Frequently Asked Questions
questions people have for the library staff are
listed below. If you do not see your particular
question, please do not hesitate to call the library
closest to you.
do I get a library card?
wishing to receive a library card should complete
a library card application at any branch or at
the Eudora Welty Library.
Adults are required to show name and address
identification, and children need a parent's
signature and address identification to complete
the application process. The card is FREE to
any Hinds County resident.
I get a card if I do not live in Hinds County?
you can! You can receive a library card and unlimited
borrowing privileges for $40.00 a year or $20.00 for six months nonrefundable.
However, if you own property in Hinds County, you
can receive a free card no matter where your primary
residence is located.
old does my child have to be to get their own card?
child must be at least five years old, and have
a parent's signature and address identification
accompanying their application. By signing, the
parent or guardian assumes all liability for lost
or damaged materials checked out to the child.
long is my library card valid?
card is always valid, but the privilege expires
one year after the date of issue. Any card can be
renewed by merely verifying address and telephone
numbers on or around the time the card is to expire.
do I renew my library card?
easy! Come into any of the library system's convenient
fifteen locations and provide updated information
on your address and phone numbers. It takes just
a few minutes and you are ready to go for another
I return my books after the library closes?
of the fifteen branches of the library system has
a night book return slot or box for returning materials
after hours of operation. Any materials returned
to these boxes will be credited the library's next
I renew my materials without coming in to the library?
of the library's materials can be renewed from the
internet, using the library system's on-line
catalog program called IBistro. Videos, CDs, and
materials requested by other patrons cannot be renewed.
many books and other materials can I check out?
library extends its borrowing privilege to four
materials on the same subject at one time. This
is designed to protect you and other patrons from
waiting long periods of time for materials to become
I return my books to any Jackson/Hinds System Library?
can return all materials to any of the fifteen locations
of the Jackson/Hinds Library System.
long can I keep a book out?
materials have a maximum time-frame allowed for
use. Unless otherwise stated, books and CD's can
be borrowed for three weeks. Videos and DVDs have
a five day limit.
much are fines?
are set depending on the type of material overdue.
Books and CD's are ¢.20 a day with a maximum
fine of $5.00. Video tapes and DVDs accrue fines
at $1.00 per day with a maximum fine of $10.00
can I sometimes not renew materials via the internet?
may request materials that are already checked out.
If this occurs, those materials cannot be renewed
by the patron currently holding them. Therefore,
if you encounter problems renewing materials over
the internet it probably means that another patron has
requested those materials.
do I get a PIN (Personal Identification Number)?
PIN is automatically assigned to you when you a
receive a library card. Simply call the library
and ask the friendly librarian to reveal your PIN.
With this PIN, you can access your account information,
renew materials, and perform other library services
from the convenience of your personal computer.
do I donate books?
are accepted at all branches of the Jackson/Hinds
Library System with the understanding that gifts
are accepted without commitment as to their final
distribution. Items will be considered for addition
to the collection if they meet the standards as
stated in the Materials Selection Policy and Procedure
sections of the Collection Development Plan. Gifts
not meeting the standards may be given to other
organizations, recycled, or sold by the Jackson
Friends of the Library.