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 age 5 and over who reside within the city limits of Monticello
  • All adults and children age 5 and over who reside in any unincorporated areaof 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

All new patrons are considered probationary for 4 months from registration date. During the probationary period, patrons are limited to a total of 6 items checked out at a time, with a limit of 2 DVDs and 2 Books on CD. Members will continue on probationary status until proof of address is provided.

Children in grade 6 and under must complete a library card registration form signed by a parent or guardian and the child before checking out any library materials. 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.

Temporary Library Cards

Temporary cards will be issued to persons residing in Monticello for a period of 1 month to 1 year who are not residents of Iowa. Temporary cardholders will be limited to 5 items checked out at a time. Applicants must provide photo ID, proof of permanent
address and proof of local temporary address. Temporary cards will expire at end of residence.

Library cards expire after three years. 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.
Approved by the Library Board May 8, 2007
Reviewed February 8, 2011 Revised November 12, 2013                               Revised February 11, 2014 Revised May 12, 2015
Revised September 14, 2016 Reviewed August 13, 2019