How to get a Library Card
Apply for a library card at the circulation desk – you must present identification showing your current address. You must have a current photo ID, such as an Ohio Driver’s License or State of Ohio ID card. If your photo ID does not have your current address, a personal check, utility bill, envelope or post card with a recent postmark showing your current address is required. You must be 18 years of age to get an Adult card; Children’s cards require a guardian’s signature. The adult accepts and guarantees any responsibility and any restriction of the child’s borrowing privileges. The parent also acknowledges the the child will have access to all library materials, services, and programs. This includes materials that may be more suitable for adults, databases such as MPL homepage and OPLIN with Internet access. For more information, take a look at MPL’s New Card User Guide.
You can also get a temporary card online. You may use your new temporary account to place 5 Holds on items in the Mentor Public Library catalog. Temporary cards do not provide access to items from Search Ohio, Ohio Link, Freegal music or eBooks; those services are only available with a permanent card. In order to get your permanent card, simply visit one of our locations to show photo identification and proof of current address.
Library cards in good standing must be presented in order to check out library materials, use the public computers, and reserve a meeting room. Electronic devices are checked out with a library card in good standing and proper ID.
Bring in a VETSNet card from Mentor Chamber of Commerce or any membership card from AmVETS, American Legion or a current military ID to update your library card status to Veteran. Being a veteran gives you an extra week on all materials checked out!
Educator Card Guidelines:
The Mentor Public Library’s Educator Card Program allows educators the opportunity to borrow materials for extended time periods to accommodate their teaching needs.
Proof of educator status (i.e., employer paystub, school badge, student teacher letter) must be presented when applying.
Loan Period: Items may be checked out for 6 weeks. Items may be renewed twice for an additional two weeks each time, unless the items have been requested by another person. Some exclusions may apply.
Available items: You may borrow up to 250 items on an educator card. Items that can be circulated are:
- Print materials except NEW or HOT items
- Non-fiction or informational audiovisual materials including DVDs and CD books
- Children’s sets of books with CDs and audiocassettes
- Holiday books are available for the full 6-week period, but library managers may limit the quantity due to seasonal demand.
Restrictions: Educator cards cannot be used for personal items, video games, electronic devices or SearchOhio or OhioLINK items. Your personal card may be used to check out these items.
Fines accrue on overdue items. Fines over $10, billed items and materials overdue by 30 days block the use of this card.