Frequently Asked Questions
Registration of Borrowers
The Lake Dallas Public Library issues a library card for free to any person or persons that meet the requirements of a Lake Dallas or Shady Shores resident, City of Lake Dallas or Town of Shady Shores employee, meets the requirements of a Corinth resident under the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Lake Dallas and the City of Corinth, or is a Lake Dallas Independent School District employee.
A current address is required for communication with patrons. If an individual’s state issued ID or driver’s license displays their current address, it is the only form of identification required.
Library cards shall be issued after verification of identity and residence. Patrons will not be issued a library card if they cannot provide a photo ID and proof of residency.
State Identification Card
School ID (with photo)
Any Photo ID with current residency listed
Mail received within the last 30 days
A card applicant who presents proper identification that they are a permanent resident of Lake Dallas or Shady Shores is eligible for a free library card. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Those applicants who are 15 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian present in order to procure a library card.
In order to procure a card for an individual 15 years of age or younger, a parent or legal guardian must apply in person with the child. The parent or legal guardian must provide photo ID and address verification for themselves, as if they are applying for their own library card. If the child is unavailable, the parent or legal guardian must provide their own photo ID and address verification, as well as one of the following documents on behalf of the child:
- Birth Certificate
- Report Card
- Photo ID
Library cards for residents expire every three years, at which time the card holder will need to renew their card in person at the Lake Dallas Public Library.
Lake Dallas or Shady Shores Employees
Card applicants who are employed by the City of Lake Dallas or the Town of Shady Shores are eligible for a free library card.
City and Town staff must supply a valid photo ID, proof of residency, and their City or Town ID. City and Town library cards are good for one year.
Lake Dallas Independent School District Employees
Employees of the Lake Dallas Independent School District are eligible for a free library card.
LDISD employees must supply a valid photo ID, proof of residency, and their LDISD badge. LDISD library cards are good for one year.
Card applicants who do not live in Lake Dallas or Shady Shores are eligible for a library card for a $30.00 a year membership fee.
Library cards for non-residents expire every year, at which time the card holder will need to renew their card in person at the Lake Dallas Public Library and pay the yearly membership fee of $30.00.
To procure a card for an individual 15 years of age or younger, the parent or legal guardian must follow the same procedure stated above for residents with the addition of the $30.00 membership fee for the card.
Issuing Cards Under the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement Between Corinth and Lake Dallas
Under the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement between the City of Corinth and the City of Lake Dallas, the Lake Dallas Public Library will issue library cards to the citizens of Corinth, TX at no cost to the applicant. Card applicants must fill out a paper version of the Lake Dallas Public Library Card Application and provide photo ID and address verification documents to staff. Staff will make a copy of the applicant’s photo ID and address verification and staple it to the Library Card Application.
Library cards for Corinth residents under this ICA are set to expire after one year, at which time they will repeat this process for renewal.
Online Library Card Application
To register for a card online, visit our Online Library Card Application here. Your card will be held at the Lake Dallas Public Library until you arrive to pick it up with your Photo ID and address verification documents as listed above.
Fines and Fees
Fines for overdue books and CDs are $0.10 per day, with a maximum fine of $5.00 per item.
Fines for overdue DVDs and Blu-ray are $1.00 per day, with a maximum fine of $7.00 per item.
Fines for overdue kits are $0.10 per day, with a maximum fine of $7.00 per item.
Any fine or fee amount of $2.00 or more must be settled prior to checking out additional materials or being allowed access to a public computer.
Fees for lost items include the price for that item plus a $3.00 processing fee.
Damage to Materials
Materials that can no longer be used by the library due to the condition they are returned in will be charged to the account of the last borrower. This damage includes water damage of any kind, marking of a book, bite marks, removed pages or pieces of an item, excessive scratching or breaking of discs, and any other damage that makes the item unusable by others.
If you cannot afford the replacement cost of the item, you may purchase a brand-new copy of the item or a similar item to return to staff. The item must be in brand-new condition. Consideration of a replacement copy is at the discretion of staff.