Your Library Card

Who can get a library card, how to apply, and how to use your library card.

Who can apply for a library card?

  • Any person living in Farnhamville, Calhoun County, or the state of Iowa can apply for a library card.
  • You can apply for a family card that includes all your family members with one number or individual cards for each family member.
  • How do I apply for a library card?

  • We will need your name, address, and phone number.
  • You will receive a blue library card.
  • You are responsible for any materials checked out on your library card.
  • If you lose your library card, immediately inform the library. We will cancel your card and when you come into the library the next time a new card will be issued to you.
  • How do I use my library card?

    • You will need your library card or know your library card number to check out any materials from the library.
    • With your card you may check out books, audio books, magazines, and movies.

    How long may I check out materials from the library?

  • Books and audio books may be checked out for two weeks.
  • Movies and magazines may be checked out for one week.
  • May I renew materials?

  • Materials may be renewed unless they are reserved for another patron.
  • Materials are renewed for the same period as above.
  • You may renew items over the phone by giving me your name and the name or names of the materials you wish to renew.
  • How do I return library materials?

  • Library materials may be returned during library hours to the librarian.
  • Library materials may be returned outside of library hours in the book return located on the west side of the front library door.
  • If my materials are overdue, do I need to pay a fine?

  • Fines are not collected.
  • However, if the materials are more than three weeks overdue, the librarian will be contacting you to return your materials.
  • How do I request or reserve an item?

  • Call or in person request the item you want.
  • If the item is checked out, the librarian will put you on a reserve list.
  • If the item is in the library you may check it out at that time.
  • Any reserved or requested materials will be held for the patron for one week.