Welcome to The Center Point Public Library

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library membership?

If you live in Jefferson County, you must apply in person, show a driver’s license with current address or a form of government-issued photo ID, and show verification of current address (such as a piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, billing statement, etc.).  If you live outside of Jefferson County, you must pay a $50 annual fee in addition to the above requirements.

Can my child get a library card?

Yes! A parent or legal guardian must be present and both parent (or guardian) and child must sign the application and responsibility statement. The parent/legal guardian must show a driver’s license with current address or a form of government-issued ID and verification of current address (such as a piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, billing statement, etc.).

Where can I use my library card?

You can use your library card at any Jefferson County Public Library. Please note that if you borrow materials from other Jefferson County libraries, checkout time, late charges and return requirements may vary.

How long will my card be valid?

Library cards are valid for two years. When your card expires, you may renew it at any JCLC library by showing your driver’s license or other government issued photo ID and verification of current address.

How many items can I check out at a time?

You may have a maximum of 150 items checked out on your card at a time. Only 10 DVDs can be checked out at a time.

Can I request materials from other libraries to pick up at Center Point Public Library?

Yes! Materials from other JCLC libraries can be requested by patrons for pick up at Center Point Public Library. These requests can be made online, in person and by phone.

How do I renew materials?

Any non-digital item checked out at a JCLC location will be renewed automatically at the end of its lending period, with the following exceptions:

  • Another patron places a reserve on that item
  • The item has reached its maximum number of renewals (2 for most items)
  • Your account has accrued $5.01 or more in fines
  • If the item is not renewable
  • Your account activity has been blocked
  • The item is an eBook (digital item)
You may renew items in-person, by phone, or online. To renew online, click here. To renew by phone, call 205-536-7750 during normal library hours. Be sure to have your library card available. You will be notified by courtesy email notice that your item has been automatically renewed. If you do not receive courtesy email notices, you will not be notified by phone. However, when the item is overdue, you will be alerted with the standard notice.

History of checked out items?

The library's system does not keep a history of what people have checked out in the past. It only keeps a record of what is currently checked out and items with problems, such as fines. You may choose to opt in to My Reading History. It allows you to keep a record of your checkouts. As the card holder, only you have access to your history, you may delete any or all of your checkout records, and you may opt out at any time. Please note that the library routinely erases checkout records for privacy reasons, and by opting in to this feature, you are choosing to retain the information. Go to View Your Record and opt in to keep a history of you have checked out.

Renew online?

You will be notified by courtesy email notice that your item has been automatically renewed. If you opted to not receive courtesy email notices, you will not be notified. You will be alerted with the standard notice, however, when the item is overdue.

Can I pay overdue fines online?

Yes! You can pay your fines at https://smartpay.jclc.org/Scripts/Smartpay/SmartPay.dll

What if I don’t have the money to pay my overdue fines?

Turn in your overdue items anyway to prevent accruing even more fines. You can still check out items if your fines are $5.00 or less.

What if an item I checked out from the library gets damaged or lost?

You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.  

I need a place to study with a group. Does the Library have study rooms?

Yes, the library has study rooms available for patrons to use on a first come, first served basis.  

How do I get a PIN number?

The next time you visit the library, circulation staff can assist you in adding a PIN to your account for improved security online. 

How do I reset or change my PIN number?

If you need to change or reset your PIN number for security reasons or because you no longer remember go to our home page and click the Resource tab. Then, click on JCLC Resources and click on My Account. Click on the link that says "Forgot Your Pin." It will ask for your barcode number. You will then be prompted to enter the new PIN number. PINs must be between 4 and 8 characters, numbers and / or letters.

How do I access my library account online?

On our home page, go to the Resource tab and click on JCLC Resources. Click on My Account and enter your library card and PIN number. *Remember to type with no spaces. 

How do I access eBooks, Audiobooks, and TV/Movies?

Download the Libby App to your mobile device or tablet. Simply open the app, allow your device's location services to find your device, pick your library, and put in your library card number. Libby can be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store, or at the Apple App Store.

You can also download ebooks and audiobooks on Hoopla. The Hoopla app can also be dowloaded at the Google Play or Apple App Stores.


Select video entertainment is available through Hoopla and Kanopy, all available by downloading the apps and using your library card.

What is Center Point Public Library’s Collection Deveopment Policy?

The Collection Development Policy acts as a blueprint for our collection, guiding staff in decision-making regarding the selection, management, and preservation of the collection. You may review the entire policy here:
Collection Development Policy
Library Bill of Rights
ALA's Freedom to Read Statement

Where Can I Find the Materials Reconsideration Form?

Center Point Library Materials Reconsideration Form
You may submit it to one of the Library Directors.

 

The Center Point Public Library

533 Sunhill Road Center Point, AL 35215

205-536-7750

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