FAQ

How do I get a library card?
How do I get a PIN?
How do I use Internet computers?
How do I get on the Library’s WiFi?
How do I rent a meeting room?
Loan Periods and Fines
Donating Books to the Library

How do I get a PIN?

You get a PIN when you sign up for your library card.  It’s a 4 digit number that allows you access to the online catalog remotely, to log in to certain remote databases, to get on the Internet computers.  Every patron has a PIN if they have a library card…they just might not know it and they can call us, give us their library card number, and we can provide the PIN.

How do I use Internet computers?

Use of the library’s computers requires a library card in good standing (less than $25.00 in fines) from Decatur Public Library or any other library in the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS). Visitors from outside IHLS may be granted access to the library’s computer resources upon presentation of acceptable identification. Access is limited to adults and minors ages 13-17 with written parental permission. Children 12 and under may access the library’s computers only when accompanied at all times by an adult with acceptable identification.

View Computer Rules and Internet Policies

Xpress E-mail
Allows for ONLY 15 minutes to view e-mail.
Computer Rules and Internet Policies still apply.

Word Processing Computers
The word processing computers are available to everyone. The programs include: Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher); WinWay Resume.

Printers
The library only has black and white printers and charges $0.15 per page or $0.25 for two sided print-outs. We recommend using Print Preview before sending your print job.

Typewriters
The library has two typewriters.

How do I get on the Library’s WiFi?

The library offers WiFi through the DPL Patron Wireless.  Connect your device to the DPL Patron Wireless hotspot and then open your browser.  The screen should ask for a username and password, which is your library card number and PIN.  If you are a guest or do not have a library card, please ask for a Guest Account at the Computer Help Desk.

How do I rent a meeting room?

Meeting rooms are available for public use, subject to the library’s policy for use of meeting rooms.

Meeting rooms are available from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Special arrangements may be made for using the rooms earlier or later than the times listed.

Our meeting room sound and projector systems are not MAC compatible unless you provide a Mini DisplayPort to VGA Video Adapter. Otherwise, they will only work with IBM compatible computers with a VGA connector.

Cost

* J. Elizabeth Madden Auditorium (seats 150) Rental charges are: $50 for up to 4 hours.
* A. E. Staley Jr. Manufacturing Company Conference Room (seats 25) Rental charges are: $30 for up to 4 hours.
* The Board Room (seats 15) is available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Rental charges are: $20 for up to 4 hours.

To reserve a meeting room, call (217) 424-2900, x112, or come to the library and fill out a meeting room application and fax to (217) 233-4071.

Rooms are not reserved until you receive a confirmation from the library.

Click here for a description of the rooms.

Loan Periods and Fines

Material Type Fee per Day Maximum Fines Loan Period Renewals Limits
Audio-book $1.00 $10.00 28 days 1 5
Audio-cassette $1.00 $10.00 28 days 1 5
Book $0.25 $10.00 28 days 1 none
CD $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 5
DVD $1.00 $10.00 14 days 1 5
Games-video $1.00 $10.00 14 days 1 2
Government Docs $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 none
Juvenile Audio-book $0.25 $10.00 28 days 1 none
Juvenile Audio-cassette $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 5
Juvenile Book $0.15 $10.00 28 days 1 none
Juvenile DVD $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 5
Juvenile VHS $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 5
Juvenile Periodical $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 5
New Material $0.15 $10.00 28 days 1 none
Periodical $0.25 $10.00 7 days 0 5
Vinyl $0.25 $10.00 14 days 1 5
VHS $1.00 $10.00 14 days 1 5

Material borrowed from other libraries and checked out at the DPL will use their own loan periods.
We also charge fees for damaged or lost materials.
Those fees are determined by the library.

Donating Books to the Library

The library accepts book donations either through the large book donation box on the left as you enter the library from the lobby, or boxes of books may be dropped off on our loading dock to the north of the main doors. Magazines are not accepted.

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