About the Library

​At Nicholas County Public Library, we strive to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Nicholas County by serving their informational, recreational, and lifelong learning needs.​ We strive to promote a continuously growing and successful community by offering an expansive variety of traditional library materials with books in print, audio, and digital formats; genealogical resources and archives; outreach services through the Library on Wheels program, and community educational learning activities, events, resources, and opportunities.


Nicholas County Public Library welcomes your donated books, audio books, and DVDs. Your donation will be added to the Library's collection or sold to help enhance our programs and services or used in our Outreach Services.

  • We WILL accept:
    • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition.  
    • DVDs
    • Current editions of magazines
  • We CANNOT accept:
    • Boxes that have been moved directly from long term storage to the Library. 
    • Boxes of books that have not been properly inspected by the donor.
    • Large quantities of books that are not in boxes or containers. Due to facility and logistic constraints, we cannot accept loose material.
    • Damaged books with broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty, moldy, with smoke or water damage, or with excessive writing in the text.
    • Clearly outdated materials 
    • Toys, games, puzzles, artwork, periodicals, academic journals
    • Condensed books (Reader’s Digest)
    • Professional journals
    • Encyclopedias
    • Non-commercially produced media
    • Workbooks or study guides that are partially or wholly filled in
    • Computer programs

Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go to donate my books and other items?
Please bring donations of books to Nicholas County Public Library during open hours. We may not be able to accept excessively large number of donations such as a “truck load.”  Also, once our inventory needs have been met, we may decline to accept donations.

How much can I claim as a charitable donation?
We do not determine the value of the donation. Receipts can be provided designating how many paperbacks and hardbacks were donated.

What happens to the items I donate?
Depending on the quality and condition of the donated items, they will be put into our book sale; put into the general collection of the library; or given away.

Loans | Fines

Books | Audio Books will be loaned for a period of 2 weeks to patrons in good standing. A fee of .05 will be charged per book for each day the book is overdue. Books may be renewed by calling 859.289.5595. However, if the book you would like to renew is on reserve or is a new release, renewal will not be permitted. Two renewals are allowed per item.
Should a book become damaged, lost, or stolen while on loan, your account will be charged the cost to replace the item. A drop box is located in front of the library for after hour returns.

DVDs will be loaned for a period of 3 days to patrons in good standing. DVDs cannot be renewed. A fee of $1.00 per day per DVD will be charged for each day the DVD is overdue. 

How To Get A Library Card

Bring a valid photo ID with your current Nicholas County address to pick up your card. If you're under 18, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Library cards will not be renewed/replaced unless all overdue fines/fees are paid. 

The patron is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card. Report lost or stolen library cards immediately.

Hours of Operation | Contact Information









Nicholas County Public Library

223 North Broadway | Carlisle KY 40311

phone | 859.289.5595            fax | 859.289.4340