102 East 6th Street
Morris, MN 56267
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320/589-1634 (phone)
320/589-8892 (fax)
abarber@morris.lib.mn.us

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Sunday
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

We are located one block east of Atlantic Avenue on 6th Street and Oregon Avenue. (link to map).

Do you have computers with access to the internet?

Yes, there are 6 internet computers available to the public. At this time you do not need a library card to use the computers, but we do ask that you read and agree to our internet policy and sign up to use the computers. Computer time may be limited to 1 hour when people are waiting. The cost to use the printer is $.15/page.

How long can materials be borrowed?

Beginning soon, books, including large print and audio books circulate for 3 weeks. High demand titles are limited to 1 week with no renewals allowed. Movies/DVD's and magazine issues circulate for 1 week. Reference materials are for in-house use only. Materials may be renewed once, if no one else is requesting them.

When is the library open?

The library is open six days per week, Monday - Thursday 10 am - 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm., except holidays. Closed Sundays.

How do I borrow materials?

Library materials can be checked-out with a library card. Residents of Stevens County can sign up for a library card by filling out a registration form. Valid identification, address, and phone number are required. Children can sign up for a card with parent/guardian approval. Library card holders from other Minnesota Library systems will be honored, but you must be registered in our system to borrow materials.

How do I return materials when the library is closed?

There is a library book return slot on the east side of the buiding, off the alley on 6th street.

How can I find a book in your library?

Books are arranged on the shelves by call number (spine label). Children's books and Young Adult (YA) books are separated from adult books.

Fiction books are arranged on the shelves by author's last name. They are further separated by format (Large Print, Audio) and genre (Christian, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy, or Westerns).

Non-fiction books are arranged on the shelves by subject category (Dewey Decimal System).

Books in our collection can be identified online through the Viking Library System Catalog, www.viking.lib.mn.us. There are four (4) dedicated computer catalogs in the library, or you may access the catalog from home via the website.

How can I find out what items I have checked out?

At the time books are checked out you will receive a list of items borrowed with their due dates.

You may also keep track of what you have out by going online to www.morris.lib.mn.us to view "My Account". You will need to enter your library card number, found on the back of your library card (no spaces).

You may call the library to find out what you have out and when items are due.

How can I locate a book that is not in your library?

To identify and borrow a book not available in the Viking Library System, check MN Link. MN Link is a state agency resource which provides access to Minnesota Libraries throughout the state. Additional time is needed to receive these titles and check-out times will vary.

If the title is new (within the last year) ask the library staff if it can be purchased. Purchasing decisions are made by the director of the library.

Always ask, if you are unable to find a book, or other library item. Library staff can help to track it down. Any information about the item is helpful (author, title, date of publication and/or where/how you found out about it).

May I use the library if I am visiting from out of town?

Of course you are always welcome in the library. You may use the computer terminals, browse the collection and read the newspapers. Only registered borrowers may check materials out.

Can I check my e-mail account from the library?

Yes, if you have an e-mail account, you may check on it at the library. There is no charge to use the computers, but copies are $.15/page.

Do you have a meeting room?

Yes, the library has a meeting room available to the public.

Many groups use the library throughout the year. Check the calendar (link) to see if it is available on the day you need it. You will need to call the library to reserve it. There is a $25.00 fee for commercial businesses and groups. See our meeting room policies for additional information (link).

Can I return materials from other libraries to the Morris Library?

Yes, you may return materials from other libraries to the Morris Public Library.

There is a delivery van that makes a circuit to member Viking Libraries every-other-day.

Books to other library systems will be sent to the Viking Library System for return.

We make every effort to return area books to their rightful owners such as area schools and the UMM.

I want to get rid of some magazines and books. Do you take donations?

Yes, the library will accept your unwanted magazines and books. The  Friends of the Library have a book sale in July. We also have a table of magazines set out for people in the library entrance for $.10 an issue. Please bring your donations to the front desk, or contact library staff to make other arrangements.

Do you have any job openings?

No, there are no open job positions at this time. When a job opening becomes available, it will be posted to this site and there will be an ad placed in the Morris Sun Tribune. Thank you for your interest.

Who or what are the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of the Library is a group of dedicated library users who host fundraising activities, and organize campaigns to raise money to enrich and strengthen the collection and services the library provides. In the past they have organized book sales, sponsored author events, promoted children's activities through entertainment and treats, purchased select books for the collection, and in honor of the community they have planted a 'giving' (Gingko) tree in the park area near the library.

The Friends meet in the library community room at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday in January, March. May, June, July, August, and October. Anyone is welcomed to attend. The Friends are always looking for individuals who want to take an active role in the organization's ongoing mission to enrich the library's services and collections. Financial contributions are appreciated. Contact Tim Lindberg at 651- 717-8002 for more information on how you can become involved.