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Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ )

Most frequently asked questions people have for the Jackson Hinds Library System are listed below. If you do not see your particular question, please do not hesitate to call the library closest to you.

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• ( Q ) Can I return my books after the library closes?

( A ) Most all of our branches have a book return slot or an outside book drop for returning books after our normal hours of operation.

Any books returned to these boxes will be credited to your account on the library's next operational day.

• ( Q ) How many books and other materials can I check out at one time?

( A ) All library card holders may check out as many materials as they would like up to a total of 25 items.

Those borrowing DVDs can check out 5 DVDs at one time, within the 25 items total.

Those borrowing CDs and/or audio books are allowed to have 5 items out at one time, within the 25 items total.

• ( Q ) Can I renew my materials without coming in to the library?

( A ) Yes, to renew your checked-out items, please log into the JHLS online catalog from the home screen with the library card number found on the back of your library card. You must also enter your PIN number. The system will allow you to renew any items available for renewal on your card. Don't know your PIN, please call your local library circulation desk and ask them to help you enter one.

If a book, CD or DVD has been requested by another patron, it cannot be renewed.

You can also renew your items by calling any of our library branch locations.

• ( Q ) How old does my child have to be to get their own card?

( A ) Your child must be at least six years old. Proof of residency within Hinds County will be requested when applying for a card.

A parent or guardian must be willing to provide a signature acknowledging full responsibility of the child's card. By signing, the parent or guardian assumes all liability for lost or damaged materials checked out or returned on the child's library card.

• ( Q ) Can my teen get their own library card?

( A ) Yes, teens aged 13 to 17 are encouraged to sign up for a free library card. Parents must be willing to assume liability for any lost, damaged or overdue items and show proof that they live in Hinds County.

We now have a Fine Free Teen's Card for ages 12-17. Teens can check out up to 3 books each visit, as long as the books borrowed are returned within three weeks. The card will not accumulate any overdue fees at any time. Ask a library staff member for details.

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