Library Use

Library Cards

There are many library services that do not require a library card, such as: browsing, reading newspapers and magazines. However, to check out books, videos, and books on CD you must have a library card.

How to Get a Library Card

We do not charge for our library cards.

  1. Fill out an application at the circulation desk
  2. Provide proof of identity
  3. Valid forms of identification include a driver’s license, voter ID, tax statement, and/or current bill showing current address.
  4. Parents must apply on behalf of children. “Children” are any library user who has not reached his or her 18th birthday.

Any outstanding fines must be paid before library cards will be issued. There is a $1.50 replacement fee for lost cards. First cards are free.

Get your library card on the same day as you sign up!

Checking Out Books and Other Materials

Our computer identifies you by the bar code on your library card, if you don’t have it we can look you up by name or number. However, it is more helpful if you have it and it is up to date.

Return Times

  • The check-out period for most items is two (2) weeks.
  • Videos have a one (1) week check-out time.
  • Materials are due back before 6 pm on the due date.

Interested in a book or other item not found here? Ask us about our Inter Library Loan service.

Item Limits

Patrons are limited to 4 items per person on a family card. Videos and magazines are included. Children, unless they have parental permission, cannot check out anything with an R rating. This is also true of the adult section of fiction; children must have parental permission to check out books in this section.

Returning Items On Time

Overdue books are not fined. However, because they are high demand items, videos will have a $1.00 a day fine up to the cost of the video. Persons with overdue items, fines and or damages will not be permitted to check out library materials until the amount owed is paid. We do accept phone renewals unless item is more than a week overdue, than the fines will have to be paid first.

Damaged or Lost Materials

Damages to library materials will be assessed in the following manner: if completely destroyed or unusable, replacement costs will be charged. If materials are slightly damaged, one-fourth the replacement cost, or a minimum of $2.50 will be charged.

If a book is designated lost, replacement costs will be charged.

Tech Services

FAX machine

  • $2.00 for the first page
  • .50 cents for each page thereafter (outgoing)
  • $1.00 for the first page
  • .50 cents for each page thereafter (incoming)

Copying and Printing

  • Copies are 25 cents each
  • Color copies will have an additional charge

Discounts are available if you bring your own paper

Computers with Internet Access

We have several computers for patron use. These computers serve a wide range of patrons and after school usage is generally hectic. We do not reserve computer time, and usage is limited to one hour one time a day for all patrons, with no exceptions.

A library card is not necessary for computer usage. However, you must check in at the circulation desk for a time card.

Wi-Fi is free to all. Network Name: The Tonkawa Library

Internet Usage and Filtering

All internet-capable computers are filtered. Among other things, this system restricts access to inappropriate websites, as well as popular social networking sites. Filtering is done in accordance with relevant legislation for the protection of all library users. Children using our computers must have a signed Internet Permission Agreement on file with the library. Anyone accessing questionable sites will lose internet privileges.

See our Internet Access Policy for more information.