Library Cards & Rules

Library Cards

Library cards are free to all residents in Georgia. If you attend school, own property, or are employed in Georgia, you are eligible for a free PINES library card, valid at participating libraries in Georgia.

Out-of-state library cards may be issued for a $25 annual fee or $12.50 for six months.

Bring a government-issued ID and something bearing your name and current address with you when you apply. 

Library card replacements are free so long as the account is in good standing.

Parents or guardians of children under the age of 18 must accompany their child when applying for a card. The parent must sign their child's card and present proper identification.

If your card is lost or stolen, report it to your local library immediately. Replacement cards are free so long as the account is in good standing.

The PINES eCard

The eCard provides access to all digital resources at your local libraries like GALILEO and more!

How Borrowing Works

The loan period for most materials is 14 days. "Lucky Day" books are available for check out 7 days, may not be renewed, and may not be placed on hold.

Books may be renewed twice for 2 weeks at a time in person, by phone, or through the PINES app so long as the book is not on reserve for another user.

Books may be returned to any library or book return box in Georgia within the PINES system.

Overdue Materials

Overdue materials accrue fines at $0.20 per day.

Youth print materials (junior easy - young adult) do not accrue overdue fines. Materials will still be assigned a return date and borrowers will remain responsible for damaged or lost materials.

The first reminder for overdue materials will occur 7 days past the due date. The second reminder will occur 14 days past the due date. A mailed bill for replacing the overdue materials will occur 30 days past the due date.

Lost or Damaged Books

If a book is lost or severely damaged, the borrower's account will be charged for the replacement of the book and an additional $10 processing fee.

Delinquent Accounts

Library materials will not be checked out or renewed to any cardholders with more than 10 overdue books or those who have over $10 in overdue fines.

Patron Conduct & Responsibilities
The Library Board of Trustees has established Rules of Patron Conduct and Responsibilities so that library users and staff have a clean, pleasant, and safe environment. We need your cooperation to reach this goal. 

The following are prohibited at all Middle Georgia Regional Libraries:

  • Engaging in any activity that would violate local, state, or federal criminal law, ordinance, or regulation
  • Activities or behavior that may result in damage/theft of library property
  • Animals, except for guide and service dogs
  • Loud or disruptive noises or behavior
  • Soliciting
  • Use of tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs
  • Food or drinks
  • Littering
  • Loitering
  • Rudeness, sexual misconduct, obscenities, or harassment
  • Sleeping or bathing
  • Not wearing a shirt or shoes
  • Posting/distributing unauthorized materials
  • Entering unauthorized areas or being in the library during closed hours
  • Leaving a child under 13 years of age unattended by an adult 18 years of age or over
  • Library personnel may ask persons who are exhibiting inappropriate behavior to modify their behavior. Noncompliance with the Library’s Patron Conduct and Responsibilities may result in an individual being required to leave the library premises or in arrest and prosecution for criminal trespass pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia 16-7-21.