Library Card

Guidelines for using your library card:

  • Bring your card each time you visit
  • Report a lost or stolen card at once
  • Inform us of changes to the following:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone Number
    • Email Address (if provided)

Your library’s policies are designed to ensure that materials are returned on time, and in good condition for use by as many people as possible. Please ask library staff for help if you if you need any additional information.

A Saratoga Springs Public Library card can be used at any member library of the Southern Adirondack Library (SALS) and Mohawk Valley Library (MVLS) Systems, subject to each individual member library’s policies. Similarly, any library card from a member library may also be used at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Certain allowances or restrictions may apply depending on your library card. To obtain a library card, you will need to fill out an application online or in-person and show a form of government issued identification.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is needed to get a library card?

Become a Patron - Information for New Borrowers

  • Fill out a library card application form (en Español) (print at home or get one at the library) - or fill out an online form (some restrictions apply).
  • Identification must be presented when you pick up your physical card at the library.
  • It may take several business days for a new registration to be completed. Once complete, the borrowing limit could increase to 50 items.
  • Your library card may be used to borrow on the day it is issued to you.
What are the item borrowing limits?

Loan Limits:

  • District Resident Cardholders (those residing within the Saratoga Springs City School District): 50 items per card
  • Cardholders residing within the SALS/MVLS service area: 50 items per card
  • Three-for-Me Cardholders: 3 items per card
  • Cardholders residing outside of the SALS/MVLS service area: 3 items per card
How long can items be borrowed?

Loan Periods:

Material Type Length of Loan
Most Books and Children’s Books 28 Days
New and Popular Books, Magazines 14 Days
Music CDs 14 Days
Audiobooks 28 Days
DVD / BluRay Discs: Children and Adult 14 Days
Museum Passes 7 Days
Children’s Audiobooks 28 Days
How can items be requested? Can items be borrowed for longer?

You may request renewals of your library materials either online, in person at the Circulation Desk, at the self-service check-out kiosks, or by phone. An item cannot be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on it. We are unable to renew items through our online chat.

Reserves, or hold requests, can be placed online, or with librarians at the Information, Reference, or Children’s Room desks. Hold requests for certain material types may be restricted.

Are there any fines or fees?

Fines and Charges

  • Borrowers will be charged for the replacement cost of lost items. Materials are considered lost when overdue for 30 days.
  • Borrowers become delinquent when 5 or more items are overdue or when the total charges on the account reach at or above $50.00.
    • Delinquent status prevents further borrowing.
    • Excessively delinquent accounts may be referred to a collection agency.
  • The cost to replace a lost library card is $1.00.
  • The library no longer charges daily overdue fines or fees.

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