Library Polices

Requirements for Library Card : To obtain a library card and in an effort to reduce the cost of postage, adult
patrons will need to provide proof of residency and a personal email address in order to create a library account. While a valid email is not required, it is strongly recommended, as it allows the library staff to effectively communicate with patrons about the status of their account.

Valid forms of identification include, but are not limited to:

  • A valid, unexpired driver’s license or state issued ID with a current mailing address.
  • A picture ID with a piece of mail or other documentation stating address within the county.
  • Patrons residing outside the county are encouraged to utilize a “non-resident” library card. These cards are subject to a $20.00 fee at sign up and are valid for one year.

Patrons will receive emails regarding the status of their account. When an item is overdue, emails will be sent daily until the item is returned or marked lost. Users are responsible for all late items and late fees charged to their account whether or not the automated email message or letter was received. Patrons are responsible for all items checked out to their card, and MUST report all lost or stolen cards immediately. Patrons must also immediately report any changes to contact information.

Children ages 5-17 will need to have their account linked to a parent or guardian account, including that patron’s email address. Children under 5 may check out materials on their parents’ account. Only children under 5 may use a parent’s library card. Patrons who share their library with others will be subject to having their library account blocked from use.

**New library cards will not be given to children ages 5-17 if one or both of their parents, or guardians have fine or fees. Once a parent or guardian has resolved the fines or fees, children aged 5-17 may be given a library card. **

Use your library card online at to renew or reserve items. Be sure to check out ND State Overdrive for access to online audio and e-books at

Checking Out : Please see the chart below for details.

Item TypeCheckout PeriodItem LimitFine Amount Per DayMax Fine
Books- New2 weeksAdult: 10
Children: 5
Books- All Others3 weeksAdult: 10
Children: 5
DVDs, Blu-Rays1 weekAdult: 5
Children: 2
Audiobooks, CDs3 weeksAdult: 5
Children: 2
Games2 weeksAdult: 3
Children: 1

All items returned after the due date will be subject to late fines. There is no grace period. Unless there is an active hold on the item, items may be renewed up to two (2) times. Patrons may also renew overdue items after the due date, but the patron is still responsible for any fines incurred in the interim. Patrons who have fines under $1.00 may still circulate materials for 60 days. Please be aware that any fine not paid within 60 days will be assessed a $10.00 administration fee and turned over to collections.

Fines, Fees & Charges: Items returned late will incur overdue fees daily, based upon the terms laid out in the table. Items accrue fines up to a maximum of $3.00 per item. If the fine is not paid within 60 days a $10.00 fee will be added to the account and the total amount will be sent to collections.In an effort to assist patrons, the library can add a non-refundable credits to patron accounts to help insure small overdue fines don’t go unpaid.

Lost & Damaged Items: If an item is not returned within 30 days of the due date it will be marked as lost and the cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee along with any overdue fines will be attached. An email notification of charges will be sent automatically. If the item is returned after 30 days, but before 60 days, the cost of the item will be removed but the overdue fine and processing/administrative fees will still apply. In order to maintain a current, circulating collection of materials, lost items held beyond 30 days of the date of the bill notice (60 days) will be subject to a charge for the full replacement cost of that item, even if the item is eventually returned. Items at this point will be turned over to collections. Items that are returned in a damaged condition will be assessed a fee that will not exceed the cost of the item and a $5.00 administration fee. These charges are also eligible for a collection fee if not paid within 60 days from the assessed date.

Borrowing limits:  Adults have a limit of 10 items (a maximum of 5 may be audio-visual materials). Children may borrow up to 5  (2 of which may be audio-visual). First-time borrowers may have a lower limit.

Children: Children under the age of 9 MUST  be supervised by an adult throughout their entire visit at the library.


Lake Region Public Library is committed to serving the Ramsey County Community as a safe, quiet space for everyone to be able to work and learn. For the safety of library patrons and to foster a quiet environment, library staff will not disclose the location of individuals or children, or relay messages to patrons. In the case of an emergency, exceptions can be made at staff’s discretion. In the case where parents feel that they will regularly need to contact children while at the library, please contact the Library Director.

In addition, we must insist that all patrons be considerate of others, including: being quiet; being courteous to other patrons and the library staff; no eating or drinking anywhere inside the library; no fighting,  yelling, or throwing projectiles of any nature inside, outside or at the building; cleaning up after oneself; and treating the library including everyone inside of it with respect. Any person with poor conduct will be asked to leave the property for the rest of the day NO MATTER THE WEATHER CONDITIONS. If asked to leave 3 times in 30 days, a 30-day suspension will be implemented* for that person, with copies sent to the respective school, guardian, and police department as necessary. Everyone under 9 must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Young children may not  be  “dropped off” while their adults leave the area/building. Since we are not caregivers we cannot supervise unattended children; they will be referred to the police department.

* This is in accordance with a library policy which became effective on February 1, 2008:

“Any individual who is told to leave the library for a THIRD TIME WITHIN A 30-DAY PERIOD  will be told not to return to the library until a date that is ONE MONTH from the date of the third incident…. IF THE PERSON IS A MINOR: a formal letter  will be sent to the parent(s)  or guardian(s), copy to the Devils Lake Police Department (and to a respective school, if judged appropriate).”

Policies for the Community Room

Patron Computer Use Policy

Collection Management Policy