How do I sign up for a public library card?

Most libraries require an up-to-date driver’s license and/or one to two additional forms that prove a person’s current residency (voter’s registration card, mail postmarked within 30 days, etc). However, it is recommended to call ahead prior to visiting your library to confirm the necessary documentation required to obtain a card. Click here for a list of RiverShare Libraries.

 

Where can I use my library card?

You can use your library card to check-out items at any of the 17 participating RiverShare Library locations, which includes both public and academic libraries in Iowa.

 

How many library cards can I have?

For public library users, only one card will be issued per person, but that one card can be used at all 30 RiverShare Library locations. Participating academic libraries generally provide an additional academic library card for currently enrolled students, but card policies vary from library to library. Academic cards can also be used at the RiverShare public libraries, just as public library cards can be used at academic library locations.

 

How do I know which library is my “home” library?

Your home library is the library featured on the front of your library card. Some libraries may issue library cards for other neighboring libraries to provide library goers with a nice customer service. For example, Davenport libraries can issue a library cards to Bettendorf, Scott County, and LeClaire residents, even though Davenport is not considered their home library. If you are unsure of which library is considered your home library, a good rule of thumb is to contact the library located in the city you currently reside in (or the one closest to it) for further assistance.

 

My home library is not a RiverShare Member, but it’s more convenient for me to use the nearby RiverShare library.

Good news! Stop by a RiverShare library and ask about becoming a RiverShare cardholder with a Reciprocal Borrowing account. This account will have “walk-in” privileges, meaning there may be some limitations. These restrictions vary by state and local policies so it’s best to contact the library you’re registered at to learn more about your Reciprocal Borrowing account and what it can be used for.

 

If I check-out materials from a library other than my home library, do I have to return items there too?

Nope! You can return items to any RiverShare library that’s most convenient to you and we’ll make sure it makes its way home—free of charge. 

 

Oops! I borrowed a book from another library and forgot to turn it in on time. Do I have to drive to that library to pay my fine?

Nope! You can pay your late fees at any RiverShare member library.

 

Three weeks went by fast! Is there a way I can renew my book without having to make a trip back to the library?

Absolutely. In fact, there’s a LOT you can do from home by using your online library account. Simply visit your home library’s online catalog and login to your account (User ID is your library card barcode, ask your library for the initial four digit password). From there you can renew items, see what you’ve checked out and their due dates, check on any late fees, place holds on materials, etc. You can even opt to start a reading list, which will list items you’ve checked out in the past! If you are having issues logging into your account, contact your home library for assistance. You can also call this phone number to renew 1-563-823-5565. If you are unable to renew by these methods, contact your library. 

 

Hey! I'm a LeClaire patron, why can't I check out Freegal music from the Musser Public Library? 

Electronic resources like this may be restricted to their home library cardholders. If you’d like more information on what electronic databases, resources, and products your home library offers, contact your home library..

 

How much are late fees? And what kind of services do these libraries provide?

Fees and loaning periods vary from library to library. We encourage you to check out your library’s website or call to find out more information.