Library Cards & Services

No Library card? No problem! You can get a full-service library card at any time. Or if you want contactless service, you can sign up online for a Digital Library Card and you will be emailed a barcode which can be used immediately.  A physical card will later be sent by U.S. Mail.


Full-Service Cards (Ages 4 and Up)

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Cardholders may borrow all circulating library materials and have access to computers and digital services at any public Mahoning County library.  Cards must be renewed every 2 years. Cards are free of charge to Ohio residents, people who own property in Mahoning County, and people who work or attend school in Mahoning County on a continuous basis. (An out-of-state card is available for $50 per year.)

Borrowers between ages 4-18 require a parental signature for financial responsibility. A parent must provide proof of the child with a record showing the child’s name and date of birth.


Conditional Library CardThe Opportunity Card

This card is issued when the applicant under the age of 18 comes into the library to sign up for a card and a parent or guardian is not present for staff to capture the parental signature. Also issued in the case of a customer over the age of 18 who cannot provide staff proper proof of residence.  These cards can be changed to Full-Service Cards with proper signatures and proof of residence.  Talk to a library staff member to learn more.


Digital Library CardDigital Card

Gives you access to the Library’s digital services and materials, plus in-library computer use and mobile printing.  Use the Library’s website,, any time 24/7.  Digital services include: databases for research; Overdrive downloadable e-Books and audiobooks; Flipster downloadable magazines; hoopla streaming music, movies, TV shows and audio books; and much more.



Institutional Library CardInstitutional Status

Institutions, businesses, and schools may obtain an Institutional Library Card.  Identification such as a business card or letterhead must be provided, along with the signature of the person who can authorize financial responsibility.  Talk to a library staff member to learn more.  


Paid Out-of-State Card ($50 annual fee)

Renewed annually with full borrowing privileges of circulating materials, digital access, and in-library computer use.



READ Library CardSchool Card

Available to students registered through arrangements made with the school and the Library. Checkouts are limited to 3 print items and students have  digital access to Library resources.  Does not require a parental signature. Library materials must be returned.


Special Delivery Library Card

Special Delivery

If you can’t come to the Library, you could qualify for our Special Delivery and Books-By-Mail service. Books are sent to qualifying patrons free of charge through the U.S. Mail. Patrons can mail them back at no charge. For more information or to sign up for Special Delivery, call 330-792-3869


Renewing Your Library Card

There are three ways to renew a library card:

  1. Call the Library at 330-744-8636
  2. Email
  3. Visit a library in person

Full name and current address and phone number are required at the time of renewal.

Borrowing Privileges

Customers can return materials at any of the public libraries in Mahoning County.

Books21 DaysNone*3 RenewalsCost
Reference Materials3 DaysNone*NoneCost
DVDs7 Days201 RenewalCost
Hot Pick
3 Days2NoneCost
DVD TV Series / GO Chips21 Days201 RenewalCost
Books on CD/ Playaways21 DaysNone*3 RenewalsCost
Music CDs21 DaysNone*3 RenewalsCost
Video Games21 Days2NoneCost
Launchpads21 Days11 RenewalCost
Adult Magazines21 DaysNone*3 RenewalsCost
Juvenile Magazines21 DaysNone*3 RenewalsCost
Early Literacy Backpacks21 Days1NoneCost
Baby Brilliant Kits21 Days1NoneCost
OH WOW Kits7 Days1NoneCost
Smart Money Kits21 Days1NoneCost
Ukulele Kits21 Days1NoneCost
Bike Locks1 Day1NoneCost
Phone Battery KitsIn-Library Use Only (2 hours)1NoneCost
Chrome BookIn-Library Use Only (2 hours)1None$500
Laptop ComputersIn-Library Use Only (2 hours)1None$1,000
Mobile WiFi Hotspots21 Days1None$100

Books21 DaysNone*3 Renewals$25
DVDs7 DaysNone*1 Renewal$25
Music CDs/Audio21 DaysNone*1 Renewal$25

Books21 DaysNone*3 Renewals$125
DVDs7 DaysNone*1 Renewal$125
Music CDs/Audio21 DaysNone*1 Renewal$125


Renewing Library Materials

Most PLYMC materials that are not on hold for other customers will be renewed automatically for 3 additional loan periods, with the exceptions noted in the above chart. Materials can be returned anytime before the due date.


The Library has eliminated fines for overdue PLYMC materials, but replacement fees must still be paid for materials not returned.

When Materials Are Overdue

It’s possible to receive a courtesy notice by e-mail or text that materials are due 2 days before the final due date if you have provided us with an e-mail address or cell phone number.

An overdue notice is sent by your choice of email, telephone, text message or U.S. Mail when an item is 7 days past the due date.

A second notice citing the replacement cost of the materials is sent when the item is 21 days overdue and borrowing privileges are suspended.

At 28 days, the account is turned over to a collection agency, Unique National Collections. If materials are returned, replacement charges are removed.