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Who Can Apply


The Josephine-Louise Public Library can issue library cards to residents of the Village of Walden, and to residents of the Town of Montgomery who have Walden mailing addresses. Library users living in other areas must apply for cards in their hometown libraries before borrowing Walden library materials or using Walden library computers.

Children over the age of 5 and under the age of 18 are eligible for cards, but their parents must accompany them to the library at the time of application.

How to Apply


 Anyone wishing to receive a library card must register in person at the main circulation desk. Library cards are issued any time during library hours, and the library requires one form of photo identification, and two proofs of a Village of Walden address at the time of application.

(Children's library cards require identification and proof of address from the parent or guardian, not the child.)

Using Your Library Card


 To use library services and materials, a library card must be presented. Only the individual whose name appears on the card is entitled to use 
that card to access services or materials. Library staff has the right to 
deny use of library computers, or checking out of materials if a card is 
not presented by its rightful owner. For more information on library card policies, click here and review the library's Policies and Guidelines.

A library card from the Walden library can be used at any of the libraries in the Ramapo-Catskill Library System (RCLS). For a complete listing of RCLS libraries, click here.

Change of Address or Phone Number


Please report any changes in address of telephone number to the library as soon as possible. Changes of address require proof of the new address. Patrons who move out of the Village of Walden should register for a new card in their new hometown.


Lost & Stolen Cards

Please report lost or stolen library cards, as well as damaged cards, to the library as soon as possible. Lost cards can be replaced upon payment of a $5.00 fee.

  52 Ways to Use 
Your Library Card

[from the American Library Association]

  1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library®.
  2. Browse your favorite Web site(s).
  3. Plan your next vacation.
  4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
  5. Learn about local candidates for office.
  6. Pick up voter registration information.
  7. Reserve the latest mystery.
  8. Pick up a video.
  9. Listen to a classical CD.
  10. Participate in a community forum.
  11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.
  12. Prepare your resume.
  13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
  14. Get a list of community organizations.
  15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
  16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
  17. Join a book discussion group.
  18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
  19. Get homework help.
  20. Look up all kinds of health information.
  21. Research the purchase of a new car.
  22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  23. Call the reference desk if you have a question.
  24. Research your term paper.
  25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
  26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
  27. Check your stock portfolio.
  28. Read a newspaper from another country.
  29. Borrow an audiobook for your next road trip.
  30. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
  31. See a new art exhibit.
  32. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
  33. Find a new recipe.
  34. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
  35. Make photocopies.
  36. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
  37. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
  38. Take a computer class.
  39. Hear a poetry reading.
  40. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
  41. Enjoy a concert.
  42. Trace your family tree.
  43. Check out a special collection of rare books.
  44. Check out a legal question or issue.
  45. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
  46. Get nostalgic by looking at old magazines.
  47. Borrow some sheet music.
  48. Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
  49. Find the latest romance paperback.
  50. Pick up tax forms.
  51. Get some Internet training.
  52. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.

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