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QUESTION: How do I get a Library Card?
ANSWER: You may apply for a library card at either the Downtown or Centennial locations as well as the Bookmobile.  Please bring your Texas Driver's License or other government issued photo ID.  If your ID does not have your current local address, you must provide proof of address.  Utility bill, automobile insurance, checkbook, voter's registration, cancelled mail are all acceptable for proof of address.  Midland County Public Library currently issues cards to residents of the following counties: Andrews, Crane, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Martin, Midland, Reagan, and Upton.  A lost card may be replaced for $1.  If you have further questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at either Downtown: (432) 688-4330 or Centennial: (432) 742-7410. 


QUESTION: May I check out an item at one location and return it to another?
ANSWER: Absolutely!  You may return items to the Downtown or Centennial locations as well as the Bookmobile during regular business hours.  Also, the Downtown and Centennial locations have return bins available 24/7. 

QUESTION: How many items may I check out?
ANSWER: We are pleased to provide a wide variety of library materials and formats.  MCPL patrons may have a total of 40 items checked out on their card.  Patrons may check out up to 20 fiction books (5 per author), 20 non-fiction books (5 per subject), 5 cd audio books, 5 DVDs, 5 MP3s, 5 playaways, as well as other formats and selections - together totaling no more than 40 items.  Checkout periods are generally either 3 weeks or 1 week depending on the format.


QUESTION: Why do I need a PIN?
ANSWER: A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is necessary in order to do a number of things online.  With your library card number as well as your PIN, you may renew most library materials that you have checked out.  You may also place holds on materials using your MCPL card number and PIN, as well as access several of the library's online resources.  Please contact the Downtown Circulation desk at 432-688-4330 or Centennial Circulation desk at 432-742-7410 to set up a PIN and for further information on renewals and holds.

QUESTION: Cool!  You have a Bookmobile!  Tell me more!
ANSWER: Gladly!  MCPL's Bookmobile had its first 'outing' on October 13, 2015 at the Boys and Girls Club.  We currently have about 6 regular stops with more to come in the future.  Click HERE for more information as well as our calendar and map - then come see us!

QUESTION: Does the library offer copy, print, and fax services?
ANSWER: Yes.  The library allows printing from the public computers for 10 cents per page.  Copies are 15 cents to 75 cents depending on paper size and color/black & white choices.  Fax service is $1.00 per page.  We also have wireless printing available.  Please see the website link or contact adult Services desk Downtown 432-688-4327 or Centennial 432-742-7420 for details. 


QUESTION: Does the library provide notary services?
ANSWER: Yes.  We strongly recommend that you contact the library for notary availability and details.  Downtown 432-688-4330 or Centennial 432-742-7400 or the Law Library 432-688-4351.  For details, please click HERE.


QUESTION: Does the library have public computers?
ANSWER: Yes.  Computers are available at both the Downtown and Centennial locations.  Please bring your MCPL library card or current government issued photo ID to either location for further instructions.  Children under 13 may use the computers in the Youth Services department.


QUESTION: Does the library have Interlibrary Loan service (ILL)?
ANSWER: Yes, for MCPL patrons, this service is available.  Please click HERE for more information.


QUESTION: What sort of donations do you accept?  Where shall I take them?
ANSWER: Both Downtown and Centennial locations accept donations of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and video games.  We request that larger donations be bundled in some manner such as bags, boxes, or tied together.  Please do not place your donations in the book or media return bins.  If you need help to unload materials, library staff may assist you.


QUESTION: May I put a flyer on the bulletin board?
ANSWER: If your flyer represents a non-profit group such as school, church, charity, etc. and you are providing a service, please bring the flyer to a library staff.  If approved, the flyer may be posted.  Commercial enterprise flyers will not be approved.


QUESTION: May I use the library's meeting rooms or study rooms?
ANSWER: To request using these rooms, please contact Adult Services desk at the Centennial Library 432-742-7420.


QUESTION: I need to take a proctored test.  Is there someone who can do that?
ANSWER: We currently have two staff members who may proctor exams.  Please contact Adult Services desk at either Downtown 432-688-4327 or Centennial 432-742-7420 for details.


QUESTION: Do you have Accelerated Reader (AR) books?
ANSWER: Youth Services does not have a separate section for AR books, but we do have many of the books available.  Also, AR information can be found in Kid's Catalog search results of titles.  For more information, please contact the Youth Services Downtown at 432-688-4323 or at Centennial at 432-742-7445.





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