortium libraries have signed consent to access the full collection of tehri home library to comply with 15 CSR 30-200.015 Missouri State Regulations.