Category Archives: Policies

Returning to Curbside Services Only

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in town, the Library is returning to Curbside Services ONLY, effective immediately. There will be no in-library appointments available until further notice. We will continue to offer phone services and curbside delivery of library materials. Library staff will continue to offer faxing and and copying services, but patrons must remain outside. There will be no computer appointments available, either. We are returning to these preventive measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to ensure that our patrons and staff are safe.

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.