Library Q & A: Some frequently-asked questions

Q: Is Westlake Porter Public Library part of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system? A: No, Westlake Porter Public Library is an independent library, not part of the county system.

Q: Is it a hassle to get a library card? A: No, library cards are issued while you wait (with current i.d.). You do not need to be a Westlake resident to be issued a card. Anyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in Ohio can get one. You just need verifiable current identification. You can even fill out the application online.

Q: How many items can be checked out on a card at a time? A: A single card can have up to 75 items on it.

Q: What should I do if my card is missing? A: Customers are asked to notify the library immediately when a card is lost or stolen (to protect the customer).

Q: How about replacing a card? A: Replacement cards cost $1.00.

Q: How long are the loan periods? A: Three (3) weeks for all materials, except new adult fiction DVDs and Blu-Rays, and Express copies of best selling magazines and books, which go out for 7 days.

Q: Can I renew? A: Yes, materials can be renewed six (6) times (except Express items) for their normal loan period and may be renewed in person, over the phone or on the Internet through our Web catalog, however, if an item is on hold it cannot be renewed.

Q: What should I do if I lose a book? A: Customers are asked to notify the library if materials are misplaced— the library will renew material if possible.

Q: What can be returned in the book drop? A: Anything can be returned in the book drop, unless there is a label indicating otherwise. Even overdue materials may be returned there, and fines may be paid later.

Q: How much are fines and when do they have to be paid? A: Fines are 10 cents a day and $1 per day for special loans. SearchOhio and OhioLINK late fees are 50¢ per day and will be billed to all patrons, including Golden Buckeye cardholders. We expect all fines to be paid in a timely manner. If fines accumulate to $10, borrowing privileges are suspended.

Q: Can I return my books at other libraries, even though WPPL isn't part of CCPL? A: Yes, materials may be returned to any public library in Ohio. A cooperative service delivers these materials back to their home libraries. There is no charge for this service. Items borrowed through SearchOhio or OhioLINK must be returned to WPPL.

Q: What are your hours? A: We are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday we are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Q: Do I need my driver's license to register to vote? A: No, all you need to do is fill out the form.