Please fill out a Library Card Application and bring it to the library along with a photo ID or proof of Delaware residence. Special cards are available for kids and educators. Out-of-state cards are available to non-Delaware residents for a fee of $25 per year. You may also register for a library card online to get immediate access to our online resources. An online library card may be upgraded to a full account at any Delaware library. Once you have a library card, you may use it at any Delaware library.
Library cards are set to expire every three years. A few weeks before your card is set to expire, you will be prompted to renew your card when you log into your account online. You may also renew by calling the library or coming into the library and verifying your information with a photo ID or driver’s license. All fines on your account will need to be paid before your card can be renewed.
The library has more than just books! We have books, audiobooks, DVDs, video games, music CDs, EduKits, magazines, and more! You may check out up to 50 items. Patrons are limited to 25 DVDs and 3 video games per card. Our lending periods are as follows:
Books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, magazines: 3 weeks, renew up to 3 times
Yes, you can print from one of our public computers or from your own mobile device. A library card is required to use our public computers to print, but is not required if printing from your own mobile device. Visit our Wireless Printing page for more information on how to print from a mobile device.
Prints and copies cost 15¢ per page for black and white and 50¢ per page for color. Our print and copy terminals only accept $1 or $5 bills or change (except pennies) and will give you change back. You may pre-pay for print jobs at the Checkout Desk, but credit card purchases must be $10 or more.
The library does not have private study rooms. Our meeting rooms are available for use by non-profit organizations only. Please visit our Meeting Rooms page for more information about acceptable use and how to reserve a meeting room.
If you are an author who wishes to donate their book to the Library for its collection, please note that the item will be evaluated based on the criteria in our Collection Development Policy and there is no guarantee that it will be added to the collection.
For-profit events are not allowed at the Library, but authors are welcome to participate in library-sponsored author fairs. If you have written a book for adults, please contact Audrey Avery about participating in an author fair. If you have written a book for children or teens, please contact Susan Elizabeth Cordle about participating in an author fair.
The Dover Public Library is part of the Delaware Libraries Consortium, so we share materials with over 30 other libraries in Delaware. If we do not own the item, we can have it sent to Dover from another library for your use. If no Delaware library has the item you are looking for, we can place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request to get the item from another state. You may also request that the Dover Public Library orders an item for the collection by filling out and returning an Item Request Form.