The Library collection is made up of almost 50,000 items, in a variety of formats. These formats include books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, databases, large print, and more. The collection is searchable by clicking on the Catalog link on this webpage. Items not contained within the library may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries in the region.
The Circulation desk offers library patrons a wide range of services to fit their needs.
You can apply for a new library card and replace lost library cards, pay for fines or lost materials, retrieve and pay for copies, get a wireless ticket, renew materials, pick up reserved materials and place holds and requests. For renewals and placing requests, you may also call or go to your online library account. Meeting rooms can also be requested at the circulation desk, and patrons may also ask for assistance in locating items in the library. Our staff is always willing to help the patrons with their everyday requests.
You must have your library card to check out books or materials. Most of our materials circulate for two weeks. They can be renewed up to three times, so long as they are not placed on reserve for another patron.
DVDs and video games circulate for one week.
Fines for overdue items are charged at $.15 per day, per item, for books. DVD fines are $1.00 per day. You will be charged the cost of replacement for lost materials and books.
Use of the Internet:
The library is happy to provide its patrons with access to computers and the internet. To use the library computers, patrons simply need to request an access ticket from the reference desk. Wireless tickets are available to patrons with their own devices. The library also has five laptops and a projector available to meeting groups and community organizations. Remember, when using the internet, while it contains a wealth of valuable information, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Use of these resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Parents, not the library, are responsible for the use of these resources by their children.
Hampshire County Public Library has one of the most complete genealogy departments in our area. We have an extensive collection of materials for family genealogical research and offer a person on staff who will do limited research as time allows. All requests must be made in writing and mailed to the library or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A fee for photocopying is $.50 per page and cost of mailing is based on current postage rate. We are continually our genealogical collection, especially in realm of local family history. If you would like to share your data when completed, we would be happy to add it to our collection for other researchers to consult.
HCPL is no longer charging overdue fines for items checked out on Juvenile cards. For patrons who have overdue items, we invite them to take advantage of our Fine Free Friday program, where we waive fines for overdue items that are returned on a Friday (any and all Fridays). We also offer two annual programs that can be used to work down fines from damaged or lost items: Food for Fines and School Supply Drive. Both of these programs allow patrons to donate items (canned food/school supplies) and have $1.00 in fines waived for each item donated. Donated items are then given to a local food pantry and the county Board of Education, respectively.
InterLibrary Loan Procedure:
HCPL is able to borrow books from libraries throughout West Virginia; however, as we are a member of the Eastern Library Network (a consortium of libraries in the WV Eastern Panhandle/Potomac Highlands region), we attempt to borrow from libraries in our region first. If a patron would like to read a book that we do not have, they can fill out an ILL request slip and our ILL librarian will submit the request to a library who owns the item. Different libraries have different time-frames for processing ILL requests, so there is no way to guarantee when an ILL will arrive.
Copy & Fax Services:
HCPL has a copier with copying/scanning/printing/faxing abilities available for public use. The cost for sending or receiving a fax is $1.00 per page. There is no charge for scanning services. The costs for printing/copying are:
$.15 8.5″ x 11″ $.50 8.5″x11″
$.25 8.5″x14″ $.60 8.5″x14″
$.30 11″x17″ $.75 11″x17″
We also offer laminating services at the rate of $1.00 per page or $.50 for cards.