The Oakland Library has the following equipment which can be checked out for a week at a time:
The patron must complete and sign an equipment loan form first. Overdue items incur a fine of $.50/day.
donate used materials?
Ruth Enlow Library may accept donations of materials based upon their suitability for the library's collection. The library staff will evaluate the suitability of the donated materials. If they are suitable, current bestsellers, recently released DVDs and books on CD will be accepted for inclusion. Materials that were published or produced more than a year before the donation date will generally not be accepted unless they are of particular local interest.
Donations that do not meet the system's objectives and policies will be sold or returned to the donor, if the donor wishes them to be returned. Money from the sale of donated items will be used to purchase new materials and supplement the library's operating budget.
No other conditions may be imposed by the donor either before or after the acceptance of the materials into the collection.
find a branch?
The locations of our branches can be found at the following links:
Oakland (Main Library)
find out about fines?
The fines at the Ruth Enlow Library are as follows:
| Children & YA Materials
|| $2.00 max|
| Adult Materials
|| $4.00 max|
| DVDs and Videos
|| $5.00 max|
A total of 2 overdue notices will be sent for each item that is overdue.
find out about suspended borrowing privileges?
Borrowing privileges may be suspended for the following reasons:
- Long overdue items (overdue 35 days or more)
- Fines due of $5.00 or more
- Five or more overdue items
Once material is returned and/or payments made, most borrowing privileges are reinstated. Fines must be paid in full to check out interlibrary loan items.
find out about the Friends of the Library?
The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Public Library of Garrett County is a group organized to bring together fellow citizens who value their public library, are willing to work for a better library for the community, and who speak up for good library service whenever and wherever their efforts are needed.
find out about the Library Board of Trustees?
Board Meetings are open to the Public and are generally held the third Thursday of the month at 4:00pm. The location can vary. Please call 301-334-3996 to confirm date and place.
Karl Schwalm, President
Carol Newman, Vice President
Kathy Helbig, Treasurer
find out how many items I can check out and for how long?
Except for a limit of five (5) new books, twenty (20) videos, five (5) DVDs, and two (2) Reading Express books, a patron may borrow unlimited items at one time.
- DVDs and videos can be checked out for one week with one renewal allowed if there are no holds on them.
- Magazines for adults can be checked out for one week with no renewals allowed.
- New books, new Teen books and Reading Express books are checked out for two weeks with no renewals allowed.
- Regular adult books, books on cassettes and CDs, music CDs, Teen books, Teen magazines, children's books, children's magazines, puzzles, and pamphlets are checked out for three weeks. They may be renewed for three weeks if no one has placed a request on them.
find out what to do if I lose my library card?
If you lose your library card, please call a branch of the Ruth Enlow Library as soon as possible.
find the library's fees?
| Replace lost card
|| $0.50 |
| Reserve fee (if notice is mailed)
|| $0.50 |
Fees for faxing:
| Sending (Long Distance)
| Sending (Local or Toll Free)
get a library card?
In order to receive a library card that permits the holder access to the free services of the Ruth Enlow Library System, the applicant must:
1. Show his/her driver's license or other proof of address as listed below.
2. Complete and sign the application/Borrower's Agreement
If the patron cannot provide a driver's license, other forms of identification may be accepted.
Applicants under the age of eighteen without a driver's license must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Borrower's Agreement for them. Applicants sixteen years or older with a driver's license should sign a Borrower's Agreement for themselves.
Library cards are valid for three years after which time they must be renewed.
get wireless access?
WiFi is available for free at all of our branches.
pay my fines?
Fines can be paid by cash or by check at the front desk of any branch. Checks are to be made payable to the Ruth Enlow Library. Credit and debit cards cannot be accepted.
Fines can also be paid by mailing a check to any branch.
place an interlibrary loan request?
Just call or visit the nearest branch to place a request for an item which we do not own.
renew library items?
You can renew items in person or by calling any of our branches. You can also renew items online if you have a PIN for your account.
Please note that some types of items are not renewable. Overdue items cannot be renewed online.
request an item?
You can request an item in person or by calling any of our branches. If you have a library card with us and you have a PIN for your account, you can place a request on any item which we own. To place a request for an item which is not listed in our online catalog, you can call the nearest branch to place an interlibrary loan request.
return items borrowed from a different library?
Most public library materials may be returned to any public library in the county or elsewhere in the state. The exception is DVDs or videos. All locations of the Ruth Enlow Library, excluding the Kitzmiller Branch, have outside bookdrops.
see if an item I requested has arrived for me?
At www.relib.net, click on Catalog and then My Account. Enter your library card number without spaces and your PIN. Press enter or click Submit Request. Click on Holds. You will be able to determine the status of your requests.
use public computers?
All branch locations of the Ruth Enlow Library have computers with internet access for public use and Wireless Internet Access (WiFi) for your laptop pc.
Misuse or illegal use of the computers or Internet access will result in the loss of computer privileges.
There is a thirty-minute time limit if others are waiting.
There is a limit of 2 internet computer sessions per day per person (for a limit of 2 hours per day per person).
There is a charge of $.20 per page for black and white printing.
A complete set of rules is posted at each branch.