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Free patron cards are available to all citizens of Madison County. Those who own property, go to school full time in Madison County, teach in Madison County, or are in the Military are also eligible for free cards. All others must pay an annual $25.00 non-resident fee.
One free card will be issued. Replacement cards are available for a charge of $1.00.
Adults must apply in person at the Circulation Desk with a photo ID and proof of current address.
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has the above information.
If a book in the library catalog is not currently available, requests that it be put on hold for you at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified by phone or e-mail when the book has arrived.
Books not in our catalog may be requested by filling out a form at the circulation desk. Requests for books older than 6 months may be filled through Interlibrary Loan. All fines and over due materials must be cleared before a book will be ordered from another library. Library card required.
Books may be requested on-line by accessing the library website and going to the on-line catalog. You must have a pin number in order to use this service. To request a pin number, ask at the Circulation Desk. Requests will be processed for only the first five books requested.
All adult patrons are required to present either their library card or a photo ID to check out materials photo ID to check out materials. Children must have their card or an adult with photo ID to check out materials.
Audio Books 2 weeks, limit 5
Books, Adult Fiction 2 weeks, no limit
Books, Adult Non-Fiction 2 weeks, limit 5 per subject
CD's 2 weeks, limit 5
Videos and DVD's 1 week, limit 4
Children's Fiction 2 weeks, limit 25
Children's Non-Fiction 2 weeks, limit 25, 5 per subject
All items may be renewed if not on hold for other patrons. Items may be renewed by phone, on-line, or at the circulation desk for up to two or more loan periods.
|Books, CD's||10 cents per day||$4.00 max.|
|Audio Books||50 cents per day||$5.00 max|
|Videos and DVD's||$1.00 per day||$10.00 max.|
|Equipment (Audiovisual)||$5.00 per day||$50.00 max.|
Lost items charges are the cost of the item plus a $2.00
Damaged items will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Please bring the damaged item to the library.
Videos and DVD's returned without the proper case will be charged the full price of the item.
Please notify the library of changes in your address and telephone number.
The Library, outside the East College Street entrance. Madison South Shopping Center, near Save-a-Lot grocery. Old Hickory Mall, near the outdoor postal center (J.C. Penney). Library North, 3189 N. Highland
We prefer that CD's, videos and audio books be brought to the library to prevent damage from heat, cold, or heavy books being dropped on them. If you must use the book drop, please bag your audiovisual items.
Public Internet access and word processing are available through a self-service computer lab with a Jackson-Madison County Library Card and PIN number. A visitor's pass is available for non-residents with identification proving non-residency. Patrons may utilize two sessions, each with a one hour time limit, daily. Please review both the Internet Use Policy and the Computer Etiquette Guidelines.
There is no age limit for the use of these computers, but children will need to have a parent with them to obtain a library card and set up their PIN number. If parents wish for their children to not have computer access, see the Circulation Desk so we can remove the PIN number.
Printing services are available. Black and white printouts are fifteen cents per page and color printouts are thirty cents per page.
Personal documents and pictures should not be saved to the public computers. All documents and pictures can be viewed by other patrons if saved to the computer.
Children's Library—Tuesday and Friday (10:30 a.m.) story times, summer reading program, and special programs for children through grade 6.
Young Adult Library—grades 7 through 12, summer reading program.
Reference—research assistance, microfilm of the Jackson Sun, specialized reference tools in book and electronic form.
Tennessee Room—historical and genealogical research.
Library Board Room—for small meetings.
Library Program Center—for educational, cultural and civic programs by non-profit groups. Call for scheduling.
Library Tours and Speakers—call for scheduling.
This special collection is devoted to research in genealogy and local history. In addition to over 5,000 books, there are microfilm rolls containing Madison County records, Tennessee census (1810-1920), Jackson, TN newspapers (1823-1935), Tennessee death indexes (1908-1940) and other Tennessee state originated collections.
The following items are also available: maps, atlases and gazetteers; Jackson city directories, funeral records, vertical files, photographs.
The Tennessee Room has "The Jackson Sun" from 1936 on microfilm and a partial index from 1981. Obituaries have been indexed since August 2002. Electronic and print indexes provide subject access to The Jackson Sun, the local daily newspaper . Microform reader/printers are available.
Two full-time staff members are present to help patrons use the collection and answer questions. Visitors are asked to sign the guest register on entry. Minors are required to be accompanied by a parent.
Search requests by mail are answered; however, they must be very specific due to limited staff and time. A review of our correspondence guidelines may be helpful.Examples of good requests and bad requests suggest specific "do's and "do not's" .
Jackson-Madison County Library's computerized catalog system makes it possible to check availability of library material . The library's system also allows a patron to access his/her personal library account, renew books or place a "hold request" online. Personalized instruction in its use is always available. Please feel free to ask for help from a librarian at any time. Access to the on-line catalog is available at the library or through the library's web site from any computer with Internet access.
What Do I Read Next? is available on library computers. It is searchable by title, author, subject, full text, time period, geographic location, character and reading level to help readers find new books they would enjoy. It includes expert recommendations on classic, mainstream or genre fiction and nonfiction titles covering a wide range of subjects for all age levels. Instructions for remote access are available at the library.
Reserves can be placed on an item that is currently out on loan so that it will be held for you when it is returned. Request forms are available at the circulation desk. Through the online catalog you now have the option of placing a "hold request" from your home computer. You must have a valid Jackson-Madison County Library card and be in good standing. When the book is available, you will be notified by phone or card and the book will be held for 3 days.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a way for our patrons to borrow books or get copies of periodical articles which our library does not have. You must have a valid Jackson-Madison County Library card and be in good standing. Request forms are available at the circulation desk. After a request has been made, it may take 2 to 6 weeks for a response. Materials which we cannot obtain through ILL include reference materials, books published within the last six months, bestsellers, complete issues of periodicals, or any audio-visual materials.
Join the FAB Club and be delighted as new books written by your favorite authors are reserved automatically just for you. To sign up, inquire at the circulation desk. This service is provided by the Circulation Department.
If you are a member of the Favorite Author Book Club, please do not request books online or through a request form for authors you selected on your FAB form. Your name is already on the list to receive the book(s).
Current issues of magazines on a variety of subjects are available for browsing in the circulation department of the library. Special interest magazine topics include business, personal finance, photography, cooking, travel, health, history, science and current events. A number of children's magazines may be found in the children's department. Back issues of many titles are available in the reference department electronic format. If you are looking for articles on a certain topic, there are computer indexes to help you with your search.
Newspapers from Jackson and some larger cities are received daily at the library. Older issues of the Jackson Sun from 1936 are available on microfilm in the Tennessee Room. The library maintains a partial index of the Sun from 1981. Other newspaper titles are kept for two weeks only.
The library has 25 computer terminals dedicated to the Internet available for public use. Internet users should check out a computer by entering their library card number and pin number at an available computer. Coin-op printing is available. Printing cost is $0.15 per page. Color copies are $0.30 per page. Internet access is available during all library hours, up to 15 minutes before closing. Filters are in place on the computers. A maximum of two sessions of up to 60 minutes each are allowed per day. You may reserve a computer up to seven days in advance at the self-checkout station near the circulation desk, but may only have one reservation active at any given time. Please review both the Internet Use Policy and the Computer Etiquette Guidelines.
Library North has 6 computers dedicated to the Internet available for public use. Two computers dedicated to children's games are available in the children's area.
Word processing is available on all of the 25 computers in the computer lab. Patrons should check out a computer at the self-checkout station near the circulation desk . Files may be saved to floppy disk or flash drive. Disks are available for sale at the circulation desk at a cost of $1.00. Printing is $0.15 per page. Patrons must abide by library guidelines for use of the word processing service. Library staff can provide only basic help.
Excel is available on all of the 25 computers in the computer lab for those needing to use a spreadsheet program. Patrons should check out a computer at the self-checkout station near the circulation desk. Files may be saved to floppy disk or flash drive. Disks are available for sale at the circulation desk at a cost of $1.00. Printing is $0.15 per page. Patrons must abide by library guidelines. Library staff can provide only basic help.
Powerpoint is available on all of the 25 computers in the computer lab for those needing to prepare presentations. Patrons should check out a computer at the self-checkout station near the circulation desk. Files may be saved to floppy disk or flash drive . Disks are available for sale at the circulation desk at a cost of $1.00. Printing is $0.15 per page. Patrons must abide by library guidelines. Library staff can provide only basic help.
The library has three self-serve photocopiers available for use. The copiers produce single or double-sided black-and-white copies that may be enlarged or reduced. The charge for copies is $0.15 per page for letter and legal size copies and $o.25 per page for 11X17 copies. The copiers at the main library are located on the main floor and in the Tennessee Room on the second floor. A copier is also available at Library North.
Patrons may write or call the Reference Department for photocopies of specific articles from The Jackson Sun. Minimum search/copy fee is $3.00 per search item. The fee covers up to 4 pages. Additional pages are $ .25 each. For copies of Tennessee Room materials see correspondence guidelines .
You may send documents by FAX using the library's machine for a charge of $1.00 per page. The charge for receiving a fax is 50 cents per page. Inquire at the circulation desk to make use of this service.
The library has a slide projector, filmstrip projector, 16 mm projector, overhead projector and screen available for use at no charge by nonprofit groups only. This equipment may be checked out by an adult with valid library card. Check-out period is 24 hours. Arrangements for use should be made with the A-V librarian at least one week in advance.
Audio-visual materials available for loan include videos, DVDs, music recordings in various formats, and Books on Tape.
The library is handicapped-accessible with a ramp leading from the College Street parking lot. An elevator is available to reach the fiction and audio-visual section and the Tennessee Room.
Available for checkout are a sizable collection of Large Print books and a growing collection of Books on Tape. We also subscribe to The New York Times Large Type Weekly.
Qualified borrowers may obtain other materials on loan by mail at no cost by contacting the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Nashville, 1-800-342-3308.
A new and larger meeting room (Library Program Center) constructed in 2003 will accommodate up to 130 people. The remodeled Anne Thurmond Board Room is available for smaller groups and for the boards associated with the library. Library policies govern the uses of these rooms. They are available during normal operating hours for public gatherings of a civic, cultural or educational character. No fees for admission may be charged for attendance of a meeting. The library has priority for use of the meeting room.
Groups wishing to use the meeting room must comply with library policy for its use. Copies of the use policy are available upon request. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the library at 731-425-8600.
Full or partial tours of the library may be scheduled for classes or groups. Arrangements should be made in advance at least one week prior to desired date.
Memorial contributions to the library may be made at any time, in any amount, and many excellent books have been added to the collection through such tributes. The donor may even want to specify a particular subject area or interest to be selected. For such remembrances, a card is sent to the family advising of the memorial gift. A memorial bookplate with the name of the person being honored and the name of the donor is placed inside each memorial book.
To honor a person, a contribution to the library may be made at any time, in any amount. Gift books can be used to honor someone's birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc. A bookplate with the name of the person being honored and the name of the donor is placed inside each gift book.
Checks may be mailed directly to the Jackson-Madison County Library giving the name of the memorial or gift. You may contact the library at 731-425-8600 for more information.
From January through April 15, Federal tax forms are available at the library. Library staff cannot provide tax assistance. Staff members will assist in downloading forms from the IRS website, if needed.
The library is interested in providing the public with as many attractive educational and cultural exhibits as possible. The display area and cases may be used for civic displays. Library books on subjects relating to the display are incorporated into it. Use of the display space must be approved by the library director and follow policy guidelines, which are available upon request. Groups or individuals wishing to use the space should contact the library for further information or reservations.
The library has a limited amount of space available for the posting of notices or placement of materials for distribution to the public. Such material should meet library guidelines and be approved in advance by the library director. Inquiries should be directed to the library business office.
Programs on a variety of subjects are scheduled at the library. These are free of charge, open to the public, and are listed on our Events Page.
The Friends of the Library host a noontime book review each month. The Spring Fling Program/Plant Swap is held annually. Past programs and events have included visits from notable authors, book signings, storytelling, poetry readings, musical performances, talent showcases, writers' workshops, public radio broadcasts from the library. The library also hosts public service programs such as the 55 Alive Drivers' Course.
R.E.A.D.S. Regional Ebook and Audiobook Download System, is a free service from your library and the Tennessee Regional Library System. As a result of having a Jackson-Madison County Library card, it allows you to install free software, then download free digital audio books and eBooks to your computer. Enjoy digital books on PCs, laptops, and PDAs. Burn some audio books to CD and listen in your car.
The library has wireless Internet connectivity for patrons who use their laptop computers within the library. Staff can assist with details on connecting to the Web through this feature.