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using the Anoka County Library by Mind Map: using the Anoka County Library
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using the Anoka County Library


Chances are that there is a library branch close to where you live.  The Northtown and Rum River branches are the largest, and offer the best selection of books and periodicals.  The smaller locations, however, offer a "neighborhood" feel -- the librarians are usually not as busy, and can spend more time with you if you have questions.


Monday Noon - 8:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday Noon - 8:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed on Sundays, at least during the summer months)

not just books. . .

special events

borrowing privileges

getting a library card

Bring some identification that has a photograph of you.  The library suggests a driver's license, but if you don't drive, you can bring a passport, if you have one. If you don't have any identification, bring a parent with you -- they will be responsible for your account, but you will still get your own library card.

getting a replacement card

It'll cost a dollar to get a replacement card.


For most items, it costs 30 cents for each day the item is overdue. If you need to pay a fine, try to bring exact change, because the library might not be able to make change for larger bills, especially 20s.

finding a book


Feel free to wander around the library to find books that you might be interested in, but you might be looking for a specific book: use the computers marked "CATALOG" to find what you're looking for.

returning a book

book drop (outside)

You can still return a book when the library is closed: just look for the sign "Book Drop" somewhere along the side of the building.

book return (inside)

When you enter the library, there will be a slot labeled "Book Return".  At the Rum River and Northtown branches, you place your books on a conveyor belt, which is fun to watch.

renewing a book

You have three weeks to read a book, unless others are waiting for it -- in that case, you can only keep it for ten days. Books can be renewed twice, so you might be able to keep a book for nine weeks.  


in person

Bring your items to the circulation desk, and ask to renew them.