How Do I….? Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a  library card? How old do I have to be to get a library card? Everything about getting a library card may be found here.

Are there overdue fines? Can I pay them online? There is no charge to borrow items, but overdue fines are charged. Overdue fines range from 10 cents per day for books up to $1.00 per day for DVDs.  *Items borrowed from members of the Mississippi Library Partnership may have different overdue fines.** You place holds and renew items with your online account. You will need your library card number and pin to access your online account. Staff at any circulation desk can provide your pin number if you don’t know it.  At this time, we are unable to offer online payment of fines. 

What if my card is expired? Please visit or make a call to your local branch library and speak to the circulation desk staff.

How do I find the hours the library is open? Go to the First Regional home page and select Branches of FRL  This will lead you to links for  each of our 14 branches. The hours and more information about each branch is there.

How do I place a hold on a book or other materials?
First: Go to Catalog/My Account – found within the top menu of the Library’s website:
Second: Notice that at this point, you may choose to search the First Regional Library’s Catalog only – and you do that by clicking that box. If not, you will also be searching items outside FRL’s 14 branch system–these other titles are available though FRL’s involvement with The Mississippi Library Partnership.
When you find the title you want by searching, click “PLACE A HOLD” found on the top of the small list of options on the left side of that screen.
Type in your library card number and PIN (ignore that alternate ID line – unless you have one, of course).
Select the branch you want to pick it up at and the date by which the hold would no longer be of any use to you.  Note: it “defaults” to six months out – which you may simply leave in and not change if you so choose.
Then click PLACE HOLD, which is the box at the lower left corner of this screen.

Do you offer programs for children and teens? Yes, we do! Check the events calendar on our webpage.

Do you offer classes and programs for adults? Yes, we do! Check the events calendar on our webpage.

Where can I return my books? At any of First Regional’s 14 branches.

How do I check out/use eBooks? You can download books to your e-reader by selecting that option on our webpage. Select the device you have and instructions for downloading will become available.

How do I get the Words on Wheels Book Wagon to visit my center? Please contact Hanna Lee, Early Childhood Coordinator, at (662) 429-4439 or

I can’t access my account online. Who do I contact? Check with circulation desk staff first to see if your user ID and PIN number are correct.