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 multiple 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 tablets that children can use. These tablets are populated with many age-appropriate and educational games. Alternatively, 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:

  • New books (marked with a yellow sticker) circulate for for two (2) weeks.
  • All other books, as well as books on CD and Playaway, circulate for four (4) weeks.
  • Videos circulate for one (1) week.

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
Interlibrary Loan Items: $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 outside the library’s rear entrance.

Where is the copy machine?

There are two public copy machines: one on the first floor across from the circulation desk, and one on the second floor near the adult computers. Please ask a staff member for assistance.

How much do copies cost?

Black and white copies are 10 cents per side. Color copies are 25 cents per side. You may also scan documents to email at no charge.

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 barcode (on the back of your card, no spaces or hyphens)as your username.

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 a photo ID with you. A parent or guardian must sign the application of any minor who is requesting a card.

After completing your application, you will be issued a card immediately.

What are your hours?

Monday 9 am – 8 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 8 pm
Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am- 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 am 5:30 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

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