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Martins Ferry Public Library
20 James Wright Place
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935
Admin Fax: (740)633-6242

Yvonne Myers, Director

A History of the Martins Ferry Public Library

Google Map and Directions to Library
Library Address for GPS Users - 20 S. 5th St.

Monday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday:  Closed
Book Drop Available at This Location

Library Cards

In order to borrow library materials from the Martins Ferry Public Library, you must have a borrowers card from the Belmont County District Library system or from one of the cooperating libraries. A library card is free to residents of Ohio, upon presentation of proof of residence. You must show a photo ID with your current address. If your ID does not show your current address, please bring an official piece of canceled mail or a copy of your lease or utility bill. Those below the age of 18 must have signed parental consent. Out of state residents may purchase a card for $5.00 per year.

Borrowing Privileges

Use of our library services within our buildings, including reference books and services and use of electronic materials, is free and available to all; however, non-Ohio residents must pay $5.00 a year for use of their library card. Use of the Internet, through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) requires signed agreement with our Internet Use Policy ; for those under the age of 18 it also requires the signed agreement of a parent or guardian.

A patron may check out unlimited library materials except Videos,  DVDs and CD's. You may borrow up to 6 videos and/or DVD's and 6 music CD's. Video tapes and DVD's may be borrowed for a one week period and are renewable if there are no holds on the item. Children under the age of 18 must have signed parental permission to borrow video tapes and DVD's.

Books, non-current Magazines and CD's are loaned for a three week period, and may be renewed for an additional three weeks, as long as there are no holds on the item. New magazines are loaned for a one week period. Renewals may be made on the website, in person or by telephone.

Loan Periods and Fines

Patrons may not check out items if there is a balance of $1.00 or more on their account or a household member's account.

Material Loan
Overdue Fine
Per Day
Maximum Fine
Books 3 weeks .20 10.00
New Magazines 1 week .20 10.00
Non-current Magazines 3 weeks .20 10.00
Audio Books & Books on CD 3 weeks .20 10.00
Compact Discs 3 weeks .20 10.00
Videos 1 week .20 10.00
DVDs 1 week .20 10.00

Overdue Information

Patrons are encouraged to return library materials on or before their due date to avoid fines and to make the items available to other patrons.

Lost/Damaged Material

Patrons are responsible for all library materials that they check out. If a patron loses a library item, they will be required to pay the replacement cost of the item. If the library staff determines that an item has been damaged beyond repair, the patron will be charged the replacement cost. If a patron finds a lost item that they have paid for, a refund will be issued. Refunds will only be issued for items returned with a receipt and within 90 days of payment.

Collection Agency

The Belmont County District Library has contracted with a collection agency to assist in recovering non-returned library materials and unpaid fines. All unresolved accounts over $25.00 will be turned over to Unique Management Services, Inc. and an additional charge of $10.00 will be added to the balance.

Renewing Material

Most items can be renewed twice, unless holds have been placed on them.  Renewals can be done in person with your card or the item, over the phone with your card number or online. Most new items, such as bestsellers, are often not available for renewal.

Returning Material

You may return items to any of the Belmont County District Library branch locations. All branch locations have bookdrops available outside the library for after hours returns. You may also return items to any cooperating library.

Placing Holds

The hold procedure is a way to reserve a particular item for yourself. This item may be checked-out or may belong to another cooperating library. By placing a hold, you ensure that you will receive a copy of the item.

You can place a hold on most items that you find in the online catalog. You may do this from your home computer, at the library's online catalog or over the telephone. To do this yourself, you need your library card number. If you call the library, you must have your card number available and library staff will be happy to place a hold for you. When the library receives the item, you will be notified by telephone, text or email. You have 7 days to pick up the item.

Job Application

To apply for employment at the Belmont County District Library please email your resume and cover letter to Yvonne Myers, Library Director.  You may also print out the Job Application and send it to:

Belmont County District Library
Attn: Yvonne Myers, Library Director
20 S. 5th St
Martins Ferry, OH 43935


Administrative Policies

Internet Use Material Selection
Concealed Carry Mission Statement
Patron Code of Conduct Notary Policy



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Martins Ferry Public Library
20 James Wright Place - PO Box 130
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935
Phone: 740-633-0314
Fax: 740-633-0935
Yvonne Myers, Director