Circulation: (601) 693 6771
Library cards are required to check out any library materials. There is a $5 fee for replacement cards.
To obtain a resident library card you must live, work, or own property in Lauderdale County and present a current ID: a state issued ID (Driver's License) with name and current Lauderdale County address.
New patrons must present proof of current address, e.g. any utility bill, voter registration card, or proof they work within Lauderdale County. The item must have the same name and address as the ffirst ID. Patrons subject to reverification of photo ID at any time.
Children must be six (6) years old to obtain their own library card. A parent's or legal guardian's signature is required. Legal guardians must provide proof of guardianship.
A non-resident card, issued for one year increments, is available to those not meeting resident library card requirements for a non-refundable fee of $15 per year. Valid identification and proof of address is required.
For short-term visitors to Lauderdale County, temporary library cards are available which require a refundable $100 fee. This fee is refunded when the items borrowed from the library are returned in satisfactory condition. There are limitations on the number of items which can be checked out with temporary cards. Ask Circulation staff for specific information.
Renewing /Replace a Card:
Library Cards are valid for three (3) years. To renew a card simply show your ID (Driver's License) in order to have it renewed. To replace a lost card simply show your ID (Driver's License) to Circulation staff. Replacement cards cost $5.00.
Physical Library cards are required to check out any library materials at front desk or use computers.
Certain items do require a refundable deposit to be made in order to be checked out. Examples include GED and ASVAB books, each requiring a $30 deposit.
The Library's catalog is available at: www.meridian.lib.ms.us. Patrons may place holds, renew books and much more. A personal password must be set up to access Patron Account and can be set up with the Circulation staff.
The library currently houses seventeen (17) public access computers with internet access. Meridian and Lauderdale County residents must have a valid library card to use a computer. Out of town visitors must sign in at the Reference Desk and show their ID (valid driver's license) to be issued a guest pass. Wireless access is available in the Library. Print-outs are .25 per page. Copies are black and white only.
Most library books may be renewed twice, if no hold has been placed on the item, for extended checkout in three ways: These are 1) by visiting the library with the item, or 2) by telephone, or 3) accessing your account thru the online catalog. The telephone number for book renewal is 693-6771. Some children's books and request (on hold) books can not be renewed. DVD's can not be renewed.
Reserves may be placed on items which are checked out in three ways. These are 1) in person at the library, or 2) by telephone, or 3) thru the online catalog. Patrons placing reserves will be notified by telephone when the items requested are available for pickup. DVD's may not be reserved. Reserves are held for three (3) days.
The library offers an after hours book-only drop on its west-side (26th Street) wall of the library. There are four (3) additional drop box sites. These are located at:
Cash Savers on North Frontage Road
Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville
Winn-Dixie - Hwy 39
All library materials may be deposited in these remote locations.
This free service allows the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library to borrow and loan printed materials with other libraries statewide and nationwide. For further information, call ILL Services at 693-6771.
Fax Services are available through the Circulation department. The cost associated with this service is $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. The library's Fax number is (601) 486-2260. Incoming faxes are $1.00 per page.
The library accepts debit and credit cards for payment. There is a minimum of $5.00 per transaction. Deposit Books and notary services are excluded and are cash only.
The Children's Department houses an excellent collection of children's materials which support the reading needs of children ranging in age from birth through grades six. In addition the department offers a wide array of programming opportunities through out the year. Also, a 24 hour Storyline services is available by calling (601)482-4444.
The Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library houses a genealogy collection. Patrons must first sign in at Reference Desk before using collection. It contains a broad collection of genealogy books for most of the Southern States, along with an excellent family history collection.
The library has one (1) copier for public use. at a cost of .25 per 8 1/2 x 11 page. Color copies are also available at a cost of $1 per page.