Using the Library
Library hours and services have temporarily been affected due to current safety restrictions. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Updates page available at the link below.
Does the Library have outdoor book returns?
Yes! The Huron Public Library has a drive-thru book return located in the main parking lot. 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 Circulation Desk during Library hours (i.e. Hotspots, Literacy Backpacks, Launchpads, Community Journals, etc.)
What is the loan period for Library materials?
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|
|Children's Launchpad||1 week|
|Literacy Backpack||3 weeks|
|Library Hotspot||1 week|
|Nebula Projector||3 days|
|Community Journal||1 week|
What are the fines and overdue charges for Library 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?
Most 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 Huron Public Library items may not be renewable, and DVDs only automatically renew once.
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 staff member.
How can 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 for a replacement card. CLICK HERE for more information about getting a library card.
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 public 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 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 programs per quarterly newsletter. Patrons may also contact McKenna, the Library's Emerging Technology Librarian with technology-related questions or with ideas for future technology programming by calling (419) 433-5009 or by sending an email to email@example.com. We ask that patrons make an appointment in advance for technical issues that may require extensive assistance.
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 a current Ohio Driver License or State ID card 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 and other material donations year-round. Donated items are sorted by volunteers and then placed in the Library's ongoing Book Nook Sale. 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.
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, and any other materials that are not regularly circulated at the Library.
Can I apply for a passport at the Library?
The Huron Public Library is a Passport Acceptance Facility and will process passports by appointment only. Please call the Library to speak with one of our designated Passport Acceptance Agents for more information or to set up an appointment time. CLICK HERE to see hours of passport acceptance.
Complete passport information, including forms, information on documentation required, fees, and additional passport and travel information, is available at state.gov/travel.
Does the Library have tax forms?
Tax forms are available at the Library during tax season. Staff members can also print any tax forms upon request. There is no charge for tax forms.
Does the Library have resources for the visually impaired?
The Library offers a fairly extensive and growing collection of large print books, the majority of which are fiction. We also offer a public computer with software to facilitate equal access to online information for the visually impaired, as well as a magnification reader (for reading small-print materials) for visually impaired patrons.
The Ohio Library Talking Book Program is a free recorded and braille book service for blind and physically impaired Ohioans. Anyone who cannot read regular print with conventional eyeglass correction, who cannot hold a book or turn a page, or who cannot read print because of a neurological impairment (e.g. dyslexia) is eligible for the Ohio Library Talking Book Program. This service delivers recorded books directly to the patrons' home. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Talking Book Program. Contact the Library by phone at (419) 433-5009 or email Vicki Hillman, the Customer & Technical Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
333 Williams St.
Huron, Ohio 44839