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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. 

How do I get a library card?

  • Any Pasco County resident can get a library card for free by signing up at one of our 8 branches.
  • You'll fill out a contact form (available in English and Spanish), and you'll also need to bring something with your Pasco address printed on it like a driver's license, bill, etc. If you don't have anything with proof of your address on it, we will give you a card with provisional "unverified" status, allowing you to check out 2 books, and computer use, until you can verify your address.
  • Not a Pasco County resident? You may be eligible for reciprocal borrowing privileges if you are from a neighboring county. Read more in our Reciprocal Borrowing Policy.

Got my card! Now what?

  • At the library: use the computers; put materials on hold; check out books, magazines, DVDs, mobile hotspots, museum pass & more.
  • 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 materials is automatic now.
  • Anywhere: use the library website, including our online database set, to access many library resources with your card number- listen to music, learn by educational tutorials, stream movies, download ebooks & audiobooks, do research, and much more. Any questions, please ask.

How long can I check materials out for? 

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


How long?

How many?

Can I renew?

Books, Books on tape/CD, playaways

21 days

Up to 21

Yes, 5 times if not reserved*

NEW books, books on tape/CD, playaways

14 days

Up to 21

Yes, 5 times if not reserved*


14 days

 Up to 21

Yes, 5 times if not reserved*


7 days

Up to 7

Yes, 5 times if not reserved*

Video Games

7 days

2 at a time

Yes, 5 times if not reserved*


Movies & TV Shows


ebooks, audiobooks, comics & graphic novels

By Type:

3 days

7 days

21 days

Up to 12 per calendar month

for all types except 

Music - 2 per month 

Checkout maximum of

12 per month

so renewals don't apply


ebooks and audiobooks

14 days

10 at a time 

Yes, 1 time if not reserved*

Interlibrary Loan books (ILL)

21 days

Up to 5

No renewals allowed


7 days

1 at a time

Yes, 5 times if not reserved*

*Renewals are allowed only if no other patron has reserved the item.

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

  • Yes, if there's an item that is currently checked out to someone else, you can place a hold on the item and you'll receive a notification when it becomes available. When you place the hold, you can decide which of our 8 branches you'd like to pick the item up at, and you'll receive a notification when it's available. You can place holds online by logging in to your account- you'll see a "place hold" option when you click on an item you want. You can also call or visit the library for assistance placing items on hold.
  • Make sure you have your email or phone notification preferences up to date in your account so that you get notified when your hold is ready for pick-up. You can do this by logging in to your account online or by calling or visiting the library. 
  • You will have 8 days to come in and pick up your holds. After 8 days, your hold "expires" and we make it available for the next person.

You have something I want to check out 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?

  • Your library account will be charged 25 cents per day for every overdue item. If you have more than $5 in fines, your account will be blocked from checking out more items until you return your overdue items and pay the fine. Maximum overdue fines are $10 per item. If you have an item overdue for more than 60 days, an extra restriction will be placed on your account until you return or pay for the item.
  • 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.

How can I avoid overdue fines?

  • We have automatic renewal on all items not reserved by another patron. (It cannot be renewed if another patron is waiting for it.) Once you checkout an item, it will be renewed automatically up to 5 times. At that time, you can receive a courtesy email reminder that the item is coming due.
  • You may turn in your checked-out items on or before their due date shown on your receipt or your account online.
  • You may access your account online, call, or visit any branch for more information.

 Can I use the computer 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).
  • 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".
  • We even provide headphones (earbuds) for sale at most branches for $2 (double check with your branch about price and availability).

 Can I print, scan, and make copies documents at the library?



 How much does it cost?

 Which branches?

 Print documents from one of our public computers

 10 cents per page


 Scan documents 

  Free (please bring your own USB drive for your files)