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Library Cards

Library Cards


You must have your library card to check materials out.

Library cards are available to anyone with a permanent or student address in Minot or the seven county region surrounding Minot.

Persons applying for a card must provide photo identification, proof of current address, a reference person and complete an application.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Any state or federal issued ID 
  • Driver’s license from ND or another state
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • School ID

Acceptable proof of address include:

  • Unexpired lease agreement 
  • Valid vehicle registration 
  • Paystubs
  • State licenses, such as hunting and fishing licenses
  • Unexpired PO Box rental receipt 
  • Any official mail received in the individual’s name at an address in the service area within the last 60 days (such as utility bills or property tax statement)

The reference person provided must not live at the same address as the applicant, unless the applicant is under the age of 18. 

A child must be 4 years old to obtain their own library card.

First-time users are able to check out a maximum of three (3) items. Once these items have been returned the usual check out limits apply.


A $2.00 charge is assessed for replacement of a lost card.

A person receiving a Minot Public Library card is agreeing that he/she is responsible for the use of the library card and to adhere to all library policies.

Loans, Limits, Overdues

Loan Periods

Books are checked out for 3 weeks and can be renewed and reserved for 4 days using the online catalog.

Compact Discs are checked out for 3 weeks with a limit of eight audiobooks on CD and/or 8 music CDs per library card. CDs can be renewed and reserved for 4 days using the online catalog.

Magazines are checked out for 3 weeks with a limit of 5 per card. Most recent issues do not circulate. Magazines can be renewed.

Blu-rays and DVDs are checked out for 7 days with NO RENEWALS and a limit of 6 per library card. A maximum of 6 Blu-Rays and DVDs can be reserved and will be held for 24 hours.

Video Games are checked out for 7 days with NO RENEWALS and a limit of 2 per library card. A maximum of 2 Video Games can be reserved and held for 24 hours.

E-Readers are checked out for 3 weeks with a limit of 1 per library card. E-Readers can be reserved and will be held for 24 hours. There are NO RENEWALS on E-Readers.

**Note: In order to check-out an E-Reader a patron must have a library card with MPL for a minimum of 90 days.

Energy Meters and Infrared Thermometers are available to check out for 2 weeks with a limit of 1 each per library card. These items can be reserved and held for 4 days.

Library users can check out a maximum of fifty (50) items per library card.

 

Overdue Materials

1. The Library customer assumes the responsibility to return Library materials borrowed (any item circulated from the library) on or before the date the materials are due. If the customer has not returned the material on time, he/she has violated a policy established by the Library Governing Board and is subject to any charges resulting from a violation of that policy. This rule applies whether notices are received or not.

The Library has no responsibility on the part of the customer to send an overdue notice. The notice is sent because material has not been returned according to established Library Policy. The patron is responsible for paying established charges resulting from a violation of the Library Policy.

a. The first overdue notice is sent when the material is at least 12 - 18 days overdue.
b. The second overdue notice is sent when the material is at least 19 - 39 days overdue.
c. Materials 38 – 58 or more days overdue will be charged a maximum of five dollars ($5) per item with the exception of the slide projector, which accumulates to $100.
d. The library reserves the right to turn a delinquent account and all necessary information pertaining to that account over to a collection agency.

2. The overdue service charge is $0.10 per day per item with the following exceptions:

DVDs
Special Loan
Interlibrary Loan
Rapid Reads 

Kindle eReader
Nook eReader 
iPad eReader 

$0.25 per item per day
$1.00 per item per day
$0.25 per item per day
$0.25 per item per day

$ 2.00 per day
$ 5.00 per day
$10.00 per day

Overdue charges accumulate to a maximum of $5.00 per item, except for eReaders which accumulate to maximums as follows:

Kindle eReader
Nook eReader
iPad eReader

$35.00
$100.00
$200.00

3. With an accumulated charge/service charge of $5 or more the customer cannot check out materials or use the Internet until complete payment is made.

4. Privileges are suspended when a patron has been sent to the collection agency until account is cleared.

5. If a customer comes in to pay for a long overdue lost book, he/she will be charged the service charge in addition to the cost of the material. The cost of material, ONLY, may be refunded if the material is found and returned within 3 years.

6. All charges for damaged and lost materials will be determined by circulation supervisor in consultation with technical services in accordance with an established schedule and individual evaluation.

Renewals & Reserves

Renewals

Most items checked out from the Minot Public Library can be renewed 2 times unless the item is on reserve for another patron. However, the following items are exceptions which cannot be renewed:

  • Blu-Rays and DVDs
  • Video Games
  • eReaders (iPads, Nooks and Kindles)
  • Special Loans (Reference Books authorized for circulation)
  • Rapid Reads
  • Energy Meters and Infrared Thermometers
  • Interlibrary Loans (unless approved by the lending library)

Items can be renewed online through the library’s website or by calling the library at (701) 852-1045.


Reserves

Patrons can reserve items to be held for them at the library by going online or by stopping by or calling the Minot Public Library at (701) 852-1045. Reserved items are pulled from our shelves once a day and you should allow 24 hours for the item(s) to be ready for you to pick up.

All items will be held at the library for 4 days with the following exceptions:

  • Blu-Rays and DVDs
  • Video Games
  • eReaders (iPads, Nooks and Kindles)

These items are held for 24 hours.

Each patron can have no more than 10 items on reserve at a time including a maximum of 4 Blu-Rays, DVDs and Video Games and 1 eReader.

Please note: If you will not be able to come to the library to pick up the items you’ve reserved within the outlined timeframe please wait to place your reserve. Finding items on reserve and making them available takes staff time as does removing the items and putting them back on the shelves.

Request for Purchase

Request for Purchase

Patrons are encouraged to recommend titles for purchase. A request card can be completed at the Circulation Desk or a request can be made over the phone by calling the library at (701) 852-1045.

A requested item is not a guarantee of purchase and may take up to six weeks to be received. If a requested item is not purchased for the collection, the person who made the request will be informed of the decision.

Meeting Rooms

View our meeting room calendar here

Meeting Rooms

To schedule a meeting room or get information about, email Information and Referral, or call (701) 852-0333.

Use of meeting rooms

The meeting rooms may be used by any for-profit, non-profit, civic, or cultural groups and individuals. For the complete policy regarding use of the library’s meeting rooms Click Here.

The fact that a group is permitted to meet in the library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies, beliefs or activities. Non-Library groups meeting in the Library may not claim endorsement by the Library or imply that the Library is sponsoring the program.

Rooms are available after the library has opened and only during hours the library is open:

Monday – Friday 9:10 AM
Saturdays 10:10 AM
Sundays (Sept-May) 1:10 PM

***(Organizations must leave 15 minutes before library closes that day.)***

The total number of persons in a meeting room must not exceed the posted seating capacity. The seating capacities for the meeting rooms are:

Small Meeting Room:

Theater Style - 44 / With Table - 31 / Children Seated on Floor - 60

Large Meeting Room:          

Theater Style - 80 / With Table - 74 / Children Seated on Floor - 148

Food and drink, but no alcoholic beverages, may be served, but not taken out of the rooms. Catered functions are allowable in the meeting rooms. Coffee makers are provided.

A TV, DVD player and overhead projector are provided at no charge, however, the library does not provide personnel to operate equipment or arrange furniture. An LCD projector is available for a rental fee of $10.00. Internet access is also available.

Displays

Displays at the Library

The library strives to provide as many attractive, educational and cultural exhibits as possible.  To schedule a display, email Information and Referral or call (701) 852-0333.

 

  2017                                                                                  

 

 

 November

 Erik Ramstad Art Students

 

 

December


 Artwork of Julia Gamboa-Collins
 Artwork of Pablo Castillo
 

 

December

 Old Soo Line Transportation Depot -
 

 Tam Black

 

 

 2018  

 

 

 January

 Luke's Puzzling Hobby

   

 February

 Prairie Quilt Guild

 

 

 March

 Red Cross History

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service offered to Minot Public Library (MPL) cardholders. It provides access to resources from many libraries across the United States and greatly expands the range of library materials available to MPL patrons.

How it works -

  1. Check our catalog to see if MPL owns the material you need.
  2. If we do not own the particular material you need, request to borrow it through ILL at one of our public service desks or by calling (701) 852-1045.
  3. It will take an average of 2 weeks for the item to arrive at MPL. Sometimes it does take up to 6 weeks for the item to arrive. When the item arrives, you will be notified.
  4. Although it can vary depending on the materials, most ILL items can be borrowed for an average of 4 weeks, but lending periods are determined by the lending library. If renewals are possible, they must be requested in advance of the due date.
  5. Return the item to the Minot Public Library by the due date. A late fee of $0.25 will be charged each day the item is overdue.

What are the borrowing terms?

Patrons may request up to 10 items at a time. Length of borrowing time is generally 4 weeks but at the discretion of the lending library. Renewals must be requested before the item is due and are also at the discretion of the lending library.

Most library materials are available with the exception of rare books, genealogical and reference materials, and current bestsellers.


CHARGES:

  • There is a $3.00 service charge per item borrowed through ILL.
  • Any additional lending fees assessed by the lending library will be passed on to the individual requesting the loan.

Special Services

Special Services

The Minot Public Library strives to provide access to information to all of the citizens in our service area. To meet this goal MPL has a variety of special services available.

The Homebound Delivery Service delivers materials to individuals who live in Minot. The Minot Public Library delivers monthly to individuals who are homebound, have a visual or physical disability, or are living in an assisted living or an extended care facility. 

Volunteers or Library staff deliver the materials on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month depending on the route the individual is on. Materials are then picked up the next month and the new selections are delivered.

MPL has a variety of items available for patrons who are visually impaired and receiving homebound delivery services or for those visiting the Library. In addition to our regular print fiction and non-fiction titles, we have thousands of Large Print and Audio book titles available as well as music CDs and Playaways. For visually impaired citizens visiting the Library, there is a Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) available. The CCTV allows users to enlarge print onto the screen for easier reading.  

In addition to these services offered exclusively by MPL, the North Dakota State Library has a program for individuals with special needs called Talking Book Service. The Talking Book Service is a program for individuals who are physically or visually impaired. An application is available on the ND State Library’s website to enroll in Talking Books and eligible individuals receive a digital player from the ND School for the Blind. Every few weeks the State Library mails out books or magazines on a digital cartridge. 

For new English-speaking users or those looking to advance their literacy skills, MPL also has a Literacy Collection. This collection includes many items for English Language Learners (ELL) such as: books, DVDs, Playaways, Bookpacks and CDs. Also included are basic literacy and math workbooks, introductions to American History and information on general life skills.

For more information on any of the special services offered by the Minot Public Library you can call (701) 852-1045 and ask for Lacey or Brendan.

Homebound

Homebound

The Homebound Delivery Service delivers materials to individuals who live in Minot. The Minot Public Library delivers monthly to individuals who are homebound, have a visual or physical disability, or are living in an assisted living or an extended care facility.

Volunteers or Library Staff deliver the materials on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month depending on the route the individual is on. Materials are then picked up the next month and the new selections are delivered.

For more information on any of the special services offered by the Minot Public Library you can call (701) 852-1045 and ask for Lacey or Janet.

Talking Books

Talking Books

The Talking Book Service is a program that is for individuals that are physically or visually impaired. The eligible individuals receive a digital player from the ND School for the Blind. Every few weeks the State Library mails out books or magazines on a digital cartridge.

For more information on the Talking Book Service you can contact the North Dakota State Library at 1-800-843-9948. For more information on any of the special services offered by the Minot Public Library you can call (701) 852-1045 and ask for Lacey or Janet.

Large Print

Large Print

MPL has a variety of items available for patrons who are visually impaired and receiving homebound delivery services or for those visiting the library. In addition to our regular print fiction and non-fiction titles, we have thousands of Large Print and Audio book titles available as well as music CDs.

Literacy Collection

Literacy Collection

For new English-speaking users or those looking to advance their literacy skills MPL also has a Literacy Collection. This collection includes many English as a Second Language (ESL) books, DVDs and CDs. Also included are basic literacy and math workbooks, introductions to American History and information on general life skills.

Computer Access

Computer Access

Public computers and internet access are available to customers in good standing (customers without excessive fines/fees or overdue materials). To use a computer, customers need a library card and PIN. If you do not know your PIN, please inquire at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

Computer use is limited to one hour per day, with time extensions if space allows. Computers are unavailable 10 minutes before the library closes.

Visitors without a library card may purchase a one hour Guest Pass for $2.00.

The Library also provides in-house access to all library databases. These are accessible from the B computers and do not require a login.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

The Library provides free wireless internet access for those with laptops or other devices capable of receiving wireless signals. The name (SSID) of our wireless network is: LIBRARY. No password is required.

We currently do not offer wireless printing so you will not be able to print from your device. You may, however, use a Minot Public Library public access computer to print your information.

Please note:

  • The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet.
  • Library staff is only able to provide limited technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection. Staff can help you get signed on, but we cannot troubleshoot your wireless device. Please contact your computer tech support regarding connectivity issues.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.

Printing/Scanning

Printing/Scanning

Public access to printing services is available to all current library card holders or by a computer Guest Pass.

Printing Charges:

  • Black & White - 10 cents/page
  • Color - 25 cents/page

All computer users are given one free B&W print per day. Additional printing charges must be prepaid by adding value to your library card account or Guest Pass at the Circulation Desk. Unused money that you have added to your library card’s account will remain credited to your library card for future use.

We currently do not offer wireless printing so you will not be able to print from your personal device. You may, however, use a Minot Public Library public access computer to print your information.

Scanning (B&W and Color) to a USB storage device is available to all library visitors.

Skype

Skype

Access to Skype is available to all library visitors free of charge, thanks to a generous grant from the North Dakota Library Coordinating Council Military Family Connect Program. The Skype room is available on a first-come first-serve basis, with Military personnel and their families having priority access. Inquire at the Circulation Desk to have the room opened for you.

For more information about Skype, visit: http://www.skype.com/en/

E-Readers

E-Readers

The Library has three different e-Reader devices available for checkout: iPad 4, Nook HD and Kindle Basic. E-Readers are checked out for 3 weeks with a limit of 1 per library card. E-Readers can be reserved and will be held for 24 hours. There are NO RENEWALS on E-Readers.

Patrons must present their library card and a valid photo ID and be at least 18 years of age.

Patrons must also sign a Lending Agreement form, which can be viewed here

Available Software

Available Software

Public access computers have the following software available for use:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Office Suite 2007 (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access)