Applying for a library card may well be the last simple thing to do on this planet.
Besides a one-page application that asks for such basics as name, address, driver's license and education level, a prospective card holder need only show identification and proof of address. A signature accepting responsibility for all materials borrowed from the library is also required.
If the applicant is under 18 years old, a parent or guardian's signature is required. A child old enough to be able to print his or her name is also eligible for a library card.
Penalties for overdue materials range in price from library to library, but the most common late fee is 10 cents a day per item and 5 cents a day for items from the children's collection. Each library has its penalty rates posted.