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Get a library card
See Library Cards

How do I place a hold?
Use iBistro, the library's catalog, and your library card to request almost any title that we own. You may choose any of our libraries as your pick-up location except for the Auburn Avenue Research Library. We will notify you by phone or email when your Hold is available for you to pick up. You may have up to fifteen (15) active requests at a time as long as your card remains in good standing. Please stop by any of our libraries to make certain that we have your most recent email address and/or telephone number.  Here's how:

  • From the library's homepage (www.afpls.org), click on the My Account link at the top right of the page.
  • Enter your user ID (your library card# without a space) and your PIN. Your initial PIN is CHANGEME.
  • Locate your item in our catalog then go to the left of the screen, click on the Details button.
  • To the left of the screen, click on the Place Hold button.
  • Choose a Pick-Up branch by clicking on the drop-down window.
  • Suspension Dates remain blank unless there is a time frame when you will not be able to pick up a hold item if it becomes available to you. For example, a date when you may be on vacation.
  • Click on the Place Hold button.
"You have successfully placed a Hold"
 
Report a lost or stolen card
See Lost or stolen cards

Find a library near me
See Locations

Art Exhibit Form (for displays at Central Library)
Click Here

Log on to the library catalog
Everyone begins with the same default PIN, "changeme", and the user ID is your library card number including the "D" and any zeros, but no spaces. To change your PIN, log on to the catalog with the default PIN and go to "My Account" at the top of the page. There you'll see an option to change your PIN (make sure you write it down if you change it!).

Note that if you log in before you begin searching the catalog, you will not have to re-enter your User ID and password each time you want to place a hold; the system will supply them for you and direct your hold to your home branch. See Catalog

Change my PIN

Everyone begins with the same default PIN, "changeme", and the user ID is your library card number including the "D" and any zeros, but no spaces. To change your PIN, log on to the catalog with the default PIN and go to "My Account" at the top of the page. There you'll see an option to change your PIN (make sure you write it down if you change it!).

Note that if you log in before you begin searching the catalog, you will not have to re-enter your User ID and password each time you want to place a hold; the system will supply them for you and direct your hold to your home branch. See Catalog

Review my Account
Go to My account at the top of the catalog screen. Type in your card number (do not include any spaces) and your PIN.

Everyone begins with the same default PIN, "changeme", and the user ID is your library card number including the "D" and any zeros, but no spaces. To change your PIN, log on to the catalog with the default PIN and go to "My Account" at the top of the page. There you'll see an option to change your PIN (make sure you write it down if you change it!)

Note that if you log in before you begin searching the catalog, you will not have to re-enter your User ID and password each time you want to place a hold; the system will supply them for you and direct your hold to your home branch. Let us know if you have any other questions. See Catalog.

Renew Library Materials Online

• Access the library system's homepage: www.afpls.org.
• Click on "My Account" at the top of the page that comes up.
• Select "Renew my materials" from the choices you see.
• Enter your user ID (Library card number) and PIN. If you haven't personalized your PIN, use the word CHANGEME.
• Select the material you'd like to renew. Click "Renew Selected Items" or "Renew All"

You will see new due dates, and a message if something cannot be renewed. Note that some of your paperback items may not show on the list.

Q: Why Can't I Renew Some of My Items?
• You may renew most of what you've borrowed twice. If you need something longer, please contact us.
• You won't be able to renew a title if someone is on a waiting list for it or if it's in the new and popular section. If you'd like it again, you can place a hold on the item, or we will be happy to put your name on the hold list for you.
• It's possible that your card is blocked because you have material overdue or have fines. Please contact the Circulation Department at the Central Library (404-730-1824) or at your branch so that we can help you clear your account.
• You can also renew by phone, either by calling your branch or by using the Telelibrarian 24-hour automated voice system (404-730-1860).
For more information about A-FPLS renewal policies, see Borrowing & Returning Items.

Locate books and materials
See Catalog

Locate e-books or e-audiobooks
See Overdrive

Reserve a meeting room
See Meeting Rooms

 Suggest A Title
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Apply for employment
See Employment

 Use a library computer

You must have an Atlanta-Fulton Public Library card in order to use a computer at a branch location. Printing from the computer costs .10 per page at some branches, and you may purchase a guest card if you do not have a library card at this time. See Library Cards

Find programs and classes
See Event & Classes

See a list of book sales
See Friends' Book Sales

Ask a reference question
If you are in any branch stop at the public service desk. If you are outside the library See Reference Line

Use TTY/TTD & other services (CCTV)
The library has TTY/TTD and CCTV equipment at the following branches: Central Library, Auburn Avenue Research Library, and Roswell Branch.

Support my library
See Support AFPL System

Set my browser to access library databases
• Click on Internet options and the Security tab, set the security level to medium low.
• Click on Internet options and the Privacy tab, set to medium and click on the Advanced tab; put checks in override automatic cookie handling and the first boxes to accept first and third party cookies.
• Sometimes under Internet options, before you start the previous steps, delete all cookies and temporary Internet files; reboot your PC.
• Some databases require that you disable your anti-virus program when logging in, then once in enable; this may depend on what web browser a person is using.
• Last but not least, reboot after performing any/or all steps; try again.

Find out the Galileo  Password
You must have a valid Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Card in order to receive the Galileo Password. You can walk into any branch with your library card, call your local branch or go to the library website. See Locations. To obtain from the library website:

If you are using the new library catalog (NOT the "classic" catalog), the GALILEO password can be found by using the following steps:

1. Go to the library’s webpage: www.afpls.org

2. HOLD YOUR CURSOR OVER the "books and materials" link (it is on the green bar at the top of the page)

3. Click on "My Account"

4. Sign in to your account using your library card number and PIN

5. Click on the "Personal Information" tab

6. In the title bar of the "Preferences" section you should see the password for GALILEO


If you are using the Classic Catalog, follow these directions:

1. Go to the library’s webpage: www.afpls.org

2. CLICK on the "Books and Materials" link (it is on the green bar at the top of the page)

3. Click on "Classic Catalog" at the top, right-hand corner

4. Sign into your account (at the top, right-hand corner) by entering your library card number and PIN, and then click on the green button that says "Log in to the e-Library OPAC"

5. Click on the "My Profile" tab on the green bar

6. You should see the GALILEO password in red


Borrow Materials the Library Doesn't Own
See Interlibrary Loan

How do I donate books to the Library?

We suggest that you contact the Friends of the Library organization at a library facility near you. When books are donated to a Friends group, the Friends first ask the Librarians to select donations that are needed in the Library's collection. The rest of the donated books and materials are sold by the Friends and the proceeds go to support Library services.