» Request an Inter-Library Loan
Need a book that isn’t in the OCPL system? You can request books from other libraries. Lending policies for books outside our system are dependent on the lending library, but usually the book requested needs to be at least 6 months old. You can pick up a form for an ILL (Inter Library Loan) at any of the OCPL branches. There is no charge for this service, however, if you do not pick up a requested ILL, shipping costs for that item will be charged to your account.
» Get a Library card
Oldham County residents can get a library card by presenting an ID or piece of mail with name & address at any branch. Several of the counties surrounding Oldham have reciprocal agreements so that residents of those counties may receive Libraries in Oldham and vice versa. Anyone outside of the system is welcome to purchase a yearly family membership for $24.
» Find the Library near me
Click the area you live in to be directed to the branch closest to you: Ballardsville
| Pewee Valley
» Volunteer at the Library
Thanks for your interest in volunteering! The most opportunities for volunteers at the library are organized through the Friends of the Library and through the Teen Advisory Group (the library does not accept volunteers under the age of 16 outside of the Teen Advisory Group). The Library does accept court appointed volunteers, and tasks are determined by managers at specific branches. If you are looking to volunteer in this capacity, please see your local branch.
» Make a Donation to the Library
The Oldham County Public Library gratefully accepts donated books and other materials that are in good condition. The currency of the materials you want to donate is important to us. In general we are happy to accept donations with publication dates within the last three years. Paperback fiction should have been published within a year. We do not accept textbooks, books with ragged covers or pages, materials that have a “musty smell”, mildew or water damage, or materials with discolored pages. Magazines, paperback children’s materials and duplicated music cd’s, books on tape and videos are not accepted except for re-sale. Local history and genealogy items are especially welcome as are spoken word books on cassette and cd and videos and dvds in good working condition. Materials are accepted between Monday and Friday and are not accepted on weekends. Please call before bringing large amounts of donated items. All donated materials are reviewed by our staff before being added to the library collection. The Library accepts books as donations with the understanding that they may be disposed of in a manner most convenient to the Library if the books are not added to the collection. Means of disposing of books not added include sale, donation to other institutions and, when necessary, destruction. The Library issues a receipt for books donated upon request but does not establish a monetary value for the donation.
Other Oldham County Organizations Looking for Books:
These groups accept books as donations, and many offer a pick-up service.
- Goodwill Industries of Kentucky 243-0169
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Oldham County 222-7473
- Host House 225-9944 (Teen appropriate materials)
- Hospitals, Nursing Homes etc.
The following are looking for books for their patients, residents etc.
- Baptist Hospital Northeast 222-3332 (more recent magazines only)
- The Richwood 222-3186
- Friendship Manor 241-8821
- Britthaven 228-8359
Recycling: No one likes to discard a book, but sometimes the condition of the book requires this. Hardcover books, paperbacks, magazines and telephone books may be recycled at the Oldham County Recycling Center, 222-3196. Please call for open hours and conditions of acceptance.
» What are the Library Hours?
Mahan & South Oldham Library are open Monday –Thursday from 10am-8pm and Friday and Saturday from 10-5pm. Main Library is open Monday- Thursday from 9:30-8pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:30-5pm. All Libraries are closed on Sundays. Yearly Holiday Closings include: New Year's Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Other closings will be listed as necessary.
» Download Audio Books
You can download free audio books from the Library’s Overdrive service to listen to on your home computer, mp3 Player, Smart Phone, or CD player. Click here
for more information about Overdrive. Computer classes are offered monthly at the Main Library in LaGrange for those wanting in-depth instruction on how to use this service.
» Download eBooks
You can download free eBooks from the Library’s Overdrive service to read on your home computer, eReader, tablet computer, or smart phone. Click here for more information about Overdrive
. Computer classes
are offered monthly at the Main Library in LaGrange for those wanting in-depth instruction on how to use this service.
» Request meeting space
The Main Library in LaGrange has public meeting rooms for community groups, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Use of the meeting rooms must be requested via application online or at the library and is dependent on availability. Fees may apply based on use of the room. For more information, see the Library’s Meeting Room Policy
» Join the Friend's Group
The Friends of the Oldham County Public Library is a
non-profit organization open to
anyone who wishes to help support the goals and continuation of the Oldham County Public Library. Meetings are held monthly for members on the second Wednesday of each month at the Main Library in LaGrange. The Friends run the book sale room at the Main Library and accept volunteers and donations. For more information on the Friend's Group, visit their webpage
or their Facebook page
» When are the computer classes?
Computer classes are offered monthly on a rotating basis at the Main Library in LaGrange. Please see the programming page for specific dates and times. Among the classes offered are: Basic Computer Skills (three week class); Microsoft Word (two week class); Microsoft Excel (two week class); Microsoft Power Point (two week class); GIMP photo editing (2 week class); Digital Media/Overdrive (two hour class). Classes are free, and open to everyone.
» Sign up for Computer classes
You will soon be able to register for Computer Classes online
. Please call your local library if you have trouble registering or have additional questions.
» Contact a librarian
Contact page for the OCPL.
» What services does the library offer?
The Oldham County Public Library is a fully automated system providing for the informational, educational and entertainment needs of Oldham Countians. Besides fiction titles for juveniles and adults the library system has a Reference Collection, extensive non-fiction collection, newspapers, magazines, videos, books on compact disc, and audio cassettes. Special collections include: Genealogy, Kentucky, Daughters of the American Revolution, Large Print, Census, Civil War, and Young Adult.
Services and programs are provided at various branches. There is a Pre-School story hour at all branches as well as a summer reading program and summer activity program. Adult programs of interest to the community are held throughout the year. A-V equipment is available for lending. A coin-op photocopier and fax capabilities are provided for a fee. There are 66 computers with full internet access available for the public also providing programs for word processing and document delivery.
Most services and items are provided to Oldham County patrons free of charge.
Adults need an ID card to get a library card and anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent’s signature to get a library card. Library cards may be used at any Oldham County Public Library location.
» Use a public Computer
Public computers are available at all OCPL branches. All computers are equipped with Microsoft Office. We utilize a time management system to allow all patrons fair access to the computers. When visiting the library, see the front desk for PIN to log on. Computer printing is available prepaid—$.20 per page for each black and white print, and $.50 per page for each color print.
» Contact the Board
If you wish to address the Board at a meeting please call the Director at 502-222-9713, extension 304, one week in advance of the meeting. If you would like to be notified of a Special Called Meeting or a meeting change in the schedule, please send your e-mail address or telephone number to the Library Director at 502-222-9713, extension 304.
» Schedule for Trustee's Meetings
The Oldham County Public Library Board of Trustees meets the second Thursday of every month. Meetings are held in the Board Room of the Main Library, 308 Yager Avenue in LaGrange. The meetings start at 6:30 pm. All meetings are open to the public.
Click here to see the scheduled Board Meetings for the year
» Minutes from Board Meetings
The Library maintains a rolling 12-month history of board meeting packages available online
» I need a notary.
The Main Library has a public notary available weekdays during business hours. Please call 222-9713 for further availability.
» Use the Study Rooms
Study rooms at the Main Library are available first come first served. Sign-ins are requested for extended use.
» Sign up for book newsletters
Recieve the latest books news and alerts about the newest items in the collection directly to your inbox once a month! Sign up here.
» When are Story Times?
Story Time (September – May) is a class designed for children who are 3-5 years old. Children and parents or caregivers will listen to books and stories, sing songs or play games. There is also time to make a small craft to take home. Each week, Story Time has a different theme for all to enjoy. Story Time is offered at all branches of the Oldham County Public Library. Please see the Children’s site
for specific times.
» What's booking ahead?
You can place holds on items that are in the library catalog, but not yet published. These items show as being in processing. The Library will often add popular books to the catalog as they are announced by the publisher, and sometimes these books have yet to be published. Please understand that while you may place a hold on the item early, it may not be available for some time.
» How do I place a hold on a book?
Click on the Catalog link at the top of the page and find the items you are interested in placing a hold on. Once you choose a specific title, click the Place Hold Tab at the top of the screen. Enter your Patron/Alternate ID (your whole library card number) and your PIN (the last 4 digits of your library card number). Select the desired location for pickup and then submit request. You will be notified by email or phone when the items become available.
» What's my Library PIN?
Your PIN is the last four digits of your library card number.
» What's my ID Number?
Your library ID number is the number listed on the back of your Library card. Enter this number without any spaces into your account for online access to Library material.
» Printing at the Library
Computer printing is available prepaid—$.20 per page for each black and white print, and $.50 per page for each color print. Copiers are also available at all branches for black & white copies.
» Send a fax
You may send a fax from any Library in the OCPL system for $1 a page. You may receive faxes at the library for $0.50.
» Scan a document
Staff at South Oldham and Main Libraries can scan documents for delivery to email accounts. This service is $.50 per file. This service is currently unavailable at Mahan Library.
» Lending periods
New Books: 14 days, On Demand Titles: 7 days, Most Books: 28 days, DVDs and Videos: 3 days, Circulating Magazines: 14 days, Educational Videos: 14 days, Adult Audio Books: 14 days, Children Audio Books: 28 days, Circulating reference: 3 days, 50 Books to Read: 7 days
Renewals: Most books/magazines: 14 days, Movies: 3 days. No renewals on On Demand Books.
No renewals on items if item is on hold for another patron. (You can renew online, over the phone or in person)
Books & magazines: $.10 a day each item;
On Demand Books: $.25 a day each item;
Videos & DVDs: $1.00 a day each item;
Adult Audio Books: $1.00 a day each item;
Juvenile Audio Books: $.10 a day each item
» My Spot Meetings
Each Tuesday during the school year OCPL offers programs for teens in grades 6- 12th. A variety of activities are offered, such as game nights, make & eat activities, make & take craft activities, and movie nights. The MY SPOT meetings are usually held at 6:30 pm (movie nights begin earlier) in the activity room at the Main Library in LaGrange. The Teen Advisory Group, a young adult group that contributes to the library by giving input on programming, material selection, and volunteer activities, meets one Saturday a month. Check the teen area
or the online teen calendar
for more specific details.
» Request a book club kit
Book club kits are available to Oldham County Patrons with a vaild library card. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book, plus a discussion guide. Kits check out for 2 months. See here for listing of available titles & request form
» Request a book from another branch
Books with in the OCPL system may be checked out and returned to any OCPL branch. Once an item has been placed on hold
it will be transfered to the branch of your selection. Routing between the branches usually happens twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Once you hold has arrived at your specified location, you will be notified.
» Replace a lost library card
Replacement library cards are available for $1.50 at any branch. Once your card has been replaced in the system, any old ID numbers you have will no longer work. Please destroy old library cards if found after purchasing a replacement.
» Check Out Limits
There are checkout limits on videos (5) and DVDs (5), Audio Books—cassette or CD (5 each). Children may NOT check out videos or DVDs on their cards. You must be at least 18 years old to check them out.