Community Use of Library

Individuals from the community may freely use any of the resources within Shafer Library. However, to borrow materials from the Library, community users must meet certain eligibility requirements to purchase a library card.


  • Hancock County resident; or high school junior or senior residing in adjoining counties
  • Borrowers between the ages of 14 and 18 need signature of parent or guardian on the application
  • Valid picture ID 

Library Card

The library card costs $10.00 and is valid for one year. The cost to replace lost cards is $1.00.

Borrowing Privileges

A library card allows the community user to borrow the following materials from Shafer Library. The loaning period is included for each material type.
  • Books and government documents: 4 weeks, 1 renewal
  • Media items (e.g. videos, DVDs, cassettes, etc.): 1 week, 1 renewal 

Maximum Number of Books

Community borrowers may have a maximum of 10 UF items checked out to their record.

Overdue Fines and Replacement Costs

  • All overdue items: $0.10 per day
  • Lost materials: cost of book + overdue fines + $10.00 processing fee