New Patron Info

Library Cards

Library cards are issued free to residents of Iowa. The Anita Public Library participates in the State of Iowa Open Access Program so anyone providing proof of obtaining a library card from another public library in the state may be able to obtain a library card through this same process. To obtain a library card, they will need to complete a library card application. Patrons may need to meet at least one of the following criteria: to reside in or around the town of Anita, provide proof of current address such as a current bill, and/or provide some form of photo identification such as a driver’s license. Any child under the age of 18 will need to have parent’s permission, signature, and contact information in order to obtain a library card. After the library receives an application, a postcard will be mailed to the address provided. Patron must return the postcard to the library in order to receive their new card.

All library cards are issued for 1 year. Upon expiration, a new card will not be issued, but all registration information will be verified. If a library card is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.

For Parents
Parents are responsible for books and materials checked out by their children under 18 or still in high school.

Confidentiality Policy
The records kept by the library are confidential in nature and will not be made available to anyone without investigative power.

Borrowing Privileges
Books, Audio Books / 2 weeks with two 2 week renewals.
DVDs / 4 at a time for 1 week – no renewals.
Paintings / 4 at a time for 12 weeks.
Exchange paperbacks / no time limit-no registration required.

Returning Materials
Materials should be returned to the library by the due date during open hours or in the book return when the library is closed.

You may reserve materials by  placing a hold on the book desired or ask the Librarian to place a hold for you.  You have 3 full working days to pick up material after being notified.  If not picked up, the material will default to the next person on the list or be placed on the shelf.

Inter-library Loan
Requests for books not in our collection may be made to other libraries that have it.  A $2.00 postage fee is to be paid when the item is checked out.  Ask the librarian for assistance with this service.

Overdue, Lost, Damaged Materials
Books, audio books / 10 cents a day per item.
DVDs / $1 a day per item.
Paintings / $1 a week per painting.
Lost or damaged materials must be paid for at current value.  Library privileges maybe be denied to patrons who have not paid these fees.


Over Due Notices are sent via US Postal Service or through email bi-weekly. If necessary, patrons maybe called.