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Library Policies

Library Card Registration

You are eligible for a free library card if you meet at least one of the following conditions:
  • You live in St. Charles Parish
  • You work in St. Charles Parish
  • You go to school in St. Charles Parish
  • You own property in St. Charles Parish
If you do not meet one of these four conditions, you may still obtain a card for a $5.00 annual fee.

To obtain a card, simply apply at any branch of the library. Applicants will need to provide a picture ID and proof of eligibility.

A parent or legal guardian must be present for applicants 13 years of age and under. The parent or legal guardian must present a picture ID and proof of eligibility.

Replacement cards cost $1.00.

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Borrowing Periods

Some items may be renewed if you need more time. You can have your items set up to be automatically renewed at the end of the loan period - just ask for automatic renewal when you check out your books.

Library materials check out for the following time periods:

Material TypeLoan Period# of Renewals
Books14 days2
Magazines (except current issue)14 days2
Magazines (current issue)non-circulating0
Vertical Files14 days2
Audiobooks & Playaways14 days2
Videotapes, DVDs, & Playaway Views 14 days 2
Reference Materials non-circulating 0
Laptops 3 days 0

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Selection Policy

Books and related non-book materials will be added to the collection with the purpose of fulfilling the goal of service, with the imposition of no restrictions other than those intrinsic in the Service Statement: quality, income and plant. Recognizing the dangers of censorship to the acquisition of knowledge and the freedom of the individual, none will be condoned either by library authority or outside pressure. This, also, applies to labeling which is an attempt to prejudice and a censor's tool.

With the intention of making selection inclusive rather than exclusive, the finest presentation, the most representative examples and the fullest exposition of man's reservoir of knowledge will provide the rule for selection of material necessary to satisfy the interests, needs and demands of the community; but with the understanding that the library does not necessarily advocate the ideas found in the collection and that the presence of any material does not indicate endorsement of its contents by the library authority.

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