How to Find Us
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
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Your Port Townsend Llibrary card is also accepted at Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock!
It's easy to register for a library card by stopping by either public library. Just bring identification, such as driver's license, checkbook or canceled mail, which shows your name and current mailing address.
If you don't have identification, we can mail your card to you, and you'll still be able to check out one item while waiting for your card.
Children may register for their own library cards. You can also apply for a library card online here.
Welcome to Port Townsend Library, where checking out a book is only the beginning.
In fact, your library card entitles you to an amazing array of library materials. You may check out 6 videos, 6 audio books, 6 PlayAways, 6 music CDs, 4 DVDs, 3 "new" books ... 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, music CDs and how-to videos circulate for 3 weeks, and magazines, videos and DVDs for 1 week.
It's quick and easy to renew in person or by phone (360-385-3181), unless someone else is waiting for an item.
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, and Quilcene and Brinnon schools.
For information about 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.
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 video or dvd.
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:
- Three 15-minute express computers to be used on a drop-in basis only
- Seven 1-hour reservation computers
- One 1-hour ADA computer, available to all, but priority is given to those who need these services
- 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 availiable
The library has free Wi-Fi access including printing from your personal laptop.
The following computers are available in the children's area.
- Three 1-hour computers; homework takes priority
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
- The Children's Department computers will be reserved for children pre school through age 17, or parents with their children 2:30 till closing Monday-Friday, 1:00 till closing Saturday and Sunday
- 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.