Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What are the library’s service hours?
Scroll to the bottom of any page of our website for a listing of the hours.

Are you open on Sunday?
No, we are closed on Sundays.

Where is the library located?
MRL is located at 80 North 6th Street in Uptown, Richmond, Indiana. Click for a map.

Is there parking nearby?
Yes, there is free parking available.

Are you handicap accessible?
Yes, we have several handicapped parking spaces with easy access ramps. We have an automatic door at the main entrance.

Can I use a meeting room or reserve a room?
Yes. Contact the library to reserve spaces. 765-966-8291.
Click for more details.

What library programs are coming up? Click to find out.

How do I volunteer at the library?
The MRL volunteer program is being revised. Contact Human Resources for more information.

Contact our Friends of the Library Group (Book Sale and Book Sorting Volunteer)

How do I get a job at the library? Click to find out.

How can I get a question answered if I am not at the library?
Call Information Services during regular business hours. (765) 966-8291 or email us at or use this handy online form.

Do you have tax forms? Yes. Connect with our Information Services Staff for details.

Does your staff assist in tax filing?
Due to the complexity of the tax codes, librarians are unavailable to answer specific tax questions. We offer a free service from trained volunteers scheduled during tax season.

What kinds of computer resources are available at the library?
Computer workstations are placed around the library for public use. Click for more information.

Do you have wireless Internet access? Yes. It’s free to use.

Do you offer computer classes? Yes, click for our schedule of classes

Do you have a public fax machine?
Yes. We can send faxes for patrons at $1.00 per page. We are located in the Clarence M. Brown Research Center on the library’s lower level.

How much does a photocopy cost?
10 cents per black and white copy.  25 cents per color copy.

Does the library sell books?
Three times each year the Friends of the Library hold used book sales. For information see the Friends of the Library page.

There is an ongoing Book Sale cart that is restocked regularly. Titles are $1.00 each. Cash or check is accepted for payment.

Do you buy used books?
No, but you are welcome to donate them to our annual book sale. Please read the following guidelines.

When is your book sale?
Click for a schedule.

Do you have a notary?
Yes. We offer this service by appointment. Click for details.
Most banks have a notary. The Wayne County Annex Building has a notary.

Do you have a typewriter?

Do you have special programs for children and teens?
Yes, we have many programs designed for youth. Visit our Youth Services Department at the library on online.


Library Card and Use Questions

How do I apply for a library card? Click for details.

How many items may I borrow? Up to 30 items.

How long can I keep borrowed materials? Click for details.

What are the rules for checking out DVDs, CDs and Audio CDs? Click for details.

How do I renew materials by phone?
Call the library at (765) 966-8291 and have your library card and items ready to read when phoning. More details. You can also login to your account through our website and renew items online.

How do I renew materials Online?
Login to your account online at:

How can I get a book that the public library does not have?
Contact Public Services at the Main Desk and ask for Interlibrary Loan.

What do I do if I lose my library card?
Contact Public Services at the Main Desk to report your lost card. A new one costs only $1.00. Proper ID will be required upon opening a new account. More details available in our Get a Card section.


Genealogy & Local History Questions

Does the Genealogy and Local History Department do research?
We perform basic and brief research. We cannot undertake extensive genealogy research. Contact Information Services with inquires as to what research will be done.

Do you have high school yearbooks?
Yes, we have Richmond High School yearbooks available for viewing in Clarence M. Brown Research Center located in the lower level of the library. Inquire at that service desk.

Are there any genealogy classes in the area?
Limited classes may be available. Check our calendar of events for future classes.