Latest updates on potential or planned power outages on the Mono County Emergency Preparedness Page

10 Books on a Topic - Recommended Reading:

Announcing our new podcast! Oxygen-Starved: Adventure, Books and Conversation from 11,000 ft.  

Launched jointly with the County Office of Education, join us twice a month for some of what makes this part of the world an adventurous place to live & work, our take on books we're reading, and a conversation with local folks who bring this special part of the Eastern Sierra alive.   Find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio and directly at the link above!

O2Starved

 

Other Announcements:

The 2020 Census is hiring - find more information posted at your library or at the 2020 Census Jobs website

Free New York Times Digital Access

Britannica School Edition Links in English and Spanish (Use library Card Number to access information):

The Mono County Library System upholds the principals of intellectual freedom and the public’s right to know by providing people of all ages with access to material that reflects a diversity of points of view. This library system affirms its support of the basic library policies defined in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and Libraries: an American Value.

Confidentiality of Patron Information

In accordance with California State Law (Gov. code section 6267), all registration and circulation records shall remain confidential.  Records shall be maintained on fines that are unpaid; records shall also be retained for information on the number of times fines or other charges have been excused.

Library records are maintained solely for administrative purposes. They are not to be used to identify the types of materials borrowed by an individual, and library staff will not provide information to a third party about what a patron of the library has borrowed. The library will provide circulation information (printed or verbal) to the concerned library card holder or person authorized in writing by the library card-holder. Information regarding overdue items will be made available to the financially responsible person.

Collection Development Policy

The Mono County Library enhances lives and strengthens our communities by providing free access to information, technology, life-long learning opportunities, social interactions, and cultural enrichment. The Library’s collections strive to support this mission by providing current, relevant, interesting and enduring works of general interest in a variety of formats to the communities served by each of our 7 locations.

Read Full Policy and Request for Reconsideration Form

Donations of Materials

All donations are subject to evaluation by the same criteria as purchased materials. Specific guidelines for donated materials are outlined in Mono County policy 1138A.

Internet Use

Internet service is available at all Mono County Libraries according to established rules and guidelines.

Library Conduct

All patrons have the right to use the library undisturbed and library employees have the right to work without undue interference. Read full policy.

Child Safety

The safety and welfare of children at the Mono County Library System is of up most importance. Read full policy.

Security Cameras

Security Cameras are used to enhance the safety and security of Mono County Library System patrons, staff and property.  Read full policy.

Mono County Library Sponsored Resources

You can access these resources using your 14 digit library card number:

KOHA Library Catalog

      • Our online catalog. Sign in to renew materials and place holds - requires you to set up a password with Library Staff in advance.

OVERDRIVE (Library to Go)

    • Digital audio books & ebooks

EBSCO eBooks 

    • Books in all categories, including refererence

 

California Library Services for People with Print Disabilities

FREE Resources (library card number not required):

Online Archive of California

    • The OAC provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, and so on) maintained by more than 200 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California — including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. The OAC is a core component of the University of California California Digital Library (CDL) and is administered by the Digital Special Collections program.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

    • The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a pilot project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.

Calisphere

    • Calisphere is the University of California free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

 Driver Education Program

    • Includes 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.
       

      Historical Archives - So. Mono County Historial Society

Scans of Local Newspapers (Provided by So. Mono County Historical Society)

Tales Along El Camino Sierra, an Eastern Sierra history resource has a YouTube Channel with short historical videos.

 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

ILL is no longer available. However, Zip Books can be used for book requests which are funded by a California State Library grant and become part of our collection.

LAW LIBRARY

We have lay-person level materials in our law libraries at the Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes Branches. Check with your library staff on how to use the books and online resources.  See the Law Library section under the "Programs" tab above.

REFERENCE QUESTIONS

We are happy to assist you with reference questions to the degree that the information in our collection allows.

LIBRARY CARDS

The Mono County Library System offers several types of library cards. Permanent cards are offered to residents of one year (or more) of Mono County, persons who own property, are employed by Mono County, or who have students enrolled in a Mono County school. We also offer these cards to holders of Mountain Valley area library cards. Temporary cards are offered to new residents of the county upon completion of necessary paperwork. Visitors may obtain a visitor’s card when they provide us with their home library card. Read More...

LOAN PERIODS

ADULT: Books, Books on Tape, Books on CD - 14 days, renewable - Overdue charge $.25 per day

ADULT: Magazines, Videos - 7 days, renewable - Overdue charge $.25 per day

ALL DVD Movies - 7 days, not renewable - Overdue charge $1.00 per day

YOUTH: Books, Books on Tape, Books on CD - 14 days, renewable - Overdue charge $.10 per day

YOUTH: Magazines - 7 days, renewable - Overdue charge $.10 per day

COMPUTERS

All branches in the Mono County Library System provide access to the internet and word processing. Research may be done at no charge.  In all branches, copies made from computer-printers are $.10/page, $.05/page for Friends of the Library members.

PHOTOCOPIES

Photocopies may be made at any Mono County Library for a fee.  For current Friends of the Library members the fee is $.05/page and $.10/page for all others. Some branches offer duplex printing at $.20 per page.

SCANS

Library staff can scan and email PDF documents to an email account for $1.00 per page.

FAX

The Library does not provide faxing service at any of our locations.  However there are online web-based fax service providers that will take a scan or file upload and convert it into a fax delivery on your behalf.  While some provide a level of free service, these are largely providers that charge fror this service.  Below is a select list of online faxing resources.  You can access these from your device or computer as well as public library computers or library laptops.  The Library does not recommend any of these over the others, nor is it liable for your transaction with their service:

TYPEWRITERS

Typewriters are available for use at Brideport, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes and Benton branches at no charge.

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