To get a library card, an applicant will need either valid identification with their current address, or valid identification and an official document with the applicant's name and current address. Applicants must be a resident or taxpayer in Beauregard Parish to get a BPL card. If they are a resident of one of the Libraries Southwest parishes, they may elect to get a Libraries Southwest card. They will then need to fill out an application. Patrons under the age of 18 must have a sponsoring parent or guardian cardholder.
There are two different cards available : the Beauregard Parish Library (BPL) card, and the Libraries Southwest (LSW) card. The BPL card is eligible for use only at BPL locations while the LSW card may be used at any location of BPL or the public libraries in Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, or Vernon parishes.
New patrons are able to check out three items during their first visit. After the first check out, patrons may check out up to 6 items at once for 6 months. After the first six months have passed, the adult patron will be able to check out up to 50 items (no more than 10 DVDs or audiobooks) at one time. A juvenile patron will be able to check out a maximum of 20 items (10 DVDs or audiobooks) at one time. Adults who have been card-holders for at least 6 months and have accounts in good standing are also eligible to check out laptops and/or Hotspots.