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Get Started Using the Library

Get started using the library and get your questions answered.

  • In order to enjoy all of the resources that Pasco County Libraries offer, you'll want to start by getting a library card. 
  • Please become familiar with our library policies.

How do I get a library card?

Got my card! Now what?

  • At home: log in to your library account [username = card number, password = last name in capital letters]. View or update account information, such as email, holds, privacy settings and notifications.Name and address changes must be done in person with supporting ID. Renewals on eligible materials are automatic.
  • Anywhere: use the library website, including our online services and digital resources with your card number- listen to music, learn by educational tutorials, stream movies, download ebooks & audiobooks, do research, print documents wirelessly (and come in to pick them up) and much more. Any questions? Our staff are eager to help!
  • At the library: use our many services, use the computers, participate in our Makerspace areas, check out and reserve books, magazines, DVDs, games, mobile hotspots, museum passes, seeds, and even adaptive learning toys. Some Makerspace areas include pre-preparation and a waiver where required. Inquire with staff.

 

How long can I check out materials? 

  • Patrons who are verified Pasco County residents may check out the following:

Items

How long?

How many?

Renew automatically?

Adaptive Toys

3 weeks

Up to 21

Yes, up to 5 times*

NEW Books, Books on tape/CD, Playaways

2 weeks

Up to 21

Yes, up to 5 times* 

Books, Books on tape/CD, Playaways

3 weeks

Up to 21

Yes, up to 5 times*

DVDs

1 week

Up to 7

Yes, up to 5 times*

DVDs - Hudson Media Box

1 week

Up to 3

Non-renewable

eContent: Flipster

2 weeks

Up to 10

Yes, 1 time*

eContent: Hoopla

      • Movies & TV shows
      • Music 
      • ebooks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels

3-21 days

3 days

7 days

21 days

12 per month except music: 2 per month

Does not apply

eContent: Overdrive

2 weeks

Up to 10 

Manual Renewal in OD

Games

1 week

Up to 2

Yes, up to 5 times*

Games - Hudson Media Box

1 week

Non-renewable

Interlibrary Loan books (ILL)

3 weeks

Up to 5

Non-renewable

Launchpads

1 week

1

Yes, up to 5 times*

Magazines

2 weeks

 Up to 21

Yes, up to 5 times*

Museum Passes

1 week

1 per museum

Passes are non-renewable

  • *Renewals apply on eligible items if there are no outstanding holds by our other patrons.

 

Can I put a hold on items that someone else has checked out?

  • Yes, except for DVDs and games in our Hudson Library Media Box.
  • You can place holds online by logging in to your account. Once logged in, you'll see a "place hold" option when you click on the item you want. Choose the branch where you would like to pick it up. An email can be sent letting you know it has arrived if your account is setup to do so.
  • You can also call or visit the library for assistance.
  • You will have 8 business days to come in and pick up your holds. Then they become available for the next patron.

 

I want to check out something you have at a different branch - can you send it to my home library?

  • Yes, just place a hold on that item and make sure to specify your preferred pick-up location. The item will be sent to that branch, and then you'll receive a notification when it's available.

 

What happens if I don't return my checkouts when they're due?

  • Although fines no longer apply to material, if you have more than $5 in past fines, your account will be blocked from checking out more items until it is paid and your overdue items are returned. If you have an overdue item for more than 60 days, a restriction will be placed on your account until you return it and pay the amount due.
  • If you happen to lose or damage an item, you will be charged the replacement cost of the item. We will work with you to charge you a fair amount - we'd rather have our materials in good condition so that other people can enjoy them than your money.

 

 Can I use the computers at the library?

  • Yes. All of our libraries have computers for you to use as well as free wifi if you prefer to bring your own computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • You'll need your library card number to log on to one of our computers (you can ask a librarian to get you set up if you don't have one). Guest passes are available for one-time use.
  • If you want to use the wifi, you don't need a library card- you can just come in and connect: each library has an open, public network called "library free".

 

Can I print and scan documents at the library or wirelessly?

  • YesWe have a scanner/printer at all branches. Prints (per page) are 10 cents for black & white, and 25 cents for color.
  • You can use our Wireless Printing service from anywhere, and pick up your document at the branch of your choice.
  • You can print documents from one of our public computers within the branch.
  • You can bring in your documents and scan them. Once scanned:
    • You can print the documents, or
    • You can send them to your own USB drive. (No charge for scanning.)

 

I still have a few more questions.

  • Check out our general FAQ section we have on our Pasco County Libraries page. (A 'disclaimer' page will appear before you are transferred.)