Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a library card?
The Auburn Public Library extends free borrowing privileges to anyone who:
Individuals not meeting the above criteria may get a library card by paying a non-refundable fee of 25 dollars per person, per year.
All applicants must provide valid identification. Any applicant under eighteen years of age must have a parent or guardian present to sign the application and show valid identification.
The library will not issue a card to anyone known to have overdue materials or unpaid fines to another library until the lending library acknowledges that those delinquencies have been cleared.
*Being employed in Auburn is defined as: (1) being employed by an Auburn business which possesses a current City of Auburn business license, (2) being self-employed and possessing a current City of Auburn business license, or (3) being employed by a government entity whose office or school is located within the Auburn city limits.
What are the library's hours?
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where is the library located?
The address is 749 E. Thach Avenue. The parking lot entrance is on Thach Avenue.
If you are on Opelika Road, turn south onto Dean Road. The library's conservatory is visible on the right side of the road. Turn right onto Thach Avenue. Immediately turn right to enter the parking lot.
If you are coming from I-85, drive north on College Street. Turn right onto Thach Avenue at the University Conference Center. The library will be on the left where Thach Avenue ends at Dean Road.
Do you have a fax machine for public use?
No, but we can suggest several businesses who offer fax services for the public.
How many books, CDs, DVDs, etc. may I check out at one time?
Any combination of items listed below may be used as long as the total does not exceed 20 items
How long can I keep library materials?
All circulating library materials are subject to a two week (14 day) loan period.
How much are the fines for overdue items? How much are other fees?
May I renew my items?
An item may be renewed up to 3 times, provided it has not been requested by another patron.
Do you have a copy machine?
There are three black and white copy machines. Two are behind the reference desk, and a third one is near the entrance of Youth Services. Copies are 10 cents per sheet. The machines take nickels, dimes, quarters, and $1 bills.
Is there a typewriter available for public use?
Library patrons may use the typewriter that is located in the Electronic Services teaching lab. Please ask Electronic Services staff for assistance.
Do you accept credit cards? Debit cards? Checks?
The Circulation Desk accepts cash, checks, and credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) for overdue fines, lost/damaged item fines, replacement library card fees, and non-resident fees. Electronic Services accepts cash and checks for printing and copies. Please make checks payable to the City of Auburn.
Do I need a library card to use the public computers?
Yes. Patrons who use the public computers must have a library card in good standing. Temporary cards may be issued at the staff's discretion for visitors to our area. The rules for proper usage of the library public computers are posted at the main door of Electronic Services.
Does the library have a wireless connection (WiFi) for laptops and personal computing devices?
Yes. Library patrons may use devices with wireless capability to connect to AuburnWeb. A library card is not necessary and no password is needed. However the same public computer rules apply for what can be accessed and viewed in the library. Be sure to familiarize yourself with posted rules or ask any library staff member if you are uncertain. In particular, peer-to-peer programs are not allowed because of the possibility of copyright infringement. Access to AuburnWeb is automatically and permanently discontinued for devices in violation.
Do you have archived copies of newspapers?
We keep the Opelika-Auburn News for one month and other newspapers for one week. Older newspapers are available at the Auburn University library.
Do you have archived copies of magazines?
We have bound copies of older Consumer Reports. We keep magazines for one year under the magazine display shelf. Most magazines are available online through the Alabama Virtual Library. We'll be happy to assist you in locating requested articles.
Do you have a room for meetings?
No, but there are study tables within the library where small groups may talk softly.
Can you give me a printout of the books I have checked out recently?
Once library items have been returned, our computer system does not keep a record of items that patrons have checked out unless you request for the library to maintain your reading history. This is part of our compliance with laws to protect the privacy of our patrons.
Where is the restroom?
Restrooms and complimentary phones are located to the right when you enter the building. Restrooms are also located in the Youth Services area behind the Help desk.