Circulation Guidelines

Circulation Guidelines

To obtain a library card:
Any resident of Tennessee can apply for a library card. Photo identification and proof of current mailing address are required for age 16 and over. Under age 16 requires a parent or guardian to be present when library card is issued. If you’re not ready or able to get a library card, we have a large selection of items in our Honor Section. It includes paperback books and music CDs that you can take home and return at your convenience. You can use your card at any Sumner County Library!

Using your library card online:
Click on MY ACCOUNT and log in by typing your library barcode number (all CAPS and no spaces) and PIN number.

Checkout Limits:
All limitations are per person on the card - five books and/or audios per person, three DVDs, ten children’s books, five magazines.

Checkout Periods:
All items checkout for two weeks.

One renewal if item is not on reserve. Items may be renewed by phone or online. If someone is waiting for that item you will not be able to renew it.

You may reserve any item in our catalog by phone or online. Any reserved item not picked up within 5 library days after notification will be returned to circulation.

Fines and Fees:
10¢ per days the library is open for books, audios, and periodicals. $1.00 per day for DVDs. Maximum fine $5.00 per item.

Lost/Damaged Materials:
Replacement cost of title or comparable title when lost or damaged title is unavailable.

Internet Use:
An Internet Use Policy is displayed on each Internet Access Computer. In accordance with CIPA, Child’s Internet Protection Act, a parent or guardian must sit with children under the age of 12 when using the Internet. Children 12-16 can use the Internet with written parental permission on file at the library.  All computer users must present a valid library card in good standing or a picture ID.




Other Services

Interlibrary Loan:
There is no charge for this service. Patrons are limited to 4 requests per month.

Online Services:
TEL, Libby, SORA

Genealogy and Local History:
The Gallatin Public Library supplies limited resources for genealogical searches. You may use The Sumner County Archives, a premier resource and research center for Sumner County history. The Archives is located at 365 N. Belvedere Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066. It is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone number: (615) 452-0037.

Bingo, StoryTime, Movies, Biographical Book Club, Legos, Music, Arts and Crafts, Community Coloring, Scavenger Hunts, Exercise Classes, Puzzles, Homeschool Activities and Crocheting to name a few!

Copies, Scans, and Faxes:
Copies and printing are 25¢ a page for black and white & 50¢ a page for color. There is no charge for scanning items to email. Faxing is $1.00 per page, with a complimentary cover sheet available.

Memorials and Honorariums:
A form is available at the circulation desk for the library staff to purchase a book in memory of or in honor of someone. The completed form allows the staff to send proper acknowledgements to the family and to the donor. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the Gallatin Public Library.

Donated Books and Other Materials:
All donations are checked to see if they can be used in the library. Any materials that are not in acceptable condition, we have multiple copies of and/or those too old for our collection are placed in the Friends of the Library Book Sale Room. The Friends pass along all book sale funds to the library for the purchase of needed materials. Receipt for all donations will be supplied upon request.