How do I register for a Library card? (In Person)

Visit any branch of Livingston Parish Library to fill out a library card application. You’ll need to show a current, valid ID with your name, photo, and Livingston Parish address, such as a Louisiana driver’s license.  If your photo ID does not have your current address listed, one of the following supporting identification types will need to be provided as well:

  • – Checkbook with a current mailing address
  • – Mail with date cancellation showing mailing address
  • – Receipt for payment of rent or utility charges within the parish
  • – Lease agreement showing current address in parish

Citizens who reside outside of Livingston Parish but own property in the parish must present a copy of their most recent tax bill along with a valid driver’s license.

Educators must present proof of employment within Livingston Parish at the time of registration.  Homeschool educators must present an acceptance letter from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Non-residents (as described below) who reside outside of Livingston Parish must bring a letter of good standing from their own parish library and a valid picture ID.

How do I register for a Library card? (Online)

Need access to online resources right away?  Complete the online form for an eCard. You’ll receive immediate access to all LPL databases and eContent such as Hoopla, CloudLibrary, and more. Library borrowers who register online will need to show valid ID and follow the in-person instructions to be able to check out materials at a library branch.

Library Card Types

Livingston Parish Library offers the following library card types:

  • Adult – For parish residents aged 18 and above living in Livingston Parish (residents) or citizens who own a property in Livingston Parish.
  • Teen – For minors aged 12 to 17 living in Livingston Parish.
  • Juvenile – For minors aged 11 or younger living in Livingston Parish.
  • Educator – For teachers, school librarians, and other individuals working within the education field in Livingston Parish.
  • Non-Resident – For individuals, adults and minors, who reside in neighboring parishes: East Baton Rouge, Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena.
  • Out-of-State – For adults and minors who do not live within Louisiana, but temporarily reside within Livingston Parish for a portion of the calendar year.
  • Senior Citizen – For adults aged 60 or older who meet the criteria for an adult library card.
  • Facility Use Card  – For Livingston Parish organizations that Livingston Parish Library works with on a formal, outreach basis
How do I renew my library card?

Come into any library location with a valid I.D. and we will be happy to update your information. If in good standing, you may also renew your card online, then bring your valid I.D. on your next visit. Online renewals may take up to 72 hours to process.

How do I renew my loans?

To renew your library materials online, log in to your account by clicking on "My Account" at the top of this page. Then, follow the steps listed below. 

Step One

While on your Account Summary page, click the heading that reads “Account Activity.” This will bring up a list of items you currently have checked out.

Step Two

For each item you want to renew, click the orange “Renew Loan” button. Your item will now be renewed. If you’ve reached your renewal limit, or a request has been placed on that item, it cannot be renewed.

Step Three

To renew all of your items at once, click the small checkbox on the right side of the screen. Once the word “Renew” has become highlighted, clicking it will renew all of your renewable items.

How do I check my account?

All patrons of the Livingston Parish Library can check their account online using their library card. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step One

Log in to My Account. You will be directed to the library’s online catalog, where a login menu will appear.

Step Two

To log into your account, you need to enter your “Patron ID Number” and your PIN number. Your Patron ID Number is your library card number. Your PIN number is the last four digits of your library card number.

Step Three

Type in your Patron ID Number and PIN number, then click “Log In.” This will log you in to your library account.

 
Interlibrary Loan

Through interlibrary loan (ILL), we can try to borrow an item on your behalf from another library system in the state of Louisiana or within the United States. To place an ILL request, visit one of our library branches and speak with a staff member. They can help you make your first Interlibrary loan request. Please note that new materials (items published within the last year) are not eligible for Interlibrary Loan.

Loan Shark

You can also use the statewide Interlibrary Loan System, known as Loan Shark, to request materials outside of the Livingston Parish Library System.

  • Visit the Loan Shark site.

  • Click “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of the site.

  • A pop-up login window will appear.

  • Be sure “Livingston Parish Library” is chosen in the “Select Your Library’ drop down box.

  • Username is your Livingston Parish Library card number.

  • Password is your PIN number.

  • Search for the material you wish to borrow. Once found, click “Request this Item”.

Livingston Parish Library will request the materials for you. If the lending library agrees to loan the materials, please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

More FAQs

FAQs Quick Links

Do I need my library card to check out items?

Yes, you must present your library card in order to check out materials from the Livingston Parish Library. Anyone who lives in the parish is eligible to sign up for a library card. Library cards are FREE if you do not currently have a library card application on file with us.  Replacement cards are $1.00.

Where can I use my library card?

Your Livingston Parish Library card is valid to use at any of our six locations: Albany-Springfield, Denham Springs-Walker, Main Branch, South, Watson, or the Discovery Mobile.

What do I do if my address or phone number changes?

If you’ve moved or changed your telephone number, you can update your library card account through your online account.

  • Click here to log in to your online account.  Use your username/pin or EZ login to access your account.

  • Once logged in, click “Change Contact Info”.

  • On the “Edit Your Contact Information” screen, update your information.

  • Once finished, enter your “Library PIN” and click “Save” to save your changes.

    On your next visit to the library, please bring a valid photo ID or accepted documentation showing your updated address to verify your online changes. Account changes can also be made by visiting any library location with your updated ID/documentation. A library staff member can update your account.

What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

As soon as you realize that your library card is missing, please contact the Livingston Parish Library immediately. This way we can block your card in the event someone else finds it and attempts to use it.

As soon as you are able to, visit one of our library locations to have a new library card issued to you. You will need to bring a valid driver’s license or another form of identification showing your current mailing address.

Replacement cards are $1.00.

What do I do if my library card number changes? Will I lose all of my checkouts and holds?

You will not lose your physical checkouts and holds with the library. Replacing your Livingston Parish Library card means that you will have a new account for all online library services; you will no longer have access to eContent borrowed under your previous account. Let us know if you need assistance with setting up your new accounts.

Can I return my books after the library closes?

Yes. Each library location has a book drop. Simply place your items in the book drop and we will check them in for you the next day. The following items cannot be returned through the book drop:

  • Mobile HotSpot

  • Launchpads

  • Learning Kits

  • Culinary Kits

Do I have to return my books to the branch where I checked them out?

No. You may bring back your items to any location of the Livingston Parish Library.

What are the library’s late fees?

Juvenile and teen borrower types do not accrue late fees.

The late fee schedule for all other borrower types is as follows:

Traditional Library Material

$.10/day with a cap of $1.00

Learning Kits/Culinary Kits

$.25/day with a cap of $5.00

Mobile HotSpots

$1/day with a cap of $5.00

If you renew your items, library fines will accrue again once the new due back date is reached.

What should I do if a book I checked out gets damaged?

Bring the damaged item back to us for assessment. You will be responsible for any fees associated with the damage, including the total cost of the item if it can no longer be circulated.

There is a book I want, but it is checked out. How can I be sure to get it when it is returned to the library?

To request an item online, go to our online catalog and log in using your library ID or EZ Login. Search for your item and click “Place Hold” next to the item you want.

Choose your pickup location. This indicates from which library location you wish to retrieve your item.

When we receive the item back at the library, the library will contact you when your hold has arrived.

You can also call or visit any of our branches and ask a staff member to request an item.

Is there a way for me to get a list of books I have previously read?

Yes. The Livingston Parish Library’s system does keep a list of items you have previously checked out on your library card.

Go to the library’s online catalog by clicking the “LOG IN” button on the library website. Log into your library account by entering your patron ID and your PIN number. 

Once logged into your account, click the “My Account” tab. Then, on the account options menu, click the “Loan History” link. From here you can view your loan history and see what you have previously checked out.

Are there computers available to use at the library?

Yes. Livingston Parish Library offers over 100 public access computers throughout its system for use by patrons and visitors. The use of the library’s public access computers is free.

Do I need a library card to use a computer?

Yes, you do. If you do not have a library card, you may purchase a guest access card.

How long can I Use a Computer?

Computer sessions last one hour. Additional one-hour sessions can be reserved as available by request.

In the event there is a waiting list for computer use, patrons are limited to thirty (30) minutes of computer time.

Can you teach me how to use a computer?

Yes. The Livingston Parish Library offers a variety of basic computer classes for the general public. Some classes require registration, so please call the branch you wish to attend to inquire about the class and sign up.

You can also “Book a Librarian” for one-on-one help with computer help and training, using a library app, or for general help.  To book a session, call any library location to get started.