If you're over 13 and have a photo ID, just bring your ID and proof of address (something that has your name and address, like a learner's permit or report card) to your local library. We'll sign you up and send a postcard home to let your parents know you have a card.
If you're under 13 or don't have a photo ID, you'll need to have a parent or guardian's signature to register for a card. Just visit the library with them (they'll need to bring photo ID and proof of address) or ask a librarian about mailing an application home for their signature.
Find more information about getting a library card, including lists of acceptable ID and proof of address, here: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/usingthelibrary/getcard.html
The easiest way is to check our catalog. You can search for titles, authors, or keywords. If you're looking for a specific type of item (like a DVD) you can use the "Advanced Keyword" search and limit the "Material Type." You can also change the location you're searching in, so you can search in your local library, in a nearby library, or in all the libraries in Allegheny County.
Once you find what you're looking for, you can have it sent to whatever library is most convenient for you by clicking on the purple "Request This Item" button. We'll send it to almost any public library in Allegheny County for you - and you can return it to any public library, too!
If you can't find what you're looking for in the catalog, try asking a library employee. We're here to help!
You have a couple options:
If you return a book after its due date, you'll be charged a fine. The fine depends on what you have checked out and how late it is. If you have an overdue book, you'll be charged $.25/day for every day it's late. CDs, magazines, videotapes and books on tape or CD are also $.25. DVDs and video games are $1.00/day. You'll get charged a fine for every item that's late, so be careful - it can add up fast! The easiest way to avoid overdue fines? Return your book on time.
Usually we can renew items if you can't finish it before it's due. You can renew items online by logging into My Account or by using the automated telephone renewal services (412-622-1895, 412-622-1896, 412-622-1897). Once the items are overdue you have to actually talk to a library employee -- bring your books to your local library or call 412-622-3114. Make sure you have your library card number and the barcode numbers from the items you want to renew available when you call!
In most cases, you can renew an item twice. However, if somebody else has placed a request on that item it cannot be renewed.
From book discussions and talks with famous authors to video game tournaments and film making competitions, the library has all sorts of great programs for teens. Check out our event calendar for a complete schedule.
First off, you should start earlier next time! But don't panic. The library has lots of resources to help you:
Check out eCLP! With hundred of audiobooks you can download to your computer, iPod or other mp3 player, dozens of movies, and even streaming audio, you'll never be bored again. All you need to do is download some simple software to your home computer and you'll have books, movies and music at your fingertips.
First, check under your bed. It's probably there. Or maybe at your friends house.
If you still can't find it, come into the library and talk to us. You are responsible for everything that's checked out on your card so you'll probably have to pay for it, but if you talk to a librarian we might be able to work out a payment plan for you. Plus, we want to make sure you know that losing a book does not mean you can't use the library. You're still welcome to visit us, read while you're here, participate in programs, etc.
Did you already check under your bed? Okay, then. Do you see up above, where it says How do I get a library card? Click on that. The process is the same to get a replacement. Before you do that, though, you should call the library and tell us you lost your card. Remember that you're responsible for everything checked out on your card and make sure that we block your card so that if anyone finds it they can't use it.
Next time, return your books on time. That doesn't really help you now, though, does it? Well, here are a couple things that might: