Brigham City Carnegie Library

Brigham City Carnegie Library
26 East Forest Street
Brigham City, UT 84302

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 Frequently Asked Questions - About Non-Resident Fees

Non-Resident Fees

Before you bought your home you probably checked carefully where your children would go to school and what type of police protection you would have. But chances are you didn't think to ask about where you and your family would get library service. Why should you? In Salt Lake, Davis and Weber Counties the county governments provide tax-supported, fixed site library service to their citizens. In Box Elder County, however, library service is only provided through the bookmobile program. Schedules for the bookmobile may be requested at our circulation desk or you can call the Willard office for the bookmobile at 435-723-2261.

Non-Residents of Brigham City do have the option of purchasing a yearly library card. Cost information is listed below.

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Background Information

America's tax-supported public libraries are unique and they are the envy of much of the rest of the world. Access to information, education, entertainment, and culture for every citizen as a service of local government is unheard of in most other countries.

Public library service in the U.S. traces its beginnings to private enterprises such as Ben Franklin's Library Company in Philadelphia. As the country grew, people began to think that public library service, like education, was too important to leave to chance. Private subscription libraries began to be replaced with tax-supported public libraries.

When Andrew Carnegie broadcast library building upon the land, just like John Chapman sowed apple seeds decades earlier, his gift took root, blossomed, and bore fruit today. Emblazoned over the doors of many of the Carnegie buildings are the words "Free to All", which has led to some confusion. What was meant as and invitation to enter and use the material collected in the library has been misunderstood by some to mean that library service doesn't cost anything. That just isn't so.

In 1912 the citizens of Brigham City voted that they would be taxed $2,000 for the first year's maintenance of the Brigham City Library. In 1915 a new library building was completed north of the County Courthouse. Since then these citizens have invested millions of dollars to make the Brigham City Library what it is today. Each year they tax themselves an additional $50,000 to keep their books current, pay the staff, and maintain the building.

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The citizens of Brigham City own the Brigham City Public Library, but they are willing to share it with others. Anyone may walk in and use the collections in-library, phone the library for information, use our public internet terminals, and ask the staff for help. If, however, a non-resident wishes to borrow materials, these citizen-owners require that person to pay a fair share to help support the operation and maintenance of the library.

The current cost (for 2015) of providing service is:

Per Household*:

  • $60.00 per year,
  • $35.00 for six months, or
  • $20.00 for three months

*The above is per household, which means for the price above every person living in that household can get a card for the same price.

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What you get for $60.00

Upon payment of the annual fee non-residents have:

  • Use of our collection of over 75,000 physical books, eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, books on CD or MP3, large print books, movies, educational videos, newspapers, magazines, video games, and in-library use of library laptops for patrons 14 and older.
  • Access to all online databases paid for by the Brigham City Library for use by its card holders.

$60.00 may seem like a lot of money, but some comparisons may help put it in perspective. An average priced hardcover novel will run about $25 - $30. If you buy five at their cover price during the year they may cost you $125 - $150 or more. The cover price for a one-year subscription of Time magazine is $260. An evening out for a family of four may easily cost $50.00. When put into perspective, $60.00 for a year of public library service looks like the incredible bargain it is.

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We want to serve you!

We want to be your library. We want to have the best library service we know how to deliver. We wish it were tax-supported by the county so that we could offer you a "free" library card, but it isn't and we can't. Until the county government where you live provides tax supported county library service, other than just the bookmobile, we must collect the cost directly from you. When you purchase a library card from Brigham City Public Library, you purchase our pledge to provide you with the best library service we know how to deliver, at a reasonable cost.

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