Ask the Library

Q:

Why do we charge a $3.00 replacement fee for a lost library card?

A:

When we issue library cards, there is no charge to our patrons. If the card is lost, however, we do charge a $3.00 replacement fee to cover the cost of the card.

Q:

Why do we charge 10 cents a day for fines?

A:

The most successful way to ensure the timely return of library materials is by charging a minimal fine for each day the materials are past due. We do have a two-day grace period before we begin the fine process.

Q:

Why do closing procedures begin 30 minutes prior to closing?

A:

Our closing procedures take time and our library board wants to ensure that staff leaves the building at closing time. Library administration increased the library's hours of operation when we moved into the Community Center so we could better accomodate and serve the community. For library hours, please go to the About Us tab.

Q:

Why do we ask patrons to turn off their cell phones before entering the library?

A:

Ringing cell phones or people speaking into their phones is disruptive not only to those using our facility - whether studying or working on the computer - but also to our staff. As part of the Community Center, patrons may use their phone in the lobby of the building. 

Q:

Why are food and drink not permitted in the library?

A:

Our library board and library administration are adamant that food (including lollipops) and drink (including bottled water) not be permitted in the library. We pride ourselves on constantly maintaining the library's appearance by having our furniture and carpet cleaned twice a year. We do not want to risk having food or drink spilled on our computers, furniture, carpet, and especially on our books and materials because having to replace equipment or materials is not a wise use of taxpayer money. As part of the Community Center, patrons may eat or drink in the lobby of the building before entering the library. 

Q:

Why does the library require a library card in order to check out materials?

A:

As part of the LOGIN consortium, each library is entitled to their own policies and our patrons are asked to please be respectful of this issue. Due to problems in the past, including a substantial loss of materials that had to be replaced with taxpayer money, the library board and library administration strictly enforce this policy requiring a library card for checking out items. Materials may be held at the circulation desk if a patron needs to return home for their library card but we stand by the policy.