Turning the Page on Our Future
Getting a Library Card
For Residents/Business Owners
A 5-year Coloma Public Library Card may be obtained by meeting one of the following qualifications:
- Reside in Coloma Public Library’s legal service area
- Own property or a business in Coloma Public Library’s legal service area
Identification and proof of residency are required for registration. Business owners must also show proof of ownership. 5-year cards allow full access to library services including materials checkouts, computer use, Interlibrary Loan service, and participating in the MILibrary Card program. At the end of 5 years, cards must be renewed.
New patrons are limited to 5 items the first time they check out material. Thereafter, library accounts may have up to 50 items checked out at a given time. All circulating materials, except for rental DVDs, may be checked out for 2 weeks. Items may be renewed as long as they are not re quested by others. Rental DVDs will check out for 7 days and may be re-rented provided they are not requested for hold.
Non-Residents may establish a Library account by meeting one of the following criteria:
- Be in possession of a MILibrary Card sticker on a valid library card obtained from your home library.
- Be in possession of a valid card from Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library (City of Saint Joseph).
Please bring proof of address to set up your account. Non-resident cards provide access to library services including materials check outs and computer use. We will gladly request items through MeLCat, though they must be picked up from the cardholder’s home library.
Minor Library Cards
Minors, age 5 to under 18 years old, are eligible for a library card with permission from a parent or a responsible caregiver who must verify card eligibility. The authorizing adult will also accept full responsibility for materials borrowed on the minor’s card. At the end of 5 years, cards must be renewed. Minors will be eligible to create new adult cards upon turning 18 years old.
1-year Coloma Public Library Cards
A 1-year Coloma Public Library Card may be obtained by meeting one of the following qualifications:
- Teach within the Coloma Public School System
- Be an active member of the United States Military
- Purchase a non-resident card for an annual fee of $50 for individuals.
1-year cards allow access to library services including materials checkouts and computer use. 1-year cards do not qualify for participation in the MILibrary Card program, however Interlibrary Loan Service through MelCat is available. At the end of 1 year, cards must be renewed.
Computers, Faxes and Photocopies
The Library has computer stations for patrons as well as guests. In addition to Internet access, the following Microsoft products are available: Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Computer stations are used on a first-come, first serve basis, though sessions may be limited to 30 minutes when there are others waiting for access.
The Library provides Fax Services.
The cost to send or receive a fax is $1.00/page.
We are unable to send International faxes.
The Coloma Public Library provides basic printing and copying service as a public convenience.
Costs for Printing and Photocopy Services
Black & White
- 15 Cents per Page
- 30 Cents per Page Double-Sided
- 30 Cents per Page
- 60 Cents per Page Double-Sided
The Coloma Public Library provides hotspot devices to make the Internet more accessible in keeping with our mission “to provide access to informational, educational, cultural and recreational library materials and Free services in a variety of formats and technologies; to be responsive to the public library needs of the community; and to uphold the public’s freedom of access to information.”
Hotspots are portable, pocket-sized routers that provide wireless Internet connections for up to 10 devices at a time. Each Hotspot offers unlimited data, and can provide Internet access in any location covered by T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.
Borrow a Hotspot
To Borrow a Hotspot, visit the front desk of the Library and fill out our Borrower Agreement. If all hotspots are checked out, we will gladly place a hold request for you.
Guidelines for Borrowing and Use
- Borrowers must be at least 18 years old.
- Hotspots may be checked out to adult cards that are accepted by Coloma Public Library and are in good standing.
- Only one hotspot may be checked out per home address.
- Patrons must present a current id at the time of checkout (name on ID and library account must match. If not, other means of verifying residence may be required).
- At the time of checkout, a staff member will verify that the hotspot is functioning properly. We can also show you how to use it.
- Hotspots may be borrowed for 2 weeks.
- Overdue fines are 10 cents per day up to a maximum of $3.00.
- Renewals are allowed when there are no pending hold requests.
- Holds can be placed in several ways including directly through our catalog, by calling, emailing, or visiting the front desk.
- Hotspots must be returned inside the Library rather than the book drop. Staff will verify that the hotspot is functioning properly before checking it in from the patron’s account.
- Hotspot devices do not guarantee successful Internet access, as access is dependent on a number of variables, including limited to cell tower signal strength, distance from the tower, etc.
- The Library is not responsible for information accessed while using the hotspot; for personal information shared over the Internet; or for computer viruses that may be transferred to user storage devices.
- The Library is not responsible for damage to personal property due to the use of the hotspot.
- Internet content filtering is not provided through the Mobile Beacon hotspot. Parents and guardians are responsible for Internet access performed by minors.
Hotspots are sensitive electronic devices. Please take the following precautions:
- Please do not expose to liquids, heat, and cold.
- Please do not leave a charging hotspot unattended.
- Please don’t disassemble the hotspot. If it stops working, bring the device back to the Library.
- For your safety, do not operate the hotspot while driving.
What are the Replacement Charges if a Hotspot is Lost or Damaged?
After 30 days late, the hotspot will be deactivated and considered ‘lost’. Full replacement charges will be applied to the patron’s account. The patron is responsible for costs associated with loss or damage of the Mobile Beacon hotspot and/or peripherals.
- Mobile Hotspot Unit: $110
- Power Adapter and Cord: $15
- Case: $10
- Total Replacement Cost: $135
Braille and Talking Book Library
The Coloma Public Library now serves as a demo site for the Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL). Stop in and we will be glad to show you how to use their digital players.
The BTBL provides library service to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use regular print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitation. This includes those who are blind or have a visual or physical disability that prevents them from reading or handling print materials.
If standard print has become difficult for you, a friend, or a family member, please contact us at 269-468-3431 for more information. Library staff can help you complete and submit a certified application.
To contact the Braille and Talking Book Library directly, call 800-992-9012.
Come On in and Sign Up for a Library Card
151 West Center Street P.O. Box 430, Coloma, MI 49038