Bring your photo ID to the Circulation desk and fill out a quick form. If you are under 16, a parent/guardian must be present. Patrons from the greater Shoals area are eligible for standard cards.
Search our catalog. On the results page, click the Availability button to view the location of a book and find out if it is currently available.
Use your library card to check out materials at the Circulation desk on the first floor.
Standard checkout limits are up to 5 DVDs per household; there is currently no limit on books. The first time you use your card, you may check out up to 5 items total; the DVD checkout limit still applies. After you return your first set of checked-out items, the standard checkout limit applies.
You can access your FLPL patron account through our catalog website by clicking here. To log in, enter your library card barcode number without the spaces, and your password (which, by default, is the last four digits of your phone number on your library account). Once you're logged in, choose My Account in the menu to access your information.
My Record shows your library card registration information. Here, you can change your contact information including address and phone number, as well as your password for logging into this account.
Items Out shows what library materials you have checked out and allows you to renew items that have renewals remaining. Requests shows any items you have placed on hold.
Fines & Fees lists any fines you owe on your account—for example, for late or lost books.
Click here to log into your FLPL account on our catalog website.. Once you're logged in, choose My Account in the menu, then Items Out.
Books can be renewed one time, for an additional two weeks.
To renew online, click here to log into your FLPL account on our catalog website. Once you're logged in, choose My Account in the menu, then Items Out. You can renew items from this page if they have renewals remaining. Some items, including DVDs, cannot be renewed. If the Renewals Left column shows 0/1 or 0/0, the item cannot be renewed. To renew items over the phone, call FLPL at 256-764-6564 and dial extension 41.
If you find a book in our catalog but it's checked out, you can join the waiting list for the book and be notified when it comes in.
To place a hold request online:
To place a hold request over the phone, call FLPL at 256-764-6564 and dial extension 41.
If a book is currently in, you cannot place it on hold.
If FLPL doesn't have the book you're looking for, there are two ways to request the book.
ILLs: Inter-Library Loans (ILLs) are a way to borrow a book from another library through FLPL. ILLs are $5. You can fill out an ILL request form at the FLPL Reference desk, then pay for the item when you pick it up. Alternatively, you can submit an ILL request using our online ILL form. ILL requests submitted from the online form must be paid for at the time of the request, and the payment will be processed by PayPal. In the event FLPL is unable to fulfill an online ILL request, we will refund your payment. Visit our ILL page here.
Patron requests: If you would like FLPL to add a book to our collection, you can submit a patron request. There is no charge to request a book this way, but there is also no guarantee the book will be added to the collection. You can fill out a request card at one of the library's service desks.
The library now offers e-book and e-audiobook checkout through Overdrive. Click here to go right to the Digital Media Zone, or read our guide on how to find and download ebooks. If you experience problems logging in please check your account and settle any fines or renew books that are overdue. This should take care of any issue.
Overdrive is offered via Huntsville Madison County Public Library's Digital Media Zone and is provided to FLPL patrons by the Friends of the Library.
WiFi is free! There are public computers available for children (10 and under), teens (11–15), and adults (16 and over), as well as Email Stations, Research Stations, and Local History & Genealogy workstations. Local patrons must use their library cards to access the computers. Patrons from out of town may obtain a one-day guest pass for the computers by showing photo ID at the desk. (Local residents, including those with valid library cards, are ineligible for guest passes.)
The Youth Computers (age 10 and under) and Teen Computers (11–15) are located in Youth Services on the first floor. They are limited to 3 hours per patron per day, which will be limited to 45 minutes at a time when there is a waiting list.
The Reference Computers (age 16 and over) are located in the Reference Department on the second floor. They are limited to 3 hours per patron per day, which will be limited to 1 hour at a time when there is a waiting list.
The new Research Stations, also on the second floor, are specifically for patrons and guests doing scholarly work and research. Patrons can even reserve these stations for a particular date and time, up to 7 days in advance, by visiting the Reference Department or calling 256-764-6564, ext. 42. There is no daily time limit for Research Station use, though sessions will be limited to 2 hours at a time if reserved in advance or if another patron reserves the computer.
Genealogy Computers for genealogical research are available in the Local History & Genealogy Department on the second floor.
FLPL also offers free wireless internet, which can be accessed from anywhere in the library building. The library's various tables and workstations are ideal for laptop use.
Need help with homework? Looking for information sources for a research paper? Need to study for a test? FLPL.org has several categories of links that may help you. Just go to the Research Links page and find scholarly sources and databases organized by subject. Students find links to homework help, test preparation, and other resources.
The library offers free computer classes on a variety of topics. Contact Abby firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-764-6564, ext. 27. Click here for more information and a list of upcoming classes.
FLPL also hosts writing classes. Click here for class descriptions and information on contacting the instructors.
The FLPL conference room and board room are available for reservations. Contact us at 256-764-6564, ext. 15 to reserve a room. Click here for more information on our meeting rooms.
Fill out a volunteer application at the Circulation desk. We also accept applications from students who wish to volunteer as part of a community service program or school requirement. Click here for more information on volunteering, or contact the Circulation desk at 256-764-6564, ext. 15.
Click here for our online comment form, or fill out a comment card at one of the service desks. You can also call the library at 256-764-6564 or write to us at 350 North Wood Avenue, Florence, AL, 35630.
In order to check out a mobile hotspot the borrower must sign a “Mobile Hotspot Borrowing Agreement” with the following criteria:
A $50 cash deposit required for checkout
Borrower must be 18 or older with a valid library card, driver's license, phone number, and a library cardholder for at least six moths
Borrower is responsible for $130 replacement cost if lost, stolen, or damaged
Hotspots cannot be returned in the library book drop
Overdue hotspots will be deactivated
Hotspots cannot be used to access obscene or pornographic websites or to violate the privacy of anyone or represent oneself as another person
Loan period: 2 weeks with no option of renewal
Mobile hotspots must be checked out and returned at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor.
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