FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
GETTING A CARD
Oconee County Public Library cards are available for free to individuals of any age who:
- live in Oconee County
- work in Oconee County
- own property in Oconee County
- live in any one of the jurisdictions that participate in the regional reciprocal borrowing program
Cards may be obtained by visiting any OCPL branch in person. People 18 and older can apply online. People younger than 18 must apply for a library card in an OCPL branch while accompanied by a parent or guardian, or fill out and return this paper form with the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
If you applied for a card online, please bring your driver’s license or other form of identification during your first visit to the library. Customers registering for the first time will need to provide a photo ID and proof of current address or other documents that may be used to establish eligibility. You are asked to present your library card whenever you check out library materials.
To establish eligibility, you must provide a picture ID with a current address. If your current address does not appear on the photo ID, you must also present one of the following forms showing your current address:
- Utility bill
- Voter registration card
- Payroll check
- Rental or lease agreement
If you are a resident of Pickens or Anderson counties, you are eligible to borrow items from the Oconee County Public Library. You must provide identification (photo ID and proof of current address showing your residency in either of those counties) to receive your card. College students may also get a card for free with student ID. Those from counties other than Pickens or Anderson may obtain an out-of-county card with payment of a $20 annual fee.
- Books — 28 days; 3 renewals
- New Books — 14 days; 3 renewals
- Audiobooks — 28 days; 3 renewals
- DVDs/Blu-rays — 7 days; 1 renewal
Items are renewed automatically if there are no holds by other patrons.
If an item has already been published, but you can't find it in our catalog, you can make a purchase request at your library. The library is pleased to accept purchase requests from patrons, but will not earmark those items for specific patrons until they are in the catalog, where holds may be placed according to normal library procedures.
If the Oconee County Library does not own a specific item and that item is more than 12 months old, the library may borrow it, if available, from another library outside the OCPL system. An ILL can be requested only for an adult patron whose card is in good standing and who owes NO fines. A maximum of 3 ILLs may be checked out to a patron at one time and they must be returned before any new requests can be made. A fee of 50¢ per day is charged for any late items and any lost or damaged ILLs are the responsibility of the patron.
SUPPORTING THE LIBRARY
Volunteers are being accepted on a branch-by-branch basis; please call your local branch for details. Oconee County Public Library does not accept court-ordered volunteers.