Your Library Card

Who can get a library card, how to apply, and how to use your library card.
  • Eligibility for free service:  Any resident of Maquoketa or of rural Jackson County who is of legal age may apply for service at the Library for himself/herself and any dependents in the household.  In addition, any Iowa resident who is eligible for a card from any Open Access Library in the state may receive service according to the statewide Open Access contract.
  •  Registration.  Patrons must verify the information on their registration cards every one to three years to be considered current.  New registrants will be required to present some form of identification which carries their name and current address, and also give the name, address, and telephone number of someone who will always know their current address.
  • Temporary Card.  As part of the application process, new registrants will be asked to address a letter to themselves.  Checkouts will be limited to 1 item until this letter is sent through the mail and returned by the registrant. 
  • Probationary Card.  At that point, the registrant will be changed from “temporary” status to “probationary” status and checkouts will be limited to 10 items per card for the first six months from the date of application.  Note that the probationary status will be extended a month at a time if at the end of six months there are overdue items or fines on the card.

  • How to use the library card
    • Most materials have a three week lending period, excluding high-demand materials which will have a 10 day lending period.
    • Please return your materials to the desk or use our drop box outside of the library 24/7.
    • You may stop in or call us to renew your materials; however, please be aware that if materials are on reserve for another patron you will not be able to renew.
    • Late fees are 15 cents per day per item.
    • If you have a suggestion for something you would like us to acquire, please let us know!
    • If you would like to reserve a material that is currently checked out, you can either reserve materials using our online catalog or stop in and ask.