Services

Job Description

Online Catalog and Account
Click “Library Catalog” on the menu bar. Once you log in with your library card number and PIN number, you can browse the catalog, place requests, check due dates, renew items, and more.

Your PIN number is the last 4 digits of your telephone number.

Research and Reader’s Assistance
Library staff are available to help you find the information you need, whether it be a phone number, assistance with a research paper, or just a suggestion for a good book. Stop by the circulation desk or give us a call at (618) 281-4237 ext. 0. You may also email us at reference@columbialibrary.org.

In addition, we subscribe to a few online databases to aid with research. They can be found, along with a variety of free resources, under “Reference and Research.” You may need your library card number for some of these resources, and for others you may need to access them from one of our free public computers within the library due to online proxy validation.

Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines
Thousands of titles are available in our digital collection. We subscribe to 3M Cloud Library (eBooks and eAudiobooks) and Zinio (electronic magazines). Most of these items can be downloaded onto eReaders and other mobile devices, as well as computers.

To access these resources, hover over “Online Resources” on the top toolbar, then click “eBooks, eAudiobooks, & eMagazines.” You will need your library card number and the assigned PIN number (The last 4 digits of the phone number you gave us when signing up for your library card).

Computer/Internet Access
The library has 9 Internet-enabled computers with Microsoft Office as well as 1 library catalog computer.

Printing/FAX/Copies
Black and white copies and printouts are .25 each. Color copies and printouts are .50 each. Outgoing faxes are free to local and toll-free numbers. All other faxes are $1.00 for the first page and .50 for each additional page. It is .25 per page to receive faxes on our machine and you may have documents faxed to 618-281-6977. Please call ahead to let us know to be expecting them.

Laminating                                                                                                                                   

We are able to laminate 8 1/2 x 11 sheets for .75 each.  

Public Meeting Room
Anyone residing within the Columbia city limits may fill out a request to book the downstairs meeting room for non-profit events and meetings. This is free, but the desired day or time may not be available, and library events will take precedence. The person who initially signed for the meeting or event must be present at it.

Public Programs
The library hosts a variety of programs for all ages, including storytimes, seasonal reading programs, author visits, book clubs, and informational sessions. All programs at the Columbia Public Library are free to attend, although some of them require registration.

To view our latest program calendar, stop by the library for a handout or click “Event Calendar” on the top menu bar of our website.

Online Payment for Fines
GovPayNet allows us to take payments for fines (PLC #7702) and non-resident card fees (PLC# 7703) online using your debit or credit card. There is a transaction fee, which is not received by the library, but is automatically added onto your total.

Transaction fees:
Up to $50.00: $1.50
$50.01 – $75.00: $1.75
$75.01 – $100.00: $3.00
$100.01 – $150.00: $5.00
$150.01 – $200.00: $7.00
For each additional increment of $50.00, or portion thereof, add $1.75.

To make your payment online, click here.