The Lakewood Public Library, along with the Madison Branch Library, is an independent system with its own unique Library card and policies. To make the best use of the Library’s resources, everyone is asked to sign up for their own card. Registration is free and open to every resident of the state of Ohio. The Library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone without identification and to restrict the privileges of anyone who accumulates an excessive amount of fines and overdue items.
No one is allowed to use another person’s card for any purpose under any circumstances, including checking out materials and using a computer. No one may have more than one card.
Patrons are asked to notify the Library immediately when their
card is lost or stolen, their PIN is compromised or they have
changed their address or phone number.
Library cards are free and ready to use immediately. Applicants must present a valid and undamaged photo ID along with proof of current address. Proof of current address would include the following:
The signature of a parent or legal guardian (along with same information as listed above in the parentís name) is required for children ages 14 and under.
All circulating materials are available for a two-week loan period.
For security purposes, patrons must present a Library card or a valid
and undamaged photo ID when checking out. No one is permitted to check out materials on another person’s card. A total of 50 items may be checked out. See Film and Music Collection below for other limits.
The overdue charge for most items is 10¢ a day. Late DVDs result in a fine of 50¢ a day. Borrowing privileges will be suspended and the patron’s Library card will be blocked when accumulated fines reach $10.00. After 30 days, any item that is still overdue will be billed to the patron. Library cards with billed items will also be blocked. A blocked card will not allow a patron access to the Technology Center and other services. The Library now accepts credit card payments.
Most materials may be renewed up to five times, unless the item is on hold for another patron. Periodicals and eBooks are excluded. Other items may be renewed in person at any desk, by phone or through the online catalog. The phone number for 24-hour renewal is (216) 226-8275, ext. 150.
Fees will also be charged for damaged items. Lost or damaged VHS, DVD and CD cases will be result in a fine of $5.00. Lost or damaged audio book cases will result in a fine of $10.00.
Damaged cards can be exchanged for free. However, there is a $2.00 charge for replacement of a lost card. To replace a lost card, patrons must present a valid and undamaged photo ID. All overdue items must be returned or renewed and all outstanding fees and fines must be paid in full.
Every Library card comes with a personal identification number, or PIN, that can be used to renew books, place holds and check the status of materials online. It can also be used for accessing time on a public computer in the Technology Center. Patrons who have forgotten or misplaced their PIN can retrieve it in person at any desk in the Library by presenting a valid and undamaged photo ID. PINs cannot be given out over the phone.
Patrons can search the Library’s collection, check the status of their accounts, personalize PINs, renew materials and place items on hold by visiting lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/catalog and entering the ID number from the back of their Library card along with their PIN.
A hold can be placed on any circulating item, excepting periodicals. Patrons will be notified by mail, text message or e-mail when the item becomes available. Requests may be placed in person, by phone, or through our Online Catalog. Reserved material that becomes available will be held for 5 days.
The Library encourages patrons to request books, movies and CDs not found in our collection. If a particular item cannot be purchased, the Library may consider borrowing it from another institution through Interlibrary Loan.
The Library’s extensive collection of DVDs, videocassettes, CDs and
audio books is a treasure worth protecting.
To browse the Film and Music Collection, patrons are required to drop off their Library card at the entrance. Patrons who have an account with the Library but do not have their card with them may instead leave a valid and undamaged photo ID. All accounts must be in good standing.
Patrons with blocked cards are not permitted to enter the room. Children under 15 years of age may enter the room without a card only under the supervision of a card holding adult 18 years or older. Out of state guests must be accompanied by a card holding adult 18 years or older and must surrender a photo ID. The Library thanks everyone for their cooperation with this necessary safeguard.
So that everyone may enjoy the collection, a total of no more than 15 DVDs and 25 CDs may be out on a card. All other items are limited only by the total check out limit of 50 items. The overdue charge for all items is 10¢ a day, except DVDs which incur a charge of 50¢ a day.
A complete, up-to-date list of the Library's periodicals can be found here.
Lakewood residents who are unable to leave their homes, on a permanent or temporary basis, may have Library items delivered to their homes. Pickup and delivery times are on alternate Tuesdays between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Call (216) 226-8275, ext. 111 to place your request.
Teachers who teach or reside in Lakewood may have classroom materials delivered to their Lakewood school or Lakewood home. Teacher Loan Cards are available at the Main Library or Madison Circulation Desks. Thursday afternoon delivery or pick-up requests may be made by calling (216) 226-8275, ext. 140 or online.
Lakewood Public Library maintains a number of venues for Library-sponsored programs in accordance with its mission to bring people of all ages, circumstances and interests together for shared experiences, both enlightening and entertaining. When no Library-sponsored programs are scheduled, these venues are available to individuals and organizations who seek to further the Library's mission along the same lines. The limited supply of reservations for these venues will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at no charge. All applicants will be held to the same standards. Click here to view the rules and print an application.
The Library is first and foremost a place for quiet. Those who need to find a space to work in small groups may reserve time in one of two study rooms on the second floor of Main Library. Reservations can be made on the same day at the Reference desk or by calling (216) 226-8275 ext. 130. Certain restrictions apply. All patrons are asked to familarize themselves with the Study Room Policy before reserving time.
Students enrolled in online classes or correspondence courses can have their tests proctored by the Technology Center staff in the Main Library Learning Lab. Arrangements must be made in advance through the Proctoring page.
Lakewood Public Library offers public computers at both the Main Library and the Madison Branch. Click here to learn more about computer access, available software, free classes and more.
Your Lakewood Public Library card allows you free access to a number of valuable online services like Mango Languages and Learning Express Library. Thousands of citable sources open up a world of convenience for students. Learn more on the Research page.
Children and their families have their own special place in the Library for stories, songs, games and more. Learn more about this jewel of the Library and the free programs offered at both the Main Library and the Madison Branch on the Youth pages.
Lakewood Public Library is the bustling, heart of the city. In addition to all of the books and all of the services listed above, there are usually numerous free opportunities for education and enlightenment every day of the week. Learn more on the Events page.