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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a library card?

A free LaGrange Library card is available to all residents who live or own property in LaGrange or any of the five counties in the Mid-Hudson Library System: Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster, Greene, and Columbia. Library cards are valid for 3 years and may be renewed.

Apply Online

Apply online to receive a temporary library card number and instructions to set up a PIN. This card will allow you to check out all of the online resources that we offer for 30 days. You will need to visit the Library in person and present your photo ID with your current address (e.g. driver’s license) or proof of your current address, if different than your photo ID, to get a physical card which you can use for unlimited access to our online resources and to check out materials.

Apply in Person

Stop in the Library to fill out an application and present your photo ID with your current address (e.g. driver’s license) or proof of your current address, if different than your photo ID.


Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to co-sign and provide photo ID and proof of residence. The parent or legal guardian is also required to have their own library card.

Temporary residents may apply for a library card by filling out an application and presenting their photo ID and proof of temporary residence. Temporary cards are valid for 3 months and may be renewed.

Non-Residents, or those who reside outside of the Mid-Hudson Library System service area, may obtain a LaGrange Library card for a $25 annual fee by filling out an application and presenting their photo ID with their current address. Non-Resident library cards are valid for 1 year and may be renewed.

How do I renew my library card?

When your library card expires you’ll need to come into the Library with your current ID and we’ll verify your address, phone number, and email address. Once we’ve updated your information, your card will be valid for another renewal cycle. Your library card number will remain the same.

How do I replace my library card?

To replace a lost or damaged library card, you’ll need to come into the Library and present your photo ID and proof of residence. The fee to replace your library card is $1.00.

What is my library card PIN?

Once you have your library card, you’ll need to create a PIN for logging into your account and accessing online resources. Click here for instructions on creating, changing, or resetting your PIN.

How do I create an online account?

Creating an online account allows you to view what you have checked out, renew items, place and modify holds, access eBooks, digital services and online resources, view your reading history, pay fines, and opt-in to receive text notifications.

Once you have your library card, you’ll need to create a PIN for logging into your account. Click here for instructions on logging in for the first time and creating an online account.

How do I renew an item?

Items may be renewed 2 times, if there are no patron holds. You can renew our items online by logging into your library account, by phone, or in person.

Click here for instructions on viewing what you have checked out and renewing your items.

Automatic renewal

Automatic renewal of eligible items extends the date the item is due and occurs 2 days prior to the due date. Items that have patron holds, been renewed the limit of 2 times, or are ineligible for renewal will not renew automatically. If you receive notifications by email or text, you will receive a courtesy notice informing you of those items that could and couldn’t be renewed.

How do I request an item?

If you’re looking for an item that is checked out, on order, or that we don’t own, you can place a hold on it and have it delivered to LaGrange or any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System that’s convenient. When your item arrives you’ll be notified by phone, email or text. You’ll have 7 library business days to pick up your requested item. Click here for instructions on requesting items.

Cancelling or Modifying Holds

By logging into your library account you can monitor your holds, cancel a hold, and change the pickup location. Click here for instructions on changing or canceling your holds.

Freezing Holds

If you are going on vacation, are unable to pick up your holds, or just want to time your holds to arrive when it’s more convenient, you can freeze (suspend) them, which allows you to keep your place in line. Once you’re able to resume picking up your items, you’ll need to unfreeze them. Click here for instructions on freezing your holds.

How can I keep track of what I’ve read?

Log into your library account, select Reading History, and Opt In to begin saving your reading history and recording everything you check out. Once you Opt In, your reading history will record from that point forward, until you Opt Out. You can sort your reading history by the various column headers or export it. Click here for instructions on how to save your reading history.

How can I receive text notifications?

Log into your library account, edit your account, enter your mobile number, and Opt In to begin receiving text notifications. You’ll instantly receive a text notification for holds to pickup, when items are automatically renewed, and when items are overdue. In addition to the text, you’ll continue to receive email/phone notifications. Click here for instructions on how to receive text notifications.

Can I pay my fines online?

Yes, you can log into your library account to pay all or part of your fines online using your credit/debit card. Click here for instructions on how to pay your fines online.

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

You can check out a maximum of 25 items on your library card, which includes up to 5 media items (DVDs, Blu-rays, Music CDs, Video Games).

Patrons with temporary library cards can check out a maximum of 5 items per card, which includes up to 2 media items, for the first 6 months from when the card was issued.

Due to subject limitations, only 3 books per non-fiction subject may be borrowed by a family at one time.

Loan Periods

1 Week: DVDs, Blu-rays, Magazines, Music CDs, Video Games, Roku
2 Weeks: Long Loan DVDs, Blu-rays
3 Weeks: Books, Audiobooks, Civics Flash Cards

Where can I return my items?

Items may be returned in the Library during business hours. For your convenience, we also have a Book & Media Drop Box available 24/7 that’s located at the end of the sidewalk to the right of the building near the mailboxes. Items can also be dropped off at any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System, which includes the counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster, Columbia and Greene.

What are your fine, fee & overdue policies?

Fines

DVDs/Blu-rays – $1 per day
Museum Passes – $25 per day
Other Library Materials – .25¢ per day
The maximum fine is $10 per item (excluding Museum Passes)

If you owe $10 or more in fines, your library privileges will be suspended at LaGrange Library and all libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

Fines can be paid online through your library account or in person.

Fees

Item on hold not picked up – $1 per item
Lost or damaged DVD/audio case – $5 per case
Lost or damaged audiobook disc – $10 per disc

Overdue Items

When an item is overdue for 2 weeks, you will be sent a notification. After 1 month, you will receive a bill for the replacement cost of the item and your library privileges will be suspended until the item is returned or the bill is paid.

Accounts owing $25 or more in billed items and/or fines will be referred to a collection agency and will incur a $10 referral fee.