Borrowing FAQs

Getting a Library Card

12273699_10156927695250643_2896713755864701126_o We welcome everyone to use our computers and Wi-Fi, enjoy our facilities, and attend library events. However, a valid Bullitt County Public Library card is required  in order to borrow our materials.

Cards can be obtained at the circulation desk at any BCPL location. The applicant must be present and complete a brief application form. For most card types, applicants or their parent/guardian must show an approved form of identification.

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Who is eligible for a library card?

Residents of Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, and Spencer Counties are eligible for a Bullitt County Public Library card. Anyone who owns land, attends school, or works in Bullitt County is also eligible. If you do not meet eligibility requirements, you may qualify for a Visitor account. Proof of address and valid photo I.D.  are required for Adult and Visitor cards.

To get a card, just visit any BCPL location. Alternatively, eligible individuals may apply for a Digital-Only account online.

Account Types

Adult Card
  • Ages 18+
  • Provides full library checkout privileges.
  • A valid photo ID and proof of current address are required to obtain a library card.
  • Parents and/or caregivers of patrons over the age of 18 that require special care may be listed on the account as the responsible party upon request.
Juvenile Card
  • Ages 0–17
  • Provides full checkout privileges except for some video formats, including Blu-rays, DVDs, and Hoopla video content.
  • To open a juvenile account, a parent, guardian, or responsible party with an account in good standing must sign the application form. The juvenile and responsible party must both be present for a card to be issued.
  • Patrons under the age of 18 are eligible to receive an adult-status card if a parent, guardian, or responsible party signs an Adult Privileges form.
Take 5 Card
  • This is a limited-access account for youth under 18.
  • Accounts are intended for school-aged youth whose parent or guardian cannot sign them up for a standard juvenile account. Accounts may be upgraded to full-access juvenile accounts at any time with the signature of an eligible responsible party.
  • Allows patrons to check out up to 5 physical items at a time, including books and music CDs. Standard juvenile-account format limits apply.
Digital Only
  • All ages; however, in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, registration for children under the age of 13 must be completed by the parent or legal guardian.
  • Provides checkout privileges for online resources, including streaming and downloadable e-media resources, research databases, and online learning tools.
  • Digital Only accounts do not allow patrons to check out physical materials such as books, Blu-rays/DVDs, music CDs, or Playway Launchpads.
  • Digital Only accounts may be converted to a full-access Adult or Juvenile account by visiting any BCPL location and presenting acceptable identification.  Apply for a Digital Only Account
Visitor Card
  • For individuals not meeting eligibility requirements for standard library cards, visitor cards can be obtained on a month-to-month basis with proof of current address.
Agency Card
  • A library card may be issued to an entity instead of an individual if the organization is willing to assume responsibility for materials checked out to them.
  • The agency is subject to all the normal library lending policies including fees or lost, stolen, damaged, or overdue materials.
  • Agencies have a checkout limit of 20 items at a time, and materials may not be lent to third parties or taken home from the facility.
  • It is the responsibility of the agency to keep track of the materials and return them to the library in a timely manner if delivery service is unavailable.

How many items can I check out?

Library patrons in good standing may borrow up to a maximum of 50 items total on their account. Some material types have borrowing limits regardless of the total number of items a patron currently has checked out.

Format Limits

Blu-rays and DVDs: 8 items per format
Music CDs: 5 items per format
Kits: 1 kit
Playaway View: 1 player
Playaway Launchpad: 1 player
Lucky Day Books: 2 books
Lucky Day Blu-Rays/DVDs: 2 items total, not per format
Downloadable Materials: Limit varies per platform. As these materials do not show up on patron library accounts, these materials do not count toward the maximum item limit.

How long can I keep an item?

Loan periods, the amount of time between when an item is checked out and when it is due back, vary by format. Some formats do offer the opportunity to renew, though the option to renew an item is dependent on whether or not the item is being requested for check out by another patron or patrons.

Loan & Renewal Periods


Borrowing Period

Books on CD or MP3
Playaway Books

Initial Loan Period:
21 Days

Up to two renewals for 14 days each


Initial Loan Period:
14 Days

One renewal for 14 days

Lucky Day Books

Initial Loan Period:
14 Days

No renewals

Playaway View

Initial Loan Period:
7 Days

One renewal for 7 days

Downloadable Materials

Loan periods vary per platform

Music CDs
Playaway Launchpad

Initial Loan Period:
7 Days

No renewals

Lucky Day Blu-Rays/DVDs

Initial Loan Period:
3 Days

No renewals

How do I renew materials?

Movies, music CDs and some other format types are not eligible for renewal. However, checkout periods may be extended for renwable materials as long as another person is not waiting for the item you wish to renew. There are three ways you can renew your materials:

  • Ask at any Library service desk.
  • Call any BCPL location.
  • Renew online.
    • Click the purple “My Account” tab at the top of our website then enter your Library ID (the 14-digit barcode on your library card, without spaces) and PIN (if have not set up a PIN or have forgotten it, please inquire at a library service desk).
    • Click “Log On,” or if you do not wish to use your 14-digit barcode number every time you login, click “Create an EZ Log On.” This option allows you to create a new username and password that will be easier for you to remember.
    • Click “View Loans,” then select the titles you wish to renew. Click the “Renew” link at the top of the page.

What happens if I am late returning an item?

Overdue fines are charged when an item is returned after the due date has passed. Fines accrue for each business day past the due date and will accrue to a maximum of $20.00. If a patron’s unpaid fines exceed $10.00, the borrower’s card will be blocked until all of the fines have been paid. Patrons with materials overdue for more than 100 days will have their cards blocked until the overdue materials are returned.
Fine amount varies by format.

Fines by Format



Music CDs
Lucky Day Blu-Rays/DVDs

$.50 per day late per item
$1.00 per day late per item for Lucky Day

Lucky Day Books

$.50 per day late per item

Downloadable Materials

These materials do not require returning so there are no possible late fees

All other formats

$.05 per day late per item

What if I lose or damage an item?

12916724_10157047277420643_7114607508477489316_o If an item checked out to a patron is reported lost, or if it is not returned within 100 days of the due date, the Library will charge the patron a fee equal to the full retail price of the material. Overdue fines will continue to accrue until the item is returned or the fee is paid. Once the item is paid for, it becomes the property of the patron. The Library is not able to refund a patron if he or she finds the item after paying the lost materials fee. The Library is not able to accept replacement copies of lost materials in lieu of payment.

Fees for damaged items will be assessed at the discretion of the branch management team. Charges may be assessed up to the retail price of the item, or they may be adjusted for pre-existing wear and tear or for minor damage that does not prevent continued circulation of the item.

Where can I return library materials?

Bullitt County Public Library materials may be returned to any of the Library’s five locations. Materials should be dropped off inside the library at the Circulation Desk, or items may be left in the designated Return bins located outside the front entrance of each BCPL location. However, depending on the time of return, items may not be retrieved from Return bins until the start of the next business day. If items are overdue, late fees will accrue until the items are checked in.

Related Policies

Please see the following policies for more details, or ask a library staff member.

Borrower’s Policy
Check Out Policy
Check out to Agencies
Interlibrary Loan Policy
Library Fee Policy