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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a library card?

Owen County residents and Kentucky library cardholders.

How do I get my own library card?
Library card applicants must have proof of address when applying for a card. Any child 17 years and younger must have a parent or guardian sign for responsibility of materials borrowed. Non-residents must bring proof of ID and valid home library card.

How many items may I borrow?
items may be borrowed the first time a library card is used. Thereafter, an adult patron in good standing may borrow up to 25 books and three videos.

How long may I keep my books and media?
Book and audio materials are loaned for two weeks. Videos and DVD's are loaned for one week. Borrowers are responsible for late or lost items, and a small fine will be levied for overdue items.

May I renew over the telephone?
Yes, all materials may be renewed by calling the library at 502-484-3450.

Can I renew or reserve a book from home?
Yes. You may renew or reserve a book at the circulation desk, by phone or on the library website with your library card number and PIN. If you are unsure of your PIN, please call the library at 502.484.3450.

May books may be returned after hours?
A drop box is available at the front entrance of the building, for nights, weekends, and holidays.

How do I get a book that is not in the Owen County collection?
We are happy to borrow what you need through the national inter-library loan program. Ask at the circulation desk or use the Request A Book button on our website homepage.

Does the library offer copy, fax and scanning services for public use?
Yes.  Copies are 10 cents per page black and white; 50 cents a page for color.  Sending a fax is $1.00 per page to a maximum of $10; receiving is 25 cents per page. Scanning to email is offered free of charge. 

What is needed to access our public computers or wifi?
A guest pass provided at the circulation desk.

Does the library have a notary on staff?
Notary services are offered free of charge.  Please call to check availability. (Vehicle titles are not notarized by library staff.)

Do you have meeting rooms for public use?
Yes.  For additional information, see our Meeting Room Policy on our policies page.  Call the library to make a reservation.

Do you have archived newspapers at the library?
The library stores copies of The News-Herald from 1905 on microfilm.

May I find out about my Owen County ancestors at the library?
The Owen County Historical Society collection of genealogy and historic information is housed at the library. Records of the Owen County Clerk are cataloged and are available on microfilm.

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