FAQs

General

Monday through Thursday we are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday we are open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Library is closed on Sunday.

For a detailed schedule of dates the library will be closed, see here.

Absolutely! We offer a variety of youth and adult programming - for detailed schedules, please follow these links:

Items in good condition are welcomed, even puzzles! The only items we do not accept are Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or text books. We request that only a box/bag or two at a time are donated to give us time to sort the ones to add to the collection from the ones to offer in our book sales. Receipts for tax purposes are available at the circulation desk at the time of donation.

We love our volunteers! We are always happy to have dependable volunteers helping us to maintain the library, whether it be shelving books or watering trees! For more information on how you can become a volunteer, follow this link.

Yes, and we would love to have you! Please follow this link for more information and a printable FOSL application or pick up an application at the circulation desk.

We usually have two booksales each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. Check our events calendar for the specific dates of our next book sale.

Account

To obtain a card, all you’ll need to present is picture identification. You will go through a short application process, after which you will receive and be able to use your library card immediately. Juveniles age 0 – 17 may get a library card provided that their parent or legal guardian is present and can fulfill the aforementioned requirements, or has a Samuels Library card in good standing. You may fill out this online application at home if you wish to speed up the process, then simply present your ID when you come into the library to pick up your physical card.

Your pin number is a 4 - 8 digit number of your choosing. If you do not remember setting up a pin, you may want to try the last 4 digits of the primary phone number you submitted on your library card application. Circulation staff will happily assist should you desire to change your pin number.

If you misplace your card, a replacement may be purchased for $1. If your card is lost or stolen, report it to us immediately so we can take the appropriate measures to prevent anyone else from using your account.

Yes, in person and over the phone, most major credit cards are accepted for account payments and donations. There is a minimum charge of $1 for credit/debit card transactions.

Patrons do have the option of getting on a payment plan - this will allow patrons to check out one item at a time on their card, and they will be allowed computer access. You must be able to pay at least $5 when you first sign up for the plan. There are no set due dates or amounts for your payments, the only stipulation is that the entire amount must be paid within four months of setting up the plan. If you do not pay off your account once the payment plan has expired, your library privileges will be suspended until the entire amount due has been paid. If your payment plan has been suspended, the entire amount left on your account must be paid before you will be able to use your card again and you cannot start a new one to pay off the remaining fees.

Borrowing

The first time you use your library card, you can check out up to two items. After you've returned your initial two, you may check out as many as sixty items per card at a time, 10 of which can be DVDs.

Everything is checked out to you in two week increments. You're allowed three renewals – the new due date will be two weeks from the day you renewed the item. We cannot renew DVDs, nor can we renew an item if it is on request for another patron.

Late fees are $0.10 per day, per item, with a maximum of $5. The fine for late Interlibrary Loans is $0.25 a day, with a maximum charge of $10.

If an item is damaged or lost, you will be charged for a replacement copy. The cost is what we paid for the item plus a $5 processing fee.

Computer card catalogs are available throughout the library stacks and reference employees are available to assist, as well. You can also access the online catalog from any computer by following this link.

Certainly - in person or over the phone (540.635.3153), a staff member will gladly place a hold on an item for you. You can also reserve something directly from our online catalog, provided you have your library card number and pin number on hand. For detailed instructions, click here.

For items not in our catalog, you can fill out a consideration for purchase form either in person or online at this link. We also have an Interlibrary Loan service available - with this, we can order the item you're looking for from another library for a charge of $5 for shipping and handling.

An interlibrary loan (ILL) is an item that Samuels Public Library borrows from another library for you to check out. To request an item through ILL, it must be more than a year old and something that Samuels Library does not own. There is a small fee to use this service; usually it is $5 per item to cover shipping costs, but sometimes the lending library might charge more. To make an ILL request, please ask at the Adult Reference desk.

The library staff is full of avid readers delighted to help patrons find their next favorite book! You can find a number of read-alike guides for adult and kids by following this link. We also have many displays throughout the library featuring great and recommended reads on a variety of topics, providing you with an endless supply of novels to add to your to-read list.

Services

The library currently maintains 30 computers for public access. 10 of these are located in the children's and young adult areas and provide educational games, reference files and word processing capabilities. The remaining twenty computers are located in the adult area of the library and are capable of internet access as well as word processing functions. Computer use is on a first come, first serve basis - each person is allowed two 2-hour sessions per day.

Residents of Warren County are required to have a library card in order to access the computers. If you are unable to get a card, or simply visiting the area, Visitor's Passes may be obtained at the Reference Desk provided you show picture ID. Juveniles with library cards must have parental consent to use the computers.

Type your library card number in the first blank and your pin number in the second blank. If you have a visitor's pass, use the 12-digit number in the first blank, and the 4-digit number in the second blank.

Each computer has detailed instructions posted beside it for printing. Once you follow all of the steps, proceed to the Print Release Station (located behind the Adult Reference Desk) with your library card and your money. It costs 20 cents per page for black and white prints and 50 cents for color prints. You will need to enter the barcode on the back of your library card, your pin number, and pay the machine before your documents will print.

Yes - wifi is free and no access codes are necessary.

Yes - copies are $0.20 per page for black ink, $0.50 for colored ink.

You can send a fax using our self-serve fax machine, which accepts credit or debit cards for payment, or you may use cash to purchase a prepaid fax card from the circulation desk. Domestic fax fees are $1.75 for the 1st page, plus $1 per each subsequent page. International faxing fees are $3.95 for the 1st page, plus $3 per each subsequent page. We are unable to receive faxes for patrons.

Yes, patrons may scan documents using our public copier. Use of the scanner is free, we only require that you have use your own flashdrive for saving your scans. If you do not have a flashdrive, they are available for purchase at the Circulation desk for $5.

We have several notaries on staff. The service is free - please bring your photo ID and all parties must sign the document(s) in the notary’s presence.

Yes. Different educational institutions have different proctoring requirements, so please ask for more information about proctoring at the Adult Reference desk. Your school can also email us — reference@samuelslibrary.net.

Yes. Our microfilm reader is located behind the Adult Reference desk. Users can print from the reader (normal copying fees apply) or scan and save images to their own flash drives.

Yes. We keep yearbooks in storage; please ask at the Adult Reference desk if you would like to look at a yearbook. Because our yearbook collection consists entirely of donations, we do not have a complete collection. To view a list of yearbooks owned by the library, use the online catalog to do a subject browse for "yearbooks."

We have several meetings rooms available for reservation. Smaller groups may prefer our conference rooms, which can fit up to 8 people. The White Meeting Room can hold up to 150 people - this room can be divided into two smaller rooms that can hold up to 75 (A) and 35 (B), respectively. For information on the equipment available to each room, and to check the room's availability and reserve online, please follow this link. Rooms can booked up to two months in advance, with a limit of three reservations a week. We ask that those placing a reservation have a library card, and read over our Meeting Room Use Policy. Staff is happy to assist you and answer any questions about our meeting rooms in person or over the phone (540-635-3153). We have two quiet study rooms available on a first come, first serve basis.

Meeting rooms are free of charge to non-profits and organizations that support education and learning. For all other groups, there is an hourly charge with 15 - 30 minute increments prorated, dependent on the room you are using. The cost of each room is as follows:

Baxter-Bowling Conference Room - $10
Lou Benson & Naomi Salus Conference Room - $10
White Meeting Room A - $20
White Meeting Room B - $15
White Meeting Room Whole - $25
Computer Lab - $50

We carry federal tax forms for the current year during tax season. As soon as we receive the forms from the IRS, we put them in a spinner rack near the Adult Reference desk. We do not carry Virginia state tax forms, but they are usually available at the Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue’s office in the Warren County Government Center. You can also retrieve both federal and state tax forms for the current and previous tax years online. For a list of links to state and federal tax websites, follow this link.

Reply to the email confirmation you received. Alternatively, send an email detailing the reservation you wish to cancel (i.e. date, time, room) to reservations@samuelslibrary.net.

No, the library does not lend these items, however patrons using one of our White meeting rooms may use the equipment for their respective needs.