Dee Culbertson, Director
Shawna Goostree, Fiscal Officer, Technical Services Manager
Karen Cannady, Circulation Manager
Melanie Lyttle, Head of Public Services
Shawn Walsh, Emerging Services & Technologies Librarian
How do I get a library card?
Bring something in with your name and current address on it (such as your driver’s license or a utility bill), fill out the registration form and we will issue a card for you. Can’t make it into the library? Call us and we will sort out getting a card issued to you promptly. 440-428-2189
What can I do from home?
You can access your account on the internet to renew books and other checkouts, place holds and do research.
Go to “My Account” on our website. You will need your library card number and PIN
(Your PIN is the last four numbers of your phone number)
You can download and/or stream books, movies, magazines, music and more. Click on eServices for more info.
You can access numerous databases for research or study by clicking on eServices – Databases.
How long may I keep library materials?
- 21 days*: adult, YA, tween and children’s books, CDs, magazines, recorded books, puzzles, most video games, and DVD and Blu-ray sets*
- 14 days*: new books and equipment
- 7 days*: DVDs and Blu-rays
- 3 days: New DVDs, Blu-rays and video games (No renewals.)
*Items automatically will renew up to three times unless another patron places a hold on the item.
Materials borrowed from other libraries circulate under the loan, renewal and fine policies of the owning library.
Madison Public Library respects the policies of the owning library.
How much are library fines?
There are no overdue fines on children’s books.
Fines for all Blu-rays, DVDs, equipment and video games are $1 per day if overdue.
Fines for all other items are 10 cents per day if overdue.
A card will be blocked if fines reach $10 or if 10 or more items are overdue.
Patrons will be charged fees up to the cost of all unreturned or damaged materials.
Can I use a computer at the library?
Yes, the library has computers for public use in the adult and youth areas. During limited Covid-19 hours, computer use is restricted to one hour per patron per day. We offer free Wifi access for patrons who bring in a laptop or other device. Wifi also can be accessed in our parking lot or from outdoor benches.
Do you have a laminating machine?
We offer hot and cold laminating in the Create Space, at 5 cents per inch. During limited Covid-19 hours, please call ahead to make an appointment to ensure a staff person will be available to assist. 440-428-2189
Can I copy, print, scan and Fax at the library?
Our fax service is free. Please inquire at the Information Desk upon entering the building.
We also have a self-serve copier/printer/scanner in the Public Services area. Printing is $0.10/page for black and white and $0.25/page for color. The same fees apply for copying. Scanning is self-serve and free.
How do I renew my materials?
Most items will automatically renew up to three times unless another patron places a hold. To inquire, call us or go to “My Account” on this website with your card number and PIN, and renew the items yourself. Your PIN is usually the last four numbers of your phone number.
You also can renew via the free CLEVNET app located in your device’s app store.
How do I pick up a hold for someone else?
Ohio Privacy laws limit who can pick up library holds. You may only pick up for another person if:
1) You are the parent or custodial guardian of a minor child.
2) You have the other person’s library card to present at pick-up.
Do you have a Notary at the library?
Yes! Free notary services are available at the library. During limited Covid-19 hours, please call us to schedule an appointment to ensure a notary is available to help you in the library or at our drive-thru window. 440-428-2189
Bring the following with you: a valid, government-issued photo ID, the documents to be notarized (filled out but unsigned), and any provided instructions.
- All Signers must be present
- Notary publics at the library reserve the right to decline service
How do I download audio books, music and movies?
The “eServices” link on our website gives complete instructions for downloading books, music and movies from each service. All library apps (CLEVNET, Hoopla and Libby/Overdrive) are free. Once you have created a CLEVNET account, you can search for titles in our catalog.
Do you have tax forms?
The state of Ohio and the federal IRS provide limited forms that are available at the library during tax season.
We also can print most forms from the internet for $0.10 per page.
How do I reserve a meeting room?
During limited Covid-19 hours and because of statewide restrictions on gatherings, our meeting rooms are not available for public use. We will announce when they reopen for individuals and groups to reserve and use.
How do I find activities at the library?
Click the “Events” link on our website to see our full library calendar, plus annual events, book clubs and storytimes.
How can I return my materials when the library is closed?
Our book and AV drops on the west side of our building are open 24/7. Or, you may return your materials to any CLEVNET library. Click here for a list of Clevnet libraries.
How old do you have to be to get a library card?
Children may get a library card when they can sign their names. A parent or legal guardian must sign for responsibility for a card issued to a minor. A parent also must sign to give a child permission to check out DVDs and computer games.
Books2Go cards are available to anyone younger than 18 who does not have a parent or guardian present. These cards allow the minor to check out two books at a time.
What are Net Notices?
Net Notices are email or text reminders when it’s time to return items you have borrowed.
You can also receive your account information each week by signing up here.
How do I obtain a Passport?
Madison Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State. We offer passport processing and photo services. However, during limited Covid-19 hours, we are unable to offer these services. Click here for information about obtaining a passport.
Can you proctor my test?
During limited Covid-19 hours, we cannot proctor tests. For more information, call 440-428-2189.
How do I donate to the library?
We are not accepting donated materials because of Covid-19. We will announce when we will resume accepting donations of books, magazines and audio-visual materials for our Friends book sales.
Patrons can make financial donations to the library via cash, check or credit card (if over $5).
Can I check out a hotspot?
Yes. If you are 18 or older and have a Madison Public Library card in good standing and a valid state ID or driver’s license you can check out a hotspot for two weeks. You also must sign a hotspot agreement. You must wait 24 hours after returning a hotspot to check out another, because they cannot be renewed. Only one hotspot can be checked out per household at a time. Hotspots cannot be placed on hold, so they are first come, first served.