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260.495.7157 ~ 1004 West Toledo Street Fremont, Indiana ~ fremontpubliclibrary@gmail.com

About Fremont Public Library

Location & Hours

1004 W. Toledo Street in Fremont, Indiana

Mailing address is:
Fremont Public Library
PO Box 616
Fremont, IN 46737

Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-3pm

Library Policies & Information

Books, magazines, and audios have a 2 week loan period.
Videos and holiday books have a 1 week loan period.

RENEWALS: No renewal on videos, Adult New Shelf items, holiday books, or any item on hold for another patron; One renewal on Teen, YA and Juvenile New items; Two renewals on all other items. For your convenience, items may be renewed at the circulation desk, by phone, or online.  Items may be returned in the outside drop box.

LATE FEES PER BUSINESS DAY: $0.05 for books, magazines and audios; $0.25 for videos.

CIRCULATION LIMITS: 25 items total (Adult); 10 total (Juvenile); 5 video; 5 New items; 3 holiday or display items.

LOST ITEMS: Patrons shall be charged the current replacement cost, plus handling when applicable. Charges are refundable less any accumulated overdue fines if the item is returned in undamaged and fully functional shape within ninety (90) calendar days after being declared lost. Refunds will either be paid after the next Board of Trustees meeting or be carried as a credit balance on the patron’s account.

DAMAGED ITEMS: If items are beyond repair, the patron will be charged the current replacement cost. Patrons should not attempt to repair damaged library material themselves. All damaged items shall remain the property of the library whether replaced, repaired or destroyed.

LOST LIBRARY CARD: Charge is $1.00.

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for fines exceeding $3.00, for overdue and/or lost library materials. 

  • Children under 8 years of age must have an adult or mature teen caregiver in the library with them. The library does not provide childcare or latchkey care.
  • Police and/or Child Protective Services will be contacted when unattended minors unable to get home by themselves are left on library property at closing.
  • Any individual being disruptive will be asked to leave the library.
  • Cell phone use is restricted to the lower lobby and entrance foyer.
  • Computer use is limited to 2 hours.

To be eligible for a library card you must meet one of these criterion:

  • Be a resident of Fremont, Jamestown or Clear Lake Townships;
  • Pay property taxes in the above townships;
  • Have a Fremont Community Schools Identification Card.

Without one of these three qualifications you must either:

  • Purchase a nonresident card. Available to residents of Indiana who live outside our taxing district.
  • Present a Public Library Access Card from your home library. PLAC borrowers at FPL are restricted to books and audios.
  • Present a valid card from our reciprocal library, Carnegie Public Library. Includes use of all collections; no ILL.

Borrowers must be at least five years of age.
Children under 18 will need a parent/legal guardian’s signature.
Adults are asked to present identification (i.e., driver’s license) and proof of eligibility. 

The Fremont Public Library is happy to accept small book donations at the Circulation Desk during our business hours.

LARGE DONATIONS (more than a small box or bag) WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN JUNE & JULY prior to our annual book sale in August due to storage issues.

Donations are accepted using the guidelines listed below:

We accept gently used:

  • Fiction (hardcover & paperback)
  • Nonfiction (hardcover & paperback)
  • Music or books on CD
  • DVDs and BluRay
  • Children’s books are greatly appreciated
  • Puzzles that have all of the pieces.

Please consider recycling the items below—we are not able to accept them:

  • Items with moisture, smoke, mildew, or mold damage
  • Items that are dated, have yellowed pages or are damaged
  • Dictionaries, encyclopedias and college textbooks.

 

Friends of the Fremont Library meet at 1 pm on the following dates in 2019:

  • April 23
  • August 22
  • December 17

 

Please stop and browse the gently-used books for sale on the shelf in the lower-level lobby.

Fremont Public Library Board

President – Lon Keyes
Vice President – Rick Rossi
  
Secretary – Diane McArdle
Treasurer – Harold Arndt
Member – Robyn Coatney
Member – Kate Hastings
Member – Brian Kaiser
Member – Sally Heller

BOARD MEETINGS for 2019
All Board meetings are open to the public and start at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, January 28, 2019 (Board of Finance)
Monday, January 28, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019*
Monday, June 24 2019
Monday, July 22, 2019
Monday, August 26, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019*
 * Varies from the fourth Monday because of holiday or school vacation.

 

  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Interlibrary loan via IN-SRCS
  • 30 public computers / Internet / Microsoft Office
  • Outgoing Fax ($1.75 first page, $1 per each additional page)
  • Public copier/scanner (10 cents per page/ free scan to email)
  • Tax forms
  • PLAC cards 
  • Outdoor drop box for after-hour returns
  • Reciprocal agreement with Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County

 

 

 

Please stop by the front desk to fill out a meeting request form.

The FPL board welcomes the use of library meeting rooms to non-profit, non-commercial groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, and charitable activities.  Due to limited custodial time, rooms are not available for purely social functions.

Library events take precedence over all other scheduled events. The library reserves the right to change or cancel a meeting room reservation if necessary. Meeting rooms are reserved during operating hours and are free of charge. Limited after hours use may be possible depending on staff availability and approval of the director.

Rooms are not reserved on Sundays or dates when the library is closed. Keys to the library are not given out.

Exceptions to policy must be board approved.

Available Rooms:

Program Room  (Main Level)

Seating: 4 low tables, 24 chairs, puppet theatre, craft cart

Legal capacity 60

Community Room (Lower Level)

Seating:  9 tables w/locking wheels for ease of setup, additional 9 tables (heavy), 72 chairs

Equipment: screen, projection cart, portable mic, portable whiteboard, easels, podium, refrigerator, sink and microwave

Legal capacity 198

 

 

The Media Lab has digital conversion equipment, a sewing machine, a button-maker, Ellison die-cutter and computers. Make an appointment to use the lab or to get computer assistance. 

Art

Meet FPL

Gary Green, MLS

Gary Green, MLS

Director

Sherrie Ambrose, MLS

Sherrie Ambrose, MLS

Associate Director

Anne Abernathey, MLS

Anne Abernathey, MLS

Adult & Teen Services