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Services

Below is a brief description of the services offered at Plymouth Public Library. 

  • Audio Visual Equipment - The library has slide projectors and screens  that may be checked out.   A multimedia projector is also available for use in-house.
  • Children's Story Time - Three times each year, a Wee Wigglers program is offered for 3 to 5 year olds and a parent participation Toddler Time is offered for children 18 to 35 months old. Our goals for story hour are to introduce children to the library, show them the pleasure found in books, stories and songs, and introduce them to being in a group situation.  Follow this link for days and times.
  • Copy Machines - The library has two copy machines for our patrons to use, located 1) Near South (Adult) Circulation Desk, and 2) In the Snack Room.  Copies cost 10¢  each and only our paper may be used.  The coin box will take any combination of nickels, dimes & quarters.  There is a money changing machine in the snack room that changes ones and fives. 
     
  • Disc Cleaning - Disc cleaning and repair.  Let us professionally clean/repair your CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs or Game Discs for only $5 per disc.  For more information, talk to Susan Mitchell in the AV Department.
  • Drive-up Window - Services are available for returns, renewals and placing reserves on items.  Reserved items, including interlibrary loan materials, may be picked up if prior arrangements have been made.  Allow 2 hours for items to be at the window.  Fines may be paid and DVD's renewed at the window.
  • FAX Service - The library will send or receive faxes for patrons. The cost is $1.00 per page to send within the U.S.,  $3.00 per page to send outside the U.S., and a flat fee of $1.00 to receive a FAX.  FAX machine is located in the computer room.  PPL's FAX Number: 574-936-7423
  • Homebound Service - The library will deliver materials to homebound patrons at no charge.  Phone 936-2324, for more information. 
     
  • Interlibrary Loan - Materials not held by PPL may be requested through Interlibrary loan for PPL cardholders at no charge except occasional postage.  Reciprocal borrowers may request interlibrary loan materials for a small fee. The length of the loan period is determined by the library lending us the materials, not PPL.  It may take 1 - 2 weeks (sometimes longer) to receive your ordered materials.
     

  • Magnification Camera - The Plymouth Lions Club has donated a Magnification Camera that helps people with impaired vision read printed material.  It is located in the Indiana Room.  It is very easy to use, just one switch turns it on and off. The material is placed under the camera and the image is displayed on the television screen.  Seniors who have trouble reading a utility bill, reading a letter or who just want to read a book or newspaper will really appreciate it. If you know of anyone who would benefit from this piece of equipment, please let them know it is available for them here at the library. If anyone is interested in purchasing a machine of this type for around $500.00, please contact the Plymouth Lions Club directly.
  • Meeting Rooms - The library has 6 meeting rooms of various sizes available for non-profit or profit use.  There is also an adult quiet reading room and tables and chairs in the fireplace room.  Meeting room policies and information may be found here.
     
  • Notary Public Service - A notary is available during library hours for a fee of $2.00 per transaction.
     
  • Online card registration - Registration for a Plymouth Public Library card is now available online.  To qualify for a library card from the Plymouth Public Library you must reside in the City of Plymouth, or Center or West Townships or own property in one of these townships and present a tax receipt showing property taxes are paid and current. Applicants must fill out the online application form.

    Online catalog - You may view your account, renew books, pay your fines with a credit card, search online databases, check for available materials  and put items on hold, from your home, office or school. 
     
  • Online payment of fines - Payment of library fines may be paid online by credit card.  Follow this link to view your record and pay fines.  You will need the barcode number on your library card to gain access to your record.  FAQ's about online fine payments.  
     
  • Online holds request -  Plymouth Library patrons can now put holds on Plymouth library items using the online catalog.  Have your library card ready, go to the online catalog, search for an item by keyword, title, author, subject, call number or item barcode.  After finding the item, make sure it is a Plymouth library item, click on the word "request", type in your name and your Plymouth library card number, choose Plymouth as your pickup location and click the submit button.  The request will be put into the hold queue and you will be notified when the item becomes available. 

    If the item is not a Plymouth item (if it belongs to another library) do not choose a pick up location or place a reserve on the item. 
    You must contact our library to request it through our interlibrary loan service.   

    Access the online catalog
    here.
     
  • Preminders
    What is a preminder?  It is a gentle reminder that you receive  by email or text message, that you have items coming due shortly - before they are overdue.  To benefit from this free service, make sure we have your correct and current email address.  Be sure to designate in your record that you want to be notified electronically.  This may be done by logging in to your record online or asking someone at the circulation desk to make sure we have a correct email address. 

    The SMS Alerts service gives you the option to receive text messages from Plymouth Public Library on your mobile device. After you opt into SMS Alerts, Plymouth Public Library will send you text messages to bring an event to your attention, such as an overdue item or a hold ready for pickup. To sign up for this service, login in to your account online here, click on the "update personal information" box. Under "Mobile Settings", put in your mobile number and check the "opt in" box, scroll to the bottom and click on the "submit" button.

     

  • Public Computers - We have a computer room with 16 computers for public use and a Basement  Lab of 16 computers for public adult use.   Three computers, to be used for homework only, are located in an area adjacent to the computer room and are reserved for students doing an online class, or homework. There are also several other computers available in the main library area for specific research (INSPIRE, library catalog, etc.). The children's area currently has 6 computers with educational programs and games and 1 adult computer to be used by parents who have their children with them.  Because of copyright laws, we cannot allow patrons to install personal programs on our computers. Printing is charged at 10¢ for black and white prints and 50¢ for color. 

    Programs Available: 
    • Internet - Patrons must sign up for times.
    • Word Processing (Microsoft Word and Works, Open Office)
    • Microsoft Publisher - 2010
    • Microsoft Excel - 2010
    • Microsoft Access - 2010
    • INSPIRE - Newspaper, Journal, & Magazine databases 
    • Scanning
    • Winway Resume 
    • Various children's software programs
       
  • Reciprocal Borrowing - Reciprocal borrowing agreements have been signed with the Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver, Fulton County, Starke County, Mishawaka-Penn, and Walkerton Public Libraries.  Plymouth Public Library patrons may visit these libraries and check out their materials and patrons of these libraries may check out PPL materials without purchasing a PLAC card.

    For more information, or to apply for a card, ask at either the adult or children's circulation desks.

    WiFi 
    Free wireless Internet access is available.  The high speed wireless  network can be accessed during normal library hours by anyone with a wireless equipped laptop.
     
  • Special Collections

    Genealogy Department - Items in the Indiana Room are available for research.  Three microfilm machines, two computers, magazines, bulletins, pamphlets, newspapers and census records on microfilm, city directories & phone books, reference books and also items for checkout are available.

    We have subscriptions to Ancestry.com Library edition, which is available for in house use only and HeritageQuest Online which can be accessed
    here by using your Plymouth Public Library Card.  Go to genealogy links here.

    Large Print Books
    - For the visually impaired there is a large selection of large print books and books on CD. Also available are the applications for the Talking Book Service of the Indiana State Library.

    Oversize Books - The library houses a wonderful collection of Oversized Books.  They are located on the shelves opposite the start of our non-fiction collection shelves.  

    Periodicals - The library houses approximately 135 magazines.  The current issue of each magazine is marked with a yellow dot on the back and may not be checked out.  Back issues may be checked out for three weeks.  Back issues are kept for one year.  Click here for a list of the adult magazines we subscribe to.  Click here for a list of reference periodicals.

    We also have subscriptions to 19 newspapers, both local and national.  Back issues are kept for 3 months for most newspapers. The Pilot News is kept for 1 year, then is available on microfilm (located in the Indiana History Room).  Click
    here for a list of the newspapers we subscribe to.

    Playaways - 
    For the first time, recorded book lovers can Just Play! No CDs, no cassettes, and no downloads.  The new Playaway comes
    "pre-loaded" with a great book.  
    All you need is batteries, a set of earphones and your ears!  The Playaway is a credit-card sized, self-contained digital audiobook that can tuck in your pocket or hang around your neck so you can listen anywhere you go. 

    QuickFlix & Blu-Ray In the AV Department.  Check out the QuickFlix and Blu-Ray shelves.  DVD's on these shelves may be checked out for 2 days only, with no renewals. Only the newer arrivals will be put on these shelves, and no holds may be placed on them.  The fine will remain the same at $1 per day. For more information, phone the library: 936-2324, ext. 109.

    Spanish Books - We have a good collection of fiction, non-fiction, large print & children's fiction and non-fiction books.  Look for "Spanish Collection" sign.

    Spanish Movies - These are shelved with the regular DVD movies in the Audio Visual department, shelved alphabetically by title.  
     
  • Speed Zone Books - Speed Zone is a special collection of new, popular books that will check out for only 1 week. No reserves or no renewals may be placed on these books. Fines will be 50¢ per day.  The collection involves best sellers and will mostly be fiction.  This should allow more patrons to read a popular title with a shorter waiting time.  If we have 3 or more copies of a popular author, one copy will be put in the Speed Zone.  Speed Zone Books are located on the low, two shelf cart in front of the circulation desk .

  • Summer Reading Program - PPL has a very active Summer Reading Program for children preschool through completed 4th grade, as well as for completed 5th grade through 12th in the Young Adult Department.  Young Adults read for "library bucks" which they may spend at an auction of celebrity and locally donated items.  Both programs provide crafts, activities and a lot of fun!  Most importantly, it is an excellent way to keep up reading skills.  Click here to go to the Children's Department page.

  • Young Adult Department - There are many ongoing programs for young adults from 6th grade through 12th (Jr. & Sr. High), throughout the year.  The great features of this department (besides a great collection of books) are Award Book reading program, craft workshops, movies, brainteasers and jigsaw puzzles.  Click here to see what's happening.

 

 

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