Library Card

Registration – Library Cards

Library cards are issued immediately if you have a photo identification and proof of current residential address at the time of application. A post office box is not a sufficient address.  Mail may be used as proof of address if it has been postmarked within two weeks of the current date.

Persons eligible for library cards must be a resident of New Sharon or unincorporated Mahaska County any City that is contracted via a 28E agreement with Stilwell Public Library. Also, persons living within the service area of an Iowa library, approved for reciprocal borrowing through the Open Access Program (check at the Registration Desk for confirmation.)


Children who fit the residence requirements and are at least 5 years old are eligible for a library card according to the discretion of their parents or legal guardian.  Parental signature is required for persons under age 14. Responsibility for a child’s selection and return of materials, and any fines or charges accrued on the child’s card, is held by the parent or guardian of the child.

Older children (age 14 and up) not accompanied by a parent need to have photo identification (like that issued at school or driver’s permit/license) and address verification (mail recently sent to the child is acceptable.) Another way to verify the child’s address is for us to send the library card to the child’s address.  If a parent is not present at the time of application, checkout may be limited to two items until the child receives a physical library card.


Applicants for a temporary library card must provide proof of local residence. If the applicant has no proof of residence, a voucher from the applicant's landlord or other local property owner must be provided.


Persons without a permanent address in the New Sharon area are eligible to register to use the computers. A photo id, such as a driver’s license, is required. Registration forms are available at the circulation desk.


If a person forgets his or her library card, it is possible to borrow materials once with photo identification. Borrowers must present their library card the next time they borrow materials, or purchase a replacement card.

Lost or stolen cards may be replaced after showing identification. The replacement fee for lost or stolen cards is $1.50.


Approved:  December 09, 2020​​​​​​​ 


Borrowing Eligibility

Any person, residing within the city limits of New Sharon, may borrow materials from the Stilwell Public Library upon registration.


Any person, residing within an unincorporated area of Mahaska County, may borrow materials from the Stilwell Public Library upon registration.


Any person, presenting proof of residence in a city whose library participates in Open Access, may borrow materials from the Stilwell Public Library upon registration.


Any person, regardless of residency, may use the materials and services of the Stilwell Public Library in-house.


A child must be 5 years of age or more in order to register. Additionally, said child must know his name, address and telephone number.


If a patron has fines totaling more than $10, borrowing privileges will be suspended, and computer usage denied until such time as the fine is paid.


If a patron has an overdue DVD, computer usage is denied.


Approved:  December 09, 2020​​​​​​​