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September is LIBRARY3.jpg Card Sign-Up Month

Sign-up for a new card and get entered into a weekly drawing!

 Update an existing card for a chance to win too!


Obtaining a New Card: 

A.    A Library Card will be issued free of charge to residents of the city of Onawa, rural counties surrounding Onawa and communities participating in Iowa’s Open Access Program. Fees will apply for out-of-state cards ($5 per year for individual, $10 per year for family card)

B.    Valid identification will be required at the time of registration. This includes a photo ID and proof of residence if it is not the same as on the photo ID.  A driver’s license or student ID is preferred; however, any other official ID may be used.

C.   Children who are kindergarten age can have their parents apply for a library card in their name.  Adults (young adults over age 14) can apply for a card in their name.

D.    A new card will be issued with probationary rules for the first 90 days, after that time, if the patron has no overdue items or fines the probationary period will be lifted. A patron may be limited in the number of items he/she may check out at a time at the discretion of library staff if he/she consistently has overdue materials or due to large fines on their account.

E.   Patrons who check out materials from the library are expected to take care of these items and return or renew them by the date due.  Patrons should also notify the library about changes in their name, address, phone number or any other changes.

F.    Materials may be returned to the circulation desk while the library is open or by using the book or A/V return slot when the library is closed

G.    If you would like to borrow materials that the library does not own, these items can be Interlibrary Loaned.   

                     Borrow from another library

Checkout times and procedures are as follows:


    • 1.  BOOKS are checked out for a 3-week period. The staff reserves the right to set a limit on the number of books a patron can check out at one time as they feel necessary.
    • 2.  DVDs, AUDIOBOOKS, and MAGAZINES are checked out for 1 week, renewable for up to 3 weeks.  Due to availability, we request no more than 4 at one time.
    • 3.  Overdue, lost, or damaged materials must be paid for at the current value.  PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR  BOOKS AND ALL OTHER MATERIALS CHECKED OUT BY THEIR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 18.
    • 4.  Patrons may ask that an item be reserved.  They will receive a call from the library when the item is available.  Reserved items not picked up within a reasonable time will be re-shelved or moved to the next person on the reserve list.​​​​​​​