Frequently Asked Questions

How do I...?

If you have a current library card from any of the 42 YLN libraries, you can use it at any Network Library that is open to the public.

Note: fines and policies vary from library to library in the Network.  You are responsible for any materials checked out on your library card.

Library cards are free to Yavapai County residents.  If you don’t already have one and want to get yours from a District branch library, here’s what you need to bring with you:

  • A government or school-issued picture ID that has your current physical address. 
  • If your ID has only a PO Box or an old address, you must also bring proof of current Yavapai County residency. Proof of local address could be
  • U.S. mail postmarked within the past 30 days
  • current utility bill
  • current rent receipt
  • legal document
  • current ID from an educational institution affiliated with the Yavapai Library Network

Children under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian register for them according to the guidelines above.


Once you have your library card, you can create an account online that will allow you to search the catalog, place holds to be sent to your home library, renew items and more, all from your home computer or even your smart phone.  Go to your local library's webpage then click the Go to the Catalog link. Then click Log In at the top of the page. Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number until you log in an change it.  

Didn’t find what you need at your home library? Fear not! Our catalog brings you the combined resources of 42 libraries. With over 1.3 million items, we probably have what you want, and when you place a hold, your item will be sent to your home library when it becomes available. Simply log in to your account, search for your item, click Place Hold, and make sure your pick-up library is correct.

If the catalog doesn’t have what you’re looking for, check with your library staff to request an Inter-Library Loan from outside the county.

Whatever your device, there are thousands of eMaterials and downloadable audios for you to explore!  Click the Online Resources link at the top of this page, choose your library, and scroll down to the ebrary, Overdrive and Zinio buttons to browse.

Overdrive (Popular Fiction & Non-Fiction eBooks and Audiobooks) – Log in with your library card number and pin.  Browse.  Select a title.   Save the title to your wish list or check it out if it’s available.  From here you can choose to read it in the browser or download it to your device.  For extra help, click here and select your device.

ebrary (Academic Non-Fiction) – Click the ebrary button on the Online Resources page.  On the ebrary Home page, click the View LibGuide button on the lefthand side.  Click the appropriate tab for instructions on downloading to desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

Zinio (Popular magazines on a broad range of topics) – Browse the magazine covers, click on one you’d like to read.   Create an account by clicking the Checkout button, then follow instructions to load the appropriate app, or go to the app store.

You can return your library materials at any YLN library. They will be checked in and sent to their home library.

If the Network catalog does not have what you are looking for, and it might be an item lots of other patrons would enjoy, write the title and author down and give it to library staff.

All the District branch libraries have public computers for patrons to use.  You can print, copy and fax, as well.  Check your email, do your taxes, write a paper for school, make a yard sale sign… Library staff can help get you started.

  • B&W Copies: $.10 per side
  • Color Prints: $.50 per side
  • Fax (Incoming/Outgoing)
    • First page $.50
    • Additional Pages $.10

What if...?

District branch libraries do not charge fines for late items. Just bring them back as soon as possible. However, some libraries in the Network do charge fines, and those fines can be collected at any library you use. Some libraries will not let you check out new materials if you have unpaid fines. If you owe more than $10.00, your account will be frozen until you pay the fines.

Damaged: Let library staff know that the item is damaged so it can be repaired or replaced.  If it must be replaced, you will have to pay for the item, plus a processing fee.


Lost:  As with damaged items, lost items must be replaced, so you will have to pay for the item, plus a processing fee. If it turns up later, contact the owning library regarding their refund policy.


See your library staff to get a new card.  Replacement cards cost $1.00.

Make sure you keep your contact info current. See your home library staff to update your address. 

Library Policies

You can find the library policies here.