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Baker County Library District

Your Library Card & Loan Rules

Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

Who can get a card

  • An adult age 18 or over who is a permanent resident or owns property in Baker County may be issued a Baker County Library District card. 
  • Any child age 0-17 who resides in Baker County may be issued a card with an application submitted by an adult sponsor. 
    • Sponsors are generally a parent/guardian but may be any adult who agrees to be financially responsible for all materials borrowed with that account.
    • Sponsors of child accounts must also qualify for their own BCLD account. 
    • Child must be present when library card is issued.

How to Get Your Card

A person's first library card is free for eligible borrowers. To qualify for a library card, 

The replacement charge for a lost card is $2.00.

Acceptable ID and residency documentation 

follows residency & domicile standards set by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Card Types

Full Privileges

For a FULL PRIVILEGES library card, applicants must provide a valid 
  • Oregon State-issued Driver License, ID card, or 
  • Baker County Concealed Weapon Permit.

Limited Privileges

Cards with LIMITED PRIVILEGES may be issued to applicants with other acceptable photo ID types such as 
  • Oregon Dept of Corrections ID,
  • non-Oregon DL or ID, 
  • Passport, Military ID , 
  • Tribal ID Card, or 
  • documentation from the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).  

The checkout limit may be waived if the applicant is able to provide any one of the following:

  • proof of Baker County property ownership 
  • proof of current Baker County employment plus residency documents 
  • proof of a long-term lease agreement (6 mo. minimum).  

Library staff will request Photo ID or proof of residency every 3-12 months for these accounts.  

 Proof of Residency must be verified with Acceptable Residence Documents as listed here

Applicants with non-Oregon DMV photo identification will be provided an account with 6-item checkout limit. The limit may be waived with proof of current Baker County employment plus residency documents, proof of Baker County property ownership, or proof of a long-term lease agreement (6 mo. minimum).  Library staff will request photo ID or proof of residency at least every 12 months for these accounts.  


Non-resident cards are available for a fee for periods up to one year for individuals who reside outside of Baker County and do not own property in Baker County or any other Sage Member Library area.

Not-resident cards are also an option for out-of-county residents under the jurisdiction of a partner Sage library but wishing to have the added value of a BCLD card. i.e. access to more online materials through special databases subscribed to by BCLD, such as downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, and videos through Library2Go, access to genealogy records through the Heritage Quest database, auto repair manuals, maps and more. [For a full list of available databases, go to the eShelf page]

Four non-resident card types are available for various lengths of stay. Card fees are set to approximate the average amount paid into the library district by a Baker County household and are non-refundable.

$20.00 -- valid for 1 month, limited 2 item maximum checkout, includes access to subscription databases.  
$40.00 -- valid for 3 months, limited 6 item maximum checkout, includes access to subscription databases. 
$60.00 -- valid for 6 months, limited 12 item maximum checkout, includes access to subscription databases.   Fee allows ONE additional account for dependent at same household. 
$90.00 -- valid for 12 months, regular borrowing privileges, includes access to subscription databases. Fee allows TWO additional accounts for dependents at same household.

*Note: Increase to Non-resident Card Fees effective Jan 1 2020.

Specialized Accounts


Teachers contracted with Baker County schools and registered home school instructors may apply for an Educator card. These card types allow:

  • expanded hold and borrowing capacity
  • exemption from late fees (billings begin when an item is 30+ days overdue)

To qualify for this card type, applicants must provide proof of current employment with an ESD or registration of a child being home schooled in Baker County. Educator cards are good for up to one year; accounts can be renewed with re-submission of employment or home school registration documentation.

Institutional Borrower

In cooperation with local government or educational organizations, BCLD may issue an Institutional Borrower card for use by authorized agents of the company. These accounts are good for up to one year, renewable annually upon authorization by the agency authority.

Institutional borrower terms & conditions

Institutional borrower application

Borrowing Rules

Cardholder responsibility statement [pdf]

Checkout Limits

  • Regular members may borrow up to 50 items at one time.  Film media such as DVDs and VHS are limited to a combined 10 items out at one time per library card. 

Loan periods 

  • 3 weeks for items of any format.

Interlibrary Loan

  • ILL items must be returned to any Baker County Library branch by their due date. ILL Renewals: one phone or online renewal is allowed. Additional renewals may be granted with in person requests; books on reserve for other patrons may not be renewed.
  • Holds & Reserving items

Holds may be placed by calling the library, submitting a form to library staff, or online through the Sage Catalog.  Valid borrowers may have a maximum of 9 holds at one time.  Hold placement and retrieval is blocked if account fines are $5.00 or over.


Items may be renewed up to 2 times by calling the library or by logging onto your patron account on the online Sage Catalog.

Fines & Fees

All borrowers are responsible for fines and lost or damaged materials. If a card is lost or stolen, members should notify the library immediately so a block can be placed on use of the account. Unless this is done, members may be held responsible for items checked out to their account.

Regular fines: 20 cents per day per item, accruing from due date; the maximum fine per item is $5.00. Library check out privileges will be restricted when fines reach $5 dollars. Public Computer access will be blocked when fines exceed $40.00. 

Lost & damaged items

Lost or damaged materials are charged for full replacement cost, including additional fees to reimburse the library for recovery time & processing labor & materials. 

For more information on fees, see the Fee Schedule on the Policies page.