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Community Patron Policies

How to Apply for a Library Card

To apply for a community card, please ask for an application at the Library's Circulation Desk.  Valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, is required when filling out an application.

Applicants must be:

a resident of Ohio (Washington County, Monroe County, Morgan County, and Noble County) or West Virginia (Wood County, Pleasants County, and Wirt County)
and 21 years of age or older.

Community Card Privileges

A community card entitles the holder to the following privileges:

  • Borrow circulating books for 28 days (one renewal of 28 days may be granted on request)
  • Borrow audiovisual materials (CDs, videos, and DVDs) for 14 days (no renewals may be granted for audiovisual material; a limit of 10 audiovisual items may be checked out at one time)
  • Receive reference services

Community borrowers do not have the privileges of interlibrary loan or requesting materials through OhioLINK.  Please consult your local public library in order to request books and articles that are not available in Marietta College Library.

Renewing a Community Card

Community cards are valid for two years and may be renewed after verification of patron information.  Please report changes of name or address to the Library's Circulation Desk.

Other Important Information

  • You must present your community card at the Library's Circulation Desk in order to check out materials.
  • The community card is for personal use only and should not be loaned to another person.
  • If your card is lost or stolen, please report it to the Library's Circulation Desk to prevent unauthorized use of the card.  The replacement fee for a library card is $5.00.
  • All materials checked to a community cardholder are subject to recall when needed by a student or faculty member of Marietta College.
  • Although fines for overdue materials are not assessed, you will be sent two overdue notices.  If an item is not returned within 17 days after the due date has passed, you will receive a bill for the replacement cost plus a processing fee of $10.00 and a billing fee of $3.00.  Failure to return library materials or pay replacement bills will result in the cancellation of circulation privileges.
  • Materials in the special collections, reference, and periodical sections do not circulate but may be used within the library.

Computer Use Policy for Visitors/Community Patrons

Campus visitors and the general public may register for a guest access account at the Legacy Library Reference Desk during the following hours:
Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-10pm
All other times (Summer, breaks): Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm, unless otherwise posted

The principal mission of Marietta College’s Legacy Library is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of the college. Guest access to library services, including library computers and network, is extended to visitors as a privilege to the extent that it does not interfere with the library’s primary mission.

Marietta College students and employees have priority use of 1st floor computers. During peak periods of computer use, we ask that you use a computer on another floor to accommodate our priority users. Use of library computers for research purposes is given priority over leisure activities.

A photo ID and proof of current address must be presented to register. Names and address of guest users are be recorded in the guest access log at the library reference desk.

Use of library computers by guest account holders is limited to 2 hours maximum per day.

Computers must be used in accordance with Legacy Library and Marietta College policies. Any violation may lead to loss of these privileges.

Individuals with personal laptop computers may use the library’s wireless network. A guest access account is still required for wireless network authentication. The 2-hour maximum use per day rule does not apply to guest users with personal laptops.

Printing is available for a charge of $.10/page. Printing charges are payable at the library circulation desk.

Guest accounts cannot be used for checking out library materials. If a community user wishes to check out library materials, they may be issued a community library card under the conditions stated in the library’s community patron policies. Community users cannot check out library-owned laptops nor can they access library electronic resources remotely.

As a Federal Depository Library, Legacy Library provides free access for the general public to the U.S. government electronic resources during all hours Legacy Library is open. Nevertheless, public access is subject to the policies stated above.