The privilege of checking out library materials and the use of other library services is available to anyone regardless of residence. New patrons are asked to apply for a library card in person by filling out a short application and agreeing to adhere to all library policies.
If you are age 18 or older, you must submit your application in person at the adult circulation desk. If you are under age 18, you must submit your application in person at the youth circulation desk or the teen circulation desk. A signature of a parent or guardian will be required.
There is no fee for a library card. Replacement cards are $1.00. For more information and an application you can print out, please browse to our library card webpage.
Temporary visitor passes are also available for individuals visiting the area and would like to use the library's computer services.
Library computers are available for patrons to browse websites, check email, create Office documents, play games and much more. You must be a library card holder in good standing (no excessive fines or overdue items) to use a computer. It is not required for patrons to check in at the circulation desk before using a computer.
Adult patrons must sign in with their name and library card number at one of two signup stations. After a few moments you will be assigned a computer to use. Sign in again on the assigned computer and you are ready to go. Kids and Teens can go directly to a computer in their dedicated area and sign in.
If you need assistance, staff are always available to help.
Yes and no! Each session is limited to 30 minutes. However, if there are no patrons waiting for a computer, your time is automatically extended another 30 minutes. This will continue indefinitely until there is, at least, one patron waiting to get on.
The library currently has 13 computers dedicated for adult patron use, so usually there is no one waiting.
To use the library's Wi-Fi you must check in at the circulation desk with your valid library card or visitor's pass. You will be given a password for our secure wireless network. Look for "Mathews Library" among the list of available Wi-Fi networks on your device.
Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the library including the outdoor courtyard. There is ample comfortable seating in our computer and reading room with available electrical supply.
If you need assistance in connecting, library staff are always available to help.
Most items are eligible for 2 renewals. New books cannot be renewed. There are several ways to renew items:
Yes. Ask for a materials request form at the circulation desk or browse to http://mathewslibrary.org/e-branch/request-a-title and submit an online request. The library will review your request and reserves the right to purchase the title, borrow the item via Interlibrary Loan or decline your request.
Yes. You may ask library staff to place a hold on an item for you at the circulation desk. You can also place a hold online. Browse or search our online catalog (http://catalog.mathewslibrary.org) for the item you wish to reserve. Click "Place Hold" and enter your card number and password. Library staff will contact you when the item is available for pickup. You can also manage your holds by loggining into your library account.
Yes. The library has a few popular forms provided by the IRS, but we can print any IRS tax form for you. Also we can make copies of state forms. There is no charge for printing tax foms. The IRS no longer provides copies of tax publications. We can print portions of a publication for you at the normal printing cost of 15¢ per page.
We would love to have your books! The library accepts any donation of books, audiobooks or videos. You can drop them off at the library during normal operating hours. Library staff will look at the items and decide whether to add those to the library collection based on various criteria. Items not added to the collection will be sold in the Friends of the Library Bookstore, with the proceeds benefitting the library.
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, you must create your own list of donated items including estimated value. The library director will sign your list but library staff will not value the donated items.
The library has meeting room facilities to accomodate various-sized groups and arrangements. Please contact the library well ahead of your meeting date to schedule.
To find out more browse to http://mathewslibrary.org/services/meeting-rooms.
Volunteers fulfill many roles at the library and we would love to have you as part of our team. If you are interested in volunteering at the Mathews Memorial Library, take time to download and fill out our volunteer application. Come by and chat with our library director and see how you might fit in on our team!
Yes, we do! The library offers eBooks through its OverDrive and Freading services. In addition, the library has thousands of downloadable audiobooks through OverDrive and OneClickdigital. Still bored? Check out Zinio for digital magazines and Freegal for music downloads and streaming.
Go to http://mathewslibrary.org/e-branch/e-books-other-downloadables to learn more and get started.
The PIN required by OverDrive, Freegal and Freading is the same as the password used to access your library account online. If you do not have this yet, go to http://catalog.mathewslibrary.org and click login. Login with your library card number and the word "userpass". You must have a valid library card in good standing. You will then be given an opportunity to create a new password. This is the PIN required for the downloadables.
If you have forgotten your password, call the library to have us reset your password or try the "Forgot My Password" link.
Download popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks or e-audiobooks. Check out up to 5 titles at a time for up to 3 weeks. OverDrive is brought to you in partnership with a consortium of libraries known as SOVALUe.
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Enjoy thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction audiobooks available for immediate download. Check out up to 5 titles at a time for up to 21 days.
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Using Zinio, read the latest popular magazines on your computer or mobile device. Read as many as you want and keep them as long as you want! Back issues are available.
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With Freading, you'll use tokens to check out and download eBooks. You'll find different titles than OverDrive on a broad range of subjects, plus no waiting lists and a 2-week check out.
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Download 5 songs per week from Freegal in MP3 format - yours to keep forever and add to your personal music collection. Stream 3 hours of music daily. Choose from millions of songs including the entire Sony Music catalog.
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Find it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests.
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Literati includes a host of resources, such as educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials, and interactive discovery tools. This is a "one-stop shop" for the information you need.
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Find diverse U.S. perspectives on issues and events related to business, health, education, government, politics, controversial issues, the environment, literature, the arts and more. Also includes Special Reports for homework and research assignments.
Daily PressRichmond Times-DispatchAll Virginia NewspapersGetting started infoGo to America's News
AtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our 145,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. Mobile device friendly!
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For travelers and knowledge seekers alike, AtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and restaurants, culture, language, and more. With 202 World City Travel Guides, AtoZ World Travel provides the knowledge you need to experience the world and all its wonders.
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One of the most important genealogical collections available today, Ancestry Library Edition has unparalleled coverage of the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, military, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe and other areas. This database of more than 4 billion names is essential to having a complete genealogy collection.
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HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S.federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.
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Easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index.
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The Mathews County Historical Society is engaged in an ongoing project to record and create permanent records of stories that residents have to tell. Read more.
Mathews County, Virginia 1857 Marriage Register
Over 10,000 families of Mathews County, Virginia and their connections!