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Services 2017-08-26T12:33:15+00:00

Getting a Library Card

You can get a library card at our front desk. All you need is proof of your current residence. When you get your library card, you can check out the following materials:

Books, book kits, CDs, and audio CDs can be checked out for a two-week period. Book materials within the two-week loan period may be renewed twice.

Videocassettes, DVDs, and cake pans can be checked out for a three-day period. Videocassettes and DVDs may be checked out three at a time, in any combination, per household. No exceptions. These materials may be renewed once. You can find these in the Barlow / Falls Reading Room on the far right corner of the library.  We do not allow patrons under the age of 16 to check out videocassettes or DVDs without parents’ permission.

Creative Memories can be checked out for an in-house library hours period.

Do you have a waiting list for checked out materials? 2017-07-30T13:27:14+00:00

If someone else has checked out materials that you want, you can request a reservation.

Patrons may fill out a request card for any circulating item that the library owns. For books that are best sellers and have a waiting list, patrons have only two weeks to read this material. Unfortunately, due to waiting lists, we cannot allow this material to be renewed.

How can I renew my checkout? 2017-07-30T13:19:00+00:00

Materials may be renewed by telephone, online, or in person before or on the due date if they are not on reserve. Renew materials online by using your library card number to login to our card catalog.

You need your library card to use the card catalog. To browse our catalog or renew your current checkouts, click the link above and follow these instructions:

  1. Login using the Login button at the top right of the page.
  2. In the “Enter your library barcode number” box, type in your library card number. It begins with 1HRDI (that’s a capital i after the d).
  3. Enter your password. (First time users, please use: userpass. You will be prompted to change your password.)
  4. Check the “Remember Me” box on your personal device or computer to remain logged in for the next time you use our catalog.
How long can I keep this book? 2017-07-30T13:01:48+00:00

2 weeks

How long can I check a movie out? 2017-07-30T12:16:15+00:00

3 days

How many books can I check out? 2017-07-30T12:13:56+00:00

New cards—limit of 5 items, no DVDs for 90 days; after the 90 days, limit is 10 items per card.

What do I need to get a library card? 2017-07-30T12:13:39+00:00

Proof of residency.  For example, driver’s license or piece of mail with address.

How old do you have to be to get a library card? 2017-07-30T12:12:51+00:00

One day old.

Patrons are allowed a day of grace when returning the above materials. This is the very first day after the due date. If items are not returned on the grace day, the grace period is forfeited and fines will be applied for each day late. Fines will be accrued at $0.10 per item per day for 14-day checkout items, and $1.00 per item per day for 3-day checkout items. All items carry a maximum fine of $2.50 per item.

What can I do with my library card?

Interlibrary Loans

If the library does not have the book you need, we will be happy to request it on inter-library loan from another library. There is no charge for this service.

Please note, however, we cannot request new releases as libraries will not send them out on ILL.

Can I request an audiobook interlibrary loan? 2017-07-30T13:52:48+00:00

Yes, we allow audio books to be checked out. We also loan them to other libraries.

Can I request a movie through an interlibrary loan? 2017-07-30T13:52:02+00:00

Right now, we do not allows movies to be checked out through ILL.

How many items can I check out at once? 2017-07-30T13:51:36+00:00

The limit of items is 3 per card.

How long does it take to receive requested materials? 2017-07-30T13:50:33+00:00

It is dependent upon the lending library, but usually not more than a week. The most is two weeks unless the item(s) are not available. If we cannot get access to materials at another library, we will put a note on your account and let you know.

Is there a charge for requesting an interlibrary loan? 2017-07-30T13:49:04+00:00

No, this is a free service to our library customers.

Access the Public Library’s Computers

Computers will be used mainly for searching library materials and for patron research. There are eleven Public Access Computers (PAC) for the public to check email or search the web for information.

There are two study rooms with computers for online classes, studying, or for small meetings, such as tutoring sessions. Access to these study rooms must have the director’s approval prior to use.

Located in the Reference Department are two computers for research only and two computers for job searching. There are four computers with games in the Children’s Area. And finally, three public access terminals are designated for computerized card catalog use only. There are two located in the adult area and one in the children’s area.

Internet Rules

Enjoy eBooks, Audiobooks and Video Anytime, Anywhere

Hardin County Library is proud to offer you best-selling and classic eBooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video available 24/7 from the library’s digital collection.

You can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader. Many borrowed eBooks, audiobooks and more can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser or can be downloaded to the free OverDrive app for mobile devices. Digital titles can also be enjoyed on tablets and eReader devices such as the iPad®, NOOK®, and Kindle® [U.S. Libraries only]. No matter how you plan to enjoy, titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

With hundreds of popular titles to choose from, this new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-sellers and classic literature, stories for kids and teens, full-length feature films and much more anytime, anywhere.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. To get started enjoying eBooks, audiobooks and more, use your library card number to sign in and start checking out materials right here!

Around the Library

Study Rooms are located right outside the Barlow / Falls reading room in the far right corner of the library.  These rooms can be checked out just the same as our public access computers. They are excellent for studying, tutoring, or interviews.

The meeting room is available for gatherings of a civic, cultural, or educational character. This room is not available for meetings for the benefit of private individuals or commercial concerns, for the presentation of one side of controversial matters, or when, in the judgment of the Director, any disorder may be likely to occur. Meetings must be without charge. 

Printer-friendly form for use of Welch Room (Meeting Room)

The Tennessee Room is located in the far back left corner of the library. Talk to our reference librarian and assistant director, Connie Lewis, for access to local history materials and genealogy research.

Fax Machine

Long distance 1.00 for 1st page, .50 for each additional page; Toll free .50 per page.

Scanner / Copier

We will scan documents for free.

Black and white copies: 15¢ per page

Color copies: 50¢ per page

Community Bulletin Board

Our bulletin board has announcements for our local community. You must get the HCPL director’s approval before posting. 

Notary Public

We offer notary services for free. Contact Betty Stricklin to notarize documents.

Barlow /  Falls Reading Room

The Barlow/Falls Reading Room is a quiet, secluded room in the far right corner of the library. Inside this room we offer free coffee and a comfortable atmosphere to study, read, or catch up on read five daily newspapers and six local newspapers:

  • Savannah Courier
  • McNairy County’s Independent Appeal
  • Wayne County News
  • Chester County Independent
  • Henderson County News
  • Commercial Appeal
  • Jackson Sun
  • USA Today

We also subscribe to approximately one hundred magazines including Time, Newsweek, People, Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping and many others. Some of our magazines are available for check out; look for the titles in our online catalog.

For more information and further assistance, please contact Connie Lewis on: (731) 925-4314 or by email: connielewishcpl@gmail.com