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Card Registration Policy

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An Avondale Public Library card allows full access to the resources and services available at either of our library branches or on our website. The City of Avondale participates in an Intergovernmental Agreement with Maricopa County which allows those residing in Maricopa County to get a library card for free. Proof of residency, business or property ownership allows us to verify eligibility. The following policy states the requirements to obtain a card and the responsibilities of library card privileges.

  • Avondale Public Library cards are free to Maricopa County residents or to those who own a business or property in Maricopa County. Any current City of Avondale employee not residing in Maricopa County is eligible for a card for personal use. This privilege does not extend to family members.
  • Individuals 18 and older must have an approved state or government issued photo ID that includes a current address. If your ID does not have your current address you are required to provide a lease agreement, mortgage statement, utility bill or utility account viewed online, current car registration, voter ID card issued within the past year, property verification via the County Assessor, or a postmarked piece of mail dated within the last 30 days with your name and address on it.
  • A parent or legal guardian must present a photo ID with proof of current address as above for a minor (children under 18) to get a card. Both parent and child must be present in order to register for a library card.
  • Students in grades K through 8th, who are county residents, may be issued an Avondale Public Library Student card if they have a current student ID issued by a Maricopa County school recognized and accredited by the state of Arizona and an acknowledgement form filled out by their parent or guardian. The student ID serves as proof of address. The card must be renewed annually. All other required information is the same. The card allows unlimited computer access but limits materials borrowing to five items at a time. No DVDs or items in our Beyond Books collection may be checked out on this card. Students do not accrue overdue fines on this account, but will be held responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • Students in grades 9th through 12th who are county residents may be issued an Avondale Public Library card if they have a current student ID issued by a Maricopa County school recognized and accredited by the state of Arizona or can provide documentation of registration in a recognized and accredited school in located in Maricopa County. The student ID serves as proof of address. The card must be renewed annually. All other required information is the same. The card allows unlimited computer access but limits materials borrowing to five items at a time. No DVDs or items in our Beyond Books collection may be checked out on this card. Students do not accrue overdue fines on this account, but will be held responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • Photocopied ID will not be accepted with the exception of official and valid temporary permits issued by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division.
  • All library cards expire automatically every year to ensure patron information is kept up-to-date. To renew a borrower's card, the card holder must present identification or documentation showing a current Maricopa County address. All outstanding fines and fees must be paid and/or overdue materials renewed or returned before a borrower's card may be renewed. Minors must be present to renew their cards.
  • Please report any changes in your address, email address, or contact information promptly.
  • Individuals who do not live or own property in Maricopa County may purchase a library card for an out of county fee of $40 per year.
  • Transitional Living Situation cards are issued to those residing in temporary housing. This includes, but is not limited to, halfway houses, group homes, and emergency shelters. Checkout is limited to 3 items at a time. No fines are assessed on these cards but borrowed materials must be returned in good condition before additional items can be borrowed. Items not returned will be declared lost and the account will be charged for the replacement cost of the item(s) along with any processing fee(s). Any charges on the account will result in a loss of borrowing privileges and computer access. Address and eligibility must be reconfirmed every 90 days.
  • Day passes (computer use only) may be purchased for $1.00
  • The cost of replacing a lost card is $2.00.

Under some circumstances library staff will allow a library application form to be filled out and returned for registration. Examples include but are not limited to school site visits, tours, special events and programs.
Please be aware that when you register for your Avondale Public Library card, you accept responsibility for all items on the card, all use made of the card and all charges made against it until your card is reported lost.


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