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Getting a Library Card

A library card is free to Butler County residents with proper identification. Your card is permanent and is renewed each year. It entitles you to borrow materials from any of the 10 libraries within the Butler County Federated Library System.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required for anyone under 18 years of age.

  • Proper identification is a driver’s license with current address OR two other forms of identification with current address, such as a recent utility bill, Pennsylvania identification card, or a bank statement.

  • Lost or destroyed cards may be replaced at a cost of $2.50.

  • You must present your card to check out materials.


Using a Library Card

Circulation Policies

  • You may have any combination of 25 items checked out at one time​.

  • ​All items loan for 3 weeks.

  • ​The reference and genealogy collections and current magazines do not circulate.

Overdues and Fines

  • Fines for books, books on CD, and magazines are 25¢ per day

  • Fines for DVDs and ILLs are $1 per day overdue


  • Charges for lost, missing or damaged Items:

  • Broken music CD case: $1

  • Lost liner notes from music CD: $2

Types of Loans

Loans from Other Libraries

In County Loans

Out of County (ILL)

If the Butler Area Public Library does not have the item you are want, we may be able to get it for you through an in county loan or an out of county Interlibrary loan (ILL).


Search our catalog here to determined if it is owned by any of the other libraries in Butler County. If so,  put the item on hold on your account or contact the library personnel at the circulation desk to ask for a hold on the item.  If not available, please fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.  You can place up to 5 in county holds and request up to 3 items from out of county libraries (ILL).


NOTE: Brand new items typically cannot be requested through Interlibrary loan. In this case, we suggest you complete a blue "Gotta Have It" form at the circulation desk.

Items you request from other Butler County libraries:


  • Usually take one to three business days to arrive.  Business days do not include weekends or holidays

  • We will call you when the item arrives and you will have 3 days to pick up your items at the front circulation desk

  • Videos are only held for 1 day

  • Our usual renewal and late fee policies apply

  • Items may be returned at the front desk, the drop box, or at any Butler County library

Items you request from libraries outside of Butler County

  • Items take an average of two weeks to arrive

  • We will call you when the item arrives and you can pick up items at the circulation desk until one week before items are due back.

  • Items maybe renewed in most cases, but that decision is up to the lending library.  Requests for renewals need to be made three day before the due date.

  • Returning items late jeopardizes your ability to borrow in the future

  • Items can only be turned to the Butler Area Public Library to either the book drop or to the circulation desk

  • Donations for this service are not mandatory, but always welcome

  • Questions?  Email the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at or call 724-287-1715.

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