Why does the library put the barcode on the back of paperback books and audiovisual materials such as Books on CD, CDs, DVDs, etc.?
This is a problem as it covers up the content information on the back. When the library first moved to a barcode circulation system in the early 1990s a decision had to be made where to put the barcode.
There were pros and cons regarding barcode placement on the books and the decision was to put the barcode on the back so as not to cover information on the front (title/author). For efficient circulation all items have barcodes placed in the same location.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons and appreciate their understanding and hope in future to migrate to a newer circulation technology that no longer requires a library barcode on materials.
Option 1 - Apply for a full-service account by visiting a library branch.
Please bring proof of identification.
Parent/guardian present to acquire card for anyone under 18 yrs of age.
Option 2 - Applying for an online account.
By submitting the online application, you agree that you are 18 years or older and that you do meet the eligibility requirement for receiving a library account and the cardholder agrees to comply with all library rules and policies.”
Limited to Calcasieu Parish residents.
This online account is valid for 12 months.
A physical library card is not issued for online library accounts.
This service is offered at the library. For more details, please contact the following library locations.
Central Library (301 W. Claude Street, Lake Charles, LA (337) 721-7116 Moss Bluff Library (261 Parish Road, Lake Charles, LA (337) 721-7128 Sulphur Regional Library (1160 Cypress St., Sulphur, LA (337) 721-7141 You may also check availability at other locations.
Why does the library remove library books and other materials from the library collection?
Annually the library removes library materials that are damaged, are no longer checked out, or contain out-of-date information. This process is necessary to make space on the shelves for adding new materials that library users want. Removed materials are recycled through Better World Books, through local friends of the library book sales, donated to other non-profit agencies or disposed of through Team Green of Southwest Louisiana.
Use the Blank ILL Request option located near the top left-hand corner of the screen.
If you have a library card, login with your library card and PIN to establish an account.
NOTE: This service is unavailable to temp users and online accounts that haven't been upgraded to a full service account. It is also unavailable to non Calcasieu residents, unless you have an LSW card and use it in Calcasieu Parish. Your library card must also be in good standing to use this service.