(A) The library issues library cards to individuals or organizations. Library cards are issued to City of Tyler residents for a three-year period. Library cards may be issued to non-residents of the City of Tyler for up to a one-year period for a membership fee. All borrowers must be registered and must have a valid library card to borrow library materials.
(B)The library also issues eCards to residents of the City of Tyler. Electronic cards can be used to gain immediate access to digital resources. Digital library cards must be upgraded in house to check out physical items.
(C) Any individual who pays property tax to the City of Tyler is classified as a resident and is eligible to receive a free Tyler Public Library card. Renters who reside inside the city limits are also granted resident privileges. Proper identification is required. Patrons must apply in person and fill out an application form to register for a new library card. All adult applicants must present a photo ID and acceptable name and current address identification at the time of application for a library card or for replacement of a lost card. Such identification includes a valid Texas driver’s license, Texas State ID card, military ID, valid United States passport, or official mail (i.e., utility bill, lease agreement, etc.) postmarked within 30 days. A library card application is appended to this policy.
(D) Non-residents who live within the boundaries of Smith County or elsewhere in Texas may also apply with proper ID. Non-residents may purchase a yearly membership for $90.00, a six month membership for $50.00, monthly membership for $10.
(E) Individuals residing at the Salvation Army who request a library card will be classified as Salvation Army. Any other individual residing at the Salvation Army must present a letter from the Salvation Army stating that he or she is staying there, along with a valid Texas state ID card, Texas driver’s license, United States passport, or Gateway to Hope ID for photo verification.
(F) Registered library users are responsible for informing the library of any name, address or status changes.
(G) Renewals of library cards are possible so long as patrons remain eligible. A patron not using his card within one year of the expiration date will have his registration purged and will have to reapply.
To renew a library card, patrons must produce identification as described in this Section, and must clear all outstanding fines and bills. The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, and disturbance of other patrons or any other illegal, disruptive or objectionable conduct on library premises.
(H) Only one card will be issued to each individual.
(I) Cards will not be issued to individuals having overdue materials or fines.
(J) Cards may be issued to children at any age. Applicants under 18 years of age are required to have their parent or legal guardian's signature on the card application. The parent or guardian must be present and show proper identification with current name and address. Cards for minors will not be issued if the guardian owes $25 or more in fines and fees.
Parents or guardians applying for cards for pre-schoolers must have each child present to be issued cards. A child residing in two households will be issued a card based on the address of the child’s primary residence, unless proof of joint custody is produced in which case the parent or legal guardian accompanying the child can choose which address to attach to the child’s library card.
(K) City of Tyler community organizations, city departments and local businesses may be issued organizational borrower’s cards for use by authorized individuals when the organization needs to borrow library materials for organizational purposes. The head of the organization must sign the application form and supply acceptable identification for the organization and a list of authorized individuals. These individuals will then be issued separate cards. The organization, city department or business assumes responsibility for any library materials checked out on the card(s). Organizational cardholders will assume all rights and responsibilities held by individual cardholders. These cards will be issued for one year. Renewals are possible as long as organizations remain in business. Organizations outside the City of Tyler should apply directly to their home libraries. It is the responsibility of the head of the organization to inform the library of staff changes. Non-resident City of Tyler employees may register for a library card to check out work-related materials without charge.
(L) Temporary residents: Any individual residing in Tyler on a temporary or part-year basis may be issued a card upon providing local address verification. A suitable expiration date will be determined. Permanent address identification must be presented and the information entered into the patron record. These cards are free as well.