Whitefish Library Policies

2011. Library Card Policy

2011. LIBRARY CARD POLICY A library card is necessary to check out books and materials from the Whitefish Community Library. The card is free to all users:


To receive a library card, applicants must:

⦁ fill out an application;

⦁ show a current photo identification;

⦁ present documentation that establishes their current mailing address. That documentation may include a driver’s license, a property tax statement, a rental agreement, a utility bill or any other piece of mail addressed to the library applicant.

Library users may have only two (2) items checked out at any given time on a temporary card. A temporary card is valid for three (3) months if all the information required for a library card is not provided.

Applicants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can submit a photo identification and address information.

An exception to underage children requesting a library card is made for elementary school classes that tour the library every Spring. Teachers are responsible for handing out and collecting completed applications from the students and bringing them to the library several days in advance so staff will have time to issue a card before the students arrive. A limit of one item can be charged on the temporary card until a parent or guardian comes into the library with proper identification and address information.

A library card will be terminated if it is not used to check out library materials at least once in three (3) years.

Replacement free for a lost library card is $2.00.

Out of respect for its colleague libraries in the Partners’ sharing group the Whitefish Community Library will not issue a library card to any person whose library privileges have been blocked by one of those partner libraries.

Approved by the Whitefish Community Library Board of Trustees on June 10, 2021.

Anne Shaw Moran, Chair Date June 29, 2021

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