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Frequently-Asked Questions

How do I get a library card with the Muskingum County Library System?

Simply visit any of the six public libraries in Muskingum County or click here to register online.

How long may I borrow library materials?

Loan Period
The standard loan period is 28 days for all circulating materials excluding these exceptions:

7 Days
• Fiction Videos

14 Days
• Non-Fiction Videos
• Magazines
• New Adult Fiction
• Quick Picks
• Kindles & iPads
• Compact Discs/CD ROMs
• Video Games
• Playaway Views
• Puzzles & Games
• Sprout Backpacks

Equipment Loans
Audio-Visual equipment (slide projectors, LCD projectors, and screens) may be borrowed for a period of four (4) days. Under special circumstances, the loan may be extended not to exceed seven (7) days. A nonrefundable fee of $10.00 per piece of equipment per loan period will be charged at the time of the loan. Extra carousels for the slide projectors may be borrowed for a non-refundable fee of $5.00. Overdue fines for borrowed equipment are assessed at $1.00 per day per piece of equipment. Equipment condition is checked and recorded prior to and following each loan. Borrowers are responsible for equipment damage.

May I place a “Hold” for an item that is currently checked out?

Yes! Library customers may place “holds” for items in the library collection that are currently borrowed or located at another library in our system. To place a hold on an item, simply follow the instructions on the library on-line catalog or complete a hold card available at the public service desk in your library. You will be notified when the item becomes available and it will be held for you up to 48 hours. If you are attempting to place a hold from home via the online library catalog and have difficulty or questions, please contact the Reference Department at 740.453.0391, ext. 116 or 132, e-mail

How do I find out about library programs and events?

To view or signup for a newsletter, click here.

To view our online events calendar, click here.

Can I renew items I have borrowed from the library?

Library materials not on “Hold” for other customers may be renewed up to five times with the following guidelines. Customers may renew audio-visual materials for seven days and all other library materials for two weeks, with the exception of Quick Picks which are not renewable. Renewable library materials may be renewed in person, by telephone, or online and there is a limit of one hundred (100) renewed materials per library card at any given time.

What is OPLIN?

OPLIN (Ohio Public library Information Network) provides access to the Internet via high-speed telecommunications lines for Ohio’s public libraries. OPLIN also provides high quality information databases not freely available on the world wide web.

Are computers available to the public?

Computers are available to the public during regular hours of operation. For more information, contact us at, or call us at 740-453-0391, x150.

Who is in charge of the library?

Muskingum County Library System is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed for staggered 7-year terms. Click here for more information.