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Library Policies

How to Get a Card

In order to receive a library card that permits the holder access to the free services of the Ruth Enlow Library System, the applicant must:

1. Show his/her driver's license or other proof of address as listed below.
2. Complete and sign the application/borrower's Agreement.

If the patron cannot provide a driver's license, other forms of identification may be accepted. Other acceptable forms of identification include a state issued identification card with a picture or a utility bill mailed to the patron with his or her name and address printed on the bill. If the patron is unable to provide any of these acceptable forms of identification, a post card will be mailed to the patron's home address. The patron must return to the library with the post card to pick up his or her card. A patron without acceptable identification may not check out books until he or she receives a library card.

Applicants under the age of eighteen without a driver's license must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Borrower's Agreement for them.

Applicants sixteen years or older with a driver's license should sign a Borrower's Agreement for themselves.

Library cards are valid for three years after which time they must be renewed.

How to Renew a Card
Patrons can renew a card in person at the library or by phone. Library staff will verify that the patron's address and phone are correct and then update the record. A  new card is not issued at this time unless the original card is lost or damaged. Note: The patron must be in good standing to renew a library card.

Checkout / Loan Periods

Except for a limit of five (5) new books, ten (10) DVDs, and two (2) Reading Express books, a patron may borrow unlimited items at one time. 

Time Limits on Borrowing:
  • DVDs and videos can be checked out for one week, with one renewal.
  • Magazines for adults can be checked out for one week with no renewals allowed.
  • Reading Express books are checked out for two weeks with no renewals allowed.
  • New adult books, regular adult books, books on cassettes and CDs, music CDs, teen books, teen magazines, children's books, children's magazines, puzzles, and pamphlets are checked out for three weeks, with 2 renewals allowed.

Return of Library Material:

Public library materials may be returned to any public library in the county or the state, with the exception of DVDs.  All locations of the Ruth Enlow Library, excluding the Kitzmiller Branch, have outside bookdrops. 

Fines and Fees

Overdue Items

Children's & Teen Material

$0.05/day $2.00 max
Adult's Material $0.10/day $4.00 max
DVDs $0.50/day $5.00 max


A total of 2 overdue notices will be sent for each item that is overdue. The patron also has the option to request email notices (reminder emails are sent 4 days prior to due date) and text message notices to assist in the patron's library account management.

Library Card Fees

Replace lost card$0.50

Reserve Fee

If notice is mailed


Holds will expire after 1 year. A report of cancelled holds will alert us to potential problems with a book or an unacceptably long hold line.


(Each side counts as a page, no discount for supplying own paper)
Microfilm 8.5 x11 $0.20/page

11 x 17 $0.30/page
Photocopies 8.5 x 11 $0.20/page

8.5 x 14 $0.25/page

11 x 17 $0.30/page
Color Photocopies 8.5 x 11 $0.50/page
Faxes Sending Long Distance $2.00/page

Sending Local/Toll Free $1.00/page

Receiving $1.00/page

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for the following reasons:
  • Long overdue items (overdue 30 days or more)
  • Fines due of $5.00 or more
  • Five or more overdue items

Once material is returned and/or payments made, most borrowing privileges are reinstated. Fines must be paid in full to check out interlibrary loan items.

Computer Use Policy

All branch locations of the Ruth Enlow Library have computers with internet access for public use and Wireless Internet Access (WiFi) for your laptop PC. If you need help please refer to these "PC Tips." Also, parents may wish to refer to these "Internet Safety Tips for Families." 

Misuse or illegal use of the computers or Internet access will result in the loss of computer privileges. This includes users who violate the security of the library's network or other remote networks, repeatedly violate time limits, intentionally damage library hardware or software, disturb others in their use of the library, or violate the library's Acceptable Use Policy for Network Resources or any of the following rules:
  1. There is a thirty-minute time limit if others are waiting to use an internet computer.  
  2. If a patron is bumped he or she must wait 15 minutes before signing up for another 30-minute session.
  3. All computers will be turned off 10 minutes prior to library closing time.
  4. The use of chat and social networking sites is limited to patrons aged 16 and over. Patrons under the age of 16 may use chat software to access approved information sources. We reserve the right to limit gaming or chatting.
  5. Only one person at a time may use a workstation.
    Note: The staff may make exceptions to rule 6 for instructional purposes.
  6. Patrons may not download or install software to the hard drive of the library's computers. Disks may be used as long as no software is installed. (CD-ROMs often require the installation of software in order to "run.")
    Warning: Although we use software to prevent viruses, this will not completely protect you from getting a virus. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you may need to have virus-checking software on your computer. The Ruth Enlow Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's disk or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from patron use of the library's computers.
  7. There is a charge of $ 0.20 per page for black and white printing and $.50 per page for color printing.
  8. We reserve the right to ask for a library card or other ID before sign-up.

Reminder: Individuals are expected to use the library workstations in a courteous, reasonable and responsible manner. Please be mindful that the library is a public place; use discretion in displaying text or graphics that may be offensive to others.  Adults viewing obscenity within the view of children or accessing child pornography will be asked to leave the library and may lose their computer privileges. It is illegal for minors to access or view obscenity or child pornography in the library. Anyone accessing obscenity or child pornography will be subject to prosecution.

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