The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library

   Library Services

Your Library Card
Harrison County residents wanting a library card, must present valid picture identification and proof of residency in the county.

Non-Harrison County residents working in Harrison county wanting a library card, must present proof of employment in Harrison County.  Patrons who reside in the counties of Grant, Scott, Bourbon, Nicholas, Robertson, Bracken, Pendleton, Fayette, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell must present a valid library card in good standing from their home county in order to receive a library card.  Patrons owning property in Harrison County, but not residing in the county, must show a paid tax bill.

Patrons living outside of the counties listed above must present a valid library card in good standing from their home county and pay an annual fee of $10.00 in order to receive a library card.

Lost cards within one year of initial issue will have a $1.00 replacement charge.  No replacement charge for other cards.  The patron is responsible for all materials checked out on their card.  If the card is lost, the patron must notify the library immediately so the card can be cancelled.

Library cards can only be used by the patron named on the card.  Spouses or other family members cannot use any card other then their own.

A patron must be 6 years or older to apply for a library card, and cards are kept in the library until the patron is 14 years old.  A parent or guardian must sign for the child to receive a card.  Any child under the age of 18 must have permission from the parent or guardian in order to check out movies.

Library Hours
Monday-Thursday          9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday                          9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday                      9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Books/Audiobooks     5 cents per day/per item
Overnight Books        25 cents per day/per item
Interlibrary Loan        50 cents per day/per item
Computer Software    25 cents per day/per item
DVDs                       1.00 per day/per item

Patrons with overdue materials or a fine larger than $1.00 are not allowed to check out materials or use computers until materials are returned and fines paid.

The patron must replace materials returned damaged.  Damage does not mean normal wear and tear, but treatment such as liquid spills, chewed by animals or children, pages torn out of marked on, melted cases, shattered tape cases, etc.



Books, audiobooks, and periodicals are circulated for 2 weeks with a possible 2 week renewal period.  Overnight materials must be in before closing time the following day.  The director authorizes any special loans.  All materials may be reserved either online or at the circulation desk.  Reservations are limited to two items in any category.  Reserved items must be picked up within three days once the patron has been notified that the item is available.  Notification will be by phone, so it is necessary that the library has current information on all patrons.

New patrons may check out two items for the first 2 weeks after registration until the address can be verified.  Once verification takes place, the patron can then check out the full number of items allowed.

Effective April 1, 2009, patrons must present library card to check out full number of items.  If no card is presented, patron may check out 3 items but will not be allowed to check out any movies.

A patron may check out 20 items. Books or Magazines - 20            Audiobooks - 10                  Computer Programs - 2                    DVDs - 4                                 Music CDs - 4

Popular DVDs are available at the library.  These items are available for a three day loan.  Due to the rating on some of the DVDs, children must have parental permission to check them out.  The library does not censor materials check out by any of our patrons.

   Interlibrary Loan

Materials that are unavailable at the Cynthiana Library can be borrowed from other participating libraries.  Any item not owned by this library may be requested through this service.  There is no charge unless materials are not returned on time. 


The library provides free access to 10 public computers and 6 laptops.  These computers are loaded with various software such as Microsoft Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, and Excel.  These computers have DSL access.  There is a one hour time limit and patrons are allowed on once a day.  Printing is available for 10 cents per page for black and white copies, 25 cents per page for color copies.

Wireless internet access is available to patrons who have their own wireless laptop computers.

These databases are also available for the patrons to use free of charge in the library:  LawReader.com, a database that provides legal information for people as well as all Kentucky Revised Statues; Ancestry.com and Heritagequestonline.com, databases that provide geneology information; WorldBook.com, an electronic version of World Book Encyclopedia; Chiltonlibrary.com, an electronic version of the book form of Chilton's; legalforms.com, a database of legal forms; PriceIt.com, a database that shows the value of many antiques; and Newsbank, a database that has information from old newspaper sources.


Everyone is encouraged to make suggestions for titles to be purchased by the library.  If you know of a good book, DVD, music CD or other item that you feel the library could use, sign the suggestion sheet at the circulation desk.  The staff reviews all suggestions and has the final word on what is added to the collection.  Financial restraints limit the purchase of all materials.


Special recognition is given to any patron donating $50.00 or more to the library.  A plaque that is located in the Christine Burgan Kentucky Room displays all donations equal to or greater than $50.00.  When a donation is made, the name of the patron is engraved on a brass plate and attached to the plaque.  All donations are tax deductible.


This service provides a means to honor and /or remember another person in a permanent or special manner.

A gift of any amount of money may be given to purchase an item in honor or memory of another person.

The library sends an acknowledgement card and placed a bookplate on the item announcing the gift.  A book of all such memorials is kept on display at the entrance to the Kentucky Room.  All gifts and memorials are tax deductible.


The library schedules exhibits and displays throughout the year.  In the main library there will be art exhibits by local artist.

Other exhibits may include textiles, collectibles, antiques, crafts, and many other items for different themes.

The front foyer has exhibit cases to showcase educational, informational, creative and artistic exhibits.

Anyone interested in showcasing an exhibit needs to call the library and speak to Terry, 234-4881.