Can I place a hold on an item?
Holds can be placed on any item in our library catalog. To place a hold online, you must log in to your account using your library card barcode and your last name in all lower-case letters as password (this can be changed to a password of your choosing after logging in for the first time). Simply click the "Place Hold" button next to the item you would like held and you will be notified when it becomes available for you to pick it up by e-mail, text, or phone call (depending on your preferred method of notification, which can be set within your account or by speaking with a librarian).
Can I download books to a device? How?
For access to downloadable e-books and audiobooks, select the Digital Downloads > Download Books link on the left. Access these titles using the barcode on the back of your library card and your password. Instructions for downloading to various devices are available on the Download Books page.
What are the Library's hours?
Our hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Watch our Home Page for special closures or other changes to our hours.
Does the Library have internet access for public use?
Internet access is available for free to anyone. We do not make reservations. Sign in at the circulation desk for one of our ten Internet computers. Time limits vary depending upon demand, but we typically allow one hour. Individuals under 18 must have a form signed by a parent on file with the library, and children under 11 must have a parent with them at the computer. Headphones are available upon request. Free wireless access is also available for laptop and device users. No password is required.
How do I get a library card?
Any resident of Lawrence County can receive a card to our library for free. Those under age 16 must have a parent's signature. Children must be at least 5 years old to have their own library card. Non-resident users are charged $25 per year. To sign up for a card, you must show a photo ID and proof of your address (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.) BHSU students may obtain a card for free using their student ID.
What is my password?
Your default password for your library account as well as most online library resources is set to your last name, all lowercase. You are welcome to change your password to something of your choice. If you forget your password, you will need to contact the library staff so that we can reset your password for you. If you are still unable to access your account, e-mail the library or call (605) 642-1330.
Does the Library offer proctoring services?
The library offers proctoring services free of charge. Due to space and staffing limitations, the library will not proctor exams where guidelines require constant, direct supervision.
Our proctoring hours are Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-6 pm; Friday 9:30 am-4 pm. Exams are scheduled to be completed during these proctoring hours. Scheduling is done at the staff's discretion. Our testing facilities are limited and based on reservations, so please schedule exams in advance to guarantee availability, especially during finals and midterm weeks. Exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, finals and midterm exams at least 48 hours in advance. Please stop in or call 642-1330 to schedule.
Can I renew my library materials?
You can renew your items two times. To renew your items online, click the My Account tab along the left side of the page. Fill in the required fields using your barcode from the back of your library card and password. Click which items you would like to have renewed, with the option to renew all. Please note, an item cannot be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on it or if you have reached the maximum number of renewals allowed. If the renewal is successful, the new due date will be displayed.
If you have any trouble, email the library or call (605) 642-1330.
Is there Story Time at the Library?
We offer weekly storytimes September through November, January through April, and as part of our summer reading program during June and July. The Library also has other children's programs throughout the year. For details on what's coming up, see our Kids page.