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All About Borrowing

How To Get A Library Card

Library cards are available free of charge to any resident of the state of Texas. The application can be found online and the card will be mailed to you if you cannot travel to a BCLS branch. Parents are required to approve the card application for their children 17 years of age or younger.

Cards are issued at the time of application, at all branch locations and may be used at any of our branches. You may check out items immediately.

Library Cards

Library cards are available free of charge to any resident of the state of Texas. The application can be found online and the card will be mailed to you if you cannot travel to a BCLS branch. Parents are required to approve the card application for their children 17 years of age or younger.

Borrowing Privileges:

50 items per library card

Loan Periods

Most books & other materials -- 2 weeks2 renewals
Popular video/DVDs -- 2 weeks2 renewals
Periodicals -- 2 weeks2 renewals
Bluebonnet Books -- 2 weeks0 renewals (2 Bluebonnet books per card)
Educational video/DVDs -- 2 weeks2 renewals

Returning Items

Materials can be returned to any Brazoria County Public Library branch. All materials may be returned in the book drop when a branch is closed.

Fines

Overdue Materials: Books and other materials$.10/day per item
Maximum Fine per item$5.00
 
Video and DVDs$.10/day per video/DVD
Maximum Fine per video/DVD$5.00

Fees

Lost Item Charges - These are assessed on items which are declared lost by borrowers OR items which are overdue at least 6 weeks. The cost of the item may be refunded if the lost item is returned within 6 months of paying for the item and accompanied with the receipt. Charges are based on cost of the item plus nonrefundable $3.50 processing fee. Accrued fines will be assessed if item is found and returned.

Unique Management

Brazoria County Library System has contracted with a collection company to help collect overdue and lost library materials. If materials are overdue more than 8 weeks, customers will be turned over to the collection agency and up to $10.00 fee will be assessed, which is non-refundable.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MONEYS ARE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE BRAZORIA COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM AND NOT TO UNIQUE MANAGEMENT.

Unique Management Services will send multiple letters and will make multiple phone calls. Customers will be gently advised to promptly resolve the issue with their library.

Borrowing privileges will be suspended if $10.00 or more in fines are unpaid OR 10 or more items are overdue.

Materials and Services offered by the Brazoria County Library System

  • Information provided in person, online and by telephone
  • Over 500,000 print books
  • Audiobooks and large print materials
  • A wide array of digital titles (movies, music, books, audiobooks, magazines & newspapers)
  • The library of things (nontraditional items like tools, bakeware, and power equipment)
  • Copier/Printer services
  • Public computing and public Wi-Fi
  • Programs for every age and stage of development including storytime, the summer reading challenge, books clubs, and craft programs
  • Public meeting rooms, conference rooms & study rooms