How do I get a library card?
For information about library cards, please click here.
How do I get a Library card if I live outside of Harrison County?
For information about non-resident library cards, please click here.
How many materials can I check out?
The Library reserves the right to restrict the circulation of materials in high demand, such as school project materials and best-sellers.
Books – Generally, a patron may borrow as many circulating books as he or she feels they can read within the 3-week check-out period. There is a limit of 3 titles per subject, 3 titles per author and 3 titles in any given series. Non-circulating books (in the Reference section) cannot be checked out, and may be used only in the Library. There is a per-card limit of 35 items total at any given time.
DVDs – Limit 5 per adult card (These may be checked out only by cardholders 18 and older.)
Youth Books – During the Summer Reading Program ONLY there is a limit of ten books per child.
How long may I keep materials I have checked out?
Books, books-on-CD, magazines, & most other materials – The check out period is three (3) weeks, unless specified otherwise by a librarian.
DVDs – DVDs may be checked out for 7 days. These items are due back by 8:00pm Monday through Thursday, and by 5:00pm Friday and Saturday. DVDs may be checked-out by adults 18 & older only, and there is a limit of 5 per card.
What if I cannot return a material on time?
All materials can be renewed via the online catalog, in person or over the phone. To renew materials in person, present your Library card to the librarian on duty and ask to have your materials renewed.
To renew materials by phone call the Library during business hours at 738-4110 and please be prepared to provide your Library card number and/or the items to be renewed. To renew items via our automated phone attendant after hours, call 812-738-1673. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ITEMS RENEWED AFTER LIBRARY HOURS WILL DEFAULT TO THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY.
The Library will renew your materials and will inform you of the new due date. Please keep track of your new due date.
Books may be renewed two (2) times for a total of three (3) checkout periods. The Library will NOT renew any book that is on hold for another patron, and reserves the right to restrict renewals for items in high demand.
DVDs may be renewed one (1) time.
Where should I return materials?
Materials may be returned at any Library desk during normal business hours. After hours materials may be returned at one of the Library’s drop locations:
- A book return and media return (for DVDs and audio books) are located in the alley directly behind the library, accessible from Beaver Street. PLEASE RETURN HOTSPOTS TO LIBRARY STAFF DURING REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS. DO NOT RETURN THEM IN THE BOOK OR MEDIA DROPS.
- Book and media slots in the wall of the Main Library on Chestnut Street near Capitol Avenue.
- Elizabeth’s book drop is located on the side of the building within the parking lot facing Hurricane St SE.
- Lanesville’s book drop location is located to the left of the main entrance door.
- Palmyra’s book drop is located nearest Haub St facing the parking lot.
All materials returned through the book drops after hours will be counted as returned the PRIOR day and no penalty will be accrued.
DVDs must be returned in the MEDIA DROPS, not BOOK DROPS. Hotspots must be returned to a circulation desk during business hours. Do not place donated materials in the book and media drops.
Please do NOT return DVDs or HOTSPOTS in the bookdrop. Doing so may result in the revocation of certain library privileges.
What is HCPL's policy for items requested via interlibrary loan?
For more information about interlibrary loan, please click here.
What hotspot services are available and what is the policy?
For more information about checking out a hotspot, please click here.
How much does it cost to print from the computer or to use the copier or fax machine?
Black and white computer printouts and photocopies are 10 cents each. Color computer printouts are 25 cents each. Faxes are $1.00 to send. For received faxes, $1.00 for the first 10 pages and $0.10 for every page after. Fax coversheets are provided for free.
How do I make an online payment to HCPL?
For a step-by-step guide to making an online payment, please click here.
What do I need to do before using a public computer?
How long may I use a computer?
What programs does the Library offer on its computers?
Does HCPL offer fax service?
Each branch of HCPL offers fax service. The fee to send a fax is $1.00.
The fee to receive up to 10 pages is $1.00; after 10 pages it is 10 cents per page.
Does HCPL offer notary service?
Each branch of HCPL offers notary service. You are strongly encouraged to call and make an appointment with a notary as one may not be available at all times.
How can my group reserve a meeting space?
For information about meeting space, please click here.