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Who can get a library card? How do I apply for a card? How do I use library card?



  • Who is eligible to get a library card?
    • Anyone who is at least 7 years of age or in first grade is eligible for a library card.
  • How does a person apply for a card?
    • Stop by the library and ask any librarian or volunteer and they will give you the card to fill out.
    • We do not give an actual card, your number is computer generated and printed on your receipt.
  • How to use the library card:
    • Checking out books and other materials
      • You only need to know your number or last name in order to check out books and other materials.
    • Loan limits
      • NEW PATRONS (3 months or less)
        • 1 movie (DVD)
        • 2 books
      • After 3 months (if in good standing)
        • 2 DVD
        • unlimited number of books
        • anyone with a fine up to $5.00 is limited to the following until the fine is paid:
        • 1 book
        • anyone with fines in excess of $5.00 loses all library privileges.
    • Returning items
      • items may be returned at the front desk
      • or in the dropbox located at the front of the library
    • Renewing items
      • an item that is older than 6 months can be renewed as long as there is no HOLD on the item
      • any item with a HOLD cannot be renewed
    • Over-dues, fines, and billing
      • we have a 1 week grace period on BOOKS ONLY (excluding holiday books)
        • after 1 week the fines accumulate at the rate of $0.05 cents per day
      • no grace period for movies or magazines
        • the day after a movie is due it starts accumulating at the rate of $1.00 per day
        • the day after a magazine is due it starts accumulating at the rate of $0.05 per day
    • Requesting an item
      • you may call in and request an item
      • you may stop at the front desk and request an item
      • you may contact us via the internet to request an item
      • we ask for a $3.00 donation to help defray shipping costs for Inter Library Loans
    • Reserving an item
      • you may reserve, or hold, an item the same as requesting an item


If you'd like a library card, please click here for an application.

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.