Yes. You can choose to save your reading history by logging into your account and changing your account preferences. A new reading history does not include items checked out in the past or items currently checked out. It begins with the next item checked out after your preferences have been changed. The reading history is updated during an overnight process. Please be aware that if you enable your reading history your data may be accessed by law enforcement personnel without your consent.
Customers are able to select their preferred method of notification; Email, Phone, or Standard mail.
Depending on which option customers select, PGCMLS will attempt the following courtesy notifications:
Almost due (2-3 days before due date) = email
Hold pick-up = email, phone
1st Overdue (14 days past due) = email, phone, standard mail
2nd Overdue (30 days past due) = email, phone, standard mail
Collection Warning (account balance $25 or more) = standard mail
If selecting email contact, please be sure to set your email account to accept mail from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive our notifications. If you experience problems, please visit our Email Whitelist Instructions. You may also, if you wish, opt to receive additional text notifications.
NOTE: All notifications are courtesy contacts and their receipt is not guaranteed. Customers are strongly encouraged to retain their checkout and renewal receipts to confirm dates due.
The information you key in must exactly match the information in our computer record.
Once you have logged in you may, if you wish, reset your password to one of your choosing. Please note; updating your phone number in our system will not update your password.
If you have forgotten your password or do not remember your original phone number please contact your local branch library and they can reset your password to the last 4 digits of the primary phone number currently on file. They can also verify that the library has your current phone number and that you aren’t using an expired or renumbered card.
No, there is no charge to replace your PGCMLS library card.
Report that your card is lost immediately to be sure that you are not held responsible for materials that an unauthorized person may check out using your card. To report your card lost, call or visit any branch library. You are responsible for all materials and charges up to the time you report your card lost or stolen.
Minor changes such as adding an e-mail address or updating contact information can be processed for customers via “Contact Us,” over the phone, or in person at the branch. You will need to provide your library account number. Major changes such as name changes or replacing a card must be done in person at the branch. Photo ID is required. A card may be reported lost or stolen via any of the above methods.
It is important to update your library card information when you change your address, phone number, email address or name so that the Library can properly notify you about overdue materials and materials on hold.
Yes. You may register to use your library card if you have a card from any county library system in Maryland, from the District of Columbia, or from Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudon County or Prince William Counties in Virginia. A picture ID and proof of residency will be needed and an application must be filled out to enter your card into the PGCMLS system.
Yes, PGCMLS offers the statewide MPower card. The MPower card originating in Prince George’s County can be used throughout the State.
The statewide MPower card is valid in Prince George’s County libraries. Before your first use of the MPower card, you must present it in a Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) branch. You will be asked to present ID and fill out an application. You will need a PGCMLS library card number to access some databases offered by PGCMLS.
Renewing library cards helps the Library ensure that our contact information for our customers is kept current and protects you from fraudulent usage of your card. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Yes. Library cards expire three years after the date of issue or after the last update. To renew your library card, you must visit a branch so that staff can verify your address and update the information in your record and renew the card for another three years.
You must present a state or federally issued photo ID to obtain a library card. Residents of the State of Maryland or anywhere in the greater metropolitan Washington D.C. area may obtain a resident library card free of charge. Proof of residency is required. Nonresidents with proper ID may obtain a Prince George's County library card by paying a nonrefundable annual fee of $50.00.
Your card may have expired, the item you are trying to renew may not be a renewable item (e.g Interlibrary loan), the item may already have been renewed the maximum number of times, or another customer may have placed a hold on the title.
One reason that you may get a - Consult Library Staff - response when you attempt to renew, is because your record has been stopped due to a notification to you that has been returned as undeliverable. Please verify contact information on your account and make sure that your email server will accept messages from PGCMLS.
Yes, you can renew items online via the Library’s Catalog. Click on the Your Account button and log into your account. Once you are in your account, you can list the items checked out to you, and you will see the Renew option on that screen. You can either renew all items checked out to you or renew only selected ones.
Please be sure to wait for the confirmation screen to ensure your renewal was successful. Until you receive this confirmation, we can not guarantee the renewal has been processed.
Please contact your local library about lost component charges.
When an item ages 45 days past due, it is considered lost and the replacement cost of the material as well as an overdue fine is billed to the account. If the customer returns this material in good condition within one year of the billing date, the replacement cost of this item will be waived in favor of the overdue fine. After one year, the replacement cost will not be waived upon return regardless of condition.
In some cases, replacements may be accepted to replace a lost item.
Replacement materials must be the same or more recent edition and the same format as the material you borrowed and the title and ISBN must match.
Print material must be new or in pristine condition. Audio and video format materials must be new with seals and manufacturer's shrinkwrap intact.
Items which have been in a billed status for one year or more, may not be replaced but must be paid for as lost.
You should check with the Circulation staff at the branch library where you returned the item and ask them to assist you.
Yes, as long as your account is not otherwise delinquent, and your accumulated balance is below $5.00. If you owe $5.00 or more in fines or fees, have two or more overdue items, or any items 45 days or more past due on your record, your account is considered "delinquent," and you may not borrow any additional materials until the delinquency is cleared. Accounts that have been referred to collections may not borrow until the balance is brought to zero.
Payment of fines and fees are due upon an item’s return. We can normally allow small balances to carry over on an account but customers whose records are delinquent may be subject to submission to collection and the charge of additional fees, if materials are 45 days or more past due or there is a balance on the record of $25.00 or higher.
Overdue fines are charged as follows:
Adult and Teen print or audio materials - $0.25 per day per item - maximum is $8.00 per item
Children's print or audio materials - $0.10 per day per item - maximum is $5.00 per item
Video format materials - $1.00 per day per item - maximum is $10.00 per item.
Fines are calculated upon the item’s renewal or return. Non-returned items 45 days or more past due are considered lost and the replacement cost of the item plus and overdue fine will be billed to the account. Return of the item in good condition to any PGCMLS branch within one year, will waive the billed cost in favor of the overdue fine.
There is no charge to borrow video materials provided they are returned by the due date.
Educational/Non-fiction videos: 21-days
Entertainment videos: 7 days
Most video format items may be renewed 1 time provided there are no open holds on the title.
Presently, any adult with a valid Prince George's County library card may borrow any circulating video materials.
Minors under the age of 18 with a valid Prince George's County library card may only borrow video format materials from the Juvenile collection.
There is no per visit limit on borrowing as long as the total number of items checked out to the account does not exceed the 75 global limit at any given time.
The normal loan period for print and audio format material is 21 days.
Educational videos, 21 days.
Entertainment videos, 7 days.
Most print and audio materials can be renewed up to 2 additional loan periods if the material is not overdue or on hold for another customer.
Video format materials and Marina reserves can be renewed up to one additional loan period if the material is not overdue or on hold for another customer.
Interlibrary loan materials from outside the Marina system may not be renewed.
There is a "global" borrowing limit of 75 items that can be checked out on a library card at any one time. The 75 item limit may include items of mixed formats, but no more than a total of 75 items may be checked out at any one time.
As the merchant of record, the Library is responsible for all transaction activity, including online payments and credits, assessment and reduction of fines and fees, direct customer service, dispute resolution, and all corresponding terms and conditions. If your problem specifically relates to credit card payment, either call the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Office of Finance & Budget at 301/699-3500 (M-F, 9am to 5pm) or submit this email form. Branch staff will not be able to resolve credit card problems.
Charges and credits will be identified on credit card statements as originating with PGCMLS. Specific information about the materials involved, such as the title of a book or audio device, will not appear.
No. The Library does not retain credit card information. In order for us to access online payment details to answer questions or resolve disputes, it will be necessary to provide the transaction ID number.
The Library is using an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate for all online transactions. This is a method of encryption which encodes data sent over the Intranet and is designed to allow only the intended recipients to receive the information in a readable format. Most web browsers will show a small padlock image at the bottom of the screen to indicate you are using a secure site
The Library’s online payment system is managed by controls that conform to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard. Credit card transactions are secured through a third-party vendor, PayFlowPro, which is the same company that hosts PayPal.
Refunds for the replacement cost for lost materials that are paid for and then returned will be accepted for thirty days after payment. Original receipt is required for a cash or check refund for a lost and paid item. The credit for the returned item will post automatically to the customer’s credit card account.
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System is strongly committed to protecting the confidentiality of both your personal information and your Library account information. Library staff will not enter your personal credit card information on any workstation. Staff will gladly help you navigate the website and show you where and how to make a credit card payment from any internet access point, but they will not be able to conduct the transaction for you. Credit cards are accepted at the Express Check Out stations and at the branch Check Out desks.
You can pay online through any computer with an internet connection and a browser. It can be done at home, at work or at the library. You can also pay by credit card in all the branches -- either at the Express Check Out station or the Check Out desk.
After submitting a payment you have the option to print the confirmation statement.
Also, a receipt will be automatically sent to your email account if you have one listed on your PGCMLS account.
The transaction is instantaneous with your Library account and will post to credit cardholder accounts within two business days.
If you have multiple fines and/or fees on your account, you can choose to select specific charges rather than the entire sum, however you may not pay a portion of any one fine.
It’s very easy:
1) Log into your account.
2) Click the Fines & Fees button.
3) Select the fines or fees you wish to pay.
4) Click “Pay Fines Now”.
View our Online Payments Video for a demonstration
Yes. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments submitted through our online catalog. Debit cards with Visa or Mastercard logos that can run the payment as a charge are accepted as well.
You will not be able to renew items if you have fines of $5.00 or more
If your renewal is successful through the Phone In Renewal System, the new due date(s) will be indicated by the renewal operator.
When you renew materials online, a confirmation screen will appear and the new date(s) will show on the items out screen.
Please be sure to mark down your new due date(s).
Most print and audio format materials can be renewed twice.
Video format materials and Marina items may be renewed one time.
Interlibrary loan materials from outside the Marina system may not be renewed.
Note: Material that may otherwise be eligible for renewal may not be renewed if another customer has placed a reserve for the title.
Video format materials may be renewed one time if there are no open holds on the title.
You may now renew items that are up to three days overdue. Any late fines will be charged to your account.
The length of time depends on the number of copies available in the Library System and the length of the waiting list, i.e. the number of customers who have also placed a hold on the title. Titles which have copies available on the shelf at the time the hold is placed and no waiting list may be trapped as soon as the next day. Items with a limited number of copies and/or a long waiting list may take up to several months.
Reference books are not available for loan, except in special circumstances, they may not be placed on hold.
No. When you place a hold, you must wait to be notified that the material is available. If an item shows "on shelf," you can telephone the owning branch to have staff check on the availability of the material. If available, the material can be sent to the library branch most convenient to you.
If the item is recently released, call a branch to check on the order status of the item. For other items not owned by PGCMLS, try the Marina network. For items you cannot find in Marina, inquire at a branch library about interlibrary loan.
You can suspend your holds using My Account through the catalog, or with help from Library staff.
Log into your patron record and go to the Holds list. You will see the option to cancel holds on that screen
No. Call your local library to see if you can change the pickup location of your hold.
There is no charge to place a hold on an item that is in the PGCMLS collection or that is available from the Marina cooperative network.
For materials that are reserved from libraries outside the network through the interlibrary loan process, we will try first to borrow from free sources. If there is a charge, we will contact you to confirm you are willing to pay the amount before requesting the item.
You will be informed when to pick up your holds by telephone or email. You have 7 days to pick up your items. If you want email notification and do not currently get it, notify your local branch of your current email address and request that they turn off Phone Notification.
Yes. When you find the item that you want, click the title to go to the Full Record screen. A Hold Title button will appear on the left side of your screen. Click on this button and follow the steps.
Please check all materials in the Library's catalog before you suggest that we purchase them. It is not necessary to suggest bestselling titles or authors.
If you would like to reserve a title which we do not own, the Information staff at your local branch will suggest it for purchase and a reserve will be placed for you at the time it is ordered for the collection (or you may contact Ask-a-Librarian. If we do not purchase the item for the Library System, your request will be forwarded to the Marina interlibrary loan system.
If you are suggesting a title for purchase, but not placing a hold on the title, your branch Information staff or Ask-a-Librarian will send publishing information to the appropriate selector for consideration.
The Marina system is free of charge and allows you to find and borrow materials from cooperating libraries throughout Maryland.
Materials from out-of-state libraries may be available for a fee. Please see your branch staff about arranging to borrow these materials.
You can either place a hold on an item that is available at another branch and have it delivered to the branch that is most convenient to you, or you can ask one of the information professionals at your library to reserve the item for you or have them ask the owning branch to hold the material for you so you can go to that branch and check out the material there. Likewise, you can call the branch to check on availability.
|Call Number Prefixes||Materials|
|J BIO||Juvenile Biography|
|Y BIO||Young Adult Biography|
|RB||Adult Book on Cassette|
|J RB||Juvenile Book on Cassette|
|Y RB||Young Adult Book on Cassette|
|BOOK WITH CASSETTE|
|J BC||Juvenile Book with Cassette|
|E BC||Easy Book with Cassette|
|BOOK WITH CD|
|RB/CD||Compact Disc, Book|
|JRB/CD||Juvenile Compact Disc, Book|
|CD||Adult Compact Disc|
|JCD+dewey number||Juvenile Compact Disc|
|DVD||Digital Video Disk|
|DVD+dewey number||Educational DVD|
|JDVD||Juvenile Digital Video Disk|
|EFB||Easy First Book|
|J FIC||Juvenile Fiction|
|Korean, etc||Foreign Language Collection|
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