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Library offers variety of services

As April is National County Government Month and features National Library Week, I thought I’d highlight the services that the Douglas County Library provides to county residents.

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The largest and most visible service at the library is a circulating collection of books, movies, magazines, CDs and audiobooks that can be checked out for free by anyone with a library card that is registered with our library.

Douglas County residents are eligible for a free library card. Residents of Pope, Stevens, Grant, Traverse and Otter Tail counties who use the Douglas County Library are also eligible for a card from Douglas County, as all six counties belong to the Viking Library System. Residents of all other Minnesota counties can register with the Douglas County Library as reciprocal borrowers; all they need is a card from their hometown library.

Cardholders registered with the Douglas County Library can check out books for up to three weeks at a time and movies for up to one week at a time. Almost everything can be renewed one time, except if it is a new book or if someone else requested the item.

If the library doesn’t have an item on our shelves, we can look for it at any of the other libraries in the Viking Library System or at any other library in Minnesota and get it delivered to Douglas County. Patrons with cards from any of the six Viking Library System counties interested in checking out e-books, downloadable audiobooks and electronic magazines can also do so with the library.

The Douglas County Library offers access to technology. Cardholders can use a computer in the library’s lab for up to an hour each day. Printouts from the library computers cost 15 cents a page. Anyone without a library card can request a guest pass and get access to the computers.

The library also offers free and open wireless Internet. Copies from our copy machine are 15 cents a page and library staff will send and receive faxes for the public at a small fee per page.

Other services that the library offers residents of Douglas County include tax forms, reference and research assistance and a magazine and newspaper reading space. The library staff is willing to help all users of the library navigate our resources.

The Douglas County Library is for the use of everyone in the county. Everyone is welcome to visit us and see what we have to offer.