How To Use Your Library Card
If you live or own property in Yakima County, you qualify for a free library card (Super Card) good in all Yakima Valley Libraries. Free service areas include all of Yakima County except within the city limits of Grandview, which hosts its own public library.
The Super Card is giving you access to, among others, these wonderful YVL services:
- Check out books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs.
- Download eBooks and eAudiobooks.
- Stream fiction and non-fiction videos.
- Search our online reference and educational databases, including: language learning tools, interactive test preparation guides for the GED, U.S. Citizenship, ASVAB, GRE and SAT, online magazines and newspapers, health and consumer information, genealogical resources, encyclopedias, auto manuals, and many more!
- Take courses on Microsoft Imagine Academy and access to premium study resources and free exam sessions for MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certifications.
- Use the WestlawNext Patron Access Database from a designated computer at our Yakima Central Library.
- Access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. Find out about grants through Funding Information Network premium databases, librarian selected grantseeking websites, and personal assistance from library staff.
- Check out a free family admission pass to visit the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA.
- Use our Interlibrary Loan service to borrow materials from other library systems.
- Reserve a PC session in any library to access the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point.)
- Access to our free Wi-Fi service (at certain library locations.)
- Identification Needed To Apply For A Super Card - To apply for a Super Card, present a picture ID with proof of a current address and fill out a registration form available online or at any one of our YVL community libraries. Proof of address can be a driver’s license, utility bill, or other non-personal piece of mail addressed to you.
- Card Expiration - Library cards expire every year. Super Card holders will need to contact one of the YVL community libraries to verify contact info on your account in order to continue using YVL services.
- Borrowing Limits - Each Super Card holder can check out up to 75 items at a time. Each Provisional Card holder (a card holder who has not yet verified address) may check out (2) items at a time.
- Loan Periods:
- DVDs of 8 hours or less – 7 days
- Streaming Video - 7 days
- eBooks and eAudiobooks – 21 days
- All other library material (including DVDs longer than 8 hours) - 28 days
- If you forget your Super Card - Having your Super Card with you helps us to serve you faster and more efficiently. However, in the event that you have forgotten your library card we require some other form of identification such as a driver’s license in order to check out materials to you. If you have lost your card or it has been stolen report it as soon as possible.
- If you forget your Library account PIN/Password - If you can't remember your PIN, a librarian will not be able to tell you what it is. Please call or visit your local library so the librarian can reset your PIN/Password.
- If you do not live in the YVL Service Area - Non-residents may purchase a YVL Super Card at the non-resident rate established annually by the Board of Trustees.
TYPES OF LIBRARY CARD
THE SUPER CARD - ADULT
To apply for an adult Super Card:
THE SUPER CARD – MINOR
- Fill out the application form completely
- Visit any YVL location to get started.
- Show identification that you reside within the YVL service area and picture Identification.
- Set up your PIN/Password number so you can access to our 24/7 digital collections and online resources.
Children and teens under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when applying for a Super Card - Minor.
The adult parent or guardian must supply photo ID and proof of current address. To apply for a Super Card for children and teens under 18 years old:
THE SUPER CARD – INSTITUTIONS
- Fill out the application form completely.
- Visit any YVL location to get started.
- With your parent or legal guardian, submit the finished application to staff.
A Super Card for Institutions from YVL allows your school, daycare or similar institutions to check out library materials for use in your organization.
The institution is responsible for all materials checked out by authorized staff. Please have a formal letter requesting a Super Card for Institutions
prepared on your organization’s letterhead, listing the following:
- The number of library cards you are requesting
- The names of staff authorized to use those library cards.
This letter must have the signed authorization of the head of the organization. Should a person leave your organization and no longer be authorized to use a library card, please contact us or visit your local library, so that your organization’s library record can be updated.
THE SUPER CARD – RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT
If you do not live or own property in our service area but you already have a library card with a cooperating library system in Washington State, you can get a reciprocal card. Reciprocal Borrowers can possess a YVL Super Card with full access to print and online resources and borrowing privileges. This card type does not include Interlibrary Loan services. Cooperating library systems include the Fort Vancouver Regional Library and the North Central Regional Library systems. To apply for a reciprocal card, please fill out an application at any of our libraries. Please bring your Library Card from the cooperating library system, a valid photo ID, and proof of address.
THE SUPER CARD - NON-RESIDENT
To apply for the Super Card if you do not live within the YVL service area:
THE DIGITAL PASS
- Fill out the application form completely.
- The non-residents may use services for which a library card is required through payment of an annual fee entitling everyone residing at the same street address (i.e. house, apartment, or other type of living unit) to resident library privileges at no additional charge. The annual fee is governed by YVL Board of Trustees. Non-resident cards expire after one year.
The Digital Pass is valid for up to sixty (60) days and grants immediate access to our digital collections including online databases, eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming video. Digital Passes are open to residents of Yakima County (except those living in the City of Grandview) who don't already have a card. Learn more about Digital Pass eligibility (FAQ).
Upgrade to a Super Card within sixty (60) days by visiting a one of our YVL community libraries in person and showing identification and proof you reside within the YVL service area.
PROVISIONAL LIBRARY CARD
Although you may place two holds on physical items with your Digital Pass, use of physical materials is excluded until you get The Super Card.
The Super Card will allow you access to ALL YVL services and materials including books, DVDs, CDs, and the ability to reserve and use public computers.
The Provisional Library Card is for people who live in the YVL’s service area, but do not yet have proof of current address (examples: new residents or people in transitional housing). To apply for a provisional card you must fill out the Library card registration form and present the completed registration form along with picture identification at any YVL’ location to receive your provisional card. You would be able to reserve and use the public computers or free Wi-Fi (at certain library locations) as well as accessing to anyone of our 24/7 online services. For example, you can check out eBooks, stream online videos, reading digital magazines, or using our large variety of digital databases and resources. Also please note provisional library card holders may checkout only 2 items at one time and/or place holds on only 2 YVL items at a time. Once you provide the library with proof of current address your card will be converted to regular status and have full privileges.
RENEWING YOUR LIBRARY MATERIAL
You may renew an item twice, online or in person, if it is not overdue and there are no holds on the item or blocks on your account. Lucky Day material is not renewable. You can renew:
- By Phone: To renew your items via phone, please contact us or visit your local Library with your Super Card during Library hours.
- Online: You may renew your materials online here. Please note you will need your Super Card number and four digit PIN/Password.
- In person at the Library: Bring your Super Card to any YVL community library and ask to have the items renewed.
HOLDS AND REQUESTS
In order to offer the best service to all patrons, resources available through YVL are distributed throughout a wide geographical area. Any circulating item can be reserved for personal use by a patron, regardless of location. Such a request is called a "Hold."
To place a hold on an item follow these steps:
- Search the library catalog for the item you would like to request.
- Click on the Place Request button in the title information page.
- In the barcode window type the number from the back of your Super Card. Enter your PIN/Password number in the Password window. If you have forgotten your PIN/Password, call your library or use the “Forgot password?” feature on the login screen and an email will be sent to the email address listed in your account with a new password.
- Click on the down arrow next to the Pickup Library window and select the YVL community library where you'd like to pick up the item.
- Click Submit Request. If you need assistance please contact any of the YVL libraries.
When you are logged into your library account you can display the requests you have made. Requests can be suspended, reactivated, or cancelled while in your Patron Account Requests view. For each item, the requests view displays the format and title of the item, the pick-up library you designated, and the status of the request.
RETURNING AND FINES AND FEES
To avoid late charges, please renew or return materials promptly to any community library. Fines stop accumulating once the materials are returned Most of our libraries have outside book drops for your convenience.
- Returning - Library materials may be returned at any time to any Yakima Valley Libraries’ location. To avoid fines, return all material on time. When the library is closed, you may return your items in the outside book drops. Outdoor book drops are located at: Yakima Central Library, Richard E. Ostrander - West Valley Library, Granger Library, Sunnyside Library, Buena Library, Harrah Library, Mabton Library, Naches Library, Selah Library, Southeast Yakima Library, Terrace Heights Library, Tieton Library, Toppenish Library, and the Wapato Library.
- Fines and Fees :
- Lost library cards may be replaced for a fee of $1.00.
- Fines will be charged at a rate of $.10 per day per item, up to a maximum of $2.50 per item.
- Notices will be sent on a regular basis.
- Borrowing privileges will be suspended if any item is overdue 14 days or more, or if total account charges exceed $10.00.
- The replacement cost of items not returned after 28 days overdue will be charged to the patron’s account. If the item is returned in good condition, the replacement cost of the item will be waived.
- Accounts owing $25.00 or more may be referred to a collection agency and a collection fee of $15.00 will be charged to your library account.
- Accounts in collections must be paid in full before borrowing privileges can resume.
- For more information, please see the Circulation Policy, available on our website (www.yvl.org) or at any YVL community library.
Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows YVL card-holders to borrow books and other materials that are not owned by YVL. A patron with a valid YVL Super Card in good standing is eligible for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services. The services are generally available at no cost to the patron – any cost will be verified with patron in advance. Materials borrowed through ILL do not belong to YVL, and we cannot set the loan period or overdue fees. YVL can only borrow what the other library is willing to lend, and we abide by their terms. The borrowing patron is responsible for any charges that originate from the ILL transaction.