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Your library card is accepted at all Washington County Library branches and Library Express locations, as well as the Washington County Law Library, Stillwater Public Library, and Bayport Public Library.
Loan periods:2 weeks for books, magazines, audiobooks and CDs1 week for DVDs3 weeks for ebooks and e-audiobooks1 or 2 weeks for Law Library materials
To share library resources in a fair and timely manner, there are also material limits for any library account at one time:10 eBooks checked out; 10 eBooks requests5 downloadable audiobooks checked out20 Washington County Library requests10 MnLink Gateway (interlibrary loan) requests25 overdue items100 total items
Borrowing privileges are suspended when limits are exceeded.
Loan periods for most borrowed materials may be extended three times. DVDs may be renewed two times.
Renewal periods are:2 weeks for books, magazines, audiobooks, and CDs1 week for DVDs1 or 2 weeks for Law Library materials
Loans for some materials cannot be extended such as:Titles with waiting listsMovies produced within the past two years Items loaned from other Minnesota libraries E-books
Please note: Popular titles may have waiting lists. Also, movies released within the past two years and reference books are not requestable.
See our eBooks, Audiobooks & eMagazines page to learn more about our electronic lending services. For ebooks, there are various ebook providers, but most users will want to download the app for the cloudLibrary or OverDrive. This may depend on your device. For audiobooks and emagazines, you will need to download the RBdigital app. All of these resources are free with your library card but may require you to set up an additional account with the specific application. Help guides are available, but if you have any questions or need troubleshooting, contact the staff at any of our library branches.
Most magazines and newspapers are available from library databases on our Magazines & Newspapers page. You can see a full list of all of our magazines and download current issues using RBdigital. To search for specific magazine, journal, or newspaper articles use either our ProQuest or EBSCO MegaFILE databases.
If you have unpaid fees on your library account, borrowing privileges are suspended until the fees have been resolved. Additionally, to share library resources in a fair and timely manner, there are limits for any library account at one time: 10 eBooks checked out; 10 eBook requests 5 downloadable audiobooks checked out 20 Washington County Library requests 10 MnLink Gateway (interlibrary loan) requests 25 overdue items 100 total items Borrowing privileges are suspended when limits are exceeded. When your account is blocked you also cannot borrow materials or download titles from the library's ebook or eAudioBook platforms - cloudLibrary, OverDrive and RBdigital. The library maintains the accuracy of customer accounts with regular address checks. Having correct contact information increases the probability of customers receiving library notices and avoiding fees. Each customer's account is blocked once every two years. This provides an opportunity to update contact information including home address, phone number and email address. To unblock your account, visit, call, or email Washington County Library and provide your current contact information. Library staff will update your account and unblock your account. You will than have full access to library services. Call 651-731-1320 or email AskALibrarian@co.washington.mn.us.
When your account is blocked you cannot borrow materials or download titles from the library's ebook platforms--3M Cloud Library, OverDrive, and OneClickdigital.
To unblock your account, visit, call or email Washington County Library and provide your current contact information. Library staff will update your account and unblock your account. You will then have full access to library services.
Requested materials ready for pick upMaterials nearing due date (e-mail only)Overdue materialsLost materials
A final courtesy notice is sent at six weeks overdue for unreturned 2-week loans and at 3 weeks overdue for unreturned 1-week loans. The final notice is a bill for the replacement cost of materials plus a nonrefundable $8 recovery fee for each item. Thirty days after the final notice is sent unpaid charges of more than $50 are sent to Washington County for debt collection.
Card holders should update their e-mail and mailing addresses at a branch.
You can also check My Account for the status of your borrowed or requested items.
Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book.Make sure your library account is up to date.Make sure your email address is up to date in your library account.Check your virus software to see if it is blocking Library emails.Check to see that email messages from Washington County Library have not been marked as spam (whether on purpose or automatically by your email program/provider).
All of the mobile apps from the library and its partners can be found on our Mobile Apps page. WCL Mobile is a free mobile app that let you connect with your library anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, access your library account, and more all from your mobile phone. Other apps specific to our ebook, audiobook, emagazine, and database services are also available.
To ensure fair use of the library's computers, a daily time limit may be enabled. However, your time can be extended when possible.
Photocopies - $0.10Black & white printing from library computers - $0.15Color printing from library computers - $0.70
You can add items to your My Lists by using the "Select An Action" drop-down from either a search results page or an item's detail display. If you are logged in to the system, you will be prompted to select which of your lists you want to save items to. If you are not already logged in to the system, any items you add to My Lists will be sent to a "Temporary List." To access your custom lists, you will need to first log in.
To view a list, go to My Lists, and click on the list you wish to view. It will open in the main window. Click on the title or image of any item to view its detail page.
To arrange your saved lists, do one of the following: • Use the :: icon to drag and drop your lists in the order you want them to appear. • Use the Arrange By drop down to arrange your lists alphabetically (ascending or descending), or by the time they were created (most recent first or oldest first).
To create a new list, click the Add List button (+). A window will open and prompt you to name your new list. Enter the name and click Create to create the new list or Cancel to go back.
To delete lists, select the lists you want to remove and then click the Delete Lists button (-).
The best way to bring a title to our attention is through reviews. A positive review in one or more of the library review journals, such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, or a local Twin Cities newspaper will give your book an improved chance for purchase by Washington County Library (and other public libraries as well).
Review sources that specialize in self-published and small press materials include the following:• PW Select, self-published book reviews from Publishers Weekly• ForeWord Reviews, reviews books that are independently published• Midwest Book Review has a monthly Small Bookwatch• Independent Publisher, an online magazine that includes book reviews and resources for small presses and authors.
The next best method is a fact sheet mailed to the Collection Development Department. Librarians generally have only a few seconds to look over a fact sheet, so it is to your advantage to emphasize the essentials. You should include:
• WHAT is the content of the item? This summary should be brief and pithy.• WHY the item is needed at Washington County Library? Here you should include quotations from reviews, or reader/listener testimonials if you have them. If the item has been reviewed, you should also attach a copy of the review.• WHO is the intended audience? Is it intended for adults, young adults, or children? Parents, businesspersons, hobbyists, etc.?• NAME of the author/artist. This should include qualifications, such as experience as a writer, experience in the field, etc. Be sure to mention that you are a local author/artist or publisher, since this is a factor in our decision whether to buy materials.• WHEN, WHERE, etc. the item was published/created. We need all the bibliographic data: date of publication, price, ISBN number (very important), etc. If the book is self-published, please give some indication of its appearance (size, type of binding, etc.). CDs and other audiovisual materials need ID numbers.• HOW can Washington County Library purchase it? Libraries prefer to buy from wholesale vendors, such as Baker and Taylor or Brodart. If the item is listed at Amazon.com make note of this. If the item is only available directly from you, be sure to provide contact information (phone number, address, and email address). Be prepared to accept purchase orders, and to wait several weeks for payment.
As a public library that focuses on items in popular demand, we select materials whose content is aimed at the general reader/listener rather than for the specialist or practitioner. Also, due to the constant and sometimes careless use by the public, the Library purchases materials that are sturdily packaged.
If you send a sample copy to the library, it will not be returned in the event the title is not purchased. We will treat your item as a donation. Washington County Library reserves the right to dispose of unsolicited materials in any manner it deems appropriate.
If your book is available as an eBook, please contact our vendors (OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library) for inclusion in their catalogs.
Drop in visits to market your book are not encouraged. Due to their busy schedules, it is possible a librarian might not be available to meet with you.
If you would like Washington County Library to consider your materials, please send the fact sheet with the professional reviews attached to:
Attention: Collection Development DepartmentWashington County Library8595 Central Park Place Woodbury, MN 55125
If you are just getting started using RBdigital, you may want to first read our Help Guide. Follow the links to first create an account through the RBdigital online portal. Once you have created an account, you can make your magazine selections and read your selected magazines as well. If you have an iPad, iPhone, Kindle HD/HDX, or Android device, there is also an RBdigital app that syncs with your account and allows you to view your selected magazines offline.