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Your Library Card

The Onawa Public Library participates in the State Library of Iowa's Open Access Program.

Area residents of Monona County, with valid identification are eligible to get a library card. 

Valid identification includes a photo ID and proof of residence if it is not the same as on the photo ID

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.

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.

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

How to use the library card

Patrons are responsible for any and all items borrowed on their card

Patrons with new library cards are restricted to 2-3 items per visit for 90 days, until a return history has been established.  These limits will be adjusted at that time.

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

Borrow from another library

Checkout times and procedures are as follows:

    • BOOKS are checked out for a 3-week period.  After your return history has been established, there are no limits.  The staff reserves the right to set a limit on the number of books as they feel necessary.
    • AUDIOBOOKS are checked out for 1 week, renewable for up to 3 weeks.  Due to availablity, we request no more that 4 books on CD.
    • VHS TAPES & DVDs check out for 1 week also.
    • MAGAZINES check out for 1 week renewable for up to 3.  Our current issue is not available for check out.
    • Overdue, lost, or damages 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.
    • 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.




This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.