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Bay County Public Library/Northwest Regional

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Main Library Phone Number: (850) 522-2100

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  • My Account:  In order to access your account online, renew books, place holds, and download e-books/e-audiobooks, you will need to enter your library card number and a PIN. The PIN is the number you chose when you were first issued a library card. If you need to reset your PIN, please call any NWRLS library location during regular business hours.
  • Ebook/E-Audiobook Information: Our library system participates in Panhandle Library Access Network’s (PLAN) Overdrive/Libby. To access ebooks and e-audiobooks with your library card information, download the Libby or Overdrive app. It depends on your device as to which one you would use. Sign in by selecting Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) as your library.  Then you’ll select Northwest Regional Library System as your location. Login with your library card number and PIN. If you have any questions, call 850-522-2100.
  • Available Services:
    • Printing:  $0.10 per black/white page or $.20 per color page – no limit; cash or check only
    • Copying:  self-service copiers depending on the library location; $0.10 per black/white page or $.20 per color page; cash only
    • Scanning:  most libraries have scanning capabilities; call your nearest location for more information
    • Faxing: some libraries have faxing capabilities; call your nearest location for more information
    • Wireless: All NWRLS locations offer free wireless access. Be advised that these networks are unsecured. No password is required.

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  • Database Access:
    • You can access most of our databases from home using your library card number and PIN. You can also register for an online borrower card for immediate access to most databases. The OBR card number will not give you access to Overdrive/Libby.
  • Genealogy and Local History:  The Genealogy Collection of the Bay County Public Library contains over 5,000 genealogy books and over 2,000 rolls of microfilm. None of these materials circulate. The largest percentage of our collection deals with the Southeastern United States and also we have a good collection of materials on other states. We have family histories, research guides, and general genealogical references. We also have a nice collection of genealogy periodicals.  The Local History Department of the Bay County Public Library houses print materials, artifacts, and photographs.  These do not circulate with the regular library collection, but you are welcome to see these items while the Local History Room is open.  We have city directories dated from the 1930’s, school yearbooks, maps, books on the Bay County area, telephone directories, newspapers, periodicals, and artifacts donated by some of the area’s founding families. The vertical file collection contains family histories and information on various schools, churches, businesses, clubs, and organizations. Access to both of these collections is available during normal Library hours. For more information about the collection – please call the Local History Room at 850-522-2132 (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm).

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Circulation Policy:
Wireless: All Northwest Regional Library System Locations offer free wireless access. Be advised these are unsecured networks. No password (WEP/Wireless Encryption Password) is required. Your wireless device should automatically detect the wireless network. Please consult a staff member if you have technical difficulties. Please note, staff members will do their best to assist you but are not permitted to change the settings on non-library devices.

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Michael Harris,