All About Borrowing

How To Get A Library Card

Library cards are free. You must provide proof of your current address when applying for a library card. Parents must sign the library card application for 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

1st card Free. Cards are good for three years at which point they will need to be renewed.
Replacement of lost card $1 for each card

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.


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


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.


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 and by telephone
  • 500,000 books
  • Books on CD and a variety of eBooks
  • Large Print Books
  • Foreign Language books and eBooks
  • Coin-operated copy machines
  • Microfiche/Microfilm reader/printers
  • Interlibrary loans - you can borrow materials from any branch or even other library systems and have them delivered to your local branch
  • Our catalog "On-line" is available at the library and offers you the options of searching by author, title and subject and a dictionary.
  • Internet access and Wi-Fi is available at our branch libraries
  • For adults we offer reference and reader's advisory service, tax assistance during the tax season, and continuing education programs are offered on a wide variety of topics, check with your local library
  • For children we offer reference and reader's advisory service, story-times for pre-school children, Summer Reading Programs for pre-school and school age children, other programs are offered check with your local library
  • Meeting rooms are available to the public, check with your local library about reservations