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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.

 

Veterans

Those who have served in the United States military are eligible for this card which offers a one-week extension on Mentor Public Library materials.  A military/veteran ID must be presented to have this card. Patrons are still responsible for fines that accrue, and lost or damaged items will be billed accordingly.

Special Benefit Cards follow the following lending rules:

  • Print items are due in 3 weeks.
  • Non-fiction DVDs, sets of 3 or more DVDS, CDs and audiobooks are due in 3 weeks.
  • Regular DVDs are due in 2 weeks.
  • There is no grace period or renewals on Hotspots or Hot items.
  • Other items may be renewed.  See the library’s loan rules for details.
  • SearchOhio or OhioLINK items do not receive extended time.

 

Senior Benefits

Mentor Public Library offers a one-week extension period for materials owned by our library for adults who are age 60 or older. This senior status is determined by the birth date that is on the patron’s library account or state photo ID.  Patrons are still responsible for fines that accrue, and lost or damaged items will be billed accordingly.

Special Benefit Cards follow the following lending rules:

  • Print items are due in 3 weeks.
  • Non-fiction DVDs, sets of 3 or more DVDS, CDs and audiobooks are due in 3 weeks.
  • Regular DVDs are due in 2 weeks.
  • There is no grace period or renewals on Hotspots or Hot items.
  • Other items may be renewed.  See the library’s loan rules for details.
  • SearchOhio or OhioLINK items do not receive extended time.

 

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.

 

Borrowing Policy & Material Loan Periods

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