Check Out Books, DVDs, and Other Materials
*Get a Library Card. To begin checking out items from our library (including digital holdings), stop by to get a library card. It does not cost anything, and children under 14 are eligible to get a card in their own name provided that a parent/guardian provides a signature and verifies their contact information. Please note that library cards enable the holder to use any of our computers and check out from any of the collections, so if parents are concerned about their teen's internet/materials access, library accounts should be kept under the parents' name(s). See our full policy on cards here.
*Sign Up for Coming-Due Email Reminders. Want help remembering when your books will be due? Add an email address to your account, and receive an automatic notice 3 days in advance of the due date.
*Control Your Account Online. Renew, reserve, and see what items you have checked out by using the library's online catalog. Click here for instructions.
*See the Material Types We Carry. Our Teen Section, general collection, and online library provide the following materials for checkout:
- YA ('Young Adult') Fiction Books
- YA Nonfiction and Biography
- YA Audiobooks
- Graphic Novels
- Online eBooks
- Online Audiobooks
- Video Games
Our full collection of available items for teens can be viewed any time on our catalog. Any teen is also welcome to check out materials from the junior or adult sections.
*Interlibrary Loans. Interested in something we don't have? Let us know, and we may still be able to get it in for you! Stop by or call in to fill out a form about the item you're looking for, and we'll send out inquiries to see if we can borrow the item from another library. (Keep in mind that interlibrary loans, if successful, cost $2 to cover the shipping back and forth. If a parent/guardian helps to place an ILL request on the account of a teen 14 years old or younger, the parent/guardian is responsible for any charge incurred.)
*Reader's Advisory (Recommendations). If you want something fun to read but you can't seem to find anything good, let us help out with some personalized suggestions!
*Ask a Librarian. Need information in a hurry? Not sure how to find what you're looking for? Click here to ask a librarian using an online submission form, or feel free to call us or stop by at the desk. (Keep in mind that we cannot directly answer homework questions for you, but we can point you in the direction you need!)
*Attend a Class. The library offers occasional classes and workshops geared towards students in grades 7-12. Watch our calendar for class announcements!
*Browse Our Post-Grad Answer Section (includes ACT/SAT help). Not sure where you're headed after high school, or want more information about what your next step involves? Visit "Post-Grad Prep and Planning".
Enjoy Members-Only Services on a Pre-Paid Subscription
*BRIDGES. Our online collection, including thousands of digital books and audiobooks. Check out the site's Teens' Room for directions to Teen Fiction and Nonfiction. Stop into the library for full instructions on how to check out and download to your particular device.
*Ancestry.com. A membership subscription to one of the leading genealogical research sites. Available in-library only.
*LearningExpress 3.0. A learning site covering a wide variety of topics — try the 'School Center' on the site to find some homework help. Click here for more information.
Use Our Facilities and Equipment
*Reading Areas and Study Desks. There are several open locations around the library set aside for quiet work/reading or small-group meetings. Each has a wall or floor plugin in close proximity. If you are in need of a more secluded workspace, see "Reserve a Meeting/Study Room" below.
*Use a Computer. Several desktop computers are provided to the public free of charge. Sign up for 30 minutes at a time, and remember to bring your own headphones if you are intending to listen to video/music/games.
*Free Wi-Fi Access. Bring in a laptop or mobile device and access the internet for free. No log-in necessary.
*Print, Copy, or Scan. Two printer/copiers are available for use. Once printed, pages sized 8.5x11" are 15 cents per page in black and white and $1 per page for color. HotSpot printing is now available.
*Reserve a Meeting/Study Room. Our study room (seats 2, desktop computer provided), small conference room (seats 6) and large front meeting room (accommodates up to 40) are available for reservation at no charge. Teens are welcome to schedule use of a room themselves for e.g. group projects. Please see our full if you are interested in making a reservation.
*Genealogical Resources on Microfilm. Newspaper records going back over a century are available to be viewed on microfilm at no charge. Librarians are available to help with the equipment.
*Wii Video Game System. A Wii is available for use upon request and dependent upon availability of the front meeting room. Wii games and controllers are provided.
*Sign Up for Our Email Newsletter. Stay up to date with events and new services offered at the library with our monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox. Click here to learn more.
Join Us for Special Activities and Events
For a full list of the special programs we regularly offer, please see 'Library Programs for Teens'.
All activities and events (including unique, one-time offerings) will be posted on the library's calendar: watch our website main page, friend us on facebook, or sign up for our email newsletter to stay current.