Frequently Asked Questions about the Library

How do I get a library card?

Come to any library location and speak to a staff member at a service desk to get a library card.

Who can get a library card?

Residents of Rapides Parish and neighboring parishes

What is Proof of Address?

We accept many types of proof of address, but a valid photo ID is preferred.

How can I get my child a library card?

All children and teens under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign for their library card.

What do library cards cost?

Library cards are FREE for the first card.

What do I do if I lose my card?

Call or come to any library location and speak to a staff member at a service desk.

How can I get a PIN?

Your pin may be obtained or changed at the circulation desk of any of our branches.

What do replacement cards cost?

If customer has a current account with RPL but lost their library they may get a replacement card at a charge of $2 for an adult card or $0.50 for a minor’s card, if the account is not expired. For a child/teen, a parent must be present to sign the card.

What do you offer, other than books?

Plenty! We also offer the latest editions of several magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, maps, CDs, movies, and more.

What if I return an Item Late?

An overdue fine will be assessed for each working day an item is late being returned. Click above to see the fines.

What If I'm Not Done When the Item is Due Back?

Most Items can be renewed for two additional loan periods if they are not on a request list. Items may be renewed by telephone or online.

Do I Have to Return an Item to the Same Branch From Which I Checked It Out?

No. Any of our items may be returned to any of our locations.

How Long May I Check Out an Item?

How long you can borrow an item depends on the type of item. For most items the amount of time you can borrow the item is three weeks.

What are your hours?

Hours vary by location check the page for your nearest branch or library to find out when they're open.

What happens if my card’s expiration date is in the past?

Within the first year, just go to any library branch. After a year has passed, you will need Proof of Address.