Checkout Services

Checkout Services

Sign Up for a Library Card

Sign up for a library card in person at the front Checkout Desk. If you are over 18, we will need to see a photo ID with proof of your current address. If you’ve just moved to the area, a utility bill in your name, along with a photo ID will do. Children under 18 may get their own library card. Their parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of signup and also have their own library card.

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is an independent library, so our library cards are not interchangeable with cards from other libraries. 


Lending Periods

Type of material Loan Period Maximum/Card RenewalsFine/Day
Books, Audiobooks & Magazines 2 Weeks 100 3 15 Cents
DVDs & Blu-rays (Fiction) 1 Week 20 3 75 Cents
DVDs (Nonfiction) 2 Weeks 20 3 75 Cents
Top Shelf Books 1 Week 100 No Renewals 15 Cents
Top Shelf DVDs & Blu-rays 1 Week 20 No Renewals 75 Cents
Eclectic Collection 2 Weeks 2 No Renewals $1.00
Launchpads 2 Weeks 5
3 $1.00
Music CDs 2 Weeks 100 3 15 Cents
Playaways 2 Weeks 100 3 50 Cents
Puppets & Puzzles 2 Weeks 100 3 15 Cents
Science Kits & Views 2 Weeks 100 3 $1.00
Videogames 2 Weeks 5
3 75 Cents
Total 100 items

Renewals from Home

You can renew borrowed items in person at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at (330) 688-3295 ext. 3. You can also renew items online. Visit www.smfpl.org, login to “Your Account", and select “Renew” next to the desired item. Certain items, including materials that other patrons have reserved, may not be renewed. We cannot renew items if the borrower's library fines exceed $10.00.


Drive-Up Window

The Drive-Up Window is on the west side of the library building (the side farthest from Rt. 91). It offers fast, convenient service. Please remember the following:

  • Please have your library card or ID ready
  • We cannot collect fines at the window (you will need to come inside to pay a fine)
  • No pedestrians allowed in the drive-up lane — we want you to be safe
  • The Drive-Up Window closes 15 minutes before the library closes

Curbside Pickup

Please park in the designated spaces just past the Drive-Up Window on the west side of the library building (the side farthest from Rt. 91).

  • Call (330) 688-3295 ext. 3 to let staff know you have arrived
  • Please stay in your vehicle
  • Open your vehicle’s trunk
  • Have your library card or photo ID ready
  • Staff will check your library card or ID and place your items in your trunk
  • All returns must go in the indoor or outdoor book drops – staff cannot accept them at curbside
  • Curbside service ends 15 minutes before the library closes

If the library doesn't have an item, we may be able to get it for you

We are happy to get materials from other libraries on your behalf. If there is anything you're looking for and can't find, please let us know.

SearchOhio provides access to a catalog of more than ten million items, searchable from our Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library catalog. Search our catalog for your selection, and if the item is not available, you will be referred to the SearchOhio catalog. In addition, you can search for research papers and journal articles in OhioLINK.

SearchOhio requires a valid library card, which you will need to enter when ordering materials. It will typically take between three to five days for your item to arrive. SearchOhio items arrive daily at the library. In return, our library shares our collection with other SearchOhio libraries, as items are requested. Lending periods are seven days for DVDs and three weeks for books, and can be renewed by calling the library in advance of the due date. Overdue fees are fifty cents per day for SearchOhio items. Damaged or lost items incur a flat $25 fee for SearchOhio items, and $125 fee for OhioLINK items. Because the charges are set by the SearchOhio consortium, these fines cannot be waived.