Getting a Library Card
Checking out Library Materials
Placing & Picking up Holds
Fines & Fees
Using a Public Computer & Equipment
Rules for the use of Port Townsend Public Library Computers
Your Port Townsend Library card is also accepted at Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock!
Each patron applying for a library card will be required to show one piece of identification as proof of residency in Jefferson County. Identification is defined as: a current Washington State driver’s license or state ID card, voter’s registration, an official piece of mail received by the patron at their residence or post office box. Parent’s ID may be accepted for children. Cards may be mailed to those patrons without adequate identification. Receipt of the card will act as proof of residency. You can also apply for a library card online here.
Non-resident cards are issued free of charge for people who live elsewhere in Washington State or who have a permanent residence in Washington State. Identification showing the permanent address is required.
A reciprocal borrowing agreement with King County Library System, North Olympic Library System, and Kitsap Regional Library System allows CLAN cardholders to obtain a library card from King County Library System, Kitsap Regional Library, and North Olympic Library System.
People who have a temporary Port Townsend mailing address may obtain a visitor card. These cards limit the holder to 10 items checked out and automatically expire at the end of three months.
You may check out 6 audio books, 6 music CDs, 6 DVDs, 2 Quick Picks and as many other books and magazines as you can carry (and return on time)!
And you get plenty of time to enjoy them. Books, audio books and music CDs circulate for 3 weeks, Quick Picks 2 weeks and DVDs and magazines for 1 week.
It's quick and easy to renew in person or by phone (360-385-3181) unless someone is waiting for an item. You can renew an item up to two times.
You have options if you can't find a book on the shelf.
If something you want has been checked out by someone else, you can place a hold on it to have it set aside just for you.
You may also place or pick up a hold, or reserve material from other CLAN (Cooperative Libraries Automated Network) member libraries, which include Jefferson County Library, the Jefferson County Library Bookmobile, Port Townsend School District and Quilcene and Brinnon schools.
For information about Books on Wheels our home delivery service within Port Townsend city limits please call 360-344-3061. For information about the Jefferson County Library's bookmobile service, please call 360-385-6544.
Books on hold for you will remain on the hold shelf for one week after we've notified you. If someone else is picking up library materials for you, please have that person bring your library card or add the person as an alternate pickup on your record.
You're also able to place holds and renew materials on the Internet by logging into The CLAN Library Catalog.
When you're on vacation, you can suspend your hold list while still keeping your place in the holds queue. To do this, stop by the circulation desk, phone the library at 385-3181, or log into The CLAN Library Catalog. Too many books to read right now? You can also put selected titles on suspended status.
The Port Townsend Public Library does not charge fines for overdue books or magazines. There is a fine of $1.00 per day per late DVDs. A patron's account will be blocked when $25 or more in fines are accrued.
Checking your email or doing online research is easy and free at the Library!
You'll need a Port Townsend/CLAN library card, get yours here, or in person at either the Port Townsend Public Library or Jefferson County Library.
Sign onto the computer with your username (the number on the backside of your library card spaces omitted) and your password (the last four digits of the phone number you have on file with the library). You can also reserve computer time using any library computer or online here. You may schedule for the current day or up to a week in advance.
Visitors will be given a guest pass to use the system.
The following computers are available upstairs in the adult services area:
- Eleven 1-hour reservation computers upstairs
- One 1-hour ADA computer upstairs, available to all, but priority is given to those who need these services
- Two 1-hour reservation computers in the teen room
- One research/ job search computer. This computer can be reserved in advance by calling 385-3181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A scanner, copy machine and printer are also available. Printing is 10 cents per page
The library has free Wi-Fi access including printing from your personal laptop.
The Port Townsend Public Library cannot guarantee privacy for individuals using library public access computers to search the Internet. Be aware that computer screens can be seen by others. Internet users are requested to exercise appropriate discretion in viewing materials.
Computer users agree to accept the conditions of the computer use agreement and to abide by the rules for use of Port Townsend Public Library computers.
Computer time is available by appointment according to the following guidelines:
- An individual may reserve up to one hour per day with a second hour available in 15 minute increments if no reservations are pending
- Reservations may be scheduled up to a week in advance from any library computer or online here
- Computer time will be held for 5 minutes, after which the reserved time slot is available for another user
- The Adaptive Technology workstation is available to all, but priority goes for those people who need its special features
- Printer copies are 10¢ per page
Files retrieved from Internet sources must be downloaded onto users' personal CDs or USB flash drive. Please be aware that software downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses.
Users may not alter software or hardware configurations of library computers. Users caught willfully altering configurations or settings will lose their library computer privileges.
Staff reserves the right to limit the number of people at a single computer at one time.
Electronic communication carried via the Internet is not considered confidential. Be careful when transmitting personal information, and do not provide such information as credit card numbers over library Internet connections.
Users are responsible for knowing how to use computer hardware and software. Library staff can provide minimal guidance, but not instruction on use of the Internet or other software. Library staff provides minimal instruction on use of free e-mail services.
Please close all files you have used and log off the computer before you leave.