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Library Cards

A free Poughkeepsie Public Library District card is available to all people who live, own property, or attend school in the City or Town of Poughkeepsie with proof of identification and status. Your card allows you to borrow materials from the Poughkeepsie Public Library District or in the Mid-Hudson Library System. It also allows you access to the many digital resources the Library District provides. Your library card is renewable every two years; your card expiration date can be found under your Library Account that you can access by clicking the My Account button on the top of our webpage.

If you are 18 years or older, you can complete this online form and you will receive an email with your library account barcode number and instructions on how to set a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This library card number can be used to access all of our e-Library including eBooks, downloadable audio books, streaming videos, and databases without having to come to the Library!

If you want to check out any physical items or visit other libraries in Mid-Hudson Library System, you will need your physical Library Card. Simply visit the check-out desk with valid photo ID and proof of address for verification. An example of address verification can be an envelope (recently postmarked) with your current address, such as a utility bill. If you are new to the area and your photo ID doesn’t have your current address, please bring two pieces of mail with your current address.

Minors under the age of 18 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who can provide the above identification/address validation on their behalf.

Concerning ID, please note the following:

  • Post office boxes are accepted as mailing addresses. Proof of residence is still required.
  • Any tax bills, rent receipts or statements from a homeless shelter used for verification of identity must be dated no more than 3 months prior to the application date.
  • Any of the above must be dated within the last 3 months, as indicated by the postmark or date of printed e-bill.
  • The name and address provided to verify identification must match the information entered on the application.
  • The same identification must also be presented when a change to the borrower’s address is made and when replacing a lost card. Cardholders are required to report change of name or address information promptly

Minors (Patrons under 18):

  • Minors must be present to receive their library cards.
  • A parent/guardian may verify his/her child’s age or grade level in the absence of identification.
  • Minors have access to the same library materials as adult borrowers.
  • A minor’s application form must be signed by a parent or guardian. When completed, valid identification/address verification must be presented by the parent or guardian on behalf of the child.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the lost or damaged materials borrowed by their children.
  • Parents/guardians of minors in grades seven through twelve may be given information about overdue materials only upon presentation of the youth’s library card barcode number, printed overdue notice, or personal identification that confirms that the adult is the youth’s parent/guardian.
  • Parents/guardians of minors not yet in the seventh grade may be given information about items checked-out, overdue, and fines/fees owed unless prevented by a court-issued custodial agreement.

teen limited library card

Teen Card (Patrons 12 -18)

  • Teens who attend school in any public or private school in the City or Town of Poughkeepsie are eligible for a Library District Teen Card. However, this Teen Card has limitations and teens are encouraged to apply for a full access card (see above).
  • A Library District Teen Card may only be used at Adriance Memorial Library or at the Boardman Road Branch Library.
  • Teens must be present to receive their library cards upon registration.
  • Verification of school enrollment is required. Current school IDs are the preferred form of verification.
  • Library District Teen Cards have access to the same library materials as adult borrowers.
  • The library card application form and the Teen Room Use form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Card holders may have only two items checked out at any given time.
  • Parents/guardians of teens in grades seven through twelve may be given information about overdue materials only upon presentation of the youth’s library card barcode number, printed overdue notice, or personal identification that confirms that the adult is the youth’s parent/guardian.

You can check your Library Account to see what you have out, any fines you owe, renew items, and items you have on hold by clicking the My Account button on the top of the webpage. Sign into your Library Account with your library card barcode and pin.

To renew your library card, simply visit a check-out desk with valid photo ID and address verification. An example of address verification can be an envelope (recently postmarked) with your current address, such as a utility bill. If you are new to the area and your photo ID doesn’t have your current address, please bring two pieces of mail with your current address.

Text Messaging is Here!

Do you want to get your library notifications by text? Opt in today!

To get started:

  • Login to your library account.
  • Choose “Edit Account” button (you may be asked to re-enter your library barcode and pin for security purposes.)
  • Enter your mobile number
  • Check the box to Opt in
  • Click SUBMIT to save the Change
  • A text will arrive soon asking you to reply “YES” to confirm that you wish to receive texts from the library

Please note:

The text is automated – sorry, you won’t reach us with a reply. Contact us at 845-485-3445 x 3702

The text notice is in addition to the regular notification, so we still send the email or phone message

You will get message for each:

  • Item to pick up
  • Item soon due or renewed
  • Item overdue
  • Books (including browsing), audio books, magazines, Nooks (no renewals) – 21 days
  • DVDs – new titles (these are noted on the case) are due in 7 days, the rest are due in 21 days
  • Music CDs – new titles (these are noted on the case) are due in 7 days, the rest are due in 21 days
  • Games – 7 days
  • Downloadable audio books, ebooks – 7 or 14 days
  • Homework/seasonal materials may have limits due to demand.
  • Patrons may have a maximum of twenty-five (25) total items out at any given time.  Of the 25, patrons may only have a total of ten (10) media items out at one time.
  • New patrons may only have five (5) items out at a time for the first six (6) months of having a new card or registering after a lapse.
  • Renewals and reserves may be done in person, by phone, or in your library account.
  • Auto Renewal is a feature which renews eligible items that are checked out to patrons in good standing, in an automated process, using Courtesy Notices. Two days before the item is due, the patron will receive an email notice to inform them that their item has been renewed and will now be due at a later date. If an item cannot be renewed, a courtesy notice will still be sent with a reminder that the item is due. Only items that are already eligible for renewal can be automatically renewed. View Auto Renewal FAQs.
  • Books, audio books, magazines – 10 cents per day per item
  • DVDs, videos, interlibrary loans – $1 per day per item
  • Music CDs, games – 25 cents per day per item
  • Maximum fine, per item – $10
  • Unclaimed holds – $1 per item
  • Lost or damaged materials – replacement cost (includes processing)
  • Library of Things items: $20 fine if returned to Bookdrop (plus damages); $5 late fee per day; replacement cost if lost or not returned.
  • MAP Passes: $5.00 per day fine; (okay to use drop box after closing time). If not returned within one week, pass is considered lost, and a replacement cost fined.
  • Fines and bills may be paid in person with cash, check, or credit card.  You may pay online through your library account.
  • Account with balances of $25 and over may be referred to collections.
  • Fines and fees schedule is subject to change.

We expect you to have your library card when in the library and we reserve the right to require you to present it for any library services. Further, we reserve the right to suspend your borrowing privileges if your account balance from fines and fees is $5.00 or more.

Please note that you are responsible for all items checked out on your card. Call the Library District immediately if your card is lost or stolen. Treat your library card like a credit card. First card replacement is $1; each subsequent replacement card is $5.

Library Card Terms and Conditions – Policy 1109