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. Once 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 5 youth audiobooks for each location.
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.
There is no limit on how many holds you can have at once. Remember that you can only check out 5 DVDs, 5 youth DVDs, 5 audiobooks, 5 youth audiobooks and 5 New books at a time.
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 and new audiobooks check out for 2 weeks. DVDs check out for 1 week. 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 for 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 are $.15 per day.
At the Main library, you can use your library card to access a PC. If you do not have a library card, you may get a guest pass at the Adult Services Desk. At the Downtown Branch Library, you may sign up for a PC at the Circulation 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 Avenue and Lakeside Drive. Enter through the glass door there and take the elevator to the second floor.
At the Main Library, the Book 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. At the Downtown Branch Library, the Book Sale is next to the copier.
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
Both library locations provide WiFi access, with no password required. At the Main Library, the networks are called Library Wireless1 and Library Wireless2. At the Downtown Branch Library, the network is called Public Library; you may also use the ColPublicAccess network there. WiFi printing is available at both locations.
Both library locations provide computers with Microsoft Office Suite (minus Access), access to the Internet, and printing capability.
Patrons can use a computer once per day for up to 90 minutes.Black and white prints cost $.15 per page; color prints, available only at the Main Library, are $.50 per page.
At the Main Library, Youth Services also has 4 public PCs for children 12 and under, 1 parent-friendly computer, and another 4 early learning stations.The Downtown Branch Library also has an early learning station
Yes. Faxes are a flat rate of $1 per fax. We cannot receive faxes.
Both locations have copiers, which cost $.15 each. Double-sided copies and automatic feed are available at the Downtown Branch Library.
The Main Library provides scans at the Adult Services desk for $1.00 per scan. The Downtown Branch Library’s copier also scans documents, free of charge. Please bring a flash drive to save your scan on.
The Main Library has one quiet study room. Occupancy is limited to two people. Reservations can be made up to one week ahead for the following calendar week. Walk-ins will be honored depending on the room availablity.