Services of the Mary H. Weir Public Library

MATERIALS AVAILABLE INCLUDE: Books, Encyclopedias, Records, Cassettes, Video cassettes, U.S. Government Documents, Foreign Language Tapes, Talking Books, Large Print Materials

AVAILABLE FOR IN-LIBRARY USE: Newspapers and magazines, ProQuest Magazine Database, Infotrac General Reference Center, College Source Online, Access to Institute for Career Research's vocational Guidance Information, Microfilm of U.S. Newspapers, Census Records, Vertical File Pamphlets and clippings, College Catalogs, Telephone and Zip Code Directories, Computer Software, Electric Typewriter

FREE MATERIALS THAT YOU MAY TAKE HOME TO KEEP ARE ON TOP OF THE VERTICAL FILE CABINETS OR AT THE CIRCULATION DESK. THESE INCLUDE: State and Federal Tax Forms, Applications for Federal Student Aid, Book lists, Newsletters from Local Groups and Coupons.(ask for box at desk)

FREE READING, WRITING AND MATH CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS: through the nationally recognized Literacy Program of the Library. Laubach Trained volunteers meet with new learners at the Library. Special classes also deal with the Family Literacy, Work place Literacy, English as a Second Language, Assistance for the Deaf, Computer Assisted Instruction for Skills Enhancement, and CDL and pre-GED preparation. A dropout Prevention program is also available for school-aged children.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO COMPUTERS: 6 Windows 98, 6 Windows ME computers for Internet Access and 14 Windows NT computers are available to the public. The Windows NT Computers have many Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher.  They also have children's software and educational programs. Printing charges are 15 cents a page for black and white copies and 25 cents a page for color copies. Charges begin after 5 pages. Computer users sign in at the circulation desk. Questions about computer usage can be directed to the main number 304-797-8510.

BOOK SALE: $1.00  per hardcover book & 50 cents per paperback book. Book Sales are held the first full week of every month and during the week of the Library's Anniversary Celebration in June.

REFERENCE: Professional reference service is available during all library hours. Questions may also be answered over the telephone.

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES: Reference materials including HELP and SIR files provide information on local, state wide and national organizations.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN: Often, books which our library does not own may be borrowed from other libraries. The individual borrower must pay postage and any photocopying or handling fees. (It may take up to 2-4 weeks to receive this material from the other libraries.)

ACCESS TO SATNET CLASSES: Patrons of the Library have access to college classes through the Satellite Network of West Virginia. Schedules are available for classes offered through the Distance Education Consortium of the State Colleges and Universities of West Virginia and through the University of South Carolina. Admission and registration are handled by the college or university. Satellite time must be scheduled in advance with the library.

ACCESSIBLE TO HANDICAPPED: The Library is equipped with ramps and other amenities for those in wheelchairs. Large print, Talking Books, and Braille items are available.

GROUP TOURS: Visits and tours of the Library may be arranged in advance for any age group. Each program is geared toward that particular group. Programs generally last 30 to 60 minutes.

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR: Parents of children aged 3 through 5 may register their children for weekly story hour sessions. Sessions may include a movie, arts and crafts, picture books, children's literature, songs, finger plays, and field trips.

OTHER CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Summer Reading Club for grades 1 through 6, and Writing Contests such as "Read Your Way to the Governor's Office."

PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES: Seasonal Parties-Christmas & Halloween, Library Appreciation Day, Youth Appreciation Week, Children's Book Week, and Library Anniversary Celebration.

MOVIE RENTAL AND MEMBERSHIPS: 16 mm films are available by advance scheduling through the West Virginia Library Card. Video circulation period is 2 days. Overdue fine for the video is $2.00 a day per video.

VIDEO CASSETTES: There is no fee for video rentals. Requirements include: being a patron 18 years old and older and using a valid Mary H. Weir Public Library card. Video circulation period is 2 days. Overdue fine for the video is $2.00 a day per video.

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT: Available to organizations. Please call the Library in advance for policies and availability.

LAMINATING: Laminating services are done on Fridays of each week. Items must be received by Thursdays of every week. Name, address, and phone numbers must accompany all items. Prices vary according to the size of the item to be laminated.

FAX: FAX service is available. The Library's FAX number is (304) 797-8526. Call the library for prices.

LIBRARY CARDS: Cards are free to all residents of West Virginia. Cards for all out-of-state residents require an annual fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Applicants for cards must show identification with their current name and address. State wide borrower's cards, good at any library in West Virginia are also available.

BORROWING PERIOD: Most library materials circulate for two weeks. Videos circulate for 2 days.

RENEWALS: After the original two-week borrowing period, an item may be renewed up to five times for additional two-week periods, UNLESS there is a hold on it for another patron. No item may be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on it. If something is overdue, it may not be renewed until the fine is paid.

HOLDS AND RESERVES: Books or other items may be reserved or "held" on request. Once you are notified that your book is in, it will be held for three days. No phone reserves will be taken. Reserves may only be placed at the Circulation Desk in person. Teachers may request that certain materials be kept on reserve for their classes to use at the Library. Teachers must contact the Library in advance to place these items in the "Reserve Room" system.

FINES: Overdue fines are 5 cents a day per item. Overdue fines for videos are $2.00 a day per item.

LOST AND DAMAGED MATERIALS: Patrons must pay the cost of any book, record, film, software program, etc. which is lost or damaged. Lost or damaged barcodes from books or from library cards cost $1.00 to replace.

DEPOSITS: Deposits are collected on certain materials, such as GED, ACT, Armed Forces, Civil Services, and Nursing Exam Study Books, as well as auto repair manuals. Your money is refunded when the book is returned.

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