Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between Fiction and Nonfiction?
- Do you have tax forms at the library?
- How do I check out materials from the Marion Public Library?
- Where do I go to look up books and other materials in the Library collection?
- How do I get a computer ID code?
- Where do you keep the new books?
- Do you offer a faxing service?
- Do you notarize legal documents?
- How are barcodes constructed?
- How do I borrow, renew, or pay fines?
- a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
- fabrication: a deliberately false or improbable account
- prose writing that is not fictional
- Yes! During the tax season, forms are available in the connector. The Library also has a booklet with reproducible tax forms available to patrons year round. Visit the Reference desk on the second floor during library hours to make copies from our Reproducible Federal Tax Forms and Instructions book.
- First, you must have a library card. To apply for a library card, visit the circulation desk and ask to fill out an application. All borrowers are required to show valid photo ID with current address.
- Once you have received your library card, you may check out the materials outlined in our borrowing guide at the Circulation desk. To view more important information about borrowing each type of item, visit the circulation page.
- New borrowers are limited to checking out 4 items for their first week as MPL patrons.
- You can search our collection by using the Public Access Catalog (PAC) terminals located in the Reference, Circulation, and Indiana History departments. Additionally, you can access the catalogue from home any time on our website.
- You can also check your personal account, place holds, and renew your items by signing into "My Account" on the Library catalog page, or by calling the Library.
- While library cards are not necessary to use the computers in the library, all teen and adult computer users are required to obtain a unique computer ID number. These numbers can be obtained at the Reference and Circulation desks.
- Patrons are required to show valid photo ID to recieve a unique computer ID number.
- Teens must sign-up at the circulation desk and present valid student ID or a teen access card before each session in the teen lab.
- All patrons who wish to use the Reference and Adult Internet Computors must sign-up at the designated desk in each department, and have a unique computer ID number.
- The library has new 5 new book areas: nonfiction, fiction, large-print, teens, and childrens.
- New Nonfiction: Find new nonfiction books on the 2nd floor to the right of the reference desk.
- New Fiction: New fiction books are located to left of the main entrance of the library, across from the circulation desk..
- New Large-Print: Peruse the new large-print books on the main floor just past the teen computer lab, across from the audio books.
- New Teen books: New Teen titles can be found on the 2nd floor in the Teen services room to the right of the reference desk.
- New Childrens books: Find the kids something new! Check out the children's new book shelf to the right of the entry way next to the community bullentin board.
- The Library does not have a public fax machine available for Patrons. Meijer's (South Marion), Marsh (North Marion), and Box Express (1046 N. Baldwin Ave, Marion, IN 46952) do offer a public fax service.
- The Library does accept facsimiles sent to our fax number 765-668-2911.
- The Library does not notarize legal documents.
- Below is a list of some places to you can have your documents notarized:
- Afena Federal Credit Union, 424 North Bradner Avenue, Marion - (765) 664-8089
- Box Express, 1046 N. Baldwin Ave, Marion, IN 46952 - (765) 662-0707
- Harris Bank, 1710 West Kem Road, Marion - (765) 662-6160
- Indiana Members Credit Union, 1619 East 38th Street, Marion - (765) 674-3348
- Monroe Joanie, 624 W 38th St. Marion, IN 46953, 765-674-3323.
- Old National Bank, 100 South Washington Street, Marion - (765) 668-7575
- Regions Bank, Ste 1X, 402 South Washington Street, Marion - (765) 668-8111
- Salin Bank, 1200 North Baldwin, Marion - (765) 382-3620
- Star Financial Bank, 315 South Adams Street, Marion - (765) 651-6800
- Via Credit Union, 2232 West 2nd Street, Marion - (765) 668-6830
The barcode represents a 14-digit number having the following structure:
|Item Type:||1||2345||6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13||14|
|Meaning:||Item Type||Institution Number||Item or Patron Identification Number||Check Digit|
|Item Type:||Distinguishes materials (value = 3) form patron (value = 2)|
|Institution Number:||A four-digit number representing the library (institution) whose barcodes this is.|
|Item or Patron Identification Number:||This is a sequentially-assigned, 8-digit number representing the items in the library’s collection. Beginning numbering with 00000001.|
|Check Digit:||This is a modulus-10, type-1 check digit, calculated as follows, using the values of digit 1-13.|
Steps of Check Digit:
- Multiply the value in each odd-numbered position by 2
- If the product is a 2-digit number, add the two digits together. In any case, add the result to a running total
- Add the value in each even-numbered position to the running total
- Divide the final total by 10
- Subtract the remainder from 10
- Divide the results by 10
- The remainder (not dividend) is the check digit
Example of Check Digit:
- 3 x 2, 2 x 2, 4 x 2, 0 x 2, 5 x 2, 7 x 2, 6 x 2
- 6 + 4 + 8 + 0 + 1 + 5 + 3 =27
- 27 + 0, 27 + 3; 30 + 0; 30 + 0; 30 + 1; 31 + 8 = 39
- 39 / 10 = 3 with remainder 9
- 10 – 9 = 1
- 1 / 10 = 0 with remainder 1
- Complete the barcoded number by adding the check digit, 1, in the 14 position, thus yielding the complete number.
- Items will be "on time" if they are renewed or returned on the due date, as long as it is before the library opens the following business day.
- All library fines must be paid at the Marion Public Library circulation desk.