Frequenlty Asked Questions...
Can I get a library card?
How can I find out what I owe
in overdue fines?
How do I reserve the
Meeting Room?
What is an Inter Library Loan?
Can I get a Library Card?
Based on Monticello Public Library’s funding through local property taxes and a contract between the Library and Jones County Supervisors for library services, the following are eligible for free library cards at the Ross & Elizabeth Baty Monticello Public Library with photo identification and verification of residence:

    • All adults and children in kindergarten and over who reside within the city limits of Monticello
    • All adults and children in kindergarten and over who reside in any unincorporated area of

        Jones County
    • The Board of Trustees authorizes all students and teachers of the Monticello Community

       School District to receive free library cards as long as they are students and/or teachers in   the system
    • Through participation in the State Library’s Open Access program, the library authorizes any

       person registered at a public library in Iowa who presents the card issued by his/her local

       library to borrow materials from the Monticello Public Library
    • Cards may be purchased by anyone not eligible for service as stated above for a fee of


How old do you have to be to get a Library Card?

​Children can get their own library card the summer before they enter Kindergarten.  Children age 12 and under must have their library card registration form signed by a parent or guardian before checking out any library materials.  Children sixth grade or older may get a library card without parent permission. When the custody of a child is shared by parents with separate addresses and the child is under 14 years of age, two cards may be issued, one for each address.


How much does it cost to get a replacement card?

​There is a cost of $3.00 for a replacement card. 


Does my Library Card expire? 

​Yes, library cards are issued for three years.  You must renew your card after three years to continue using library services.  Photo identification and proof of current address are required to renew.  All information provided on the registration form is protected by rules and laws pertaining to confidentiality of records and privacy.


How do I renew my library card?

​You must come into the library to renew your library card.  You should bring with you a photo identification and proof of current address.  All information provided on the registration form is protected by rules and laws pertaining to confidentiality of records and privacy.


Can you tell me what items my child has checked out on their card?

​Privacy laws only allow us to disclose account specifics to the card holder.    We are able to provide general information like the number of items out.  The card holder can call and we can provide specific details like book titles to the card holder.  You may also access your account through the online catalog.  You can log in with your account number and password.  This will allow you to see all items checked out.


Can a friends or family members share one library card?

​No.  We can only check out items on a library card when the named card holder is present.  Exceptions can be made through arrangement with the Library Director for visitors.  Children too young to have their own card may check items out on a parent or siblings card, provided the card holder is present.

Can I check out items on my family member's or friend's card?

​Yes, if they are present and give permission for you to do so.


How many items can I check out with my library card?

​During a card holder's intial probationary period (four months) their circulation limit is a total of six (6) items.  Of these six items there is a limit of 2 DVDs and 2 Books on CD.  Probationary card holders do have full access to digital collections and databases, in house library items and library computers.


As a regular card holder can check out up to 30 items with a maximum of 4 DVDs and 4 Books on CD out at a time

When I check out books when are they due back?

​All print, DVDs, and Books on CD are due back in two weeks. 


How many times can I renew the items I have checked out? 

​Items may be renewed up to two (2) times, for a total checkout period of 6 weeks.

EXCEPTIONS: DVDs and new adult fiction books cannot be renewed.


How can I renew the items I have checked out?

​Items can be renewed in three ways:

​1)  You can visit the Library's website and on the catalog page you can log into your account and renew online. 

​2) You can call the library or stop in to request items to be renewed.

​3) You can use our text service to renew items by texting 319-820-2859


How much are late fees for overdue items?

​$0.10/day for books and $0.50/day for audiovisual materials.   If you have reached a fee of $5.00 or more, you will be restricted from using Library services until your fees are paid.


When you have overdue items, you will be notified by mail, email, and/or text once a week for three weeks.  On your third notice, you will be notified of the amount of the fine and the cost of replacement.  You will be blocked from library services until the item or items have been returned or you have paid for replacement and paid your fines. 

What do I do if I have lost an item I have checked out?

​You can contact the library to inquire about replacement costs

How can I find out what I owe in overdue fines?
You can log into your account online or call the library to find out what you owe in over due fees.
Can I use my own electronic device while in the library?
​Yes, you can use your own electronic devices (laptops, tablets, phone, DS, etc.)  We do ask that you be considerate of other patrons and turn your sound off or use headphones. 
How do book suggestion?
​You can fill out a suggestion slip at the library's front desk.
How do I make a donation?
​The library does accept monetary and material donations. 
Material Donations:  During regular library hours, we accept new or slightly used books, CDs, and DVDs.   We do not accept the Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Textbooks, National Geographic Magazines, Records, Sets of Encyclopedias, VHS Tapes or items that are not in good condition.  Materials are added to the collection on the discretion of the director.  Items not added to the collection are placed in our book sale. 
Monetary Donations: Please contact the Library Director, Michelle Turnis for assistance. 
How do I place a reserve on an item?
​You can place a reserve by either visiting the catalog online or ask a librarian to set up a reserve. 
If you want to place a reserve online you will need to follow the steps below:
1.  Log into your account in the upper right hand corner on the catalog page.
​2.  Search for the item you are looking for on the Top left hand corner of the catalog page.
​3.  Click on the item you are looking for in the results list .
​4.  Click on the Reserve this Item button. 
​5.  Once the item is available and ready for you, you will receive a notification. 
How do I check out an Ebook?
​Please visit our technology corner for detailed instructions. 
How do I reserve the meeting room?
​Please call the library at 319-465-3354 to reserve the meeting room. 
What is an Inter Library Loan?
​An Inter Library Loan is a service where you can check out a book we do not own in our collection from another library.  The library loaning the book will mail the book to Monticello Public Library and we will notify you once it has been received.  There is a cost of $2 for each Inter Library Loan. 
How do Inter Library Loans work?
An Inter Library Loan can be requested by speaking with a librarian or through our catalog ( by logging into your account.  The librarian will input the requested title into the Inter Library Loan system.  The library loaning the book will mail the book to the Monticello Public Library.  We will notify you once the book has been received.  When you pick up the book you will need to pay the $2 fee for the Inter Library Loan.  You will need to return the book to the Monticello Public Library by the due date noted in the book.  We will mail the book back to the loaning library for you. 

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