Library Card Policy

The purpose of the Iredell County Public Library’s circulation policy is to:
  • Help residents of Iredell County easily and conveniently borrow books, audios, videos and other material from the library’s collection
  • Protect public property shared by all residents of Iredell County
Confidentiality of Library User Records
The Iredell County Public Library maintains the confidentiality of library user records. The library does not disclose any information about a patrons account or use of the library, including:
  • Any questions directed to library staff
  • Any use of library computers including time and dates used or use of the Internet
  • Items charged to a patrons card
  • Items requested by a patron
This confidentiality also includes all materials used in-house, for which certain identifying information may be kept for statistical purposes.

Such records are not to be made available to any person or agency including agencies of state, federal or local government except pursuant to subpoena court order or where otherwise required by law.

Exceptions
Information about items currently checked out to a library user’s account may be made available in the following instances:
  • To the parent of a minor under age eighteen.
  • To any person whom the library user has given written permission to obtain such information. A valid Library Card or valid picture ID is required each time an inquiry is made about this account by anyone other than the cardholder.
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by law. Any request from law enforcement officers should be referred to the Library Director or Assistant Director.
Basis of Policy
Library Cards
  1. Apply for a Card
  2. Using the Card
  3. Lost or Damaged Cards
  4. Blocks on Use of Card
Application for Library Card
Users must complete and sign a Library User Agreement to open a library account and receive a library card. Applicants age 17 and younger must have a completed application form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Required Identification for Application
A current and valid photo ID must be presented to apply for a library card. One of the following may be used:
  • Bank or Credit Card with photo
  • DMV Photo ID Card or Photo Voter Registration Card
  • Driver's License
  • Iredell County Jail Photo ID Card
  • Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card")
  • Student ID from an accredited public or private university, college, community college or trade school
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Military ID Card
No Current Address
If the applicant does not have photo ID with the their current address, a library card will be mailed to the patron. Patron whose cards are mailed may check out 3 items before they receive their card.

Application for Minors
Minors under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present driver's license or photo identification card showing their current address issued by the United States Government or a State Government when applying for a library card. The parent or legal guardian must sign the application for the minor. The parent or legal guardian signing the form is responsible for all items checked out to the minor's card.

Emancipated Minors
Users under age 18 who are legally emancipated from their parents are eligible to apply for a card if they can present driver's license or photo identification card showing their current address issued by the United States Government or a State Government and court documents declaring they are legally emancipated from their parents.

Number of Library Cards
A patron may have no more than 1 active card at any time. Patrons who have lost their card should obtain a replacement. If a patron is found to have more than 1 card, the most recent card issued will be valid and all other cards will be declared invalid.

Guest Pass
Non-residents of Iredell County may purchase a guest pass to use a public access computer if they present a valid current photo ID specified in "Forms of Identification for Application."

Non-Resident Annual Fee for Library Card
There is a $20 annual fee for a library card for persons who do not live in Iredell County or do not own property in Iredell County. The fee must be paid annually when the library card is renewed. The fee is nonrefundable.

Institutional Cards
Institutions such as assisted living centers, group homes, or childcare facilities may apply for an institutional card. Applications for institutional cards are mailed to applicants to confirm correct address. An application for an institutional card must be signed by an individual that has legal authority to sign agreements for the institution. The institution is responsible for all items charged to the institutional card.