Using the Library

How do I get a library card?

Getting a library card is easy! However, you must be a resident of Forsyth and you must show a Driver’s License, State ID, or other photo ID which verifies your Forsyth address for adults, and a parent’s signature for children under 14 years of age. Library cards are valid for three years and can be renewed by presenting proof of current address.

What if I don’t have a Forsyth address?

You must have a Forsyth address to apply for a Forsyth Library card. If you live in a different community, you must get a card from your “home library.” Although we cannot issue cards to residents other than those in Forsyth, we are happy to honor cards from other libraries.

What are the loan periods?

DVDs can be checked out for seven days. New adult fiction and periodicals (magazines) can be checked out for two weeks. All other materials have a loan period of three weeks. Most items can be renewed twice. Renewal can take place in person, online, or over the phone.

May I checkout magazines and newspapers?

Magazines, except for the newest issue, can be checked out for two weeks. Recent issues are shelved under the current copies. Older issues are kept in the periodical room and can be retrieved by a staff member. Newspapers cannot be checked out.

How many items can I take out at one time?

The limit on DVDs is ten titles at one time. There are no limits on other items.

What if I can’t find the item I’m looking for?

There are several options available to you.

  1. If the item you are looking for is not on the shelves, we can place a hold for you and notify you as soon as it is available to be picked up.
  2. If the item is available at another library, you could travel to that location and check the item out with your Forsyth library card. Your card is valid at Decatur Public Library, all Macon County libraries, and many libraries throughout the state. In addition, you can request the item to be shipped to the Forsyth Public Library to be checked out here. Library staff is happy to help with that request.

What if I lose my library card?

Always report a stolen or lost library card so that others do not use it. Lost cards can be replaced for $1.00.

Are there fines for late materials?

The Forsyth Public Library does not charge fines on overdue materials. However, patrons who have overdue items may not check out more materials until the overdue items are renewed, returned or paid for. Patrons are responsible for the cost of any lost or damaged items.

Can I return my Forsyth library books at another library?

Yes! You can also return books from other public libraries at the Forsyth Public Library.

Where can I get more information?

Call the library at 217-877-8174 or stop and see us at 268 S. Elwood, north of the post office in Forsyth.