Borrowing Policy including how to apply for a card

Summit County Library System Borrowing Policy

All patrons must have a current, valid library card to borrow library materials. Eligibility and different types of applications are as follows:

Resident Status:

Persons who reside or own property in Summit County are eligible for a library card. Family or individual card options are available.

  • Applicant will be required to show photo identification that includes physical address. Acceptable proof of residence must be one of the following: A current valid Utah driver’s license, lease agreement, utility bill, current car or voter registration, checks with name and physical address imprinted, business cards with physical address & telephone, deed or mortgage.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Children up to age 18 are eligible to receive a library card with the signature of parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to be issued a card.

Temporary Resident Status:

Any person visiting or staying in Summit County for a limited time only (from overnight to six months) will be required to pay a refundable $25.00 security deposit to register to borrow materials from the library.

  • Applicant will be required to show photo identification that includes physical address.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The checkout limit on this card is six (6) items.

When the library card and all materials are returned in good condition, the security deposit will be returned in the form of a check to your permanent address. This may take up to three weeks.

Non-Resident Status:

Non-residents of Summit County may also apply for a library card. An annual fee of $25 is required to obtain a card. This fee is waived for nonresidents working in Summit County or with a valid library card from another jurisdiction with a Summit County Cooperative Agreement (Weber County, Morgan County, Davis County, Brigham City and Logan City). Proof of employment is required (pay stub or employer’s statement).

  • Applicant will be required to show photo identification that includes physical address.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

On all applications, the applicant’s signature is required. Lost or stolen cards should be reported to the library as soon as possible. Resident Library cards may be renewed every two years with an address update.

Account Access and PIN Information:

The Summit County Library offers the following patron services through our website: account access, reservation of items, and renewals. A PIN is automatically assigned to you when you register for your library card. It is the last four (4) digits of your library card number. If desired, this number can be changed after logging in to your account on our website for the first time, or in person. For family applications, a parent or guardian must be present for a child to change any PIN information.

Loan Period and Restrictions:

  • All library materials, except reference, have a fourteen (14) day checkout period.
  • High demand materials may be limited in number depending on need and collection size. For example, DVDs, audio books, and holiday books are limitedto six (6) per card with a maximum of twelve (12) per family.
  • Items may be renewed twice after the original checkout period, either in person, by phone, or from the library’s website, unless an item is on hold. Interlibrary loan renewals are dependant upon the policy of the lending library.
  • Patrons may reserve materials either in person, by phone, email or through the library’s website. Patrons will be notified when materials become available within one (1) day either by phone or email. Item will be held for three (3) days after which a second contact will be attempted and the item will be held for one (1) more day. Patrons are limited to six (6) reserve requests at one time.
  • Patrons may have one (1) claimed return. When a patron has more than one claimed return the library director will need to approve or patron will be required to pay for the lost item or lose library privileges.
  • Patrons are limited to three (3) interlibrary loans at one time.


Patrons are responsible for items charged to their library card.


  • Overdue fines for all circulating materials are calculated at a rate of $.10 per day, per item with a maximum charge of $5.00 per item.
  • Interlibrary loan items will be charged $.10 per day with additional fines as assessed by the lending library.
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended when fines exceed a total of $5.00 or when overdue items are not returned or paid for.


  • The replacement cost of a lost or damaged card is $1.00
  • The replacement cost for magazine envelopes, video/audio cases, hanging bags, etc. varies.
  • The replacement cost of lost or damaged items is the retail price plus a $5.00 processing fee.
  • Lost interlibrary loan items will be billed from the lending library with a $5.00 processing fee added.
  • Once an item is paid for no refund will be made.
  • A fee of $20.00 will be assessed for returned checks after 30 days.
  • After the account is 45 days overdue, it will be turned over to Unique Collections and a $10.00 collection fee will be assessed to the account.

Loan History:

The Summit County Library has the ability to keep a loan history if patrons desire. To create a loan history, patrons must apply in person at the library. A history will be kept for all items checked out on the card and all persons listed on the application will have access to the loan history information. In the event a loan history is desired for a single person rather than an entire family, the patron must apply for an individual card.

Approved July 21, 2011