Library Update COVID-19

Important Update on Library Service

The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is open to walk-in traffic. Drive-Up Window and Curbside Pickup Service are also available.
To protect our employees and patrons, we recommend that everyone wear face coverings. Masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up at all indoor programs.

Library Hours

Mon. - Thurs.: 9 AM - 9 PM
Fri.: 9 AM - 6 PM
Sat.: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sun: 1 - 5 PM

Drive-Up Window and Curbside Service ends 15 minutes prior to closing.

Entering the Library

  • No food is allowed in the library. 
  • The Quiet Study room is available for up to 6 people at a time for 2 hours per day.

Requesting Items

You can request items several ways:

  • Use the library's online catalog
  • Call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 to speak to an Adult or Teen librarian
  • Call (330) 688-3295 ext. 5 to speak to a Children's librarian
  • Email your request to information@smfpl.org for Adult or Teen items
  • Email stowkids@smfpl.org for Children's items
  • Try the library's new Perfect Match service. Tell our librarians what titles or topics you've enjoyed in the past, and they'll hand select books and other materials that are perfect for you. Fill out the online form at www.smfpl.org/perfectmatch or call us.

Returning Items

Please return your items in the indoor or outdoor book drop by the item's due date. For fragile items like guitars and ukuleles, you can pull up to the door past the Drive-Up Window during business hours and ring the doorbell. A staff member will take your items.

Picking Up Holds

Patrons may pick up holds at the front Checkout Desk, Drive-Up Window, and Curbside. Patrons can request items by phone or through the library’s online catalog. You will receive a notification when your items are ready for pick up. When you come to pick up your items, please bring your library card or photo ID. Fragile items, such as musical instruments, board games, kits, and launchpads should be returned at the door just past the drive-up window. Ring the doorbell for service. Sorry, but no book donations can be accepted at this time. 

Curbside Pickup

Curbside service is in addition to Drive-Up Window service. 

  • 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

Computer Usage

Computer use is provided on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. Computers may be used for up to two hours per day. 

Wi-Fi Availability

The library's Wi-Fi signal has been boosted to extend into the parking lot. No sign-in or password is needed for access.

 


Frequently Asked Questions


How should I return items?

Please return your items in the indoor or outdoor book drop by the item's due date. For fragile items like guitars and ukuleles, you can pull up to the door past the Drive-Up Window during business hours and ring the doorbell. A staff member will take your items.

Can I access eBooks and library streaming services?

Of course! We invite all cardholders to explore the library's digital offerings. All you need is your library card and PIN. By default, your PIN is the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account. 

Flipster Magazines - Read magazines online.

Freegal - Download or stream free music.

hoopla - Check out movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics instantly with no waitlist.

Kanopy - Watch more than 30,000 of the world's best films, award-winning documentaries, indie and classic films.

OverDrive eMedia - Check out eBooks, audiobooks, and movies. See what's immediately available, or join the waitlist for popular titles. 

What other services are available with my library card?

Read the New York Times without hitting the paywall 

To access from home:

Use this link to redeem 72 hours of use 
Thereafter visit www.nytimes.com and login 
After the 72 hours of use just revisit the link to redeem another 72 hours

Learn in-demand skills with LinkedIn Learning

Learn a new language with Transparent Language Online

Research a future purchase with Consumer Reports

Get crafting ideas from Creativebug

I'm having trouble accessing one of the library's digital services. Where can I get help?

Email Information Services staff at information@smfpl.org. 
Call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 to speak with a librarian.  

I don't have a library card. Can I get one?

Yes! You can apply for a Full-Service Library Card online. You will receive email notification when your card is ready to pick up at the library. You will need to provide proof of your current address to receive your card. The library also offers a digital-only library card for permanent Ohio residents who are at least 18 years old. You can get a digital-only card without coming to the library. 
Click here for more information.

Is the library accepting book donations? 

The Friends of the Library can accept good, clean, used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl albums, sheet music, games, or puzzles at the back door of the library on Donation Days only.  Please do not leave donations at the library or put them in the book drop. Donation Days are scheduled Saturday, September 18, 2021: 10 AM – Noon, and Monday, September 20, 2021: 4 - 6 PM

What is the library doing to clean and disinfect the building and materials?

Staff is following health guidelines and disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces.

Should I clean my items when I receive them?

You do not have to clean items.

If you decide to clean items, please do not use disinfectant wipes. They are too harsh for our materials and will cause damage. These items can be wiped down with rubbing alcohol:

  • Hardback books
  • Board books
  • Books with plastic covers
  • CD cases and both sides of the CD
  • DVD cases and both sides of the DVD

Please do not soak materials or get pages wet. Please avoid the barcode when wiping down materials. It makes the barcode unreadable to our scanners. 

How can I keep in touch?

Library staff will be posting updates and tips in the following places:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube - Watch Story Time at Home

Library website (this page)

Need help accessing digital materials? Email Information Services staff at information@smfpl.org.
Call (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 to speak with a librarian.