At DPL, it is our goal to create community by engaging the public in their passion to dream and discover. However, the bread and butter of what we do is to provide good and services for little or no cost. Come to the library to find a public notary, send or receive a fax, have your materials laminated, register to vote, make black and white and full color copies, scan documents to a thumb drive, get copies of tax forms, use our free WiFi, and more!
A recent report found that the importance of libraries in American life continued to grow in 2010—and accelerated dramatically as the national economy sank and people looked for sources of cost-effective help in a time of crisis. In fact, 68 percent of American adults have a library card. Now more than ever, Americans turn to – and depend on – their libraries and librarians financial information, computer and Internet access, and, of course, books, movies and more. It’s all free with a library card.
We have two classes of library cards: a juvenile card for kindergarten through grade 6, and an adult card for grade 7 through adult. To obtain a card, come to the library and fill out an application. You will need a form of identification, e.g. a driver’s license, with your current address shown. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade must have their parent or guardian’s signature on the application, and the parent or guardian must provide their own I.D. and proof of address to obtain the child’s card.
There is no initial fee for your card., but we do charge a $1.00 replacement fee for lost cards. You may also request a P.I.N. (personal identification number) that will allow you to check your account and place reserves via our in-house computer terminals or by accessing our system using a computer and modem in your home. The library card is bar-coded for use with our automated circulation system.
The Dover Public Library is committed to offering a quality collection for our patrons to use and enjoy. If there a title that you are looking for and do not see it in our collection, please don’t hesitate to ask a library staff member about our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Through ILL, our library works with other public libraries across the state to borrow materials at no additional cost.
The Dover Public Library is committed to serving all residents of the Dover community, including those individuals who are unable to come to the library. The library conducts a community outreach program called Books on Wheels so that individuals who need library materials delivered to their place of residence can do so in an efficient manner. For more information about Books on Wheels, contact Linda Toohey at 330-343-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dover Public Library is committed to serving all educators of children in our community. An Educator Card is open to anyone who teaches children, including public school teachers, private school teachers, homeschool teachers, students earning a teaching degree, and daycare teachers. Simply ask a Children’s Librarian to add an Educator Card to your personal account. If you don’t already have a personal account, bring in a state-issued ID or piece of mail which contains your photo, name, and current address to apply. Benefits of the Educator Card include:
- Borrowing books up to nine weeks (three weeks with two renewals)
- Receiving a courtesy call when items are due
- Lost or damaged book fine forgiveness for up to two children’s books per year (homeschool teachers will be responsible for ALL lost or damaged materials due to use in personal residence)
- Enjoying a fine-free grace period of one week past the due date
- Materials may be requested based on subject, age, and/or reading level of students up to two weeks in advance (you may pick up a request form in the Children’s Department or click here to be taken to a form you can submit online: Educator Request Form
The primary purpose of the Dover Public Library’s Community is to provide a space for library and library-related activities. The needs of the Library, the needs of the Board of Trustees, and the needs of the Friends of the Dover Public Library will take precedence over public use. Those wishing to use the Community Room must complete a Community Room Application, which must be approved by the Director. Please be sure to read the full Community Room Policies before submitting your application and call the library at 330-343-6123 with any questions or concerns.
Dover Public Library is pleased to offer an advanced Technology Room to our patrons. This facility integrates all computers, printers, and microfilm machines into one efficient and comfortable electronic access area. We offer the following electronic services:
- Wireless Internet access
- High speed Internet access.
- Word processing, spreadsheet, resume and presentation programs
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Publisher
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
Each workstation is equipped with a Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printer. We also provide a Hewlett-Packard InkJet color printer for those producing color documents. The Internet workstations are fast, state-of-the-art machines accessing the Internet through a high-speed fiber optic data line. Individual headphone/ear bud plug-ins allow unobtrusive listening to audio content on the Internet.
The Technology Room is staffed by personnel trained to assist patrons in Internet usage, database searches, and office applications.
A microfilm machine allow patrons to research newspapers as far back as the 1800’s. Specifically, the microfilm library consists of:
- Ohio Democrat (Dec. 22, 1865 – Dec. 30, 1897)
- New Philadelphia Times (Jan. 7, 1886 – Dec. 20, 1894)
- Dover Iron Valley Reporter (June 1, 1872 – Apr. 12, 1900)
- Ohio Democrat Times (Mar. 29, 1900 – Dec. 31, 1925)
- Daily Times (Mar. 20, 1903 – Mar. 2, 1968)
- Dover Daily Reporter (Nov. 16, 1905 – Mar. 2, 1968)
- Times-Reporter (Mar. 4, 1968 – Present)
Every effort was made to ensure our patrons’ comfort while using our electronic resources. Modern, ergonomic seating, large-screen monitors, and diffused lighting assure a comfortable experience while “surfing the Web” or producing documents.
The library staff provides speakers to groups in the community who want to learn about the services provided by the library. The library is happy to provide tours for organizations, schools, Scouts troops, & more. Please call the library to make arrangements, 330-343-6123.