Category Archives: Policies

New Automation System

Schmaling began participation in a new automation system in October.  We upgraded from a Union List member of the library consortium, PrairieCat, to a Basic Online member. This move creates increased patron autonomy.  Patrons now have 24 – 7 online access to their patron accounts; allowing them to place holds, order materials via inter-library loan, renew materials (until renewal limits are reached), pay library fees and fines with a credit or debit card, make reading lists, and more!

For complete instructions on searching, placing holds, and utilizing all the benefits of your personal account in PrairieCat: please see our PrairieCat Catalog page, or pick up a printed brochure at the library.

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Fine Forgiveness Opportunity


If Shel Silverstein’s poem resonates with you a little too personally: never fear. During NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK (April 13 – 18), Schmaling will be FORGIVING FINES. Yeah, that’s right. Obviously, some restrictions, parameters, rules, and stipulations will apply (you are dealing with librarians, after all)*; but for the most part, during the week of April 13th you may walk away from the library with your freshly, liberated head held high.

* All overdue items must first be officially returned; patrons with fines over $10 who opt to receive this grace may do so this year only (it’s bureaucracy, not theology); you must be able to list 3 of the 10 major classes that comprise the Dewey Decimal system.