Library Policies

Obtaining a Library Card

Library membership is free to residents and taxpayers of Camden and to all elementary and high school children in Knox and Waldo counties. Non-residents may purchase a one-year card or a temporary card (for a three-month period). Library users must hold a card to enjoy many library services. A photo ID and proof of current address are required to obtain a card.

Camden Residents……………Free – No Charge
Non-residents…………….…..$48 (one fee allows cards for each household member)
Temporary (3 months)….…$15 per individual

Our Lending Guidelines

Loan period

Books, CDs, audiobooks, Discovery Kits, iPads – 14 days
DVDs, telescopes – 7 days


Materials that are checked out or on order may be reserved. You will be notified when the item you want is available. Notifications are via email unless you request a phone call instead.


Videos or DVDs, iPads – one (1) renewal.
BestSeller Express books and DVDs, telescopes – no (0) renewals.

All other materials – five (5) renewals. Unless reserved by other borrowers, materials may be renewed over the telephone or online using your library card’s barcode number.

Late Fees

The Camden Public Library does not charge late fees, but please keep in mind that other people are waiting for materials to be returned so that they can enjoy them as well!

Lost Materials

The borrower will be charged the full cost for lost books, videos, devices, etc. We do not accept replacement materials in lieu of the charge.

Inter-library Loans

Materials not owned by our library or our consortium may be obtained through an out-of-state inter-library loan. There is usually a charge for this service. To view items within the consortium, select ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS in the “Location” field in the catalog search.