Ellsworth Public Library

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How do I apply for a library card?
To apply for a library card, stop by the circulation desk with your photo ID (license, passport, state ID, etc). If your photo ID includes your current mailing and physical addresses, you’re all set. If not, please bring a piece of mail or other official document that includes your current mailing address and documentation of your physical address.

Does it cost anything to get a library card?
No! Library cards are free. We also have laminated cards available for $1.00. These cards are in two parts – one for your wallet and one that can go on a key ring. The money for this type of card goes to the Friends of the Library to support library events.

How many items can I take out at a time?
If you have a regular card, there is no limit to the number of items you can take out. Please see below for information about temporary cards, which do have a limit.

How long can I keep the materials I borrow?
Books, magazines, and audiobooks have a three week lending period. DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Lucky Reads go out for one week. Most materials can be renewed once except for items that are on reserve for someone else, new adult fiction, and Lucky Read books.

I don’t live in Ellsworth. Can I still get a card?
Yes, we’ll just need to see your photo ID and proof of mailing address.

I’m here on vacation/a student/a seasonal worker/residents of a temporary housing facility. I’m only planning to be in Ellsworth for a little while and don’t have a permanent address while I’m here. Can I still get a card?
Yes, you can apply for a temporary card. Temporary cards are good for three months and there is a limit of one card per family. You can take out ten items out at a time.

What happens if I forget my library card? Can I still check out materials?
If you forget your card but you have a photo ID with you, we can use that to access your account.

What if I’m late returning my materials? Will I have fines?
Yes, there is a fine for overdue materials.

  • Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, and InterLibrary Loan materials: 15 cents per day
  • DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs: 50 cents per day
  • Lucky Read Books: 50 cents per day
  • No fines or replacement fees for children’s board books.

What happens if I lose my card?
You are financially responsible for materials checked out on your card. If your card is lost or stolen, please report it to us right away so we can make sure no one else uses it! We can give you a new library card when you present your photo ID at the desk.

How often do I need to renew my card?
For regular cards, you’ll be asked to renew your card once a year. This is to make sure that we have your current contact information. Temporary cards will need to be renewed every three months.


Children’s Cards

How do I apply for a library card for my child?
It’s very similar to getting a card for yourself. If you would like to get a library card for your child, stop by the circulation desk with your photo ID and proof of mailing and physical addresses. You’ll fill out the front of the card with your child’s name and information and will sign the back.

Please note: You must be the child’s legal guardian to sign him/her up for a library card.

How old does my child need to be to get a library card?
That is up to you and your child. If you feel that your child is not ready for his/her own card, you can always check items out for your child on your own card. At age 18, teens are eligible for an adult card.

Who is responsible for the books on my child’s card?
By signing the registration card, you will be responsible for the materials your child borrows with his/her card. It’s important to let your child know that the books will need to be returned on time and in good condition.

How can I find out what is on my child’s card?
By law, librarians cannot share the specific information about what is on a child’s account. However, if you choose to set the notifications to text message or email, an automated check-out receipt, due date reminder, and overdue notifications will be sent directly to you.

For more information on your library card and borrowing from the library, see our Material Circulation Policy.