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For a Permanent Mono County Library Card you need one of the following:

  • California driver’s license or certificate of renewal with current Mono County address printed on the front.
  • California I.D. card with current Mono County address printed on front.
  • Mono County student identification card or proof of registration in any Mono County School.

Or, If you have one of the following 4 items:

    • Out of state driver’s license with current address on front.
    • Valid Passport (U.S. or foreign)
    • Valid alien registration card.
    • Government issued I.D. card showing current Mono County address.

Then you must have one of the following 6 items:

    • Utility bill or other billing statement issued within the last 60 days showing current Mono County address.
    • Current pay stub, imprinted with company name, issued within the last 60 days and showing applicant’s name and Mono County address.
    • Personal check with name and current Mono County address of applicant.
    • Rent receipt, Bank statement, or self-addressed postcard mailed by the library and returned by the applicant with a Mono County address.
    • Valid vehicle registration issued to applicant showing current Mono County address
    • Proof of property ownership in Mono County.

 Seasonal Employees that do not have a post office box need all of the following:

  • Current Driver’s license with photo and permanent address.
  • E-mail address
  • Local or cell phone number and local physical address.

Visitor’s Cards

  • We accept a home library card (to be retained on file at the library) plus photo I.D. Visitor's cards are valid for 1 month.

Cards for Minors (under 18)

  • We require a parent or guardian to provide the above information and signature for anyone under 18.

 

Mission Statement

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.   

Public library service began in Mono County in 1947, provided under contract by Inyo County.  This changed when the Mono County Free Library was established in 1965 as a joint school-community library system. The library is operated by the Mono County Office of Education under the direction of the Mono County Superintendent of Schools and the Mono County Library Authority Board.  The administrative offices are located in the Mammoth Lakes Branch at 400 Sierra Park Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

The Library is comprised of 7 free public library branches serving all county residents and visitors from locations in Coleville, Bridgeport, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake, and Benton. See information on individual locations from the Branches tab. Each location offers collections for all ages, computers for accessing digital resources and the internet, laptops for inhouse use, local interest collections, public programs & maker activities (see local calendars), and free wi-fi. Mono County Library library cards are available to residents and visitors and allow borrowing of circulating books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, E-books, E-Magazines and laptops for onsite use. Registered borrowers may request items be sent between branches for local pickup (allow plenty of time). Library cards are not required for onsite use of collections, public computers or attending public programs.

Individual libraries are supported by local Friends of the Library groups. We encourage participation and membership for those interested.

The Library welcomes volunteers, find more information and the application here

 

Mono County Office of Education

The Mono County Office is Education strives to be, first and foremost, an agency of service. In addition to operating Mono County's Alternative Education programs, MCOE works closely with the two school districts to help support them by providing staff development and support as needed. The Mono County Office of Education is also the only county in the state of California that operates all of the county's public libraries. There are seven library branches serving each of the communities in Mono County and MCOE is very proud of each one.

The Board of Trustees also acts as the Library Authority Board for all branch libraries.

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.

Policy and Procedures Manual AR 1138

Mono County Board of Education Gift Library Materials

GIFT LIBRARY MATERIALS

A. LIBRARY MATERIALS
  1. Library materials include but are not limited to hardback and paperback books, microforms, pamphlets, brochures, magazines, recordings, films, filmstrips, cassettes, etc.
  2. Library materials also include paintings, sculptures, mounted specimen, artifacts, etc.
B. CONDITIONS FOR ACCEPTANCE OF LIBRARY MATERIALS
  1. The President of the Mono County Friends of the Library shall be a regular member of the committee.
  2. The materials must be an outright gift.
  3. Materials not useful to one branch may be disposed if by the Friends of the Library or returned to the donor if so stipulated at the time the gift is made.
  4. Materials not useful to one branch may be transferred to another branch or donated to local institutions such as hospitals, youth camps, jails, etc.
C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
  1. All library gift materials for the Mono County Library System be deposited with the local chapter of the Friends of the Library or the Mono County Chapter of the Friends of the Library.
  2. Title to all materials shall remain with the Friends of the Library until materials are transferred to the Mono County Library System, or otherwise disposed of.
  3. The Friends of the Library shall provide each donor with a letter acknowledging the number and type of items given to them for the library. The letter shall be prepared according to the Internal Revenue Service specifications.
  4. Records shall be maintained of the number and types of gift library materials for which no donor is identified.
D. TRANSFER OF GIFT LIBRARY MATERIALS TO COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
  1. The local branch librarian, or librarian in charge, shall evaluate the gift materials and, with the approval of the county librarian, select those materials suitable for addition to the branch library collection.
  2. The county librarian shall evaluate the balance of the materials, and with the assistance of the branch librarians, select materials suitable for other branch libraries.
  3. Paperback books shall be evaluated and selected by the branch librarians for addition to their “Bring One, Take One” collections.
  4. All materials not added to the county library system shall be sold, or otherwise disposed of by the Friends of the Library.
E. MATERIALS ADDED TO THE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM

Lists of gift library materials to be cataloged and added to the Mono County Library System shall be prepared and presented to the Mono County Library Authority for approval.

Internet Use Rules and Guidelines

The Internet links this computer with information resources around the world. The Mono County Library computers are available to all library patrons. In defining the Internet’s resources as an extension of the library, we subscribe to the Library Bill of Rights, which states that "A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background or views."

The library staff does not monitor the information obtained on these computers. It is the responsibility of parents to monitor the computer use of their minor children.

Library Internet users are expected to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner, in accordance with the following rules for Internet use at this library, the missions and purposes of the other networks they use on the Internet, and the laws of California and the United States.

Access to the Mono County Internet workstations is a privilege offered to any library user who follows these rules:

  • Computer time is on a first come first served basis. All users agree to pay any charges prior to leaving the library. Time limits may apply.  .
  • In some libraries within our county, there may be a charge for word processing or email access. Internet research is free in all locations. For all computer services, there is a cost of $.10 per sheet for printing.
  • The Internet may not be used for Internet Relay Chat (IRC), chat rooms, listserv, bulletin board service, or to play games.
  • The user will not "bookmark" sites to the library’s computer. You may save a bookmark file on your own diskette and use this during your library session.
  • The Internet user is held responsible for his or her own actions and activities on the Internet. Unacceptable uses of the network will result in the suspension or revoking of these privileges.
  • Vandalism will result in the cancelation of all computer privileges. Vandalism includes transferring, downloading, uploading files or computer viruses. Vandalism also includes creating computer viruses and/or taking any malicious action to attempt to harm or destroy the property or school/library materials or the data of another user.
  • The Mono County Library is a participant in the InfoPeople Project, which provides points of public access to the Internet at public library sites throughout California. InfoPeople is supported by a Federal Library Services and Construction Act grant administered in California by the California State Librarian. For more information, access the Infopeople homepage at http://www.infopeople.org

All computers have been provided through funds donated by the Mono County Friends of the Library, through the Gates Foundation, through the California State Library, or by the Mono County Office of Education/Library. We reserve the right to revoke computer privileges for unacceptable use as defined above.

Implied consent and waiver:

I agree to abide by the rules and guidelines specified herein. In addition, I realize that the Mono County Library does not have control of the information on the Internet. Sites accessible via the Internet may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. I recognize that the Library’s intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, but that it does not monitor the information of any Internet patron while using the computer.

The specific conditions and services being offered will change from time to time. I will be responsible for any charges, fines or fees incurred as the result of using the Library’s Internet service. I accept responsibility for using this equipment in the manner outlined above.

The Mono County Library makes no warranties with respect to Internet service, and it specifically assumes no responsibility for:

  • The content or any advice or information received by an Internet user from a source outside Mono County, or any costs or charges incurred as a result of seeing or accepting such advice or information;
  • Any costs, liability, or damages caused by the way the Internet user chooses to use his or her access to the Internet;
  • Any consequences of service interruptions or changes even if these disruptions arise from circumstances under the control of a Mono County Branch Library.

Some Internet stations within the County have been provided by a grant from the California State Library.

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