FAQs

FAQs (FREQUENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS) for the Daphne Public Library

How do I get a library card?

Daphne Public Library is a member of the  Baldwin County Library Cooperative.

The Baldwin County Library Cooperative asks that each person only has one Baldwin County library card.  Any card issued at a Baldwin County library may be used at ANY Baldwin County library.

Daphne Public Library cards are free to residents of Baldwin County.  To obtain a library card at the Daphne Public Library, you will need photo ID, such as driver’s license, with your name and current Baldwin County address.  A personal check or utility bill may also be used to verify residence in Baldwin County.  Library cards are not issued 15 minutes prior to closing.

Out-of-county patrons that work full time in Baldwin County, or own/rent property in Baldwin County (with proof of current residency or employment) may get a free library card.  Snowbirds may get a free card with proof of rental or ownership of Baldwin County property.

How long may I keep an item?

All circulating materials are checked out for two weeks.  For your own safety, you must have your library card or driver’s license to check out.  Items (except DVDs) may be renewed a total of four times, unless the item is on hold for another patron.  Renewals may be made by phone up until the day items are due, or online by the day BEFORE items are due: http://216.231.174.250/Baldwin/Daphne/default.htm

How many items may I check out?

Patrons may check out 25 items per card.

There is a limit of five DVDs, and five Books on CD, and five Music CDs per card.  No renewals of DVDs without returning the physical items to the library.  Staff will check for holds placed on these items before allowing a two week extension.

The most recent issues of magazines may NOT be checked out.  Older issues are located below the magazine shelving and may be checked out for two weeks.

Where do I return library materials?

You may return your library materials to any Baldwin County Public Library.  Daphne Public Library has a walk-up book drop available to the right of the entrance when the library is not open.  A covered, drive-up book drop is available on the Main Street side of the building.  All materials may be returned in either of these indoor book drops or at the Front Desk. 

May I reserve an item if it is checked out?

Yes, use your library card account to request a hold.  We will notify you (by your choice of email or telephone) when the item is available and will hold it for up to five days for you to pick up.  After five days, the item will be returned to the owning library or provided to the next person in line for that request.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Books which have been in publication over six months may be requested from libraries outside the county system.  Magazines and audio-visual materials are not available through Interlibrary Loan.  There is a $3.00 processing fee for each item requested.

Is there a fine for overdue materials?

All overdue books and Music CDs are subject to a fine of $.10 per day, not including Sundays and holidays (days when the library is closed).  Audiovisual materials (DVDs and Books on CD) are subject to a fine of $.50 per day.  The maximum fine for any one item is $5.00.  The cost for any lost material is the current value of the item.  This cost also applies to materials that are badly damaged.  The best remedy for overdue items is to go onto our website to your account and renew books PRIOR to the actual due date.

May Reference books be checked out?

No, reference books can not be checked out.  A copy machine is available and copies are $.15 per page (black and white only).  Scans or color copies can be made at print server in the lab ($.25 per page for Letter 8.5″ x 11,” $.50 for Legal 8.5″ x 14,” and $1.00 for poster Ledger 11″ x 17″).  

Are computers available?

Yes, there are 24 public computers with internet access.  The library also offers free wireless access.  A computer policy must be read before computer privileges can be allowed.  Minors under the age of 18 will require a signature of a parent or legal guardian in the presence of a librarian.  Computer availability is on a first come, first serve basis.  Patrons get two 2-hour sessions per day.  A network printer is available for the lab computers and another is available for the booth computers (for letter size, color is $.25 and black & white is $.15).  Computers automatically shut down 15 minutes prior to closing.  If you are testing or completing resumes, please let staff know BEFORE you sign on to the computer.

What is the Alabama Virtual Library Card (AVL)?

With the AVL, every public school child, every student in a two-year or four-year college, and every public library patron in the state will have access to thousands of reliable resources online including: full text magazines articles, electronic reference books, encyclopedias, medical information, statistical sources, newspapers, Chilton’s manuals and homework aids.

Does Daphne Public Library have a Friends organization?

Yes, The Friends of the Daphne Public Library is an active support group that welcomes new members.  Membership forms are available at the circulation desk.  Fees and Book Shop sales support library programming for all ages.

What are the library’s hours?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Closed

If you are new to the community please take time to introduce yourself to a staff member!  We are here to serve you!

How do I learn about the library’s free programs?

Visit our website: http://www.daphnelibrary.org and look at “News” or “Calendar.”