|Statewide Library Cards
This is a listing of the states known to
have access by every resident to every public library in the state.
Or, at the least a program that attempts to head in that direction
by voluntary agreements among participating libraries.
every state there is an attempt to answer the following questions:
- Is there an actual card issue or just state
access using many cards?
- If a card, does the state issue the cards; are
they separate from "local" cards?
- Are libraries reimbursed for service to
non-residents, and if so at what rate?
- How much does the program cost the state?
- Are there complaints about the program or
- Who is a good contact person for further
A special thank you to everyone on
the Publib listserv that helped compile this listing. Additional links for
the states listed or additional states will be greatly appreciated.
The Colorado Library Card Statewide Borrower's Program is a reciprocal
borrowing program which allows an individual with a card from any
participating library in Colorado to also borrow materials from any other
participating library in the state. This applies not only to public
libraries but also to school, academic and special libraries.
For information contact:
Connecticard is a cooperative program among the state's public
libraries, administered by the State Library under Section 11-31 of the
General Statutes of Connecticut, that allows any resident of the state to
use the borrower card issued by his or her home public library to borrow
from any other public library in the state. For a list of libraries
participating in Connecticard see the Public Library Directory. Materials
borrowed through this program may be returned to any of the 192 libraries
participating in the program. They will be delivered to the owning library
by Connecticut's library delivery service, Connecticar.
Libraries receive an annual reimbursement from the State Library
for providing this service to non-residents. The 11-year total through
1997 was $7.1 million for Connecticut’s 3.3 million residents.
Connecticard circulation totaled 3.7 million for 1997/98.
That was 14.3% of all Connecticut circulation.
The formula for determining grant amounts to libraries is included in the
state statutes. Payments are made annually. One-half of the total funds
appropriated is used to reimburse participating libraries for all reported
Connecticard loans. The other half is used to make an additional payment
to those libraries that loaned more items to non-residents than their
resident card holders borrowed from public libraries in other towns. Statutory
Conn. General Statutes (CGS) 11-31a,
Regulations of Conn. State Agencies, Sec. 11-31c-1, 11-31c-2, 11-31c-3,
Eligibility for Connecticard
All public libraries in the state of Connecticut that:
a signed Letter of Agreement on file with the State Library
a record of the number of items loaned to non-residents of the town or
towns it normally serves not later than seven days after March 1 and
September 1 of each year (or monthly) with the State Library Board
by November 1 of each year an Annual Connecticard Expenditure Report
Contact Information for Connecticard
Services Manage: Leon Shatkin (LShatkin@cslib.org)
Connecticard, Connecticut State Library,
231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: 1-800-253-7412 Fax: (860) 566-7904
The state of Georgia has embarked on an ambitious statewide library
card project. Starting as a
Y2K remediation effort last year, 98 libraries installed a shared SIRSI
system, merging their holdings into one database, and issuing one PINES
(Public Information Network for Electronic Services) library card which is
honored by all participating PINES libraries.
All Georgia citizens are eligible for a free PINES card, even if
their home library is not yet a participant.
The vision is for all Georgia libraries to eventually join the
project, when funding is available. The first round was funded by the
state, including all hardware, T-1 lines, networking, software, training,
contract was awarded to SIRSI on April 12, 1999, and all libraries were
operational by Dec. 15,1999.
Walker, Associate Director
Regional Library System
The state of Hawaii operates a single statewide library system with 50
branches. All libraries are
open to all state residents.
Jo Ann Schindler, HSPLS, can be contacted at email@example.com
has a statewide library card program called Open Access. Iowa has
statewide access using individual cards from participating libraries. Iowa
does not issue a single, state card. Libraries are reimbursed at the rate
of $.50 per item checked out. The
program costs the state approximately $1.3 million annually.
Access is extremely popular with the public.
From the library community's point-of-view, the per transaction
funding level does not cover the cost of circulating the materials.
The use of the program grows at a rate of 5% to 9% per year.
The program is never fully funded.
(i.e. In FY99, program funding was depleted early in the 4th
quarter of the ye
Dixon, State Library consultant, administers the Open Access Program.
there an actual card issue or just state access using many cards?
is an actual (paper stock) card.
a card, does the state issue the cards, are they separate from
cards are issued by the State Library.
libraries reimbursed for service to non-residents, and if so at what
much does the program cost the state?
State Library has borne the cost of printing for the cards, promotional
brochures, and window stickers to identify participating libraries. No
order has been put in since I began working at the State Library over a
year ago, so I'm uncertain what expenditures have been.
and cons, complaints... ?
In existence from at least 1985.
Intended as a standard ID recognized by libraries statewide.
Identifies card holder as a responsible user of his/her library.
Intended to be used for borrowing from libraries throughout the state,
however, not all libraries participate.
Intended to be free, but libraries are permitted to charge a processing
fee to register non-local borrowers, even those holding a Kansas Library
Materials borrowed from participating libraries must be returned to
Participating libraries can require Kansas Library Card holders to
register for a local library card anyway.
Library Network Board, is currently examining ways to make the Kansas
Library Card more useful in the digital information environment.
Hansen, Executive Director
Library Network Board
SW 10th Ave., Rm. 343N
296-3875; (800) 432-3919 (in Kansas)
has state-wide library access. It
is through use of local cards. Any
public library card from any library in the state may be used at any
other library in the state. Many
of the cards can be used in other systems
"as is." If not,
the user just gets a new library card where they are on the spot, the
current card serving as all the identity they need. No one charges anyone
anything. All libraries
contribute toward a fund that moves books around the state every
day in order to fill ILLs and
sometimes get a new library card from a system. Depending on the system
new barcodes are simply attached to the card. Maryland has a
state-wide ILL delivery system that is primarily supported by the state
and some local libraries. Patrons may return materials from any system
anywhere in the state.
Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Library Development & Services
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
of walk-in access and borrowing privileges is one vital part in assuring
that Michigan citizens can obtain the information they need. The need for
a statewide library card was reported in Information at Risk: Michigan
Libraries in the 1990's, the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees Task
Force study of library service to Michigan residents. Representatives of
all types of libraries recognized this common area of interest.
Establishment of a statewide library card project and borrowing
program was recommended by the Task Force as a method for improving access
for Michigan citizens to the resources and information housed in Michigan
libraries. During its 1988-89
session, the Michigan legislature supported a pilot concept and authorized
an initial state appropriation for this project. In order to support the
local funding of Michigan public libraries, the MichiCard program
of expanded access was developed for borrowers in good standing, to be
offered only through their local library. Participation is not required
but is a decision made by each library. The Library of Michigan
administers the program, and a Statewide Library Card Advisory Committee
provides assistance in development and implementation of operating
policies and procedures.
participation of a library in the MichiCard statewide library card program
provides a key to resources and information housed in Michigan's libraries
for many state residents. Through the increased availability of resources
in participating libraries, library users have a "passport" to
an expanded collection of knowledge and information. Increased library
access and resultant good will helps to enhance the positive image of
Michigan libraries, as well as providing improved library services for
A Voluntary program.
All rules, policies and restrictions normally imposed by the
local library will apply to persons presenting the MichiCard.
The library will issue the MichiCard card or affix
the MichiCard sticker to the individual library cards held by
borrowers in good standing who are residents living in the library's
legally established service area or attending school in that service area.
The library "service areas" are defined as the institution's
legally established service area.
Libraries MAY NOT issue a MichiCard or sticker to any
nonresident who does not live in their service area or provide financial
support for the library.
MichiCard users must register at each library that
MichiCard borrowers will not be charged a
non-resident fee when borrowing books from participating libraries.
Printed materials will be made available to MichiCard
borrowers, unless local library policies also permit the loaning of other
types of library materials to nonresidents.
The Library of Michigan will provide reimbursement
semiannually to participating libraries for lost printed materials only.
The Library of Michigan will reimburse participating
libraries annually for postage costs associated with returning materials
to another participating library.
Library of Michigan
717 West Allegan Street
PO Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507
Since 1986, any registered user of a Minnesota public
library that participates in a regional public library system may check
out materials from other participating public or regional library systems.
Policies of the lending library apply. Most public libraries will lend all
formats of materials, but some have limitations for nonresidents on some
audio and video materials. Materials you borrow are to be returned to the
This is a statutory mandate, but there is
no direct cost to state. Libraries
must absorb cost of providing the service to qualify for public library
Web site for state library agency: http://cfl.state.mn.us/library/Libdev.htm
Joyce C. Swonger,
Library Development and Services Director
New Mexico has a "reciprocal borrowers
agreement". A card from any public library in the state gets you
borrowing privileges at any other. In practice, this tends to mean the
neighboring library will issue you one of _their_ cards so the differing
computer systems don't seize up.
In the old days, if only twelve years ago
counts as old, we'd just write their name and for example Albuquerque card
number down on the card from the pocket. And since the tiniest libraries
around the state didn't even issue cards (knew all their users) we'd call
up the other library to confirm that yes, Ms. Visitor was a user in good
standing of the Community Library or wherever...
Santa Fe Public Library
work: temporary: firstname.lastname@example.org
has a program for statewide cards. Any library that is a member of the
statewide card program places a small blue sticker on the library card
issued to a patron. Four times a year, a 2-week count is made of how many
"Access PA" circulations are made, and the libraries are
reimbursed by the state for that quarter based on the number of non-local
circulations. Not all libraries
in the state participate. The decision to participate is made at the local
level. A patron
that has the blue "Access PA" sticker on a card can use that
card at any other participating library in the state without paying a
Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library
673 Main Street
PO Box 359
Rimersburg, PA 16248
FAX: (814) 473-8200
POLICY 0 APPROVED BY THE WYLD REGIONAL COUNCIL AND WYLD
GOVERNING BOARD (5/7/99) and the WYLD USERS GROUP
The purpose of this policy is to insure uniform borrowing standards
that will enable Wyoming patrons to use the facilities of any cooperating
library in Wyoming. Individual libraries may approve more lenient
patrons may borrow from cooperating libraries regardless of residence,
if they meet the following criteria:
at least 18 years old (or younger, as determined by the lending
a patron record in WYLD and a Wyoming library card and/or a photo
ID. A photo ID has to be accepted only when the patron has a
record in WYLD and is from a library that does not issue library
records in WYLD are owned jointly by all WYLD member libraries, with
the patron's home library recognized as having the primary
responsibility and right to manage the record in accordance with their
local policy. Other libraries may update addresses and phone numbers
and edit the existing record when appropriate and in accordance with
the following procedures.
a patron applies for a library card at a WYLD library, and there is
already an existing patron record in WYLD, the library processing the
new application may use the existing record and edit it with their
information if the following conditions are met:
is critical that the identity of the patron be verified and the
staff member is certain they have the correct patron record before
it is edited.
patron must be informed that their library card from their
previous library will no longer be valid. The library also has the
option of allowing the patron to use their existing card instead
of being issued a new one. At no time will any library edit an
existing school or community college record. The management of
student records in WYLD is unique to each institution and must be
respected as such by all members.
patron must agree to the existing record being edited based on the
fact that they do not need or intend to use their old library card
at the previous library.
patron will not be charged a replacement card fee when an existing
WYLD record from another library is edited.
library overlaying the patron's record will e-mail the library
whose record was edited informing them that the patron is no
longer registered in their library. The e-mail should be sent to
the library's circulation mail box and contain the patron's name,
previous barcode number, and new barcode number. This will enable
libraries to manage their library card applications in accordance
with local policy.
libraries are strongly encouraged to support each other to the utmost
of their ability by not issuing new cards and refusing service to
patrons who are delinquent with other libraries because of fines, fees
or overdue materials. While local policy will affect this mutual
support, it is imperative that each library do its best to help other
libraries recover materials and fees.
WYLD library may collect fines from an NC patron using the following
may collect fines from an NC patron if the amount is $5.00 or less
and will not be responsible for forwarding the money to the
patron's home library.
an NC patron has fines over $5.00 the host library may, at their
discretion, accept payment and forward it to the library where the
fines are owed. If payment is accepted for lost or damaged
materials, the host library must make a print screen or record the
titles and barcodes of the items being paid for and enclose this
information with the payment. It is recommended that this be done
when the patron is willing to make out a check payable to the
library where the fines are owed and it can then be mailed
directly to them.
agree to lend at least two books to a patron from any other
cooperating library. We understand that this is the minimum a patron
can expect and actual lending limits will vary library to library.
accept responsibility for informing our patrons of the minimum
standards they can expect to encounter statewide and for informing
guest patrons of our policies.
WYLD library may update the address and phone number of an NC patron
using their library. At the time the record is updated the patron
should be told they need to update their registration with their home
library. When this information is updated a note will be put in the
note field informing the home library of this update so they can
verify the information in accordance with their local policies. The
note should include the date, initials of the person entering the
update and an identification of the library where the update was done.
For example: "Address/phone updated, 3/4/98 SNS LCLS."
will make the patron aware that he/she is responsible for returning
materials to the lending library. The Wyoming State Library will
supply an initial stock of mailers that can be used by the library or
the patron to return materials via mail.
WYLD office will be asked to help keep statistics on statewide
borrowing to be used in reevaluating these policies.
Wyoming State Library will reimburse any library for unrecoverable
materials, in excess of $25.00 per library, that were checked out by a
guest patron or patrons. This commitment is reviewed each year and
renewal is considered.
to requesting reimbursement from the Wyoming State Library for
unrecoverable materials, we will attempt to recover the materials in
accordance with our own policies and, if applicable, Wyoming Statute
18-7-105(c) which states "Holders of library cards are
responsible for all library materials borrowed on such cards. Whenever
library materials are lost, destroyed, or taken from the library and
not returned the library board may institute proceedings in any court
of competent jurisdiction to recover the materials or the value
University of Wyoming (UW) libraries are open to all Wyoming
residents. Anyone borrowing materials from the UW libraries must have
a CARL barcode which will be issued by the UW libraries.
a UW library card holder uses a WYLD library and is unable to get a
library card in accordance with the host library's policies, then the
host library will create a record in WYLD for the patron. The patron
class will be NC and the host library will attach the WYLD barcode to
the patron's UW library card. This WYLD barcode may then be used by
all cooperating libraries.
agreement will be reviewed annually.