Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?

To get a library card, you must live or own property within the Northwest, Fox or Windsor school subdistricts. There are paid non-resident library cards available. For more information, visit our Get a Library Card page.

How do I renew items that I have checked out?

You can renew items by phone or via your account online.

Does the library offer passport services?

All branches of JCL are certified passport acceptance agencies. Please visit our Passport Services page for more details.

Does the library offer notary services?

All branches of JCL offer notary services. Please visit our Notary Services page for more details. Notaries may not necessarily be on staff at all times - please call your branch in advance to verify.

Is there a fax machine at the library?

All branches of JCL have a fax machine and offer faxing services. Please visit our Fax Services page for more information and a current list of rates.

I don't live in the JCL district. How can I get a card?

Individuals who do not live in the Northwest, Fox or Windsor school districts are eligible to purchase a non-resident card for the fee of $80 a year, or $20 a quarter. For more information, visit our Get a Library Card page.

Is the Library closed for this holiday?

For additional information regarding Federal Holidays, please visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website.

Holiday Closings 2019

New Year's Day • Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day • Jan. 21

Presidents' Day • Feb. 18

Memorial Day • May 27

Independence Day • July 4

Labor Day • Sept. 2

Staff Development Day • Oct. 14

Veterans Day observed • Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Break • Nov. 28-29

Christmas Break • Dec. 24-26

New Year's Eve Day • Dec. 31

New Year's Day (2020) • Jan. 1

Does the library do community outreach?

The library offers a variety of outreach programming to local organizations within the community. Visit our Request an Outreach Program page to fill out a form that will be sent to the outreach librarian at your local branch.

How can I register for an event?

Jefferson County Library uses an online calendar for program registration. Click here to see a list of available events. All events that require registration have a large green "Register" button within the description. You can also register for an event in-person at your local branch or by calling.

How can I suggest that the library purchase a book?

You can always suggest a purchase to your local branch using the form available on our Request A Book We Don't Have page.

How can I contact the library?

Contact us by phone or through our Facebook page! If you have a question for a specific staff member, they can be contacted by phone or through email.

Can I donate books to the library?

The Jefferson County Library District welcomes gifts, donations, memorials and honorariums. Books and other materials will be accepted with the understanding that they will only be added to the library collection if they meet the same guidelines utilized in the purchase of new materials for the library.

Donated materials that are added to the library collection will be treated in the same manner as materials purchased by the library. Donated books and materials that are not added to the library collections may be given to the Friends of the Jefferson County Library to be sold. Profits from the Friends fundraisers provide additional support for library programs. Donations may also be given to other organizations or libraries, exchanged, or recycled.

Patrons are encouraged to give monetary gifts to the Jefferson County Library in memory or honor of friends, relatives, and loved ones. Whenever possible, the library staff will select appropriate titles to add to the collection for the memorial or honorarium after consulting with family members.

Donated books or materials, memorials, or honorariums may be identified with bookplates if desired.

Library staff members are not qualified to appraise materials donated to the library. A receipt describing the donated items will be provided to the patron upon request at the time of the donation, but no monetary value will be assigned.

When gift materials are no longer relevant to the library collection, discarding procedures will be the same as for purchased materials.

I'd like to get involved at my local branch - how would I go about doing that?

Jefferson County Library is always accepting volunteer applications. Visit our Employment and Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.

Can I display my artwork or handicrafts at the library?

Yes - there is a display case at each library for local artists and organizations. In an effort to make the libraries more reflective of the interests and needs of the public, display cases will be made available to groups or individuals to reserve on a first come, first served basis. Teachers are encouraged to use the display areas for student work.

An application for use of the library display cases must be submitted in writing for approval prior to any exhibit being accepted for installation.

The content and acceptability of the exhibit must be approved by library management staff prior to the display.

Accommodations: The library will take reasonable care of exhibits, however the Library can not be held responsible for the security of the materials displayed. Nor can the Library be held responsible for any theft or damage to the whole or any part of the materials on display.

Contact your local branch for more information.

Where can I find local building code information?

The NEC (National Electric Code or NFPA 70) can be found online at:

Other required code books for Jefferson County are online at:

City of Arnold information can be found here.

The library has some code books on hand, Contact your local branch for more information.

How do I link the library catalog to my Goodreads account?

To link your Goodreads account to the library catalog, follow these instructions: