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Bartow Public Library

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Library hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm, Friday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday: Closed.

Phone numbers: 863-534-0131

Dummy Log In: Barcode: BARTOWASK PIN: 2150

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Password: Password Help: Pin number is permanently attached to an individual’s account and cannot be reset.  Patrons must contact a Polk County library for information about their pin numbers.  Pin numbers cannot be given over the phone or through email.
Ebook Help: Electronic books are capable of being acquired through Overdrive.

Printing: Printing is $.10 per page.  Black & white only.

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Other Helpful Information

Circulation Policy: 2 week checkout on all item types, 2 renewals, 15 item maximum, $.10 per day per item fines, fines must be under $5.00 to check out and under $10.00 to use public computers

Wireless: Wireless Internet is available within the library building. Wireless is unsecured.

Reserves:  Requested items will be held for seven days.

Special Features: Bartow Public Library is a designated Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center:  so our patrons have access to print reference publications on various grantseeking and grant writing topics, as well as the Foundation Directory Online Professional and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online databases (from in-house computers only – no remote access).

Helpful Information: All residents of Polk County are eligible to receive a free card at the Bartow Public Library.  Residents must have a valid form of identification with current street address to receive a card.  Cards may be used at any public library in Polk County.  Children may receive a card at birth.  You will be issued a pin number the day you register for a card.  If a card is lost, it costs $1.00 to replace it.

The Bartow Public Library, as a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative, participates in reciprocal borrowing with the following counties: Orange, Osceola and Lake, and all TBLC member libraries (includes Hillsborough).  Residents who live in a county that has a reciprocal agreement with PCLC who are a patron in a TBLC library, may use their own library card with the same privileges as any Polk County Resident.  Staff must enter their information into Horizon just like a new patron and scan their library card barcode.  A small, blue “TBLC Reciprocal” sticker is then placed on their library card to indicate they are in the PCLC system.  Patrons from Orange, Osceola and Lake counties need to use our library cards.  Residents who reside outside of Polk County in a county that does not have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Polk County must pay $35 per year, per household.

A series of meetings (not to exceed 3 meetings) may be booked up to a year in advance; however, groups who meet at regularly scheduled times must book separately for each meeting. No meetings may be held for more than two (2) consecutive days in a week.

The library requires an application to be filled out by the person who will be responsible for the meeting being held. The application may be filled out in person or by phone as long as a signature is obtained from a responsible party prior to the meeting. Signing the application signifies that the group is accepting responsibility for damage to or loss of Library equipment or furnishings that exceed $50.00.

Rental charges for the Large Meeting Room are $60.00 per day + $4.20 tax   If you are a tax exempt organization, we will need a copy of your tax exemption certificate for our files. This should be provided prior to the meeting scheduled. No Purchase orders are accepted. Payment must be received on the day of service.

Light refreshments, such as finger foods, will be allowed. Please notify the Meeting Room Coordinator/s if refreshments are planned. The Library does not furnish coffee or supplies; however, a bun coffeepot and warmer and an ice chest are furnished upon request. The person signing the application or the person designated to govern the meeting are responsible for leaving the meeting rooms clean and the kitchen clean.

Decorations may be put up with approval of staff. Only specific adhesives may be used on the walls. Hours of use will be from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be no access to the room prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Site Coordinator Contact Information

Paul Wartenberg, Reference and Computer Librarian

(863) 534-0131