Get a library card

We would love to have you use our library! Stop by and sign up for your FREE library card anytime during business hours. We’ll be happy to help you! While we mostly serve the residents of Wellman, Kalona, Keota, and the surrounding areas, library cards are available to anyone within the state of Iowa.

Requirements

To get your library card, simply bring in a photo ID and proof of address (a piece of mail postmarked within the last two weeks, car registration, etc.). The address must be a physical address; PO boxes are not accepted addresses.

WHO CAN GET A LIBRARY CARD, HOW TO APPLY, AND HOW TO USE YOUR LIBRARY CARD.

A library card shall be issued without charge to residents, 14 years of age and over (within the city limits), and rural Washington County upon presentation of personal identification. A library card shall be issued without charge to children under the age of 14 years old with parental permission and parental signature on the library card. For young adults (14-18), parental permission and signature are required if the individual does not have a valid Iowa ID.

Residents from other towns in Iowa may receive a free library card for the Wellman-Scofield Public Library (by presenting a library card from their municipal library or the library their city contracts with for library service). This is part of Iowa’s Open Access program.

Rural residents from another Iowa county may receive a free library card from the Wellman-Scofield Public Library (by presenting a library card from a library within that county). This is part of Iowa’s Open Access program.

A library patron must be present to check out materials and may not check materials out on another patron’s library account (excepting families with small children who choose to utilize one family account until the children are old enough for their own).

Probationary periods with reduced check-outs will be enforced on all patrons that regularly fail to return materials in a timely manner.

This library views families as being responsible for all family members and, ultimately, parents being responsible for their children. If a family has multiple member accounts, should one individual become negligent in returning materials, or accrues excessive, outstanding fines and fees, the library staff has the right to suspend all family accounts until these problems are resolved.

Learn more about our Library Card Policies here.