The program was initiated in 1995 as a succesful LSDA Development grant for library patrons in Arkansas, Pulaski, Perry, Clark, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Van Buren, Garland, Jackson, Lonoke, Prairie, Cleveland, Dallas, Grant, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike, Jefferson, Pope, Saline, Bradley, Drew, Chicot, Desha, Lincoln, and White.
Library patrons who are Gateway cardholders have reciprocal borrowing privileges at any of the participating libraries. They have access to a 1.5 million volume collection at no cost.
Cardholders must have a current library card from their home library and be at least 14 years of age. (Age requirements may differ at the participating libraries.)
Cardholders must apply for the Gateway card at the home library in the county in which they reside. Cards must be renewed each year at the home library.
Library patrons must follow the procedures of the system from which materials are borrowed.
Fines and Fees
A $3.00 per item fee will be charged to a cardholder returning an item to a library other than the library at which the item was checked out.
There will be a $10.00 charge for replacement of a Gateway card. The home library will issue replacement cards.
Materials should be returned on or before the due date. Fines or fees must be paid in order to continue borrowing privileges.
How to get a Gateway Card
Saline County Library System cardholders must come in and fill out the gateway application form. Process takes about 10 minutes.