Cards and Account
Yes. You can access your account from any internet connection, be it desktop, phone, or tablet. Go to collection.bplsonine.org/myaccount and enter your library card number (no spaces) and PIN number.
Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number.
You can change your PIN in your account settings. One you log into your account, click on Account Summary, then Library PIN. Enter your new PIN and then confirm your old PIN. Your PIN can be any combination of letters, numbers or symbols up to 8 characters long. It’s not picky.
An EZ Username and Password is an alternate login for your account. After you log in with your library card number and PIN, you can create an EZ Username and Password by clicking on Account Settings, then EZ Username. You can use anything for an EZ Username — numbers, letters, symbols, or any combination of them. The system is not picky.
You can have an unlimited number of regular fiction and nonfiction books. However, we do have a limit of 5 new titles, 5 DVDs, 5 youth DVDs, 10 Audiobooks and 10 youth Audiobooks.
When you see an item you want, look for the orange Place Hold button and click on it. If you are not already logged in, the system will ask for your library card number and PIN. Then select which location you would like the item sent to. The default will be your home library location. You can place holds on all Bedford and Campbel county materials except for DVDs.
There is no limit on how many holds you can have at once, but if remember that you can only check out 5 DVDs, 5 youth DVDs, 5 audiobooks, 5 youth audiobooks and 5 New books at a time.
DVDs from Bedford and Campbell county are not allowed to cross county lines, which means we cannot place holds on those titles. You can drive out to the owning library to check out the DVD, but they cannot be placed on hold.
The library will either email you or call you. You can check with a staff member to check your contact status and to change it. Generally, if we have your email address, we will email you. The emails will come from a batch router, so if you haven’t seen one, check your junk or spam folder for them.
You didn’t pick up your hold in time. We keep items on the hold shelf for one week. Please check with the library to see how we are contacting you when your holds arrive.
New books, new audiobooks, and DVDs check out for 2 weeks. Everything else checks out for 4 weeks.
Yes, you can renew things once. If there is a waiting list on your item, you will not be able to renew it.
Cards expire so we can check that we have your correct information. If you have moved since you received your card, you may have forgotten to tell the library about your new address. When you renew your card, we ask about your address and phone number to be sure we know how to contact you for holds and others notifications.
Overdue fines for books, audiobooks, and DVDs at $.15 per day.
At the Main library, you can use your library card, if you have one, to access a PC. If you don’t you can ask for a guest pass at the Adult Services Desk. At the Branch, you will need to sign in for a PC at the desk.
You can use your Bedford and Campbell county card here. If you only have an Amherst card, you will need to sign up for a Lynchburg card at the Circulation desk. You will need to show a photo ID. Cards are free.
You can return Bedford and Campbell county materials here. Amherst county materials must be returned to an Amherst county library.
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Locations in the library
The Jones Memorial Library has a separate entrance at the corner of Memorial and Langhorne. Enter the glass door and go up the elevator to reach Jones Memorial.
The Books Sale is next to the magazine and newspaper section. When you enter the library, turn right, go past the DVDs, and look for the bright orange cart.
The Community Meeting Room is in the back of the library, behind the Youth department. When you enter the library, turn left, go through the youth department and look for the door on the green wall. There is also a separate entrance on the west side of the building. Look for the door with the big blue awning.
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Computers and Other Services
Yes, we have WiFi. There is no password. When you connect your device, look for Library Wireless1 or Library Wireless2. At the Downtown Branch Library, the network is called Public Library; you may also use the ColPublicAccess network there. WiFi printing is not avaialble at either location.
We have 20 public PCs and Adult Services department that you can use to access the Internet and Microsoft Office Suite (minus Access). Computer sessions start at 30 minutes and can extend up to an hour. Printing in black and white is $.15 per page; color is $.50 per page.
Youth Services also has 4 public PCs for children 12 and under and another 4 early learning stations.
Yes. Faxes are a flat rate of $1 per fax. We cannot receive faxes.
We have two copiers in front of the community bulletin board. Copies are $.15 per page.
Yes. The scanner is at the Adult Services desk. Scanning is at a flat rate of $1.00 per scan. Please bring a flash drive to save your scan on.
We have a quiet study room. Please sign in to use the room at the Adult Services desk. You can reserve the room up to two weeks in advance.