Take control of your library card!
From finding great new material to keeping an eye on your account at a distance, there are many things you can do to customize your library experience to fit your needs. Just ask a librarian about any of the options below, or follow the instructions to get started!
Note that several of the options below are also available by logging into our catalog: to do this, go to our catalog and click 'Log On' in the upper right. Use your last name as the username, and your library patron number (under the barcode on your card) as your PIN.
We are now able to offer an automated email notice when you have items on your account that will be due soon. To start receiving reminders, just request the service AND provide an email address to be added to the personal information on your account. (You can stop by, call in, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make the request.)
You can always look up the amount of any fines you owe by logging into your account on our catalog and checking under the 'Fines' tab. Fines over $5.00 result in suspended checkout privileges until the fine is reduced. Payment can be made at the front desk, or through our online PayPort.
If you need more time with an item you have checked out, we can usually renew that item for another checkout period (1 to 2 weeks, depending on the material type). Renewals CANNOT be made when fines on your account exceed $5, when someone else has placed a reserve on the item you're trying to renew, or when the item was acquired through an Interlibrary Loan.
Online: Log into our catalog, go to your account, and click the 'Items Out' tab. Check the box next to the item(s) you'd like to renew, and then hit 'Renew' on the far right. Please note that this will not work if your items are already overdue, or if your library card is expired.
Over the Phone: Call in and give us the first and last name on the library account, or your PIN.
Possible Automatic Renewals: For those who require books to be checked out for a long time and would need to call in renewals repeatedly (truck drivers, homebound, teachers with children's books, etc.), it is often possible to be put on a list of automatic renewals, either for all your items or for certain item types. If you think you may qualify for automatic renewals, please talk to a librarian.
A reserve can be placed on any item in the library's catalog, and puts you in line to receive the item when it becomes available. Reserves for items are made strictly on a first-come first-served basis, and you will receive a call or postcard when a reserved item is ready for you to pick up. Reserves are held at the front desk for three days after you are contacted.
Online: To reserve an item online, log into our catalog, then search for the item you'd like to reserve. Click on its title to bring up the item's information, then click the 'Reserve' button. Click 'Reserve' once more when prompted, then click 'OK'.
Over the Phone: Call in any time during business hours — try to be prepared with information such as title and author.
Automatic Reserves by Author: If there's a popular author whose work you always like, you can request to be put on an automatic reserve list so that you will be contacted whenever we get in a new book by that author.
Interlibrary Loans (ILL's) are items that our library doesn't have, but which we can borrow from another Iowa public library upon request. If we are able to get an item for you by ILL, it will cost $2 at pickup (enough to cover the physical shipping of the book between libraries). You can usually keep ILL items for 3-4 weeks.
Over the Phone: Call in and give us the title of the item you're looking for, along with any other information that will help us identify the correct item. In addition, make sure that we have a current phone number and/or address at which to reach you.
If there's an item you think our library should add to the permanent collection, you can submit a recommendation that we buy the item. (We treat all recommendations seriously and are able to follow through on many, but do keep in mind that any final purchasing decisions are made at the discretion of the library staff.)
Online: Fill out the 'Suggest a Purchase' form here.
Over the Phone: Call in and give us the title of the item, along with any other information necessary to identify the correct item. In the event we do decide to purchase, you can also leave your contact information so that we can reserve the item for you.
Looking for something good to read? Reader's Advisory is all about generating recommendations based on your taste, and your librarians are happy to help!
DIY Reader's Advisory: We have links to many great resources that can help you fall in love with a new read, all of which can be found here.
Librarian Recommendations: Stop by the front desk any time to ask for assistance, or to fill out a recommendation request. We'll provide a list of 3-5 books you may enjoy.
Your account needs a current address at all times, and a current phone number is strongly advised. (Email addresses may also be added to receive coming-due reminders for any items checked out on your account.)
If your address, phone number, email address, or name have changed, please let us know so that we can keep your account up to date. You may call, stop in, or email email@example.com to give us your new information.
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