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Borrowing & Getting a Card


Borrowing Periods

The library assigns a borrowing period to each circulating item in the collection, usually one week or three weeks. This period may be extended at the staff’s discretion.

Borrowing Limits

Cardholders may borrow up to 100 circulating items from the library, including up to a total of 25 CDs and DVDs.


Checked out items will be automatically renewed for six (6) additional circulation periods, unless or until a hold is placed on the item by another patron. Some items are exempt from auto-renewals.

Late Fees

Any book or material which is returned to the Library past its originally scheduled due date is considered overdue and is therefore subject to a late fee.

Item Type Late Fee Per Day
Books $.25
CDs $.25
Magazines $.25
Puppet Kits $.50
Books on CD $.50
Books on MP3 $.50
DVDs $.50
Virtual Reality Views Kits $1.00
Mobile WiFi Hotspots $1.00

Late fees will be charged for an item until the fines equal or exceed the price of the item. Patrons having outstanding fines amounting to $10.00 or higher are not permitted to borrow any additional materials until the material is returned and/or the fines are paid below the $10.00 limit. Patron computer privileges are also revoked once the $10.00 fine threshold has been reached.

If the material is not returned within two weeks after the scheduled due date, the patron will be contacted via the mail or e-mail reminding them to return the material. Additional contacts will be made until the items are returned. It is to be noted that any expense incurred in the retrieval of overdue materials will be paid by the patron in addition to the general fine levied.

Patrons may make partial fine payments. Patrons may also pay fines online using the catalog’s My Account feature. If the patron does not already have a PIN number to use the My Account, he/she must first create one.

Partially Returned Items

On occasion, an item will be only partially returned to the library – for example, when a disc is missing from a book on CD set. In instances where the item belongs to Green Tree Public Library, the item will remain on the patron’s record and staff will notify the patron about the missing components via phone or email. If the patron fails to return all components, he/she will be charged for the price of the item, along with a $5.00 processing fee.

The library charges for missing or damaged supplies that contain or complement circulating library materials.

Accessory / Item Charge
Audio book cases $6.00
DVD Cases with one slot $2.00
DVD cases with two or more slots $3.00
Music CD cases $2.00
Barcodes $1.00
Puppet kit bags $15.00

Lost, Stolen, Damaged or Missing Items

When borrowed materials belonging to Green Tree Public Library are lost, stolen, damaged or billed, the responsible party must pay for the item(s). The price is listed in the item record. In addition to the listed price, a $5.00 processing fee per item will be added to cover the cost of shipping and handling, processing and staff time. The $5.00 processing fee may be waived in extenuating circumstances. Once paid, the item(s) then becomes property of the patron. Should any lost, stolen, damaged or billed item(s) be returned to the library, staff will make a reasonable effort to contact the patron who paid for the item and hold the item for up to two weeks. The Library will not refund money for lost and paid items.



One Card, Infinite Possibilities

Because the public libraries in Allegheny County share resources, cardholders can borrow materials at any of the 70+ libraries in the county and return them to any library in the county. Work downtown but live in Plum, Green Tree, Bethel Park or Franklin Park? Pick up a book over the weekend from your community library, and return it to the library downtown. While you are in the downtown library pick up a CD and return that when you are out in Monroeville for a dinner meeting.

How To Get A Library Card

There are two ways in which to obtain a free library card:

  • visit the library’s circulation desk during open hours, fill out a form and present personal identification and verification of your current address.
  • register for a temporary library card online. With this option, individuals 18 and older may reserve materials, but must present personal identification and address verification upon picking up reserved material.


If you are a resident of Allegheny County, you are eligible for a library card, good at Green Tree Public Library, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, its branches and all district libraries in Allegheny County.

To obtain a juvenile library card, applicants must be under 18 years of age. All children’s cards are to be linked to the guardian’s accounts (when possible). 

Green Tree Public Library also offers library cards for residents outside of Allegheny County.

Identification for Library Card Applications

Applicants must show a photo identification and proof of address. In some cases, the photo identification will include a current address, in which case another form of identification is not required.

Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification (must be valid/current)

  • PA Driver’s License
  • PA Identification Card
  • Passport
  • State ID
  • Military ID
  • Work ID
  • Student ID
  • Medical Insurance Card

Acceptable Proof of Address (Must be valid/current)

  • Vehicle registration card
  • Vehicle insurance card
  • Medical insurance card (if carries address information)
  • Lease/rental agreement
  • Property tax receipt
  • Utility bill (electric, gas, telephone, water – dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Paycheck (dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Bank account statement (dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Credit card billing statement (dated within 4-6 weeks)
  • Report card from the most recent grading period

Unacceptable Identification

  • Hand-addressed/personal mail
  • Business cards
  • Sales receipts
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Junk bulk mail
  • Social Security card
  • Birth Certificate

Lost or Stolen Cards

Borrowers with lost or stolen library cards should report this to the library circulation desk immediately to avoid possible misuse of the card. Borrowers with lost library cards may obtain a replacement by applying in person at the library circulation desk; there is a $1.00 fee for a new card, payable at issue. Identification showing name and current address is required.

Forgotten Cards

In order to check out materials, borrowers who have forgotten their valid library cards must present identification showing his/her name and current address.

Expired Cards

All library cards, including non-resident library cards, expire after two years. Library cards need to be renewed in person at any ACLA library location by presenting photo identification and proof of current address. When renewing a card for a child, the child must be present.