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  • How do I get a library card?
    Bring us photo id and proof of your address. If you have a PO Box, we’ll need proof of both. For more information, please click here.
  • What is the age requirement to get a library card?
    There is no age requirement. For anyone under age 16, the legal guardian should bring their library card in good standing; if they don't have one, we'll get them an account as well. That legal guardian will need to be present in order to sign off as the responsible party.
  • What if I lost my library card?
    The first replacement card is free while each following replacement is $1. Any fines above $5 will need to be paid. Also, we’ll need to see photo id to find your account.
  • My library card isn’t working. Can you fix it?
    Yes, it may have expired. Cards expire every three years so we can verify your basic information. Call 845-246-4317 and we’ll figure it out.
  • I’m not a resident, but I’m visiting and would like a library card. Can I?
    Yes—we’ll need photo id, proof of your Saugerties address, and a $20 deposit.
  • What can I do with my library card?
    You can use it to check out anything in our library! (This includes books, DVDs, museum passes, audiobooks, magazines, and Library of Things… things?) It will also work in many other nearby libraries. There are also a bunch of things you can do online with it including downloading a book, streaming a movie, taking an online class, learning a language, reading articles online, watching how-to videos on various crafting and cooking topics, and more!
  • How many items can I check out?
    We limit to 10 DVDs at a time, but otherwise if you can carry it, you can take it!
  • How can I get an item if it's not on the shelf?
    We’re part of a consortium of 66 libraries in Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Putnam, and Dutchess counties—chances are if we don’t have what you’re looking for, one of them will! We can order items from those other libraries for free for you or you can do it yourself right here. Depending on how popular it is (brand new books, the movie adaptation is coming out, etc), it will frequently get here within a week. In the meantime, you can always try the ebook, eaudiobook, or stream online here.
  • Will I be charged for damaging an item?
    Sometimes, depending on the extent and type of damage. We’ll call you to inform you.
  • How do I extend the return date of my items?
    Unless someone is waiting in line for the item, it ought to renew at least once automatically. If we have your email address on file, you’ll receive an email a few days in advance to tell you if it renewed or not and what the due date is. If you'd like to do it yourself for peace of mind: log into your account near the top right of the screen, click on your name in that same spot and click "Checkouts". From here, each item you have out will list their due date and have a grey button saying "RENEW". Click that!
  • How much are fines?
    We have no fines on anything except for Library of Things items. To see how long you can keep items and what the fines are for the Library of Things items, visit this page. You may be charged a late fee on another's library's items, depending on their policies.
  • What happens if I lose an item I checked out?
    We will either charge for the book or ask for an exact replacement. Please confirm with us. If the item belonged to another library, their policies might be different, so you’ll need to check with them.
  • Does the library have WiFi?
    Yes—it is called SPLPUBLIC and there is no password. It is free to use!
  • Can you print, fax, photocopy, scan?
    Yes. Click here for prices.
  • Can I print from my phone/laptop?
    Yes! You can do this in our Information Room by going to the top level and entering the room to the right. The staff member at the desk can help you.
  • Do you take credit/debit cards?
    Yes—we take cash, check, card, and Apple and Google Pay.
  • Will the public computers keep my personal information?
    No, they clear out information when you’re done.
  • What if I don’t know how to use a computer/app/etc?
    The staff member at the desk can help you! If you want one-on-one help, call 845-246-4317 or email Justyna at jstaccio@saugertiespubliclibrary.org to set up an appointment.
  • What are the library’s hours?
    Monday: 10 - 8 Tuesday: 10 - 6 Wednesday: 10 – 8 Thursday: 10 – 6 Friday: 10 – 5 Saturday: 10 – 2 We are closed Sundays and most federal holidays.
  • When is the [x library program]?
    Please visit our event calendar! Click here.
  • Can I use the library without a card?
    Yes! You can’t check anything out, but you can still attend a library program, take anything from the Free Cart, use the bathroom, enjoy the WiFi, book the study room, check out the current artist in the Stephen L Crohn Gallery, sit in a comfy chair, print, fax, photocopy, scan, or scour the local history room.
  • Can I donate books/DVDs/etc?
    We can frequently take a box or two of donations at a time provided they are in good condition. Please call us ahead of time to confirm that we haven’t been inundated though!
  • Is the library on any social networking websites?
    We sure are! Find us on Facebook and on Instagram to learn about upcoming events, staff picks, and things we simply thought were funny.
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