Library Cards

A library membership may be obtained by submitting a completed patron application card and one form of identification, such as a driver’s license.  A library card is completed and signed. Memberships are free of charge and are issued for three years’ duration.  A membership card will be renewed as long as a patron has not abused his/her library privileges.

Persons residing outside the state of Iowa will be required to pay an annual fee of ten dollars for their library card.  Persons owning property in Decatur County shall be exempt from this fee.

Cards which are lost will be replaced upon request for a fee of $1.00.  Such fee shall not be returned in the event patron later finds lost card.

Persons outside Decatur County may obtain a library card from the Lamoni Public Library if they hold a card in a library which belongs to the Open Access Program.

Persons with unpaid fines of $5.00 or more or with accruing fines on overdue items of $5.00 or more, shall not be permitted to check out additional library items until the fine is paid or overdue material returned and the fine paid.  Patron may continue to use materials in the library.

Patrons who pay fines promptly when materials are returned will be charged 50% of the fine due.  If they are ready to renew the item and find they have an overdue fine on the item, they may also take advantage of this privilege.

The following policies regarding loan periods, reserves, and fines will normally apply.  These may be modified at the discretion of the Library Director during periods of unusual demand.


Books, puppets, periodicals, educational CD’s, music cassettes & CD’s, audiobooks, multi-media, and puzzles may be checked out for two weeks.

Reference books may be checked out for three days.

Interlibrary loans are due the date indicated by the lending library.

Books and other circulating materials may be renewed if there is not a waiting list for the title.

Current issues of periodicals do not circulate.  Non-current periodicals may be checked out.

Videos may be checked out for two days.  Video checkouts will be limited to three(3) videos/DVD’s per family on weekdays and four(4) videos/DVD’s on weekends.


Reserves may be requested by patrons either in person, over the phone, or by email.  When materials are available patrons will be notified by phone or email.  There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve.


Fines for all materials except videos/DVD’s will be $.05 per day that they are overdue.  Video/DVD fines will be $1.00 per day that they are overdue.

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