Using the Library
FAQ's in: Using the Library
You must come to the library to be issued a full-service library card.
However, for immediate access to our research databases and to request up to two items, Ohio residents can create a library account and register as a temporary online patron.
- On your first library visit, bring with you something that can verify your address: e.g. photo I.D.
- Your library card enables you to borrow materials from any Greene County Public Library location.
- Library cards must be renewed annually.
- There is no cost for Ohio residents to get their first library card.
If you are not a resident of Ohio, you can apply for a library card with a $25 annual fee. Learn More
Non-residents of Ohio can apply for a library card*. There is a $25.00 annual fee and a photo ID will be required to process your request.
*Not all digital collections and research resources are available to non-residents of Ohio, such as OverDrive.
No. We do not offer notary public services at the library.
Most banks and financial institutions offer notary services to their account holders.
A searchable database of Ohio notaries is available from the Ohio Secretary of State that offers a notaries search service to locate Ohio notaries and specific information, including names, dates of commission and expiration, addresses, counties of residence and commission numbers.
We deliver notices about your account activity by phone, email or mail.
The following account activities typcially generate a notice:
- when an item is available for pick up
- when an item is coming due soon
- when an item is overdue
You can choose how you want to receive notices at the check-out desk or by calling your library.
No. We do not offer passport application services at the library.
Official information about U.S. Passports is available from the State Department website.
To find the nearest location to apply for a passport use the Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page provided by the U.S. Department of State.
First, we’re sorry the item you’ve checked out is damaged. Please report the problem to your local library’s circulation staff when you return the disc so that we can repair it or order a new copy. We would also like to help you request a copy that does work.
Keeping our materials in good working order is important to us. We use resurfacing machines that clean and repair scratched DVDs and CDs. We repair thousands of discs a year. Some discs can be damaged beyond repair, especially if they are cracked, and we discard those – but we find that we can repair over 90 percent of our damaged discs. Thanks for your help in reporting these issues to us.
The library offers 24-hour telephone access to your account when you have a PIN (Personal Identification Number). You can use your library card number and PIN to renew your materials, check your requests, and check on overdue materials 24 hours a day by calling
You can also access your account online via My Account.