How do I get a library card?

There are two ways to get your library card.  There is a one business day waiting period once an application for a library card has been received.

Register in Person:  The quickest and easiest way to get a library card is to stop by the library during our regular business hours.  We will need photo identification and proof of your local mailing address when you submit your completed application. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign your application.

Register via Electronic Message:  You can message us on Facebook, text or email a picture of your drivers license and proof of address, along with your phone number and email address.  We will get the card started for you and this will give you access to all of our electronic resources.  You will need to finish the application process the next time you visit the library to check out physical items.

Can I get a library card if I don’t live in Richland County?

You can get an out-of-county card If you live outside Richland County. You have to bring photo ID, proof of your mailing address, and pay the out-of-county fee. The charge is $10/year.

What are your hours?

  • Monday, Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday - Closed

  • Closed for all state and federal holidays. Please contact the library for specific questions about closures.

How many items can I check out?

DVDs are limited to 5 per household. We do not limit the number of books, magazines or books on CD. 

Can I renew materials over the phone?

Yes, items can be renewed over the phone, just call us at 433-1917 during our business hours. Items cannot be renewed if another patron has placed a hold, and we may limit renewals on high-demand items like DVDs and other popular or new materials.

Does the library offer fax services?

Yes, the library provides fax services. Faxes may be sent and received at the library.

Does the library have a copy machine?

Yes. Copies are $0.10/page for black & white, or $1.00/page for color.

How much are library fines?

A complete list of fines is available at the front desk at the library.

How long can I keep books checked out?

Books and magazines are checked out for 28 days, except in the case of new or high-demand items, which generally have a two-week check-out. If your item has a limited check-out, you will be told when you take it.

How long can I keep DVDs checked out?

DVDs are checked out for 1 week. They can generally be renewed twice unless another patron has placed a hold on the item.

Can I return books after hours?

Yes, there is an outside book drop just outside the front door.

Can I check out magazines and newspapers?

Yes, all magazines and newspapers may be checked out except for the most current copy. The most current copy is restricted to in library use only.

What happens if I lose a book or other item?

If you lose a book you will be charged the replacement cost of the book plus a $5 processing fee.

Does the library accept donations?

Yes, the library greatly appreciates donations. For a complete list of acceptable items or for more specific questions please contact the library at 433-1917. Please bring your donations to our circulation desk during our business hours. Once items are donated they become the property of the Sidney-Richland County Library.

The library works in partnership with a worldwide organization, Better World Books. All Items not added to our collection are sent to their main sorting facility. The library receives a percentage of the profits for any materials that can be sold through their online book store. Other materials are distributed worldwide to areas in great need. Any remaining books are recycled. Upon request, the library can provide a receipt for tax purposes.

Does the library have computers available for public use?

Yes, there are computers for patrons and visitors to use.