The borrowing policy on this page is a condensed version of the HCPL Circulation Policy.
Library cards are free to any resident or non-resident property owner in Henderson County and are issued immediately to patrons with proper identification. Proper identification includes a photo ID showing your current mailing address. If your photo ID does not have a current mailing address, you may use an official piece of mail (utility bill, phone bill, property tax bill, etc.) showing proof of residency.
All persons wishing to apply for a library card must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally responsible for themselves. First time borrowers are limited to two items (total) per checkout for seven days.
Juveniles must be at least 5 years old to receive a library card and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has a current library card in good standing (no fines). The parent or legal guardian assumes all liability for the applicant.
Young Adult Cards are available to patrons 16 and 17 years of age provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has a current library card in good standing (no fines). The parent or legal guardian must give written consent for the young adult to check out DVDs. The parent or legal guardian assumes all liability for the applicant.
People who do not live or own property in Henderson County, Kentucky, may apply for a library card if they live or work within the library's service area. The library's service area includes western Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern Illinois. These people may obtain a non-resident library card with full library privileges by supplying valid identification and paying a $25.00 annual fee. Cards expire one year from date of issuance.
Educator library cards are issued to teachers and other educators working in Henderson County. Cards must be renewed every school year with proper documentation. These cards offer extended borrowing periods and are intended to be used to checkout materials for classroom instruction only. There is no charge for these cards. View the Library's Educator Card Policy.
Patrons with valid library cards may checkout:
|Material||Quantity||Lending Period||Fine / Item / Day|
|Books on CD||7||3 weeks||10¢|
|Music CDs||7||3 weeks||10¢|
|Book Kits||2||6 weeks||$1.00|
|Interlibrary Loan||4||Set by lender||Based on type|
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service whereby a user of one library can borrow items that are owned by another library. The guidelines for ILL for HPCL are as follows: