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Get a library card?
A library card is a valuable resource. A library patron is responsible for all materials checked out on his or her library card, and if such materials are returned late, damaged, or lost, the patron is responsible for paying fines or replacement fees. THE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF A MINOR PATRON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MATERIALS CHECKED OUT ON THE MINOR PATRON'S CARD.
Because minors do not usually have access to photo identification, library staff will provide services to a minor for that minor patron's account, provided that minor patron can verify his or her name, address, and birth date.
Any resident of the State of Ohio may use the library.
A borrower’s card application must be completed and a card issued to the patron. Adults, patrons age 18 and over, must present valid photo identification with the current, correct, mailing address. If the photo ID does not have the current mailing address, the patron may present a utility bill, bank mailing, or other business mail as proof of address. Adults may use the internet with their borrower card or a guest pass. Each internet user must agree to the library’s internet use policy at the time of sign in on the public computer stations.
Anyone under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign for a borrower’s card. The parent or guardian must have a borrower’s card or show picture ID. CIPA-compliant internet access is available to minor borrowers after their parent or guardian agrees to abide by the library’s internet policy and signing an Internet user card on behalf of the minor.
Temporary residents must provide both permanent and temporary or school addresses. Out-of-state students attending an institution of higher learning in Ohio must provide their permanent and their college addresses, as well as a student ID.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Cards
A patron should report a lost or stolen library card to the library as soon as possible. The owner of a lost or stolen library card is responsible for all material checked out on that card up to the time that he or she reported to the library that it lost or stolen. The patron may request a replacement for a lost or stolen card in person at the library. A replacement card costs $1.00. Badly damaged cards will be replaced upon request.
Restrictions of Borrowing Privileges>
No items may be borrowed if patron has outstanding fines of $4.00 or more.
These items are for personal use only. The Alexandria Public Library is not responsible for damage to any equipment that may result from the use of borrowed items. The library charges fines for overdue, damaged, or lost items as noted.
The borrower assumes responsibility for the care and return of borrowed items. If returning printed materials or audio/visual items after hours, please use one of the 2 outside drop boxes. Patrons must deposit A/V items in the drop marked “video,” and any printed materials into the one marked “book”. A $2.00 fine may be charged for each audio/visual item returned in the book drop.
Change a PIN?
If you don't know your PIN, please call the library during business hours at 740.924.3561. You will need to provide proof of identity before the library staff can change your PIN to your requested 4-digit number.
If you already know your PIN, please proceed to "Change Logon
" from the "My Account" tab on our website. Simply type your current PIN and enter your new PIN.
Reserve an item?
You can either call us at 740-924-3561 to reserve an item or just come in and request it.
Renew an item?
This can be accomplished three different ways:
- You can call the library during regular business hours at 740.924.3561 and let us know your items need renewed;
- If after business hours, you may call our toll free number 1-877-77-BOOKS (1-877-772-6657) and enter your library barcode and pin. Following the directions will allow you to renew items on hold; or
- Please visit "My Account" tab in our online catalog. Simply enter your barcode number and PIN. Once you’ve logged in, choose the “Items Out” tab, select the items you wish to renew and select “Renew Selected Items” or “Renew All Items.”
NOTE: If you are unable to renew your item, you may receive one of the following messages: “This item has been requested by another patron;” or “This item may not be renewed, the maximum number of renewals has been reached;” or “You have exceeded the maximum number of overdue items or fines permitted.” Please email Denise or call the library at 740.924.3561 for assistance.
Reserve the meeting room?
The meeting room will be available at the discretion of the Director for community use during library hours. Extended hours may be available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings with prior approval, although the library reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any meeting. Failure to adhere to the policy will result in loss of meeting room privileges.
- The library and its organizations and programs have first priority for the use of the meeting room. All community groups and organizations may reserve the meeting room space on a first come, first serve basis.
- The meeting room is reserved for the use of the community and non-profit organizations only.
- Meeting rooms are not available to non-library groups or individuals for the promotion or sales of services or products, fundraising, conducting classes for profit, or private social functions. Meetings shall be open to the public. No admission or attendance charge or required donation may be assessed by any non-library group using a meeting room.
- The library may permit presenters at library-sponsored programs to sell merchandise related to the subject or activity of their programs. The library will grant this permission either to reduce the cost of the program to the library. Likewise, a library-sponsored program may have a registration charge to defray or reduce the cost of the program to the library.
- The library makes no endorsement, express or implied, of any non-library event or activity held in the meeting room. Publicity of such events must include a disclaimer to this effect.
- The board and the library staff do not assume any liability for groups or individuals attending any meeting or program in the library.
- Attendance at a meeting may be no more than the maximum people certified by the occupancy limit for the room.
- Smoking, alcohol, food, and beverages are not permitted in the facility with the exception of library-sponsored events or by prior approval of the library Board.
- No signs, posters, displays, or decorations may be put up and attached to the walls.
- Groups are responsible for their own set-up of chairs, etc., and must clean up the room, returning it to the condition in which they found it.
- Telephone usage will be limited. Absolutely no long distance phone calls can be made from this phone. No collect calls can be accepted. The phone is mainly for emergencies and not for personal phone calls unrelated to the use of the meeting room.
- Leave fan on automatic. When leaving set thermostat at 68 degrees (heat) and 74 degrees (cool). Do not turn off.
- Check the restrooms. Make sure the toilets and urinals are flushed. Turn off the lights in the restrooms.
- Chairs are to be left in the meeting room stacked along the wall. Be sure not to scrape wall when restacking chairs.
- Groups will be held responsible for damages to the library facility and library property including furniture, carpeting or borrowed equipment.
- If the group does not need the facility on the day reserved, please call and cancel so the room can be available to another group if needed.
- Turn off all the lights when you are leaving.
- If you encounter any problems with the room or equipment, please let the staff know.
Items Available For Use in the Meeting Room:
Meeting Room Policy
- 4 Round Tables
- 4 Card Tables
- 64 Chairs
- 4 Long Folding Tables
- Projector & Screen
Maintain Reading History?
Please visit "My Account
" tab in our online catalog. Simply enter your barcode number and PIN. Once you've logged in, choose the "My Account" tab, click on "Contact Information and Preferences." Scroll down until you see "Maintain Reading List" near the bottom of the page.
NOTE: If you choose to maintain your reading history, please be aware that this data may be accessed by law enforcement personnel without your consent.
Pay My Fines?
The Library can accept cash, check, money order or credit card payment (MasterCard or Visa) in person during regular business hours. Credit card payments may also be accepted by phone. The Library is currently unable to accept fine payments online.