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Morgantown Public Library System


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373 Spruce St.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 291-7425
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Books

Books may be borrowed for three weeks (21 days). They can be renewed once at the circulation desk, over the phone, or online unless there is a reserve on them. Patrons must have their library card with them to check out library materials. There are no exceptions.


Interlibrary Loan

To start the interlibrary loan process a library card is needed and an interlibrary loan form must be filled out. ILL requests may also be made online or by phone. The cost is $1.00 per item payable when the item is picked up. Reserving books which the library owns may also be done by phone and requires a library card. The cost is fifty cents when the book is checked out. Phone-in reserves and interlibrary loans are limited to three items.


Audio-Visual Collection

VHS Cassettes:
  • Patrons must be at least eighteen years old to checkout videos.
  • Patrons may check out up to four VHS cassettes, and keep them for up to four days.
  • A $0.50 fee will be assessed per VHS cassette returned without being rewound.
  • The fine for overdue VHS cassettes is $2 per title per day (up to $10.00)
  • VHS cassettes may not be reserved or renewed
  • Update - VHS cassettes are now free to checkout (overdue penalties still apply, though)
DVDs:
  • Patrons must be at least eighteen years old to checkout videos.
  • Patrons may check out up to four DVDs, and keep them for up to four days.
  • There is a $1 fee (per title) to borrow dvds
  • The fine for overdue DVDs is $2 a day (up to $10.00).
  • DVDs may not be reserved or renewed
Audio-cassettes:
  • Ten may be borrowed for three weeks and renewed once.
Compact discs:
  • Ten may be borrowed for three weeks and renewed once.

Computers

The library uses time out software which allows computer users one hour per day. In order to use a computer, patrons must have a MPL library card or a computer user card. Guest passes may be given to patrons who will not be regular computer users.


Genealogy and Local History

Requests for research can be made by phone or snail-mail. While email requests are also accepted, a mailing address is needed for replies. There is a $10.00 standard charge which includes up to 10 pages of photocopying and postage. If additional research is necessary you will be notified and additional costs will be charged. The library does not have staff devoted to local history research full-time. Please allow at least 10 days for research to be completed. To send an email request please click here.


Reference

The Morgantown Public Library offers an e-mail reference service designed to answer brief factual questions or to suggest sources where you might find the answer. Staff cannot do extensive research or homework asignment projects. To send an email request please click here.
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