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, and the card gives you access to our databases. 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!
The Mentor Public Library’s Teacher Card Program provides extended loan periods to accommodate the teaching needs of educators. The loan period for a Teacher Card is six weeks and is not renewable. Teacher Cards cannot be used to place holds through OhioLINK or SearchOhio or on electronic devices. Items available for extended loan on a teacher card are:
- All Print materials except Adult and Young Adult fiction
- Non-fiction or informational audiovisual materials
- Books with Cassettes sets
- Holiday books (MPL reserves the right to limit the quantity borrowed during peak demand seasons)