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Library Q & A: Some Frequently-Asked Questions

    • No, Westlake Porter Public Library is an independent library, not part of the county system.

    • No, library cards are issued while you wait (with current photo ID). You do not need to be a Westlake resident to be issued a card. Anyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in Ohio can get one. You just need verifiable current identification. You can even fill out the application online.

    • Patrons are asked to notify the library immediately when a card is lost or stolen (to protect the patron).

    • Our regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday we are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We are closed for some major holidays throughout the year.

    • No, all you need to do is fill out the form.

    • A single card can have up to 75 items on it.

    • Three (3) weeks for most materials, except some new and high-interest items that go out for 7 days, such as new adult fiction DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, Express copies of best-selling magazines and books, and video games.

    • Yes, materials can be renewed six (6) times (except Express items) for their normal loan period and may be renewed in person, over the phone or online through our Web catalog, however, if an item is on hold it cannot be renewed.

    • Patrons are asked to notify the library if materials are misplaced— the library will renew material if possible.

    • Most anything can be returned in the book drop unless there is a label indicating otherwise. Even overdue materials may be returned there, and fines may be paid later.

    • WPPL is fine free. Library card accounts will still be suspended if:

      • Materials are not returned within three weeks of the due date for most materials, one week for select materials
      • Fees for lost or damaged materials are unpaid
      • Total fines accrued before fines were eliminated exceed $10
      • 10 or more items are overdue

      Borrowers will be billed for replacement of damaged or lost materials.

      There are fines for SearchOhio/OhioLink items in the amount of $0.50 per day overdue.

    • Yes, materials may be returned to any public library in Ohio. A cooperative service delivers these materials back to their home libraries. There is no charge for this service. Items borrowed through SearchOhio or OhioLINK must be returned to WPPL.