Using the Library

Using the Library

Who is eligible for a library card?

  • All residents of the City of Richmond Heights are eligible for library cards from the Richmond Heights Memorial Library.
  • Residents under 16 years of age must get the signature of a parent or legal guardian on the library card application.
  • Owners of businesses located in Richmond Heights are eligible.
  • Vistors who are staying with residents of Richmond Heights for one month or more and vistors who are on an extended stay at a hotel or motel located within the city of Richmond Heights may be issued a temporary card for the anticipated length of stay.
  • St. Louis City residents are eligible to obtain RHML cards.
  • Residents of the St. Louis County Library taxing district and residents of the St. Charles City/County Library taxing district also are eligible to obtain a RHML card.
  • Those who are not a resident of the City of Richmond Heights, and also not a resident of a city in the Municipal Library Consortium, nor of the City or County of St. Louis or the City or County of St. Charles may purchase a non-resident library card at the rate of $50.00 per year.

St. Louis Municipal Library Consortium (MLC)

  • Residents of communities whose libraries belong to the St. Louis Municipal Library Consortium will be issued cards at their home libraries. They may then use those cards at Richmond Heights Memorial Library.
  • These libraries include Brentwood Public Library, Ferguson Municipal Library, Kirkwood Public Library, Maplewood Public Library, Rock Hill Public Library, University City Public Library, Valley Park Community Library, and Webster Groves Public Library.

Fines, Fees, Lost, and Damaged Materials

  • Overdue fines for all materials (except HOT DVDs) are $.10 per day to a maximum of $5.00 per item.
  • Overdue fines for HOT DVDs are $.50 per day to a maximum of $5.00 per DVD.
  • Payment for lost or damaged materials will be the responsibility of the person who had the item checked out when damage or loss occurred.

Identification required

  • Identification such as a valid driver’s license or photo ID showing current address must be presented in order to get a library card.
  • A valid occupancy permit, utility bill less than two months old, or an imprinted check may be used as proof of current address when accompanied by the photo ID.
  • To get a library card as a business owner, present a dated document on business letterhead along with a photo ID.

Responsibility for Materials

  • Library users are financially responsible for all materials checked out on their cards.
  • Parents or guardians of children under age 16 are financially responsible for materials circulated on their children’s cards.

Loan Periods

  • Reference material and the current issue of periodicals may not be checked out.
  • Most items circulate for three weeks except for DVDs which circulate for 2 weeks. HOT READs and HOT DVDs circulate for 1 week (7 days).
  • There is no limit on the number of Juvenile DVDs checked out per card.
  • DVDs from the Adult/YA collection are limited to 6 per patron card at one time.
  • HOT DVDs circulate for 7 days.
  • HOT READs circulate for 7 days.


  • All materials (excluding HOT READs and HOT DVDs) will be automatically renewed on their due date unless there is a waiting list for the item. All items, other than HOT READs and HOT DVDs, renew for three weeks.
  • Items will be renewed up to three times after their initial check-out.
  • Items that have a waiting list will not be renewed.
  • HOT READs and HOT DVDs do not renew.