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Library Services

Adopt an Author

Is there a favorite author you like but can’t ever seem to get on the waiting list early enough! Well, how about adopting the author. If you agree to purchase the book through the library you can then be the first person to read the book! Sounds like a good idea? We purchase the book at our greatly discounted price and then bill you. When the book is ready we call you so that you can be the first one to read it! Call the library for more information.

Home Delivery Service

The library provides materials to patrons unable to come to the library. Senior citizens and physically challenged persons are encouraged to make use of this system of library delivery and pickup. Deliveries may be made by the home delivery coordinator, or by a library volunteer. For further information, call the library at 263-3065, and ask for the home delivery coordinator.

Internet Service

The library offers seventeen computers where patrons may access the Internet. To use the Internet, you need to have a library card. Children under age 18 must have a signed consent form which states which type of access, filtered or unfiltered, their parents wish them to have.

In periods of heavy usage, computers may be reserved once in the building using the reservation system. Each card has a technologically-enforced time limit of ninety (90) minutes per day, limiting users to one consecutive hour when there is a waiting list. Users may check and send email, but to prevent viruses from entering our system, may not open attachments. The Library does not provide email accounts. Users must establish their own accounts from any of the free email providers.

Becoming a Borrower

If you are a resident of the City of Muscatine or rural Muscatine County, the cities of Fruitland, or Nichols, or the townships of Buffalo Prairie, Drury, Eliza, or New Boston in Illinois, you may become a registered borrower after presenting appropriate identification with a current address. Registration is free; however there is a $2.00 charge to replace a lost or stolen card. Musser Public Library is an Open Access library, thus our patrons may take their library card to any participating Iowa Open Access library and check out their materials. Musser Public Library is also a member of RiverShare. This means that our Iowa cardholders can use their cards to check out materials at any RiverShare Iowa or Illinois public library, including certain area academic libraries.

Checking Out

You must use your own card when checking out materials. Most items are checked out for three weeks. Some media materials have different loan periods. All fines over $5.00 must be paid before checking out any more materials.

Renewing Materials

You may renew materials once if other borrowers haven’t reserved them. Renewals may be made at the check out desk by presenting your card and the item to be renewed. Patrons may renew online through the “My Account” section of the online catalog. Patrons may also renew books using our phone renewal system by calling 888-534-6130.

Returning Materials

You many return materials at the outside book drop (located in the alley on the north side of the library), or the return drop located on the front of the building, or directly to the check-in desk. AV equipment must be returned to the Circulation Desk. Musser Public Library books may also be returned to any participating RiverShare library (they will be delivered via van service to the owning library).

Equipment, Overdue Fines, and Fees

There is a ten-cent fine per day on all materials.

The Library has one-day checkout on presentation equipment, including: an LCD projector, and two projection screens (one small & one large). A fee of $1 will be taken for all equipment, with the exception of the LCD projector ($20).

Interlibrary Loan

Although we own over 100,000 items, we may not have the specific book you need or our copy may be on loan. Here’s what we can do;


If we own a book but it’s checked out, you may place a reserve in person or online so the book will be held for you when it is returned. We will phone you when the book is available.

Request for purchase

If you know of a book you think we ought to own, you may make a recommendation that we purchase a copy. We will phone you if and when the book becomes available.

Interlibrary loan

Our library belongs to several networks that allow us to borrow items for you locally, statewide, and nationally. If you find something that you like in our online catalog, you may place the interlibrary loan yourself by clicking the “Details” button next to the item, followed by “Place Hold

NOTE: Your PIN number is confidential and will be generated for you during registration. If you need to reset your PIN, contact the library at 563-263-3065. Be sure to choose the correct library pickup point, usually “Musser Public Library”. We’ll contact you by telephone, email or text, depending on your contact preferences, when it comes in.

If you have any questions, email the Interlibrary Loan Specialist.

Meeting Rooms

We have a large meeting room and a smaller conference room available free of charge for nonprofit groups. Private or for-profit groups may rent a room for a small fee. Call the library to check for availability.

Exam Proctoring

We offer proctoring services for those students who need to take exams in a semi-supervised environment. In order to request to have an exam proctored, students must contact the Reference Department at least one week prior to the desired test date to ensure that a librarian is available to adminster the exam. After a date has been agreed upon, the instructor for the course must contact the Head of Reference Services (rfiedler@muscatineiowa.gov) with the instructions for the exam. For additonal information please contact the Head of Reference Services at the above email address or call 563-263-3065 and ask for Bobby.


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