Frequently-Asked Questions

What are your hours?
You can find the hours to the Main Library and all of the Branches by going to the Locations page and finding the particular library; or click here for a map of our locations provided by Google.

How do I get a library card?

Any resident of the state of Ohio may obtain a library card from any outlet of the Lima Public Library. You can apply for a library card at any services desk, they are issued at no charge. Present a valid photo ID with your current local address information. If your photo ID does not have your current local address, please supply an additional document as your proof of address (such as a piece of mail). You will then have full borrowing privileges. Any person under the age of 18 who wishes to get a library card must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians who will sign financial responsibility statements. Parents or legal guardians must have a card in good standing before they can register a child for a card. Legal guardians must show guardianship papers.

What if I am not physically able to visit the library? 

The Extension Department offers monthly home delivery of printed and audio books to residents who are physically or visually disabled and unable to visit the Library. For more information, call the Homebound Coordinator at 419-228-5113.

Does the library have a notary public?

No, the library does not have a notary public available.
Does the library carry tax forms?
Yes, the library carries some Federal and State tax forms sent by those institutions. The Reference Department can help you located any additional forms you may need.
Do you have computers available for public use? What software is on them?
Yes, all locations have computers available for public use. The computers have the Windows 7 operating system. Software includes Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher) as well as a choice of internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome) and the following instant messengers: MS Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and AIM.
Can I see what I have checked out or renew my items online?
Yes, log in by clicking into the My Account link on the website and entering your library barcode and your PIN (typically, the last four digits of your Social Security Number).
Do you have meeting rooms available?
Yes. Call the library or use the email contact form found on this site.
How much does it cost to print?
Printing is $0.20 per side. We only have black and white printing available. You can also make black and white photocopies for $0.20 per side.

Does the library have color printers?

The library does not offer color printing at this time. We can help you transfer a document you want to print in color to our copier. Color photocopies are $0.50 per side.
Do you have wireless internet access?
Yes, all locations offer free unsecured wireless internet access. Patrons should be familiar with their own equipment and the process of connecting to the wireless network.
Where are your Branches located?
Our Branches are located in the communities of Cairo, Elida, Lafayette and Spencerville. You can find the addresses to the Main Library and all of the Branches on our Locations page or click here for a map
Are there any limits to items available for checkout?
Yes. A total of 50 items can be on a patron's record at any given time. Additionally, some types of material have their own limits; for example, only 10 DVDs can be checked out at a time.

How long can items be checked out?
Most print material can be checked out for three weeks. Some items have shorter loan periods, like New Fiction (2 weeks) and DVDs (1 week).
How far back do you carry the Lima News?
The Lima News goes back as far as April 24, 1905 on microfilm.
Does the library offer a fax service?
No, the library does not have a fax machine available for public use.
Can I return items to any other location?
Yes, you may return items to any of our locations, regardless of where you checked them out.