Currently the library holds over 35,000 titles; approximately 20,000 in the Adult Library and 15,000 in the Children’s. The library offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books that may be checked out for a two-week period. Most books may also be renewed, if needed longer. The library also has an extensive reference collection that may be looked at in the library only. There are also many magazines, books on tape, and books on compact disks that are available to be checked out for a two-week period. Videos, DVD’s and music CD’s may be checked out for a one-week period. No materials will be checked out to persons with outstanding fines. As a member of the Prairie Area Library System, we are happy to order items through interlibrary loan if we do not have them here. However, this service is only provided if the patron has no outstanding fines. The length of time you may keep an interlibrary loan item will vary from library to library, but generally interlibrary loan items go out for three weeks. All rules and regulations of the lending library will be obeyed. To obtain a library card in the adult library, a person must be at least in junior high, they must reside within the Spring Valley City limits, and they must present two forms of identification; one which has a photo and one which has their current address on it. Out of town borrower cards are available at a cost of $45.00 per year per family. To replace a lost or damaged library card, the cost is $5.00.
A meeting room is available during library hours. A reservation request form must be filled out at the library and must reserve the room in advance. No reservations over the phone. The room has a sink & television with DVD player.
All persons who hold a Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library card are eligible to borrow materials from any of the libraries that are members of the Prairie Area Library System, provided they have no overdue materials or outstanding fines. Among the libraries in the Reading Actross Illinois Library System (RAILS) are Peru, LaSalle, Princeton, and many others. You will need to present your library card to check out materials from any of these other member libraries. For computer usage, see attached sheet(s). The adult library also has a copy machine and laminating services for its patrons. Black & WHite Photocopies are $0.20 cents and color are $0.50 cents per page and laminating fees are $0.50 cents per foot of material laminated. A fax machine is also available with the following fees: to send a fax the first sheet is $2.00 and for every sheet after the first is $1.00 per page, to receive a fax, the first sheet is $1.00 per page, and for every sheet after the first is 50 cents per page. An international fax is $3.00 per minute. A microfilm reader and a phone for the deaf are also available in the adult library. Any over due items (excluding videos & DVD’s) will be charged ten cents per day, per item (excluding Sundays and holidays observed by the library) in the adult and children’s library. Videos and DVD’s that are overdue are charged $0.25 cents per day per item.