Public Library

The mission of the Mercer Public Library is to provide quality materials and services that fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike. In order to fulfill this mission, the library board has established policies to ensure the availability of library resources for all. For a copy of all library policies, contact the librarian.

The Mercer Public Library (MPL) provides an unfiltered wireless Internet Hot Spot. This service is for patrons with Wireless-capable devices, such as wireless-capable laptops and handheld computers. This service will normally be available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week. However, the library cannot guarantee that wireless services will be available at all scheduled times.

To access the WiFi network, you need a laptop or handheld computer that is configured to conform to standard 802.11b. Most new laptops that come configured for wireless access can automatically pick up the wireless signal.

If you are not sure if your notebook, laptop computer or other device has this functionality, please check with the manufacturer or supplier.

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The Mercer Public Library has 8 public-access computer stations available to all patrons. Patrons over the age of 18 who do not hold a library card may request a temporary access card for their computer session. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a Computer Usage Agreement form signed by his/her parent or guardian on file before being granted access to the computer.

Access is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and use is offered in 45-minute sessions. A session may be extended if there are no other users waiting, but each patron is limited to 90 minutes and/or 2 log-ins per day.

Printing is available at a cost of 10 cents per black-and-white page and 25 cents per color page.

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Ringing phones and loud conversations can become a distraction for other library users. We ask that cell phone users be courteous to their fellow patrons and obey the following rules:

1. Turn off cell phones or set to a silent mode while in the library.

2. Refrain from making calls from inside the library. The vestibule area may be used to make short phone calls during inclement weather. Please move extended conversations outside the library.

3. If it is necessary to receive a call while in the library, please do so quietly and immediately move outside or to the vestibule to hold your conversation.

*New: Take 5 movies for 7 days from your library!

All borrowers must be registered and must have a valid local patron card to borrow library materials. Loan periods are: 3 weeks for books, books on tape, and books on CD; 2 weeks for new books and best sellers; 7 days for DVDs; 1 week for non-current issues of periodicals. A patron may borrow up to 25 items at one time, with no more than 5 DVDs at one time.

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(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Monday - Thursday 9-7
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-12

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Mon, Wed, Fri 9-5
Tues, Thurs 9-6
Saturday 9-12