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Get Started Using the Library

Get started using the library and get your questions answered. 

  • Revised/New Services:
    • Library Branch Re-Openings
    • Curbside Hold Pickup
    • Fine-Free
    • Text messaging (and email) courtesy notices for held items
    • Automatic renewal of eligible materials can be opted out
    • Quarantine of returned materials for 72 business hours for your safety
    • Museum passes are available at the museum websites
  • 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 you get a library card?

  • As a Pasco County, FL resident, sign up here for a temporary card
  • Receive free access to all of our online materials - we will email or call you with your new library card number within 24 business hours

Got a card? Now what?

  • Anywhere/At Home:
    • View our website for all library information and much more
    • Learn about, and register for, our events calendar and virtual programs
    • View our social media content and videos on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
    • Login to your library account: your username is your card number; your password is your last name in capital letters (unless you changed it)
    • View and update account information - residence/phone/cell/email, holds, privacy settings, etc.
      • Please note, proof of residency is required in person for any residential address changes, to retain full services.
    • Reserve materials using our online catalog, and use Curbside Hold Pickup for your safety & convenience
    • Check out books, movies, music and much more from our  digital resources
    • Renewals on eligible materials are automatically applied - you can opt out of this feature if desired
    • Listen to music, learn by educational tutorials, stream movies, download ebooks & audiobooks, do research, print documents wirelessly
    • Questions? Call us! Our staff are always glad to help!
  • At the library:
    • At this time, most of our onsite services and seating are available yet limited, such as computer and printer use, and Makerspace areas. You can always check out and reserve books, magazines, DVDs, games, mobile hotspots, seeds, and adaptive learning toys. We quarantine all returned materials for 72 business hours. For more information, see Re-opening our Libraries.

How long can you check out materials? How many? Renew?

Pasco County resident patrons with a verified card in good standing may check out items below. See our Circulation Policy for more information. 

  • ONLINE DIGITAL RESOURCES:
    • Up to 3 days
      • Hoopla movies and tv shows: up to 12 per month: renewals n/a
    • Up to 7 days
      • Hoopla music: up to 2 per month; renewals n/a
    • Up to 2 weeks
      • Flipster magazines: up to 10 per checkout; one renewal
      • OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks: up to 10 per checkout; renewals permitted
    • Up to 3 weeks
      • Hoopla ebooks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels: up to 12 per month; renewals n/a
  • AT THE LIBRARY: up to 5 automatic renewals occur on all material without outstanding holds; you may opt-out of auto-renewal.
    • Up to 1 week
      • DVDs: up to 10 per checkout
      • Games: up to 2 per checkout
      • Launchpads: up to 1 per checkout
    • Up to 2 weeks
      • Magazines: up to 35 per checkout
      • New books, bookcds, Playaways: up to 35 total per checkout
    • Up to 3 weeks
      • Adaptive Toys: up to 35 per checkout
      • Interlibrary Loan books (ILL): no renewals
      • Mobile Hotspots: up to 1 per checkout
      • (Non-new) Books, bookcds, Playaways: up to 35 total per checkout
    • Up to 8 weeks
      • Book Club Kits: 2 kits per checkout: no renewals

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

  • Yes. 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.

You want to check out something at a different branch - can we send it to your 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 you don't return your checkouts when they're due?

  • Fines are no longer applied to overdue items. However, past charges remain on the account. Accounts with more than $5 in past fines are blocked from renewals, and future check outs until paid and overdue items is returned.
  • Overdue material is not fined, however, accounts are blocked after 7 days from the item due date. Materials not been returned after 105 days from the due date are considered lost, and a lost-materials fee is automatically accrued to the account. 

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

  • YesWe have a printer at all branches. Prints (per page) are 10 cents for black & white, and 25 cents for color.
  • We have a scanner, no charge, to scan your paper documents. Scan them to the printer or to a USB drive.
  • You can use our Wireless Printing Service remotely from anywhere, and pick up your document at the branch you choose, within 5 days.
  • You can print documents from one of our public computers or from your USB drive.

 You still have a few more questions?

  • No problem!