Policies

Borrower Requirements 

Library cards for Clinton County residents are FREE!
Borrowers must maintain the library card in good standing. 
Clinton County residents must provide formal identification to obtain a library card. 
Identification forms accepted include a photo ID such as a driver’s license, student ID, PA photo ID for those who do not drive; other forms showing printed information – personal check or bill from utility, telephone, credit card companies. 
Circulation of all materials, including computer use, requires a library card.
Replacement cards costs are:

  • $1.00 first replacement
  • $5.00 second and subsequent replacements
  • $10.00 onetime fee for PA or outlying US residents with the exception of those counties bordering on Clinton County. Residents of Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming and Potter Counties may apply for a free library card.

Library cards do not expire.

Circulation Period

Books & Magazines 3 Weeks
CDs 3 Weeks
DVD Overnight

Fees

Print & Audio Items No Charge
Public Computer Access No Charge
Film Maintenance Fees (DVD) .50 / item / day
Computer & Microfilm Prints .25 / page
Photocopies .10 / page

Fines

Three week materials (print and audio)   10 cents per day per item
Films  $2.00 per day per item
Not picking up interlibrary loan materials  $5.00

Audio Books and Music on CD

Audio books come in fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children.
Music CD offer a wide collection of artists from Americana to Christmas, Classics, Country, Inspirational, Jazz, Vocalists and more.

BiFolkal Kits

Over 25 Multi-media kits about nostalgic themes from the past are useful for groups or agencies. Some topics include Remembering Automobiles, The Depression, The Fifties and Sixties, Birthdays and various holidays. The items are checked out for three weeks and have a variety of activities like games, songs, skits, memorabilia of the era, videos and DVD to brighten up any event.

Books

Fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and children. Special collections include business, career, chapter books, easy reads, genealogy, large print, Pennsylvania, reference, and young adult.

Career Corner

College and scholarship materials; Civil Service, GED, SAT, GRE, ASVB test materials.

Computers and Free Wi-Fi

Public computers with Internet Access are available in both the adult and children’s libraries. Users must have a valid library card to access the computers and must register at the circulation desk. Free public Wi-Fi is available. Fee of $0.25 per sheet for printed copies with only black and white prints available.

eBooks and Downloadable Audiobooks

Clinton County residents must have a library card in good standing and the library code to check out books. Call your local library to acquire the code. eBooks can be read on your computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet, and most eBook readers, including Kindle. Audiobooks will play on computers and most portable devices. Most applications will require some form of software download from the Overdrive website to manipulate the files to play on your device.

Historic Photo File

Local people, places and events are indexed in the Local Name Index File of over 190,000 entries.

Large Print Materials

Books available in large print began as a gift from the Rotary of Lock Haven. This service has been continued by the Clinton County Community Foundation, Lock Haven Lioness Group and State Grants.

Movies – DVD

There are plenty of choices in a variety of genres for children and adults. A gray media drop box is available on the Main Street curb for those who return items when the library is closed. Please return in the Media drop box - to avoid damage. There is a fee to rent the movies and a much larger fee when they are returned late. They are cheap to rent but expensive to be late. See Fees for amounts.  

Stephen Poorman Trust Entrepreneurship, Business and Finance Collection

Entrepreneurs, existing business owners and start-up operators now have even more resources at the Ross Library. For those who are thinking of acquiring their own business, the Ross Library is an essential resource for research materials. An entire section on the first floor main room is now dedicated to Entrepreneurship, Business, Finance and Banking material. New books arrive yearly covering all aspects of business, how to get started, where to get financing and how to value a company. Other important topics include the business and social aspects of the gas and oil industry and, in particular, benefits and disadvantages of drilling activity.