Library Card FAQ

How do I apply for a Summit County Library Card?

You must present proof that you live or work in Summit County. A list of acceptable identification and borrowing policies are here in English and Spanish. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present.

Access a 'Welcome to the Summit County Library' brochure in English and Spanish.

Can I get a library card if I don't live or work in Summit County?

Yes, you have two options. The first would be to buy a guest card. These cost $10.00 (check or cash) and would be valid for one year.

The second option would be if you have a current library card at another library in Colorado. If you show us that card, we will be able to issue you a reciprocal library card for Summit County.

How long is my library card valid and how do I renew it?

Summit County Library cards are valid for two years. After two years, they can be renewed by phone or in person at any location.

What is a valid Summit County Library Card?

A valid library card is one that has not expired and has less than $30 in fines or $5.00 for youth cards.

How do I renew items checked out on my card?

Library materials may be renewed online with your library card number or you can call any branch to renew items over the phone. Visit Library Services to learn how to renew online. Renewals will be blocked if:

· There are outstanding fines of more than $30.00 on your card or fines of more than $5.00 on a children's card.

· Your card has expired or will expire prior to the new due date




· There is a request by another patron for the item















Can my children get a library card?

Yes. A parent or guardians can sign children birth - 18 years old up for their own youth library card. They will need to complete the attached application.

What can I check out with my library card?

Your library card allows you to borrow books, e-books, e-audiobooks, Digital Magazines, video steaming, CD books and DVD’s, as well as iPads, Chromebooks and Video Production Equipment. See Find It for more information and Stream & Download for our many digital resources.

How long can I keep library materials?

The check-out period is 2 weeks. Loan periods for e-books and e-audiobooks vary. Digital Magazines have an unlimited checkout period.

Where can I return materials?

You can return your materials to any Summit County Library location. All three libraries have outside book drops for use after hours.

Can I see a list of items I have previously checked out?

Visit our Library Services page to learn how to track your reading history. You do need to opt-in on your account to use this service; your reading history is not tracked automatically.

How much are overdue fines?

Items are $.25 per item per day from the original due date. Maximum fines for materials will be $3 per item and $2 per magazine.

Can I pay my fines online?

We currently only accept in-person payments of credit card, cash, or check made out to Summit County Library.

What if I lose or damage something I borrow?

If library materials are not returned within 30 days of the due date, you will receive a bill from the library. The bill includes the replacement cost of the lost item and a $5 non-refundable processing fee for each lost or damaged item. The library cannot accept replacement items in lieu of lost items.

Do you have wireless access?

Yes, each of the library branches provide wireless access that is open and free to the public during library hours.

What if I lose my library card?

Staff can issue a replacement card at the library for $2.50.

How do I download an eBook or eAudiobook on my device?

Visit our Downloadable Help page where we have instructions for multiple devices. If you still need help, bring your device with you to a library.

How do I print from home?

Wireless Printing is available at the South Branch Library only. First you must activate your library card or printing card in person at the library. Then by logging into our printing website with your library or printing card, you can remotely upload documents from a personal computer or laptop. To release your documents, bring your library or print card into the South Branch Library and retrieve your documents from the printer by scanning your card. For wireless printing instructions, click here.

How can I receive text messages when items are due or when my holds arrive?

Click this link to sign up or text "Signup” to 970-620-9150.

You will receive a text back asking for your library card number. Enter the whole number starting with the 4 with no spaces and then wait for a response.

You are now activated and should receive reminder texts when items you placed on hold arrive or when your checked out materials are coming due.

Text 'MyBooks' to see the status of all your library items.

Text 'Stop' if you no longer want to receive text message notifications.