Library promotes new cards for its patrons

Patrons of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System are becoming accustomed to new and expanded services, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that fresh-look library cards are being offered during September, which is national Library Card Sign-up Month.

Library System Director Michael Sawyer said Thursday that he and his staff had decided that new cards would complement the library’s many, ongoing “positive service developments.”As with many of the previous enhancements, patrons can expect a bonus with the new cards.

“Cardholders will receive a wallet-sized card as well as a card to place on a key chain,” said Sawyer. “Patrons can use whichever card they prefer. Having two cards will be more convenient for our patrons.”

First-time applicants will receive free cards. Current cardholders who wish to replace their cards with new ones must turn in their old cards and pay a $1 replacement fee at any library branch. Patrons who have lost their library cards can acquire replacements by paying a $4 fee.

First-time applicants will need proper identification and two local references who are county residents and live separately from the applicant and each other. Applications are accepted until 15 minutes before a branch library’s closing time.

Acceptable forms of identification for first-time applicants include an Arkansas driver’s license or state or military ID card listing a current address, a utility bill, Jefferson County tax assessment, automobile registration or personal check or deposit slip.

A library card allows a patron to borrow books, periodicals, DVDs and more. It also allows access to databases for magazines, newspapers and journals. Cards are required, too, for downloadable books, music and movies, as well as reserving and using a library computer.

“The new library cards are already being well-received,” said Sawyer, “and we hope to issue many more.”

For more information on the new cards, telephone the library’s main branch at 870-534-4802.