Library cards are available free of charge when an Online Borrower Registration Form is filled out, then verified in person with the required documentation. A parent or legal guardian must verify the account of a juvenile cardholder, 17 years or younger. To get a library card:
A photo will be taken of the account holder at the time of registration- library cards are non-transferable, and only the account holder pictured may use the card. Either your library card or Texas ID is required for all transactions concerning library books and materials. Each registered borrower assumes full responsibility for the materials and fines charged to the card.
Library cards are valid for one year from sign-up date. If a library card is expired, it will prevent checkout or renewal of items. In order to renew the library card, patrons must:
Limits exist for all library materials that you may borrow. For instance, you may borrow up to 6 eBooks from http://bit.ly/mplebooks with an MPL card and PIN #. Borrowers may have a total of up to 25 items on their card at one time.
Books (hardbacks or paperbacks)
25 per card
DVDs / Blu-Rays
6 per card
Music CDs, audiobooks on CD
Fines apply as listed below. Overdue notices are sent for items 30 days overdue. Borrowing privileges will be blocked if fines equal $3.00 or more. Patrons will be billed for items not returned. If an item is not returned in 30 days, the item is considered lost and full replacement cost is charged to the patron.
$0.10 per day
$0.50 per day
*eBooks automatically expire from your device at end of loan period.
The Library will accept the following forms of payment for fines accrued:
Items checked out from any library location may be returned to any library location. If, for instance, you checked out a book at the Palm View Branch Library, you are free to return it at the Main Library or Lark Branch, whichever location is most convenient for you.
There is a book drop accessible from the exterior of all library locations.
You have access to your personal library account by clicking “My Account” on MPL's online catalog.
Most items may be renewed up to three times each. You may renew items in one of three ways:
Materials may not be renewed for which there are pending holds or reserves. If the item you renew is overdue, a fine will be posted to your record.
You may place a hold on an item free of charge by logging into your account through the online catalog and locating the item through the catalog’s search engine.
If you need help with our hold services, please contact the library location where you intend to pick up the item.