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
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
• 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.