Once you’ve browsed library catalog(s) to locate items you want to borrow, you may “request” them on-line through the library catalog. In turn, the materials you requested will be delivered to your library for pick-up. Library staff will notify you when they arrive at the library.
Follow these steps to request materials:
For materials that are not in the Northwest Regional Library/Lake Agassiz Regional Library shared catalog, go to MnLINK for access to catalogs of other Minnesota libraries or ask for assistance from any NWRL Branch library.
When materials selected from the Northwest Regional Library/Lake Agassiz Regional Library shared catalog cannot be returned by the due date, they may be renewed unless they’ve been requested by another patron.
Follow these steps to renew materials online:
Note: A message will appear when an item cannot be renewed. You may contact any NWRL Branch library to learn why.
Items may also be renewed by calling any NWRL Branch library.
Library cards are required to borrow materials from the library and for the use of designated library services available in library buildings. Residents of Roseau, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington and Red Lake counties are eligible to register for NWRL library cards at the following Branch libraries:
Non-resident cards may be purchased for an annual fee of $30 for those residing out of state or Canada. (Note: Waiting on answer to question, “What about Minnesota residents from different county?)
Students studying at a local college may apply for a card at no fee.
The library card may be used in any NWRL Branch library and materials borrowed from one branch library may be returned to any other branch library. The card may also be used in any other Minnesota library that is a member of a regional public library system.
PIN (Personal Identification Number) is required in addition to a library card to access on-line library services such as requesting library materials or renewing materials.
To create a PIN, go to “Your Account” on the NWRL homepage and follow steps given or ask for assistance from any NWRL Branch library.
If you forget your PIN, you may retrieve it one of two ways:
NWRL offers e-mail notifications when the material you requested are ready for pick-up. We also send out Courtesy Notices a few days before your items are due, along with overdue notices and bill notices.
Please make sure you allow messages coming from “firstname.lastname@example.org” in order to prevent our email messages going into your spam/junk folder.
There are two methods you can use to sign up for e-mail notifications.
SERVICE CHARGES FOR LATE, LOST AND/OR DAMAGED MATERIALS
RETRIEVING OVERDUE MATERIALS
In accordance with Minnesota Statute #609.541, persons keeping library materials longer than sixty days after written notice has been given to return such items are guilty of a petty misdemeanor. NWRL agencies will notify overdue borrowers of the impact of this statute. Borrowers who continue to retain overdue materials may be taken to court when the total value of the materials exceeds $200.
DELINQUENT ACCOUNT FILE
If any charges of an individual total ten dollars ($10.00) or more, his/her record will be considered delinquent. Charges will remain on the borrower’s record until cleared. Borrowing privileges and services at all NWRL libraries will be suspended when unpaid fees reach $10.00.
Circulation records will be treated in a confidential manner. In accordance with Minnesota Statute #13.40, Subd. 2, private information contained in these records will not be released to anyone except upon issuance of a court order, or when assistance is requested by library personnel from local law enforcement authorities in recovering overdue material.
Adopted, Northwest Regional Library Board, June 20, 1996
Amended, July 22, 2004
Amended, January 21, 2010
Amended, March 17, 2011
Download the NWRL Overdue Material Policy
You can pay any fine over $2.00 online using the following: Discover, MasterCard, Visa, MasterCard Debit, and Visa Debit.
Here is how:
Any fine/fee appearing in your library record may be paid online.
Call or email your local library, staff will advise you.
LARL servers do not store credit card information. This information is transmitted to a 3rd party payment processor immediately upon transaction processing.
The security code on a credit card is the three digit code printed on the signature panel on the back of your credit/debit card. We ask for it as added protection for you.
Online payments are credited to your library record immediately. Use your browser’s REFRESH BUTTON to see your payment reflected in your library record.