Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County

 

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Borrowing Policy

Loan Periods

Fines
Staff What's Available Getting a Library Card
Closings Board of Trustees Mission Statement
History Building Project (2003-2004) Policies

 

Hours:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Borrowing Policy:
Everyone is welcome to use the collection on site.  Those who reside in Pleasant and York townships are eligible for a library card at no additional cost because a portion of their property taxes are used to support the library.  Those living outside of these two townships may purchase a library card for an annual cost of $45.00 for an individual or $75.00 per family. A family summer card is available for $30.00 and is valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Fremont Public Library.  Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County cardholders in good standing are eligible to get library cards at the Fremont Public Library.  Patrons in good standing have a fee/fine balance under $10.00, no long overdue materials, and a current CPLSC library card.  

Returns: Materials may be returned to the book drops in the circulation desks or in the outside book drop located at the northwest corner of the building. 

Loan Periods:
3 weeks 2 weeks 1 week 3 months  
books  new books videocassettes art prints  
music CDs magazines DVDs    
books on tape or CD        
Fines:  Beginning April 23, 2009, fines for all materials will be $.25.  
Staff:
Director: Sonya Dintaman
Administrative Assistant: Laura Homan
Technical Processing: Kristen Clark
Helen Gross
Circulation Staff: Jessica Boyd
Maureen Buschek
Lee Ann Farnham
Dina Ferree 
Karen Holman
Kathy Mapes
Reference Dept. Staff: Margaret Rothrock
Carol Love
Children's Dept. Staff: Robyne Spillers
Judy Heiby
Mary Clark

What's available:

Art prints.  These are available for loan for a three month period.  The library has a very nice selection of prints, displayed near the fountain and along the 2nd floor hallway.

Audio visual collection.  The library has a collection of books on audiocassette, music compact discs, videocassettes, books on CD and DVDs for loan.

Children's programming.  Story hours and special programming are offered for the children.  Click here for the department newsletter.

Computers.  The library has over 30 computers available for patron use. These provide access to our catalog, the Internet, online database resources, word processing and other types of software, and a wide variety of educational CD-ROMs for children.

Friends of the Library.  The Friends of the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County meet with the expressed purpose of providing moral and monetary support for the library.  The Friends book store is on the lower level and is available when the library is open.  More information can be obtained at the circulation desks, or click here for the Friends web page.

Interlibrary Loan.  Selected materials that we do not own may be borrowed from other libraries.  The materials are picked up and returned to our library.  Please consult the reference staff for more details.

Local History & Genealogy.  The library maintains an extensive genealogy and local history collection for patron use.  This includes county histories, atlases and microfilm of the Steuben Republican, Angola Herald, the Herald-Republican, Hamilton News, other short-lived newspapers, and the Federal Census for Steuben County (1830-1920).  We welcome donations of pictures, histories, genealogies, and oral histories to the collection.

Meeting Rooms.  Meeting rooms are available to the public.  We have a large room which can seat 80 people. We also have a meeting room on the 2nd floor that seats 45 or can be divided into two room seating 20 people each.  A videocassette/DVD player, television, overhead projector, and wireless Internet access are available for use with the rooms.  LCD projectors are available in the meeting rooms.  Please make arrangements for equipment when you register for the room.  The rooms may be used in accordance with the Library Board policy.  Use of the rooms is free for non-profit organizations.  There is a $60.00 fee for profit-oriented organizations.

Reference Services.  An up-to-date reference library is maintained on the upper level of the library.  Reference is always staffed when the library is open, and librarians are available to assist you in researching your topic or helping you to find the answer to your question.  Reference questions can be answered over the phone or by email (in some cases).

Getting a Library Card:
Resident: Those who reside or own property in Pleasant and York townships are eligible for a library card.  A portion of these residents' property taxes support the library, so their cards are available at no additional cost.

Non-Resident: Those living outside of these two townships may purchase a library card for an annual cost of $75.00 per family or $45.00 for an individual.  The family card may be paid in 3 monthly installments.  A summer card for the family is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day for $30.00.  Patrons do not need a library card to use the library, only to check out materials.

PLAC: Public Library Access Cards are available to any Indiana resident with a current, valid library card from any Indiana public library.  This provides access to all Indiana public libraries, although individual libraries are free to limit what materials may be checked out with a PLAC card.  The Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County allows PLAC holders to borrow books.  The price of the PLAC card is set by the Indiana State Library, and the card is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Reciprocal: The library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Fremont Public Library.  Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County cardholders in good standing are eligible to get library cards at the Fremont Public Library.  Patrons in good standing have a fee/fine balance under $10.00, no long overdue materials, and a current CPLSC library card.  

Student: Students of MSD of Steuben County who are not residents of the library district are eligible for a free library card.  These cards are limited to children and young adult materials, except in some circumstances when an older student may need materials from the adult department.  

To receive a card, patrons must show proof of identification and residence (driver's license, utility bill, rent receipt, etc.).  Patrons under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian's or responsible adult's signature.  Children are eligible for their first card at age 5.

Closings:
For weather related closings, please listen to WLKI-FM 100.3

History:
The Ladies Library Association was established in 1895 with 125 members.  Our current library was organized in 1914 and dedicated in 1915.  Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000 for the building, and the Ladies Library Association contributed between 1,400 and 1,500 books.  Additions to the Carnegie building were built in 1989 and 2004.  The library currently houses over 65,000 volumes and is automated for better use of the collection.

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