When borrowing items from the library, please show your library card. Other positive ID (i.e. driver's license) may be used. Parents or legal guardians may show ID to borrow on a child's card, but not on a spouse's card.

Items not on reserve may be renewed by phone, on-line and in-person. Items can be renewed via the Web using My Account.

See Summary of Borrowing Guidelines below:

Physical Items Check Out Period Limit*
Books 3 weeks 50
DVDs & Blurays 3 weeks 5
Comics & Graphic Novels 3 weeks 5
Audiobooks on CD 3 weeks 5
Magazines 3 weeks 5
*Borrowing is limited to a maximum 50 items.

Overdrive Check Out Period Limit*
eBooks 3 weeks 7
Audiobooks 3 weeks 7
Streaming Videos 7 days 7
*Borrowing is limited to a maximum 7 items.

Hoopla Check Out Period Limit*
Movies and TV Shows 3 days 5
Music 7 days 5
Audiobooks, Comics & eBooks 21 days 5
* Hoopla permits a combined 5 checkouts or borrows per month (See Hoopla Page)


You are welcome to place unlimited holds on circulating items. Items are held for seven days once the hold is available for pick­up. Exceptions to the hold time period may be made by the User Services Librarian.


The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library operates on the principle that our patrons can be trusted to return materials in a timely manner. Currently, we do not charge fines for overdue materials. Any overdue fines accrued up to the implementation of this policy are forgiven.

Library cards are blocked from checking out additional items if there are current overdue materials on the account or if there is money owed for lost or damaged items including processing fees.


If an item is not returned within forty­-five days of becoming overdue, it is considered lost. The library card account will be charged for the full replacement cost of the item plus a $10 nonrefundable processing fee. Lost items will be removed from the library catalog after six months, but all charges pertaining to the lost item will remain on the library card account.

Some items returned after the forty­-five day period may be accepted at the discretion of the User Services Librarian, Collection Development Specialist, and/or Director. Should the returned item be accepted, the lost materials charge will be refunded via check. If the item is returned after having been billed and/or deleted, and is deemed acceptable, the library will simply void the replacement cost bill. In either case, the processing fee will remain and must be paid.


Items are considered damaged at the discretion and evaluation of the User Services Librarian and/or the Director. If an item is damaged, it is charged at the replacement cost of the item, plus a $10 nonrefundable processing fee. In the case of damages, neither of these fees are refundable. Upon payment for the damaged item and processing fees, you may keep the item.

If an Interlibrary Loan item is damaged or lost, a minimum $50 fee will be charged, plus the required $10 nonrefundable processing fee. Additional charges are at the discretion of the lending library.

Damaged items are retained for up to six months depending on the condition of the item. After six months, the item is discarded. All damaged item charges remain on the library card account until paid.


Library accounts with balances more than 60 days old will be sent to collections. Library accounts in collections for more than 120 days will be submitted to credit reporting agencies.

For further details regarding borrowing and library cards, please consult the library's Circulation Policy.

Computers & WiFi

Computers are available for persons of all ages. The library also provides WiFi access, see WiFi below for further details.
Please note that public computers in the library shut down ten minutes before closing.

In using library computers and WiFi, you agree to comply with the Library's Acceptable Use Policy.

A current library card in good standing is required to access a computer. Visitors, or those persons who are not eligible for a free library card, may provide appropriate identification and request a guest pass to use a computer.

Most library computers guarantee users a 60-minute session. If there is a waiting list to access computers, the time may be limited to 60 minutes.  When there is not a waiting list, customers may ask to continue using the computer. Computer time is limited to 2 hours per day.

Black and white printing is 25¢ per page, color printing is $2 per page.

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The same Acceptable Use Policy for the Library's public computers apply to wireless access, except there is no time limit. Free charging outlets are available for customers to charge phones, tablets or laptops.

Here's what you need to know to access Library Wifi:

  • Provide your own wireless enabled laptop/device with Internet browser software.
  • Make sure your wireless radio is turned on.
  • Use your Wireless Network Connection to connect to SSID (network name) = LibraryWiFi.
  • Open your Internet browser
  • Read and accept the Library's Acceptable Use Policy
  • Click 'Continue to the Internet'
  • ENJOY free and unlimited WiFi

Library staff can confirm that the wireless network is functioning properly and give basic assistance. Staff cannot assist in setting up personal laptops for wireless access. Consult your computer's documentation for instructions


Children 17 and under can use the public computers in the Children's and Young Adult Library.


Programs available on public computers include:

  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Chrome
  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Adobe Reader 9

Public computers have USB ports for saving your work. USB devices that use an auto-run encryption/ password launcher do not work on the public computers. You cannot write to the CD-ROM drive. You can open a document using the CD-ROM drive, if it uses one of the programs listed above.

The library offers many computer classes, which you can find by visitng the Computer Classes page.

Copying & Scanning


Printing from library public computers:
$0.25 per page for black and white
$2 per page for color


A self service public copy machine is available for black and white 8 1/2 " x 11 " Letter size copies

Accepts: $5, $1, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢
Cost per copy: 25¢


Free self service public scanning is available. Scan in .pdf, .jpg or .tif format to your USB flash/thumb drive. USB flash/thumb drives are available for purchase at the library's Main Desk.

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