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Presentation of Library Card


Since the home library is liable for materials borrowed by its patrons, it is expected that BCCLS libraries circulate materials only to patrons presenting a valid library card. A valid library card includes:

  • physical card issued by a BCCLS library,
  • digital representation of the card,
  • card stored on loyalty card app such as but not limited to: Keyring or Stocard
  • self-checkout app acknowledged by BCCLS

Libraries may not circulate materials to out-of-town patrons who fail to present a valid library card, as defined above, issued by a BCCLS library. Presentation of a library card to borrow library materials, or for any other library functions requiring presentation of a card, constitutes representation that the presenter is the legitimate card holder. BCCLS libraries are entitled to request identification from any patron presenting a library card.

All library staff who wish to borrow materials must have a valid library card.


It is recommended that all libraries adopt a policy that a valid library card must be presented in order to circulate materials. At the BCCLS/system level, the presentation of a patron’s library card, as defined above, is required when borrowing materials. A member library may choose to determine locally to accept an alternate form of identification. These local decisions carry no weight or expectation of borrowing privileges at other BCCLS member libraries.

Maximum Item Limit


Patron item limit of 50 must not be overridden.