Adams Memorial Library Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions about the library and our services

Choose a category for answers to commonly asked questions:
  1. About the Library
    Hours and locations, volunteering or working at the library, and getting in touch with us
  2. Memorial/Honor Donations
  3. Reference & Research Help
    Finding books, online catalog, online databases, e-journals, e-mail reference, and genealogy
  4. AML Library Cards
  5. Borrowing Privileges
    Renewing books, fines and overdues policy, reserving or "placing a hold" on items
  6. Services

About the Library

The Adams Memorial Library consists of 3 libraries in the City of Latrobe, Derry Township and a bookmobile.

What are the library's hours?
Each branch has different hours. See Hours and Locations.

How can I contact the Library?
You can reach Adams Memorial Library at 724-539-1972, Caldwell Memorial Library at 724-694-5765, and for the bookmobile call the main branch at 724-539-1972.

Do you have a brief history of the library?
Read a short history of the library here.

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Memorials/In Honor of Donations to our Libraries

To donate to the libraries in memory or honor of someone, please go to the Memorial Form page.

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Reference and Research Help

How do I find a book?
The library has an online catalog found here.

All items including books, movies, and sound recordings can be found by searching our catalog. Use the catalog to see which branch owns a particular book, if it is currently signed out, or if it is on order.

How can I get a question answered if I'm not at the library? Do you answer reference questions via e-mail?
If you have a short factual question, you can call the main branch at 724-539-1972 during open hours.

You can e-mail your question to Ask a Librarian (our e-mail reference service).

Can I obtain magazine articles and e-journals online?
Yes, but most databases are available only to AML cardholders. These databases can be accessed remotely from school, home or office.

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AML Library Card

Please see Library Cards for more information.

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Borrowing Priviliges

How long can I keep borrowed material?
Each time you borrow a book or video, a date due receipt or sticker will be given to you, indicating the day you should return the items to the library. Check this date carefully.

Most items circulate for two weeks, with five renewals allowed only if there are no holds or reserves on the item.

How do I renew my items?
You can renew items 2 ways:

  1. Call any of our branches during the hours that the branch is open, see Our Libraries and choose your library, You can renew your items from any branch, regardless of which branch the items were checked out.
  2. Bring the item(s) in to any branch and take to the Circulation Desk

Most materials may be renewed five times for the same period as the original loan, unless another reader has placed a "hold" on the item.

Can I renew online?
Yes! Please visit our catalog page and long into your account using your barcode that was provided. If you do not remember your password, please call one of the branches during our regular business hours.

What if my books are overdue? How much are fines?
If you have overdue materials, the library will mail you three reminder letters. If you think the letters may be in error, please bring them to your local library.

If you do not reply, another agency will contact you to collect the fees you owe.

Fines are charged for materials returned after the due date.

Fines are computed per calendar day excluding holidays, and any other day the library is closed.

Fines are 25¢ per day for all items. If you owe the library fines or fees over $10.00 your borrowing privileges as well as use of the Internet may be suspended.

Can I get a book from another branch transferred to my own branch?
Yes, simply call your local library and ask to place a hold. You will have one week to pick up your item(s) before it is returned to the branch.

When your books arrive we will call you.

What are the rules for checking out videos, DVDs, and music?
All items circulate for two weeks (14 days). Items may be reserved, and they may be renewed as long they are not on "hold" for another reader.

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Services

Can I access the Internet in the library?
Yes, the Internet is accessible from all libraries except for the bookmobile. All locations require that users sign up in person for Internet use sessions. Persons under 18 years of age also require a parent's or guardian's signature. Call your local library if you have questions about how to sign up for Internet use at your location. Use of the Internet in the library is governed by Adams Memorial Library's Policy on Public Use of the Internet.

Do you have tax forms?
Yes. Forms are available to photocopy or take at most branches. They usually arrive in mid- to late-January and are available until April 15. After April 15, some forms are available to be copied at your own expense.

You may also try the following sites: Internal Revenue Service & Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

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