Library Cards
To get a library card, just visit the library with proof of your address - a driver's license, a letter or a rent receipt with your name and current address.  You will fill out a simple form to receive your card.  All Iowa residents who live in a town whose library participates in the Open Access program or who contract with such a library for library services receive a card free.  Non-residents may register for a family card for a $35 annual fee.  Children may receive a card with parent or legal guardian's signature.  You are limited to 2 items your first check-out, but after that you may check out up to 20 items per card.  Certain items may have other limits, such as 5 DVD's per card.

Computer & Internet Use
You do not need a library card to use the Internet at the Shenandoah Public Library.  All you need to do is read over a copy of our Computer & Internet Use Policy and sign that you have read it the first time you use a computer at the library.  You are entitled to 1 hour total of Internet use per day, reserved on the hour and half hour.  You may call up to 24 hours in advance to reserve computer time.  We also have an open WiFi network for use with laptops, phones, tablets, e-readers, and other devices.

Fines are not counted on Sundays or holidays.  If fines reach $4.00, no more items can be checked out until the fines are paid.  If an item is damaged beyond reasonable wear, the patron will be asked to pay the replacement cost of the item.

Type Daily Fine Maximum Fine Replacement Cost
Book Bags none none $5.00
Books $0.10 $4.00 $35.00
Children's Books $0.05 $2.00 $25.00
DVD/VHS $1.00 $4.00 $20.00
Equipment $3.00 $4.00 Cost of Item
Magazines $0.05 $1.00 $10.00
Music CD's $0.10 $4.00 $20.00
Audiobook (Abridged) $0.10 $4.00 $35.00
Audiobook(Unabridged) $0.10 $4.00 $45.00
MP3 Playaways $0.10 $4.00 $60.00
Paperbacks $0.05 $2.00 $10.00
Vertical Files $0.05 $1.00  

For a more details on our circulation rules, please read the library's Circulation Policy.

Interlibrary Loans
When there's something you want and it's not on our shelves, ask about an interlibrary loan.  The library can borrow not only books, but also magazine articles and programming kits for your club or organization.  Requests can be made via e-mail to

Suggestions for Purchase
We welcome suggestions from patrons concerning new materials to be added to the collection.  Requests can be made in person or through the "My Account" feature of the library catalog.