Interlibrary Loan

Calmar Public Library participates in the Interlibrary Loan System provided by the State of Iowa, through the State Library.  The Interlibrary Loan system provides Iowans with equal access to library resources by encouraging and supporting Interlibrary loan among all types of libraries throughout the State of Iowa.

Participating libraries agree to loan their materials for use by their patrons and receive a subsidy from the State of Iowa for each item loaned to another library.

The requesting library may charge the library patron up to $2.00 per item requested to offset the cost of postage of items sent through the mail.  Calmar Public Library charges $1.50 per item to the patron requesting an item through Interlibrary Loan.  Items obtained through Interlibrary Loan that are delivered via the van service will not be charged to the patron requesting said item.

Photocopies and Faxes

Calmar Public Library offers the service of photocopying and printing items on its multi-functional color copier/printer/scanner located within the library. The copier/printer is networked to all the computers within the library thereby making it available for printing materials such as documents, informational, or recreational items from the computer, from programs such as Microsoft Word documents, the Internet, or from a personal flash drive, to the printer. Photocopying is also available from one’s own personal documents, etc. The multi-functional copier/printer can also perform scanning of documents, etc. Fees for use of the machine are as follows:

  • black & white photocopies — $0.10/page
  • black & white prints as printed out by the computers — $0.10/page
  • color prints from the printer function — price based upon the amount of color per page, most generally $0.25 – $1.00/page.

There is no limit to the number of copies or prints made from the computers; however, it is preferred that the number of copies not exceed 100 per patron. Printing of items such as wedding or party invitations which might require special attention or detail will not be permitted. Printing or photocopying for businesses is also not permitted.

The library no longer has a FAX machine and thus cannot provide this service; however, there is a FAX machine available at the office of the City Clerk of Calmar, and faxes may be sent from there free of charge.

Public Use Computers

Calmar Public Library has six (6) computers available for public use, that are available during regular business hours, providing access to electronic resources via the Internet, as well as non-Internet use, e.g., creating Word documents, generating spreadsheets, and typing resumes, etc. Since the Internet is a global electronic network, Calmar Public Library has no control over information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The library cannot guarantee users of the Internet to be protected from offensive information and is not responsible for the availability of information accessed from remote network sites.

The following rules govern the use of the library computers:

  • To use the computers/Internet, patrons must have a Calmar Public Library patron number. One-time users or visitors need not possess a library patron number on file
  • Children under the age of 8 may not use the computers unless accompanied by a responsible individual over the age of 14
  • There is a 30-minute time limit for the public access computers when others are waiting. When no one is waiting, additional time at the computers is extended at the discretion of library staff on duty
  • If a computer results in disruption of library services or behavior becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the library reserves the right to end the computer session at any time
  • A USB device, such as a flash drive may be used to save information from select public use computers. The library is not responsible for any damage to personal flash drives when used in library computers
  • Individual software may not be installed or used to alter or attach equipment to the library’s hardware or attempt to bypass security features
  • Each user is responsible for complying with copyright law and adhering software agreements
  • Due to the potential damage to computer equipment, food and beverages will not be permitted at the public use computer stations
  • Users of laptop computers or any other mobile devices must abide by these same conditions of use. Wireless Internet service is available at the library. A password is required to log in to the
  • Internet and may be obtained from library staff on duty at the time
  • Internet communications shall be considered private, and confidentiality will be encouraged within the limits of public environment, the technology of the equipment, and the requirements of the law
  • Computer users shall comply with all conditions and terms of use of the Internet set forth in this policy
  • Misuse of the computer may result in suspension or loss of computer privileges

Wireless Internet service is available at Calmar Public Library inside the library during regular business hours and outside the library 24 hours a day. A password to connect to the Internet using portable devices is required and can be obtained from library staff. All rules governing computer use on the public use computers, as well as rules governing Internet access, will apply to those individuals using their own laptops or other portable devices, with the exception of the time limit for computer usage.

All public use computers are connected to a multi-function color/black & white printer, thereby enabling printing of documents, features, articles, general information, etc., to the public for a fee based upon the amount of color on the page. Printing from a portable device is not available at the library.

A full copy of the Calmar Public Library Computer Use and Internet Access Policy is available to the public and may be requested from library staff and viewed during regular business hours.

Library Cards/Patron Numbers

Learn more about our library patron numbers here.

Children's Programming - “Traveling Tales”

“Traveling Tales” is one of our preschool outreach programs at the library, furnished to local daycare providers who wish to participate in the program.  Books are selected by library staff, checked out to the daycare providers, and along with simple activities and/or coloring pages, are distributed to the day-cares in Calmar in bright, colorful book bags, delivered by library staff every other week.  These books can then be used by the daycare providers to read to little ones while in their care, or be sent home with children to be returned to the provider when they are finished with them.  Library staff then retrieves the book bags, checks the books back into the library and provides a new supply of books, beginning the process again.

For more information about “Traveling Tales”, contact the library at (563) 562-3010 Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Young Adult Programming

We are always looking for new ideas from our young people to reach out to them and offer services and program to them.  We have lots of students coming to visit the library during school hours from CFS St. Aloysius School, which is both fun and beneficial.  We would like to expand our programming for young people so feel free to give us your ideas.  Would you like games, puzzles, TV, movies?  Talk with library staff and give us your input.