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Perkiomen Valley Library at Schwenksville
a branch of the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
serving the residents of Collegeville, Trappe, and Schwenksville Boroughs
plus Perkiomen, Lower Frederick, Skippack and Upper Salford Townships

290 Second Street    ~    Schwenksville, PA 19473
phone: 610-287-8360    website: www.pvlibrary.net

                 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get a library card?
  2. Does a card cost anything?
  3. What if I lost my card?
  4. What if my card expired?
  5. Who can get a card?
  6. How do I reserve a book?
  7. How long can I keep a checked out item for?
  8. How much are the fines?
  9. How do I renew a book?
  10. Can I return a book at another library?
  11. Can I use my card at other library?
  12. How many items can I check out?
  13. Is the Auditorium available to rent?

    How do I get a library card ?

    Stop in at the library and fill out a quick and easy application to get your card. Please bring your photo ID (preferably your PA driver's license) with your current address for verification purposes.  Click here for more information and a printable copy of the application form

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    Does a card cost anything ?

    Cards are free to those in our service area and in Montgomery County.  Outside of Montgomery County, cards are $30 for one year.

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    What if I lost my card?

    You can get a new card for $3.00. Please visit the Library with a current form of identification (including your current address) and we will update your account and issue you a new card.

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    What if my card expired?

    Library cards expire every two years.  Please visit the Library with a current form of identification (including your current address) and we will update your card.

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    Who can get a card ?

    If you reside in one of our service areas, you can get a card, with an Access sticker, granting you access at most Pennsylvania libraries.  Those in Montgomery County but outside our service area can receive a card without Access, providing use at our Main Library or our sister Branches in Red Hill, Royersford, and Conshohocken. Children under the age of 18 need a parent's/guardian's signature on the registration form. Please come in to the library with identification showing your current address to register yourself/ your child(ren).  Please note: Residents of Lower Salford MUST apply to the Indian Valley Public Library first.  After you receive your IVPL your card can be added to our MCLINC database.

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    How do I reserve a book?

    Call the library or reserve your book online by logging onto your account using your MCLINC password. Don't have a password, Get one 

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    How long can I keep a checked out item for?

    Due dates vary, based on the lending library.  For a PVL item, all items are 3 weeks except DVDs (7 days), Rentals (7 days), Magazines (7 days), and Easy Holiday Books (7 days).  Check your receipt for a comprehensive list of due dates.

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    How much are the fines?

    Fines vary, based on the item.  DVDs accrue $2 per day up to 7 days, adult materials are 15 per day, and juvenile materials are 10 per day.  Magazine cases are $2 each, if not returned with the magazine.

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    How do I renew a book?

    Assuming an item can be renewed (most items have two renewals, however some items have none: check with staff for more information), there are three ways to renew an item.  You can visit the library in person, call us at 610-287-8360, or log into your account and follow the prompts for renewing.

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    Can I return my book at another library?

    Yes!  Most libraries throughout Montgomery County and beyond will accept our books and return them to us.  Check with the library of your choice for additional information.

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    Can I use my card at another library?

    Your library card, with the blue Access sticker, grants you use at the majority of Pennsylvania Libraries.  Check with the library of your choice for additional information.

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    How many items can I check out at one time?

    Up to 100 materials may be checked out on a card at a time.  You may check out only 4 DVDs owned by PVL, however, we do not limit held items belonging to other libraries.  There is no limit (save the 100 limit total) on books, magazines, or audios. This varies based on library.  If you choose to use your MCLINC card at another library, limits may apply.

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The Perkiomen Valley Library at Schwenksville is a branch of the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library and is a participating member of the Pennsylvania Access program.