Your Library Card

The Lakewood Public Library, along with the Madison Branch Library, is an independent system with its own unique Library card and policies. Registration is free and open to every resident of the state of Ohio. The Library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone without identification and to restrict the privileges of anyone who accumulates an excessive amount of fines and overdue items.

No one is allowed to use another person’s card for any purpose under any circumstances, including checking out materials and using a computer. No one may have more than one card.

Patrons are asked to notify the Library immediately when their card is lost or stolen, their PIN is compromised or they have changed their address or phone number.


Library cards are free and ready to use immediately. Adult applicants must present a valid and undamaged photo ID along with proof of current address. Proof of current address would include the following:

  • A recent (less than 30 days old) utility bill
  • A recent bank statement
  • A current rent receipt or lease agreement
  • Government issued ID or statement

Juveniles (ages 2 years to 12 years) may register for a juvenile library card without a parent signature.

Every Library card comes with a personal identification number, or PIN, that can be used to renew books, place holds, check the status of materials online and access time on Library computers.


All circulating materials are available for a two-week loan period. For security purposes, patrons must present a Library card or a valid and undamaged photo ID when checking out. No one is permitted to check out materials on another person’s card. A total of 50 items may be checked out on an adult card. A total of 20 items may be checked out on a juvenile card.


Most materials may be renewed up to five times, unless the item is on hold for another patron. Periodicals and eBooks are excluded. Other items may be renewed in person at any desk, by phone or through the online catalog. The phone number for 24-hour renewal is (216) 226-8275, ext. 150.


The overdue charge for most items is 10¢ a day. Late DVDs result in a fine of 50¢ a day. Borrowing privileges will be suspended and the patron’s Library card will be blocked when accumulated fines reach $10.00. After 30 days, any item that is still overdue will be billed to the patron. Library cards with billed items will also be blocked. A blocked card will not allow a patron access to the Technology Center and other services.


Fees will also be charged for damaged items. Lost or damaged VHS, DVD and CD cases will result in a fine of $5.00. Lost or damaged audio book cases will result in a fine of $10.00.


Damaged cards can be exchanged for free. However, there is a $2.00 charge for replacement of a lost card. To replace a lost card, patrons must present a valid and undamaged photo ID. All overdue items must be returned or renewed and all outstanding fees and fines must be paid in full.