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Lake Region Public Library

Jared Tolman serves as the Library Director for the Lake Region Public LibraryLake Region Public Library

Contact Information

Phone Number: (701) 662-2220
Fax Number: (701) 662-2281
Address: 423 7th Street NE, Devils Lake, ND 58301-2529

Library Staff

LaVae Haaland, Children's Librarian
Lisa Swenson, Library Assistant
Shirley Uthke, Library Assistant
Kirsten Pearson, Assistant Library Director
Betty Severson, Library Assistant
Gail Senger, Library Assistant
Courtney Paulson, Library Assistant

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Library Fees and Rates

Library History

The Devils Lake Public Library opened on Monday, December 22, 2003, completing a fund raising and planning process that began in the spring of 1992. The new library is 9,033 square feet, all on one level and is fully compliant with Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The library cost $1.1 million, with 70% raised through private donations, bequests and grants; a portion of the City sales tax proceeds provided the balance of funds. The library's collection numbers over 43,800 items, and has eight (8) internet accessible computers and Wi-Fi available to the public. The Lake Region Public Library is the proud successor of the venerable Carnegie Public Library, which served the Lake Region Community from January 21, 1910 until November 26, 2003 -- over 93 years!

Meeting Dates

Lake Region Public Library Board meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Library Community Room. Meeting minutes are available in the office of the Library Director.

Lake Region Public Library Board Members

Hours Of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday
10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Services Offered

OUR COLLECTION: Approximately 43,800 items, including 57 magazine and 5 newspaper subscriptions and a variety of audio-visual media. Special Collections: LARGE PRINT, ND, Scandinavian Section, George Johnson Genealogical Section and microfilm (Devils Lake Journal only).

INTERNET ACCESS: Wi-Fi plus 8 computer stations with free Internet access for the public. Young people ages 17 and younger MUST have a parental permission form on file before they can use these stations. Note that we do not have 'blocking' or 'filtering' software on these computers and library staff DOES NOT supervise users. 30 minutes per day per individual is our guarantee.

DATABASES: Over 70 reliable databases are available online either at the library OR on your home computer (Ancestry Library Edition is the one exception)! Simply follow these quick step-by-step instructions: go to the State Library's website, <>; then click on <Find Library Items>; then <Online Library Resources>; pick from the many database categories. Note: IF you are asked to "login", use 23125001134913, and "lakeregion"; then type in a "user name" (invent one for yourself), your e-mail address (required), and a "password" (again, you invent one).

INTER-LIBRARY LOANS (ILL's): Requests to borrow materials from other libraries can be made by any patron; there is a per item fee (see above fees and rates).

PHOTOCOPIER: There is a charge (see above fees and rates).

FAX SERVICE: There is a charge, sending or receiving (see above fees and rates).

MICROFILM READER/PRINTER: The library has a Minolta RP603Z Reader/Printer. Patrons may examine and print from old issues of the Devils Lake Journal on microfilm. See the above fees and rates for printing costs.

RESEARCH: Time permitting, the staff can do limited research, including genealogical research (obituary, etc.), there is a per hour charge (see above fees and rates).

PROCTORING: The director may proctor tests as requested. A per hour fee will be charged during regular library and outside of regular hours (see above fees and rates).

NON-RESIDENT FEES: Patrons who reside in Ramsey County receive FREE library service. Non-residents pay a fee for library service (per state law): See above fees and rates.

FREE TAX FORMS: From late December to mid April we have both Federal and North Dakota tax forms, instructions, and publications.

STORY TIME: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from September through April, the Children's Library hosts a Story Time for pre-school and kindergarten-aged children at 11:30 a.m. A parent must also attend. Story Times last 30-45 minutes and usually involve a fun activity/craft. Let us know if you would like to be a Storyteller (even if you just want to try it!)

OTHER YOUTH PROGRAMING: In April, National Library Week is celebrated; in May, it's Children's Book Week; also in May, young people who have just completed grades K-12 can register for the Summer Reading Program. (two programs, one for K-6 and another for 7-12, are organized); the Summer Reading Program then runs for about six weeks, normally starting in June. In October, it's Teen Reading Week. Ask Sue for details.

Library Policies

LIBRARY CARDS: Adult cards are issued to patrons 16 years of age or older and who have proof of address; children ages 5 through 15 will be issued cards only with a parent/guardian co-signing; children under 5 may check out materials on a parent's account.

CHECK OUT LIMITS: Adults may have 10 items (including 4 audio-visual items) at home at any one time. Young people (up to 16 years of age) may have 5 items at home at one time (2 of which, maximum, may be audio-visual items).

HOW LONG? Everything is checked out for 2 weeks.

RENEWALS? Materials may be renewed twice over the phone and, of course, at the library. However, if there is a waiting list the item will not be renewed.

FINES? Nothing is charged until an item is more than 1 WEEK overdue. After that it's a fine per item per day (see above fees and rates). Any audio-visual item dropped into the outside drop box will merit a fine (see above fees and rates). Lost or badly damaged items will incur a fine consisting of the item's replacement cost (its retail price) plus a per item administrative fee (see above fees and rates). Slightly damaged items may merit a smaller fine (subjectively determined).

REPAIRS: Please don't attempt repairs, but bring these to our attention.

YOUNGSTERS: Children 6 and under must be supervised by an adult.

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