Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the library?

The library is conveniently located on the corner of 7th and High streets.

If you are coming from Lexington (US 27/68, Paris Pike/Lexington Road):

  • Drive straight to 7th Street and take a left.
  • Go one block.
  • At the stoplight you will see the library across the street.
  • Our parking lot is in the rear of the building.

If you are coming from Georgetown (US 460):

  • Follow 460 into town (it will turn into 8th Street).
  • Turn left at the corner of 8th and Cypress Street.
  • Go one block and take a right onto 7th Street.
  • You will see our parking lot behind the last building on the right.

If you are coming from Millersburg/Carlisle/Maysville:

  • Follow US 68 into town.
  • When you come to the courthouse follow the one-way traffic around it. You will now be on High Street.
  • Continue until you reach the corner of 7th and High Street. The library is located on the far, right corner.
  • Turn right onto 7th Street.
  • Our parking lot is in the rear of the building.

If you are coming from Cynthiana:

  • Follow US 27 until you come to the Paris bypass.
  • Merge right onto the bypass.
  • Continue until you reach 8th Street.
  • Turn left onto 8th Street.
  • Turn left at the corner of 8th and Cypress Street.
  • Go one block and take a right onto 7th Street.
  • You will see our parking lot behind the last building on the right.

If you are coming from Winchester:

  • Follow 627 (Paris Road) into Paris.
  • Turn right onto Main Street.
  • Drive straight to 7th Street and take a left.
  • Go one block.
  • At the stoplight you will see the library across the street.
  • Our parking lot is in the rear of the building.

If you are coming from North Middletown:

  • Follow US 460 into Paris.
  • Take a left onto Main Street (US 68).
  • Follow US 68 into town.
  • When you come to the courthouse follow the one-way traffic around it. You will now be on High Street.
  • Continue until you reach the corner of 7th and High Street. The library is located on the far, right corner.
  • Turn right onto 7th Street.
  • Our parking lot is in the rear of the building.

Why does a child have to be 12 or older to be at the library without a parent or caregiver?

We welcome children to the library and nothing pleases us more than to see a small child reading a book with a parent or other caregiver. Such interactive lessons will last a lifetime.

Though we do everything to keep the library as safe as possible, it is a very public space with three entrances. We are simply unable to keep a close eye on small children.

Should you wish to use the adult computers located on the upper floor, we do offer laptops that children can use. These laptops are populated with many age-appropriate and educational games. Conversely, you may use the laptop downstairs should you wish to do so. Logged in as an adult, you will have the same programs available to you as are on the adult desktop computers.

 

How long can I keep a book?

The length of time you may keep an item varies by the type of item:

  • Hardback and trade size paperbacks circulate for two (2) weeks
  • Pocket size paperbacks circulate for four (4) weeks
  • Audiobooks (books on CD and playway) circulate for two (2) weeks
  • Videos circulate for two (2) days

As long as nobody has a reserve on a particular item, you may renew it up to two (2) times. This can triple the amount of time you can have each item.

When the library has a Food For Fines program why can’t the food donation cover invoiced or damaged items?

Fines for invoiced, lost, and damaged items cannot be forgiven because they represent money that has been spent for the taxpayers’ benefit. Overdue fines do not and we are therefore pleased to forgive them during these programs.

How much are overdue fines?

Overdue fines are assessed on a per day basis.

Books: $0.05/day
Audiobooks: $.0.05/day
Magazines: $0.05/day
Videos: $1.00/day

Can I renew my books?

You may renew your books and other materials up to two times as long as nobody has a reserve on that item.

You may renew by calling us on the phone during normal business hours, using our handy chat feature on the website (available during our normal business hours), or logging into your account.

Please do not request renewal through email or leave a voicemail phone message. We cannot guarantee that your items will be renewed if you do so.

Can I check out items if I have fines?

You may check out items even if you have fines as long as your balance is under $5.00. Keep in mind that your balance includes prospective fines that haven’t been posted (for example, if you have an overdue item you haven’t returned, the projected fines for that item are included in your balance).

Can I return items when the library is closed?

Yes, you certainly may. There are two convenient drop boxes at the front of the library (High Street).

Where is the copy machine?

The copy machine is located on the upper (second) floor of the library at the end of the public bank of computers.

How much do copies cost?

There is a public copy machine on the upper, second floor of the library. Copies cost $0.10 (ten cents) each.

What is my password?

Your password is a four-digit code based on your birth month and birth day. For example, if you were born on January 3, your password would be 0103.

Remember when accessing our online offerings to put in your whole bar code (on the back of your card, no spaces or hyphens)as your username.

Why do movies only check out for two (2) days?

Because there are often so many people waiting to see a movie (especially new releases), we only allow movies to circulate for two days. This allows many more people to see the new when it is still new and hot on the shelf. Of course, if you would like a longer circulation period, you are free to renew your movie up to two times (two additional days per renewal) so long as nobody has a reserve on that movie.

Why are children not allowed to check out movies?

The decision to not allow children to check out movies was made many years ago. Though some may disagree with the decision, we feel that it strikes a good balance between giving parents the right to monitor their children’s activities and ensuring freedom of access to information for children.

How do I get a Library card?

All residents of Bourbon County, anyone living in an adjacent county (Bath, Clark, Fayette, Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas, and Scott) and anyone who works in Bourbon County is entitled to a Paris-Bourbon County Library card.

To get a card, visit the Library and fill out our application. Please make sure to bring two pieces of identification with you (one must be a picture ID that shows your current address, the other can be any item with your name and address on it, for example a piece of mail).

After completing your application, your card will be mailed to you. You will be allowed to check out up to three items and use any of our online resources until your card arrives after which point you will have full privileges.

What are your hours?

Monday 9:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am-8:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am-5:30pm
Thursday 9:30am-8:00pm
Friday 9:30am-5:30pm
Saturday 9:30am-3:00pm
Sunday Closed

PARIS-BOURBON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
701 High Street
Paris, Kentucky 40361
Phone: 859-987-4419
Fax: 859-987-2421