Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Auburn Public Library
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Auburn Public Library

749 E Thach Ave

  1. Email: weblibrary@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-3190
  3. Hours:  M-Th: 9AM-9PM F-Sa: 9AM-5PM Su: 2PM-6PM

Chris Warren

Library Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-3190
  2. Email: cwarren@auburnalabama.org

How do I get a library card?

You may sign up for a library card by visiting any service desk in the Auburn Public Library. Applicants should have a photo ID and proof of residency.

The Auburn Public Library extends free borrowing privileges to anyone who:

  • lives, owns, or rents property in Auburn, or
  • is employed in Auburn, or
  • attends a SACS-accredited educational institution, kindergarten through college, in Auburn, or
  • has a valid Horseshoe Bend Regional Library card.

What are the library's hours?

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 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

Books Limit of 20 per card
Audio/Visual Limit of 5 per type, per card
eBooks Limit of 5 per card
Zinio Digital Magazines Unlimited

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?

The Auburn Public Library is now a fine free library. As long as your item is returned, you will not incur a fee. Please note, patrons with overdue items will not be able to checkout additional items unless the overdue materials are returned or renewed.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) overdues $1.00 per item per day
Replacement of borrower's card $2 per card
Compact disc case - lost or damaged $1.50 per case
Non-resident card $25 per person per year
Copies (black & white) 10 cents per page
Computer print-outs 10 cents / (b&w)
25 cents / (color)
CD-Rs $1.00 per disc

May I renew my items?

An item may be renewed up to 3 times, provided it has not been requested by another patron. All items should automatically renew themselves 3 days before their due date unless another patron has requested the item. Items are eligible for automatic renewal up to 3 times.

Do you have a copy machine?

There are three black and white copy machines. Two are in the electronic services area, 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.

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?

No. If you do not have a current library card we can issue you a temporary guest pass. 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 back issues of 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?

A reading history service is available, but patrons must opt into the service. Only materials checked out after reading history is activated will be available for review.

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.