About the Library


Library Cards and Fees

We now offer the option of a Family Library Card. Families with multiple library users at the same address are encouraged to exchange their existing library cards for one family card that everyone can use. All of your family’s holds, checkouts, renewals, and fines will be on one card--much easier to manage!

To Get A Library Card:

If You Reside Within the Town of Cortland:

Simply bring in a photo id and proof of residence (such as a utility bill). Children under 18 will need a parent or guardian to complete their library card applications.

If You Reside Outside the Limits of the Town of Cortland:

Cortland town residents support the library through their taxes. Non-residents may have a library card by paying an equivalent fee. For renters, this amount is 15% of one month's rent. For homeowners, this amount is .0043% of your EAV calculated as the yearly fee. Please bring the appropriate documentation into the library and we will be happy to help you.

If You Reside Within the Limits of A Town Other Than Cortland:

Please visit your "home library" and follow their procedures to get a library card. You will then be able to use that library's card at the Cortland Library if you wish.



All Materials Returned After the Time Allotted for Checkout Will Be Subject to A Fine:

DVD's returned late (after 1 week) will be subject to a fine of $.20 per item, per day.

All other in-library materials returned late (magazines 1 week, books 2 weeks) will be subject to a fine of $.10 per item, per day.

Electronic downloads through the OMNI website (e-books and audio books) allow only 3 items checked out at any one time. E-book checkout is 2 weeks, but e-books may be returned early. For audio books you may select a checkout time of 1, 2 or 3 weeks. However, audio books may not be returned early.

$5 in fees or 5 overdue items will prevent you from renewing online. You may not check out other materials until the fine is reduced below $5.