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

Books, tapes, etc………$.10 a day
Videos/DVDs……………$1 a day
Kindles, iPads, telescopes, BestSeller Express books…………………….$1 a day

Accrued fines over $5 will result in the loss of library privileges. All outstanding fines must be paid at the time of renewal of a library card.

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.