Rules for Obtaining a Library Card


Resident library cards:

Resident library cards will be issued without charge to individuals who reside within the North Merrick UFSD or own property therein.

A North Merrick Public Library card holder can borrow materials from every other public library in Nassau County. Borrowing privileges at other public libraries are subject to the borrowing rules of each institution.

Courtesy library cards:
Courtesy library cards may be issued without charge to individuals who do not live within
Nassau County and work within the North Merrick UFSD, or who maintain a split residency, at the discretion of the library director or the director’s designee.

Examples of individuals who may qualify for a courtesy card are persons who:
• Work in the North Merrick School District
• Reside part of the year in the North Merrick School District (such as a child who splits residency between parents).
• Own a business in the North Merrick School District
• Attend a public or private school in the North Merrick School District, but is not a resident of the North Merrick School District
• Reside in special residency homes within the North Merrick School District

Note: Courtesy cards allow only limited access to the North Merrick Public Library, no access to any other library within the Nassau Library System, and are valid for only one year.

Individuals who reside within Nassau County and work within the North Merrick UFSD will not be issued a courtesy card and a library card issued by their local library will be honored instead.



How to apply for a library card:

You must present two forms of identification with your address, one of which must be a photo I.D.

Types of I.D. Accepted:
Applicants must show a photo ID such as a Driver’s License, plus any document showing the name and address of the applicant, including but not limited to the following:
•Property Tax Receipt/Bill
•Utility Bill
•Rental Agreement/Lease
•Bank Statement
•Car Registration
•North Merrick School District Student ID
•Deed

Juvenile Library Cards:
Children ages birth through 13 may obtain a Juvenile borrower card. This card has the same privileges as an adult card. The difference is that a parent/guardian is responsible for a card that is issued to the minor.

To apply for a Juvenile card, a child must have a parent/guardian (who must prove residency) accompany them and sign their application.

Young Adult Library Cards:
Young Adults (ages 14 through 17) when applying for a “first time” card, must have a parent/guardian (who must prove residency) accompany them and sign their application. The card has the same privileges as an adult card.

When renewing a library card, in lieu of a parent/guardian proving his/her continued residency, the Young Adult may provide one piece of identification showing his/her name and current address such as a North Merrick School District Student ID or Valid Driver’s license, to renew their library card.



How to renew a library card:

Library cards must be renewed every three years, except in the case of “courtesy cards” which are renewed annually. To renew your card:
•Bring in your expired library card.
•You must present two forms of identification with your address, one of which must be a photo I.D.
•Children: Only a parent or legal guardian may renew a library card for a child. To renew the card, the parent or guardian must present his/her own identification. In addition, the child must be present to renew his/her library card.
Renewal requires that all registration information must be verified and that fines and other unpaid charges cannot exceed $10.00.

Throughout Nassau County, library cards can only be renewed at the library where they were issued.



Replacement of a lost library card:

Lost or Stolen Cards may be replaced by showing identification and paying a fee*. The fee schedule is as follows:
1st replacement card— $1.00
2nd replacement card—$2.00
3rd replacement card —$3.00
4th replacement card —$4.00
5th replacement card (and every replacement card thereafter) $5.00
(There will be no fee to replace worn out cards).