Your Library Card

Who can get a library card, how to apply, and how to use your library card.

Any resident of Iowa is eligible for a library card without charge. A patron will need to renew his or her library card every three years. Required information for a library card includes name, address and phone number. The library is also participating in the Open Access program by which its patrons may directly  check out materials from other libraries.

Library materials are checked out free to patrons. The circulating books and audios have a loan period of two weeks. New monthly magazines may be checked out for three days. Older magazines may be checked out for two weeks. Extensions on materials may be arranged for research or special projects.

Jigsaw puzzles may be checked out for an indefinite period. Cake pans may generally be checked out for a two week period.

Reference materials are generally for use inside the library. These items include encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries. If needed, these items may be checked out for a period of no longer than three days.

Video tapes and DVDs may be checked out overnight according to the video policy. Certain videos are designated for longer checkout periods.

Lost or damaged materials: If materials are lost, the full replacement cost of the items will be charged, although the patron will be given considerable time to locate the lost articles. Damaged materials will charged according to the amount of damage and possibility of repair.

Renewals and reserves:Books may be renewed for an additional two week period unless reserved for another patron. A second renewal is possible for items not in demand, but books from the new shelves may be renewed only once. Patrons may request that an item be held for them. They will be notified when the item is available. If the item is not claimed within three days after the notification, it will be given to the next patron on the reserve list or returned to the general collection.

Overdues:Each week a list is compiled of materials that are overdue. Overdue notices will be sent, or a phone call made to the borrower in a timely manner. A grace period of one week after the due date will be allowed with no fines charged. A fine will be charged after the second contact. Fines will accumulate at the discretion of the librarian. Fines may not exceed the cost of the overdue item.Who can get a library card, how to apply, and how to use your library card.





This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.