Using the Library
When is the Library open?
The Huron Public Library is open:
|Monday - Thursday||9 am - 8:30 pm|
|Friday - Saturday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Sunday||1 pm - 5 pm|
Does the Library have outdoor book returns?
Yes! The Huron Public Library has a drive-up book return located in the main parking lot of the Library. There are also book return slots on the side of the building, to the left of the Center Street entrance. Materials may be returned here 24/7 unless otherwise noted. Items returned after the Library has closed will be backdated the next day. Patrons may return books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines in these returns, but there are some Library items that cannot be returned in these drop boxes. These items need to be returned to the Circualtion Desk during Library hours (i.e. Hotspots, Literacy Backpacks, Launchpads, etc.)
How long is the loan time on HPL items?
Loan periods for materials borrowed from other libraries vary depending on their loan policy. Loan periods for Huron Public Library items are as follows:
|NEW Book||2 weeks|
|Music CD||3 weeks|
|NEW Magazine||2 days|
|Children's Launchpad||1 week|
|Literacy Backpack||3 weeks|
|Library Hotspot||1 week|
What are the fines and overdue charges for HPL materials?
Fines and overdue charges for materials borrowed from other libraries vary depending on their loan policy. Fines and overdue charges for Huron Public Library items are generally 10¢ per day. This may not apply to special collection items like Library Hotspots, which charge $5.00 per day late. If an item is lost or damaged, the fine equals the cost of the specific material. For questions about fines or overdue charges for a specific item, please call the Library at (419) 433-5009.
Can I renew materials from home?
Library items in the CLEVNET system automatically renew up to five times unless a hold is placed on the item. If a hold is placed on an item, the patron will be notified via their preferred method of notification and then the item must be returned by the last due date given or the patron will be fined. Some HPL items may not be renewable.
Materials cannot be renewed if:
- The item is placed on hold by another patron,
- The item has reached its renewal limit,
- The account has been blocked due to excess fines or fees.
Please note that this service does not apply to digital materials. If you have a question about automatic renewals please call (419) 433-5009 and speak with a librarian, or CLICK HERE for more information.
How do I get a library card?
It's easy and it's free for anyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in Ohio.
In order to get a library card, you will need:
- Identification with applicant name and current address (mail, bill, check, etc.)
- Current picture ID
If the applicant is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a current ID. Cards are not transferable and there is a charge of $1.00 for a replacement card. CLICK HERE for more information about HPL library cards.
Can I use my library card at other libraries?
Huron Public Library cards are honored in any library participating in CLEVNET, a consortium based at the Cleveland Public Library. CLICK HERE for a list of all current participating libraries. Close to us, your card is good in Sandusky, Milan-Berlin Heights, Vermilion, and Norwalk.
What do I need to use a Library computer?
The Huron Public Library currently has 15 computers available for public use on a first come, first serve basis, for a minimum of one hour each. We offer access to a number of Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Patrons need a library card number and their four digit PIN to use these computers. A guest pass can be given upon request for patrons that do not live locally, but returning patrons are required to get a library card. Please stop by the Circulation Desk with any questions or to request a guest pass. We have color printers and the cost is 10¢ per page for black and white prints and 20¢ per page for color.
Does the Library offer computer/technology training?
The Library offers a variety of technology classes per quarterly newsletter. CLICK HERE to view upcoming technology programming. Patrons may also use the Book a Librarian service to schedule a personal appointment with a librarian that can give assitance that is directly tailored to your technology needs. We ask that patrons make Book a Librarian appointments in advance for technical issues that may require extensive assistance. CLICK HERE for more information about our ongoing technology services.
How do I reserve a Library meeting room?
Huron Public Library meeting rooms are free to use and available on a first come, first serve basis when the rooms are not being used for Library programming. All meeting room reservations must be reserved in advance by a supervisor. CLICK HERE for more information about Library meeting rooms.
Can I get a Golden Buckeye Card at the Library?
Ohio residents who hold current Ohio Driver Licenses or State ID cards automatically receive a Golden Buckeye card in the month of their 60th birthday. Individuals who do not have a current license or State ID, as well as people under age 60 who are eligible due to disability or who otherwise do not receive their card automatically, may apply for a card at the Huron Public Library, at another public library, or at a senior center. Due to ID, age, and disability verification requirements, you cannot apply for a Golden Buckeye Card online or by phone. CLICK HERE for more details about the Golden Buckeye Program.
Can I register to vote at the Library?
Yes. Patrons can either register to vote or change an address with the Board of Elections by obtaining a form from the Circulation Desk. The last day to register to vote in order to still be able to participate in an upcoming election is one month before the date of the election.
Does the Library accept book donations?
Yes, the Library accepts book donations year-round. Donated items are sorted by volunteers and then placed in the Library's ongoing Book Nook Book Sale.
The Library does not accept donations of magazines, Readers' Digest Condensed Books, VHS tapes, college textbooks, materials that are damaged or dirty, or encyclopedias and reference materials over 10 years old. If you need assistance unloading boxes at the Library, please call ahead at (419) 433-5009 or stop by the Circulation Desk to ask for a cart.
Can I reserve items that are not in the CLEVNET system?
Huron Public Library patrons can order materials from other CLEVNET libraries or through interlibrary loan from libraries outside of the CLEVNET system. Interlibrary Loan Services provide access to materials which cannot be found in the Library's own collection, nor in the collections of the libraries in the CLEVNET system by tapping into a much larger network of collections throughout the country. Call the Library at (419) 433-5009 or speak to Holly Lynn, the Public Services Librarian, by emailling firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
333 Williams St.
Huron, Ohio 44839