A valid library card is one that has not expired and has accrued no fines and fees.
Who can get a library card?
All residents of Webb County are eligible for library cards with proof of local residency. A valid Texas Driver’s License or Texas Department of Public Safety ID is sufficient proof as long as the address is current and shows residency in Webb County. A full listing of acceptable photo ID and secondary proof of current residency can be found in our
Does my card expire?
Yes, library cards expire every year on the anniversary of the account registration date.
How do I renew my card?
Visit your nearest library location and bring a photo ID with your current address. We accept other forms of address verification
Why is my card blocked?
Your card may have expired, or you may have fines and fees on your account. Visit the front desk at any Laredo Public Library branch and speak to a staff member to verify what you need to reinstate your account.
How many items can I check out at a time?
You may borrow up to a total of 22 items at one time. Format limits: DVDs and audio CDs are limited to 3 items checked out at one time. Video games are limited to 1 item and only checked out to borrowers who are 18 years of age and older.
What can I check out with my library card?
Your library card allows you to borrow books, e-books, e-audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other materials as available. Your library card also provides access to our premium electronic resources.
How can I see a list of all the items I have checked out?
The “Checkouts” tab within the My Account menu in the library catalog shows all currently borrowed materials and their due dates.
How can I reserve an item for check out?
A hold can be placed on any item (other than DVDs, CDs or Video Games) that is checked out, in processing, in “search” status or in “available” status. This may be done by entering patron Library card number on the book record in the Public Access Catalog, or by asking staff at the circulation desk to do it at the circulation terminals.
How long can I keep library materials?
Check-out period for all materials except video games and DVDs is 2 weeks. Video games and DVDs may only be borrowed for one week. Loan periods for e-books and e-audiobooks vary by platform.
How do I renew my library materials?
Only books and audiobooks can be renewed for two additional loan periods. You can renew your materials online through the "My Account" link, which can be found at the top of every page on the website, or in-person at the Library circulation desk.
What materials cannot be renewed?
• Items on library cards with fines or fees
• Items on library cards that have expired
• Items that are already overdue
• Items checked out for the maximum loan period of six weeks
• Items on hold for another borrower
• Items borrowed through our Interlibrary Loan Service
Where can I return materials?
You can return your materials to any Laredo Public Library location. Most LPL locations have book drops for your convenience after hours. Please return DVDs and video games directly to the circulation desk; do not put these items into the book drops.
How much are overdue fines?
Books and audiobooks are $0.35 per day. DVDs and Video games are $1.00 per day.
Can I pay my fines online?
No, fines cannot currently be paid online. Fines and fees can be paid in person at any Laredo Public Library branch. LPL only accepts cash, money orders, and personal checks.
What if I lose or damage something I borrow?
If you lose an item you have borrowed, you will be charged the replacement cost of the item and a $5 non-refundable processing fee. The same charges apply to items returned with serious damage. The library cannot accept replacement items in lieu of lost items. Items returned with damage that warrants withdrawal from the library's collection will be treated as lost.
Do I have to have my card with me to check out materials?
Yes. If you lose or forget your card, you may purchase a full replacement for $5.00 or a single day pass for $1.00.