Alma Public Library

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a library card?

If you live, work, or own property in Crawford County, a library card is free. If none of these apply to you, the cost is $10 per year. Bring your photo ID and something else with your current name and address (mail, voter registration, car insurance, etc) to get your card. There is no age limit for a card but if you are under 18 bring your parent or guardian with the required documents.

If I have a library card from Van Buren, can I use it at the Alma Library?

Yes, you can use your card at any of the library in Crawford County including: Alma, Cedarville, Mountainburg, Mulberry, and Van Buren). You may also return items at any of these locations.

Can I use the computer without a library card?

Our computers are free to use even without a library card. Bring your photo ID to use a computer guest pass. It allows one use, up to an hour. Once you log off, even before the hour is up, that is your one login. If you are under 18, you must have a parent or guardian with you.

Do you have a public fax?

We currently do not have a public fax. However, we do offer scanning services free of charge.

What if I want a book and you don’t have it in the library?

If a book you’d like to check out isn’t available, we can order the book or borrow it from a different library system. Both of these can take a couple weeks or more to come in.

What if I can’t pick up a book the day I place it on hold?

We hold items that are placed on hold from home, online, or in person, for one week. After the one week, the hold is canceled.

How much does it cost to print?

The cost of printing is $0.25 per page. Black and color printing is available at this time. With a Crawford County Library Card, the first 25 pages of school work, resumes, and tax forms (excluding tax instruction manuals) are free. Wireless printing is coming soon.

Have another question?

If any questions that you need answered aren’t listed here please feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer any questions.

About Our Branch

Our philosophy is to bring enlightenment, new knowledge, encouragement and inspiration to every member of the library community by providing access to books, media, and other services for life-long learning and enjoyment.

The Crawford County Library System was established in July of 1999 as a result of the dissolution of the Ozarks Regional Library System. The Crawford County Library System was formed and the Alma Public Library began the remodeling of our current location.

With the assistance of many volunteers, the Alma Public Library opened the new, larger library on March 13, 2000. All these years later this expanded facility provides 9 public access computers, wireless internet access and over 40,000 items including: books, audio books, DVDs, a Young Adult collection for teens that includes graphic novels, manga, an Xbox, and Wii console, an extensive children’s collection, and downloadable audio books, comic books, and eBooks.

We strive everyday to uphold our library philosophy by collecting the printed and audio-visual materials needed to provide services to patrons, organizing these materials for ease and convenience of use, serving the community as a center of reliable information, providing opportunity and encouragement for the informal self-education at any age, enriching and increasing the subject collections on which individuals are undertaking formal education, supporting the educational, civic, and cultural activities of groups and organizations and by providing for print or audio-visual recreational needs and desires of the public.