Getting a Library Card

How do I get a library card? To get a library card, you must present a photo ID, and one thing with your name and current mailing address. Possible items include a piece of mail, a check, voter registration card, or hunting and fishing license. If the membership is for a child under the age of 18, the parent or guardian will need to present these items to sign up the child. If a patron is 17 years of age, they may sign themselves up for a membership, but they cannot sign up for internet access without a parent or guardian present.

Who is able to get a library card? Anyone 5 or older may get their own library card. Cards are free for anyone living in the city limits of Farmington, students attending a Farmington school, or individuals aged 60 or older. Anyone outside the city limits of Farmington can get a card for $15 per year, per household. Children under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian with them to sign up for a card.

What is my user ID and my PIN? Your user ID is your library card number which is located right underneath the barcode. Your PIN is just your last name, all lowercase letters.

Can I still get a card if I don’t live in St. Francois County? Yes, non-county residents can still get a library card. It just costs $15 for the entire household. Patrons who are 60 or older may get a free card no matter where they reside.

I am under the age of 18. How do I get a library card? If you are under the age of 17, you will need a parent or guardian with you to sign-up for a library card. If  you are 17 years of age, you may sign yourself up for a membership, but you cannot sign up for internet access without a parent or guardian present.

What happens if I lose my library card? If your library card is lost, you may replace it for $1. You will need a photo ID with you to have a new card printed out.

Checking out Material

How long do I get to keep materials? Everything is checked out for 3 weeks, except the DVDs, which are 1 week.

How many items may I check out at one time? You are limited to 5 items total at your very first check out after receiving a library card. After that, you may check out up to 10 items. However, there may only be 5 DVDs checked out per household.

Do you offer e-books? Yes, the Farmington Public Library participates in the Missouri Libraries to Go program, that allows patrons to check out up to 7 e-books and/or audiobooks, in addition to their physical materials from the library. Patrons may go to molib2go.org and login using their card number as their ID, and their last name all lowercase as their PIN or password.

How can I renew my items? Items may be renewed twice by phone or from our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) for an additional 3 weeks each renewal. Items that are on reserve for another patron cannot be renewed.

What if the library doesn’t have an item I’m looking for? If we do not have a certain item you are wanting, we may be able to see if we can borrow it from another library through our Inter Library Loan (ILL) service. To request an item, you must fill out the form at the library. You can request up to five items per week, and can only have five ILL items checked out at one time. We also have a request sheet located at the front desk where you can recommend titles for us to purchase for our collection.

I forgot my library card. Can I still check out materials? Your library card must be presented each and every time you check out materials.

What do I do if I have lost or damaged an item? If you have lost or damaged an item, you are responsible for notifying staff of the missing or damaged item, and then paying the replacement cost of the item. If you pay for a lost item, and then find it within a year of paying for it, you may return it, along with your receipt of payment, to receive a refund of all but $5 back.

Services and Costs

How much does it cost to print? Prints and copies are $0.15 a page.

How much does it cost to fax? Faxes cost $2 for the first page, and $0.50 for each additional page.

Can I scan a document to my email? Yes, documents can be scanned and sent to an email as a PDF. The cost is just $2 for up to 20 pages, and then $0.10 for any additional pages after that.

Can I use a computer if I don’t have a library card? If you do not have a library card, you may use the computer as a guest. To sign up for a guest pass, you must have a photo ID, and it costs $1 for 3 hours of use.

Do you have WiFi? Yes. To access the WiFi, you must login with your library card information, or obtain a guest pass for $1 for 3 hours of use. You must show a photo ID to get a guest pass.

Can I get a document notarized at the library? We currently do not offer notary services at this time.

Does the library offer any computer help? The library offers one-on-one tech classes to allow patrons to get answers to any specific tech problems they may have. These one-on-one sessions are offered Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM, and you can stop by the library or call to sign-up for a time. If these times do not work with your schedule, please contact the library and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do you offer wireless printing? At this time, we are unable to print documents wirelessly from an individual’s device. Printing can only be done on one of the library’s desktop computers.

Can I print in color? Color printing is available for $0.50 per page.

Programs and Meeting Rooms

Do you offer a story time for the kids? Yes, we have 2 different story times available for kids throughout the week. Pre-K story time is on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM, and all ages story time is on Saturday at 11:30 AM.

Do you have study rooms available? Yes, we have three study rooms that are available on a first come, first serve basis. We do not reserve these rooms.

Do you have meeting rooms available for use? Yes, we have three meeting rooms available for the public to reserve and use. More detailed information can be found on our website, under the meeting rooms tab.

How do I reserve a meeting room? To reserve a meeting room, you must fill out an application and turn it in to the director for approval. We ask that applications are turned in at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to reserve.

Contacting the library

How do I contact the library? You can contact the library by phone at 573-756-5779, or by e-mail at: library_staff@farmington-mo.gov. Visit our contact information page for a list of contacts.

Where is the Farmington Public Library located? The library is located at 101 N. A Street in Farmington, Missouri.

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