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Library Services

 

DPL Library Card Policies


Library Cards


Library cards are available for permanent residents/property owners in Stark, Billings, and Slope counties free of charge.  For those living outside of our service area (within North Dakota), we offer a card for a $20 annual fee or $25 for a family.  Temporary residents can obtain a limited use card with a non-refundable $20 annual fee. 
 

What you need to get a library card



Current picture ID with current address in the Dickinson, North Dakota service area
Physical proof of your address in our service area if ID is not current (no PO boxes)
$2.00 fee to replace lost cards
 


Process for obtaining a library card
 
 

The quickest and easiest method for obtaining your library card is to simply come into the main library in Dickinson, one of our branches, or the Bookmobile with your current ID and proof of address.  However, the Dickinson Area Public Library (DPL) has begun to issue cards to new patrons over the phone and through our catalog.  These cards will expire 6 months from the date of registration. They will also be restricted to checking out 3 physical items at a time.  New patrons will have full access to our electronic content.

Patrons will need to come to the library with a photo ID with their current address or a photo ID and additional proof of address within the 6-month period to continue their library privileges. If a patron is outside our services areas, their rural fee will be due at that time.  Once a new patron has confirmed their card and paid any fees if they are a rural patron, full library privileges will be activated and the usual expiration dates will be applied (five years for local patrons, 1 year for fee patrons.)

The DPL will provide new patrons with their card numbers over the phone or via email.  This is temporary and specific to the current situation.

Cards may also be obtained for other family members as long as they are at least four years old.  Each adult patron will be expected to come in person to verify their identity and place of residence and those of any children they obtained library cards for. Spouses cannot verify the information for each other, they must each verify their own information in person.

To obtain your new patron card, call 701-456-7700, or use the online registration process here.


 

Check out limits for regular cards


 
Audiobooks - 5
Books - 10
Magazines - 5 (Excluding the most recent issue)
DVDs - 5
Binge Boxes - 2
Book Club Kits - 2 (On adult cards only)
Board Games - 2 (On adult cards only)
Leap Pads - 1 (On adult cards only)
Learning Bundles - 1 (On adult cards only)
Video Games - 1 (On adult cards only)

 
 

Check out periods


Audiobooks - 4 weeks
Book Club Materials - 8 weeks
Books - 4 weeks (2 weeks if in demand)
Video Games - 2 weeks (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Leap Pads - 2 weeks (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Learning Bundles - 2 weeks (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Board Games - 1 Week (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Magazines and DVDs - 1 week (Some DVD Seasons are 4 Weeks)
Binge Boxes - 4 weeks

 
 

Fines on materials returned past their due date


The DPL is now FINE FREE!  While the DPL is no longer charging fines on overdue materials, other fees (such as the cost of lost or damaged materials) still apply.  Once an item is 30 days overdue, the item will be marked as lost and fees for the cost of the item and other costs incurred by the DPL will apply.
 
 

Wireless Internet Access


WiFi access is available on the main level/north end of the library. NO wireless printing is available.
 
 

Public computer usage


Computers are available for patron and guest use. Usage is limited to 1 hour per day (unless approved for longer for educational use).  Printing is permitted in black & white for 15 cents per page, 25 cents per page for color, and must be prepaid before printing.
 
 

Public computer policies 


Computer filtering is in place on all stations, thus some websites may be inaccessible.  Inappropriate use of computers/internet in the library will result in a cancellation of usage privileges with a ban of one year.  Public computer use is monitored by library staff.
 
 

Materials and other services


Books, movies, magazines, and audiobooks
Large Print adult fiction and nonfiction books
Board & Video Games
Leap Pads & Learning Bundles
North Dakota and local historical collections
Online Reference Collection
Online EBooks, Audiobooks, Videos, Magazines, Comics and Music
Book Club in a Bag—10 books for discussion with discussion questions included
Interlibrary Loan services
Coin-operated black/white copy machine—15¢ and up, per page depending on the paper size or for color prints
Fax machine with $1.00 per page charge—1-701-456-7702
Microfilm/microfiche reader/printer for public use with 15¢ per page printing
The Dickinson Press 1883 to present and North Dakota Census on microfilm
Bookmobile services to Stark, Billings, and Slope Counties (Check the Bookmobile calendar here for current services)
Notary Public Service when the notary is on duty.  Generally 9 to 5 Mon-Fri, however, it is highly suggested to call in advance to make sure a Notary Public is available.
 

 


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Upcoming events
Mon, Sep 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Stories, music, fingerplays, and movement activities for children 0 to 2.  An adult parent or guardian is required to sit with child/children.  20 to 30 minutes in length.

Mon, Sep 26, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AS SEATING IS LIMITED TO 20 KIDS (AGES 6 - 9)!  Please read the full description. S.T.E.A.M are literature-based Science~Technology~Engineering~Art~Math projects. 45 min.

Mon, Sep 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
The official library book club will meet once a month on the last Monday of the month at 6 pm in the Community Room. The next month's title will be made known at each meeting.

Tue, Sep 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Wed, Sep 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Wed, Sep 28, 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Kids come and build to the weekly theme in the Community Room for children ages 3 to 17. Children under 7 must have their parent or adult guardian present at the event. Enter to win a LEGO door prize.

Thu, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
For ages 10 to 12.  Various activities for tweens at the library including: T.A.B. (Tween Advisory Board), craft, gaming, science projects, and more!  Activities are 45 minutes in length.

Fri, Sep 30, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Dickinson Area Public Library
Spend a little time at the library Friday, September 30th.  There will be 4 levels so pick your own challenge. No sign-up is required, just ask for a sheet at the circulation desk.

Mon, Oct 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Stories, music, fingerplays, and movement activities for children 0 to 2.  An adult parent or guardian is required to sit with child/children.  20 to 30 minutes in length.

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Crafty people unite!  Advanced and beginners are welcome. Craft supplies provided or bring your own current project.  For ages 18 and over only!

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Tue, Oct 04, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Teens (13-17). Various activities for Teens at the library including: T.A.G.(Teen Advisory Group), crafts, gaming, movie showings, etc. Activities are 45 min. in length, excluding movies or parties.

Tue, Oct 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Taylor Brorby will be reading from his book, Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land.

Wed, Oct 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Fri, Oct 07, 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
All ages are welcome for the free family movie. One bag of free popcorn per movie attendee!  Bring your own beverage if desired!

Sat, Oct 08, 9:30am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Re-live your childhood with Saturday Morning Cartoons! Throw on your favorite pajamas and we'll provide the cereal! We'll be watching cartoons, mostly from the '90s. All ages welcome. A 1-hour event.

Mon, Oct 10, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Stories, music, fingerplays, and movement activities for children 0 to 2.  An adult parent or guardian is required to sit with child/children.  20 to 30 minutes in length.

Mon, Oct 10, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AS SEATING IS LIMITED TO 20 KIDS (AGES 6 - 9)!  Please read the full description. S.T.E.A.M are literature-based Science~Technology~Engineering~Art~Math projects. 45 min.
Registration opens Monday, September 26 2022 at 9:00am

Tue, Oct 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Tue, Oct 11, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Staff Meeting Room
Monthly meeting of the Dickinson Area Public Library library board. The public is welcome.

Tue, Oct 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
De Porres Lounge
A book club for adults set in a relaxing atmosphere. This event is for 21 and older. Each month we will discuss a book while enjoying a beverage or 2. (Beverages not furnished by the DPL)

Wed, Oct 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Thu, Oct 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Drive on in and add some wheels to your car, find a "parking spot" and enjoy the show! For kids ages 0 to 5.  Guardian is not required to sit with child/children but must stay in the Community Room.

Mon, Oct 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Stories, music, fingerplays, and movement activities for children 0 to 2.  An adult parent or guardian is required to sit with child/children.  20 to 30 minutes in length.

Tue, Oct 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Tue, Oct 18, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Teens (13-17). Various activities for Teens at the library including: T.A.G.(Teen Advisory Group), crafts, gaming, movie showings, etc. Activities are 45 min. in length, excluding movies or parties.

Wed, Oct 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Mon, Oct 24, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Stories, music, fingerplays, and movement activities for children 0 to 2.  An adult parent or guardian is required to sit with child/children.  20 to 30 minutes in length.

Tue, Oct 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Collection Suggestions

If you would like to suggest material for the Dickinson Area Public Library to add to it's collection, please use this form to do so.

*There is no guarantee that the library will add the suggested item to our collection but your suggestion will be considered.

Select the type of material you are suggesting.