Item Check Out Policy

Books, Audio Cassettes, Circulating Periodicals, Compact Discs & Records

  • These items are check out for 2 weeks with one renewal period of 2 weeks (except for materials that have been placed on reserve).
  • Fine: $0.10 per day per item.

Renewal of Materials Can be Made by

  • Bringing materials in
  • Telephone call
  • Letter or postcard arriving on or before due date
  • Renewing the items before they are overdue
  • Items cannot be renewed if they are requested by other patrons
  • Interlibrary Loan Material can only be renewed after contacting the Mitchell Public Library Staff which then will ask permission from the lending library



  • 16mm projectors, slide projectors, overhead projectors, screens and reels
  • Checked out for overnight only
  • Fine: $1.50 per day per piece of equipment

Framed Pictures

  • Checked out for 1 month
  • 1 month renewal period
  • No limit
  • Fine: $1 per day per picture

File Copy Magazines

  • Checked out for 1 week
  • 1 renewal
  • No limit
  • New issues cannot be checked out
  • Fine: $0.10 per day per magazine
Reference books, glass case material, local archive material and Mitchell vertical files do not circulate.

Library Card Policies

Library Card Free of Charge

Any person living within Davison County will be issued a library card free of charge with proper identification. Your library card is valid as long as you reside within the county. Your library card must be presented at the circulation desk when you check out material. Children with legal guardians that have met the requirements can get a library card when they reach the 1st grade followed by a completed registration form by the parent or legal guardian. The child's card is kept in the library.

Library Card for Other Non-Residents

These patrons will be required to pay a $15 subscription fee per year per family. Any person in the family that has reached 1st grade can receive a card of their own. All children's cards will be kept at the library.

Library Cards for DWU Students

DWU Students can get a free library card when they present their student ID's. The students must also list the names or parents or a relative with a permission address. This information is used in case the students leave DWU and there are fines and/or overdue materials. The card is valid as long as you are attending school. Grades and transcripts will be held up until all library materials are returned and all fines paid.

Library Cards for MTI Students

MTI Students can get a free library card when they present their student ID's. The students must provide proof of their address and must list names of parents or a relative with a permanent address. This information is used in case the students leave MTI and there are fines and/or overdue materials. The card is valid as long as the students are attending MTI. All library materials must be returned to the library and all fines paid before the student leave MTI.

Lost Cards

When the card is lost it must be reported immediately. The patron can register for another card at that time. A $1 fee will be charged for the lost library card.

Stolen & Damaged Cards

When a card has been stolen or damaged, report it immediately. A new card will be reissued after all fines have been paid and material have been returned.

Temporary Cards

Temporary Cards are issued to individuals who are not permanent residents of Mitchell. The fee for a temporary card is $15 per individual. The temporary card is good for 6 months and can be extended at the request of the patron. When the patron leaves Mitchell, the $15 is reimbursed providing all materials are returned to the library in good condition. All fines and payments for lost or damaged books are paid out of the $15 fee. They must claim the money at the end of their stay.

Your library card is non-transferable. Any material charged against your card is solely your responsibility. Do not loan your card to anyone!

No services will be given to patrons with overdue materials and delinquent fines. A processing fee will be charged to patrons who require legal action to get them to return materials back to the library.

Unattended Children's Policy

The Mitchell Public Library is very concerned about the safety and welfare of children while they are visiting the library. It is they policy of the Mitchell Public Library Board of Trustees that parents or legal guardians are fully responsible for the safety, security, and monitoring of their children while on the library property.


  • Children 8 years old and under should at all times be with a responsible adult or caregiver who is at least 12 years old. Adults and caregivers must supervise children and keep them in sight, not only inside the library but also on library grounds.
  • If the caregiver cannot be located, then the library staff will call law enforcement.
  • All children, whether they are alone or with their parent or caregiver, are expected to be well behaved and to respect other patrons, staff and library property.
  • Library staff will ask the disruptive or destructive children to behave. If they do not, then they will be told to leave the library.
  • Parents and caregivers should be aware of library hours and should not leave children at the library before opening and after closing.
  • A library staff may call law enforcement for children who have been left at the library at closing.