Save More With the Library

May 11, 2017

Borrow for Free

Using your local library is a smart way to save money. Most libraries offer free loans of books in many formats, DVDs, CDs, magazines and other periodicals, video games, and toys. Ashland Public Library loans all of these items, and soon will also be loaning children's Launchpad tablets, all easily accessed with the swipe of a card.

Instead of spending money on items that clutter your home which may end up in a landfill after a few uses anyway, consider borrowing that magazine, cookbook, movie, repair manual, or video game. Our catalog gives you access to over 8 million items that are free to borrow for 2 weeks at a time. The money you save by borrowing instead of buying could help you take that dream vacation, save for a college education, meet your everyday necessities, or meet what ever financial goal you may have. 

What about overdue fines? We've got you covered! Fines at the Ashland Public Library are only $0.10 per item, per day. In addition, children's reading material (juvenile or young adultbooks, audiobooks, magazines) are completely fine-free. Seniors who have a Golden Buckeye Card are exempt from overdue fines on all items.

Using your library card at the Ohio Digital Library is another way to avoid overdue fines. Items borrowed digitally automatically "return" themselves, meaning zero late fines! Stream movies, check out ebooks and audiobooks, and browse a wide range of periodicals using your mobile device (or home computer, if you choose). Download the Libby app for the quickest, easiest access to our digital collection.


Borrowing is Easy

Managing your account is a snap. Sign in to your account online using your library account number found below the barcode on your library card (starting with 144800......) and your pin number (contact the library at 419-289-8188 or by emailing to obtain your pin), to view your due dates, renew your items, and place items on hold. You can also manage your account by calling or emailing us, in addition to stopping by in person.

Placing items on hold is great for busy folks. Choose the item(s) you want, place the hold online, over the phone, or in person, and we'll contact you when it is ready to pick up. Opt to be alerted by text, email, or phone call, and pick up the item(s) within 7 days of the notification. 

Have Fun for Free

The library also has fun, free programs for all ages. Watch a movie, complete with freshly popped popcorn, on our 102" screen with surround sound, for absolutely no admission price. Hangout, play with, and learn about animals. Create art and crafts for all skill levels. Listen to a story and learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Play designer board games. Try different foods and swap recipes. Meet authors and get signed books. Find your way out of our escape room. Find more about our great programming for adults and children, visit our website calendar.


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