Library Card FAQs

If you live in Boone or Callaway Counties, you’re eligible for a free DBRL library card. You can get a card at any age, but applications for those under 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature.

How do I get a library card?

Online
Adults (18+) can request a library card online. We’ll mail your card along with instructions for activating it by e-mail.

By Postal Mail
Complete a paper application, and bring it to your library or mail it to us. We’ll mail a card back to you.

In Person
You can get a library card at any DBRL location or bookmobile. You’ll need a photo ID and proof of current address (e.g. a utility bill).

How do I renew my card?

Renew your card online, over the phone or at check-out. Cards need to be renewed every two years.

What if I lose my card?

Please let us know immediately so we can assign you a new card number and transfer your record. This protects you in case someone tries to use your lost or stolen card. There is a 50¢ fee for a replacement library card.

How do I access my account?
  • Online through the catalog.
  • In person, you must have your library card number to check out items, renew, place holds, have your library record accessed by staff or use a library computer. We value your right to confidential library records, therefore, we will only release account information to you (including over the phone or via email) if you have the card number or can verify your identity as the cardholder. This includes parents wishing to see a child’s record.
How do I update my contact information?

You can give us updated information in person, by phone or through this online form.

Check-outs, Renewals & Holds

How long can I keep my check-outs?
  • Most books, CDs and other items check out for three weeks although some collections have special rules to assure better availability.
  • DVDs check out for one week.
  • Kits (Little Red Reading bags, Play as Learning kits, etc.) check out for four weeks.
  • Book discussion kits check out for eight weeks
How do I renew items?

You can renew most items up to three times unless they are on hold for someone else. Renew three ways:

You will need your library card number and the item’s barcode number.

How do I place a hold or request a book?

You will need your library card number.

You can also request books not available in the DBRL catalog through our interlibrary loan service.

What happens when items are overdue?

We do not charge fines for overdue items.

If items you borrow are overdue, we send you a notice to remind you. If you still don’t return them, we send a bill for replacement costs, and your card is blocked. You won’t be able to place holds, check out or download anything until either the overdue items are returned in good condition or your replacement bill is paid.

Ultimately, failure to return library materials may result in prosecution for theft under the Missouri Revised Statutes, sections 570.200 and 570.210. Patrons with overdue items, the value of which exceeds an amount determined as excessive by DBRL, may be referred to a collection agency for either return of the materials in acceptable condition or payment for replacing the materials.

Interlibrary Loan

If the item you want is not available in the DBRL catalog, you might be able to borrow it through our interlibrary loan service. This service will search for copies of requested materials across the state and farther.

Requesting Materials Is Easy

  • Log in to your DBRL Interlibrary Loan account. (The first time you log in, you’ll be asked to verify your account information.)
  • Search for the title you want by clicking the “Search for Materials” button.
  • Select the title you want and click the “Borrow this item from another library” link.
  • Review your request and click on the Submit button.

Notes

  • There is a 50¢ fee for interlibrary loans.
  • You will be notified when the item is ready for you to pick up at your library.
  • Interlibrary loan service is only available for residents of the Columbia, Boone County and Callaway County Library Districts.
  • Audiovisual material and recently published books are not available for interlibrary loan. (You can suggest that we purchase those items.)
  • Items loaned through this service are subject to the loan period and overdue fees of the loaning institution.

Downloading & Streaming Services

Want to enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks, music, magazines, movies, and TV on the go? Your DBRL card has you covered. Check out the following services.

Freegal: weekly music downloads and ad-free streaming music.

Hoopla: streaming and downloadable audiobooks, comics, eBooks, music, movies and TV shows.

OverDrive: downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.

Zinio: Digital magazines

Bookmobiles

Big Bookmobile

The bookmobile has regular stops in a number of locations and offers a full array of library materials and services for all ages. You can also pick up items you’ve put on hold. Call the Outreach Department for more information: (573) 817-7097.

Bookmobile Junior

Loaded with books and other materials for kids and parents to check out, Bookmobile, Jr. visits community centers around Columbia. Call Children’s Services for more information: (573) 817-7160.

Outreach, Home & Community Facility Delivery

Deliveries to Homes

If you have a Daniel Boone Regional Library card but can’t visit our building because of age, illness or a disability, we’ll bring the library to you.

We deliver or mail library materials to:

  • patrons in senior citizen’s homes.
  • the residences of people of any age who have a long term-illness or disability.

Deliveries to Retirement Centers and Other Community Facilities

In addition, a number of retirement homes, long-term care facilities, senior centers, food banks, group homes, fire stations and correctional facilities are on our regular delivery routes.

We also can come to your home to assist you in signing up for the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library.

Contact our Outreach Department for help using these services: 573-817-7097.

Meeting Rooms

Who can use meeting rooms?

Meeting rooms are available for free at all of our branches for use by:

  • nonprofit organizations;
  • government agencies;
  • groups conducting educational, civic, cultural and intellectual activities. (And yes, this includes book clubs!)

Dos and Don’ts

Your group must submit a Meeting Room Application Form at least once a year. Once your application is accepted you can make room reservations by phone.

Your group can reserve a room once a month. We take reservations for the current month and the next two months.

Meeting rooms cannot be used to sell or advertise products or services.
For full guidelines, see the DBRL Meeting Room Policy.

Columbia Public Library

For reservations call: (573) 817-7020

Friends Room
Capacity: 100 people
Features: a small kitchenette and a retractable projector screen (Videoconferencing equipment is available in this room for a small fee.)

Conference Rooms A & B
Capacity: 20 people
Features: a whiteboard and a retractable projector screen.

Callaway County Public Library

For reservations call: (573) 642-7261

Friends Room
Capacity: 60
Features: a small kitchenette. This room can be divided into two rooms, each holding up to 30 people.

Southern Boone County Public Library

For reservations call: (573) 657-7378.

Meeting Room
Capacity: 40
Features: a small kitchenette.

Test Proctoring

As part of our goal to support lifelong learning, designated library staff can proctor examinations at our libraries. Read the full policy.

  • Test proctoring is available for library cardholders living in Boone and Callaway Counties at the Columbia Public Library Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-Noon; Wednesdays 5-8 p.m.; Fridays, 2-5 p.m. For proctoring services at the Southern Boone and Callaway County Public Libraries, call these facilities directly.
  • We need at least two week’s notice to arrange proctoring.
  • The first test is free (up to two hours). For all additional testing sessions, we charge $15 per hour to cover the cost of the service. Please see our full policy for fee structure details.
  • We are unable to provide this service to students of local colleges (e.g. MU, Columbia College, Moberly Area Community College, Stephens, William Woods, Westminster) who should seek proctoring at their institutions.

Computer & Technology FAQs

The library provides computers for word processing, checking your email and accessing the internet. There is no charge to use these computers, but you need an active Daniel Boone Regional Library card or a guest card (for patrons who live outside the service area). The library’s computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, read the complete computer use guidelines. Please be courteous to those around you and don’t use your phone at the computers. Read the complete rules for behavior.

Can I reserve a computer?

Each library location has internet computers available on a first-come, first-served basis. They cannot be booked in advance.

What do I need to use an internet computer?

Log on with your library card number and birth date. Visitors age 18 or older may request a guest card (photo ID required). You may use the internet computers for at least one hour per person per day. Depending on computer availability, your time may be extended for an additional hour or more.

What software do library computers have?
  • Popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox)
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Links to the library’s catalog and research resources
How much does printing cost?

Basic black and white printing costs 5¢ per page. Color printing requires staff assistance and costs 50¢ per page.

Can I save files?

Yes. Save any work you want to take with you to your own USB flash drive before your time is up. You cannot burn (save) information to CDs or DVDs. You cannot download software onto library computers.

Does the library have Wi-Fi?

All three libraries have free, building-wide wireless internet access. Wireless printing is available following the instructions at print.dbrl.org. It is the sole responsibility of all wireless device users to provide updated antivirus and anti-malware software on any device while using the library’s network.

Does the library have computers for kids?

Yes. Children’s computers feature:

Invite the Library to Your Event

Speakers from the library can be scheduled to talk to your group about libraries and library services. The Daniel Boone Regional Library encourages a love of reading that extends beyond the library’s walls.

We recommend that you contact us four weeks in advance about visiting your school or organization, as we consider requests in order of submission.

Our Services

Guest Reader

A staff member can read to your class as part of a read-a-thon, mystery reader day or other reading-focused event.

Literacy Night

We’ll bring “Family Story Time” to your location and talk about other literacy activities coming up at the library. Most story times last 20-30 minutes and can be tailored to families with kids from birth through fifth grade.

Library Information Table

We’ll set up a table where kids and their families can fill out library card applications and learn more about special library events. With a library card, families gain access to items at any of our three libraries and bookmobiles as well as services through our website.

Bookmobiles

Either of our two bookmobiles can be requested to make an appearance at your event. Each vehicle comes loaded with books, music CDs, DVDs and more.

Spring All-School Assemblies

Each summer we offer Summer Reading programs for all grades, and welcome the opportunity to make a 10-minute presentation during your school assembly or staff meeting in the spring.

Presentations

The library can provide a guest speaker for your organization, class or event to present on various services and programs for adults, such as: computer classes and technology in the library; One Read, our community-wide reading program; our digital branch; Adult Summer Reading; and more.

Workshops

Our librarians present two adult instructional workshops on how to improve childhood literacy.

  • Every Child Ready to Read – This training session focuses on early literacy skills for children from birth through age 5.
  • Read From the Start – This Missouri Humanities Council grant-funded program presents ways to share books with young children. It involves a two-night commitment over three to four weeks and requires a two-month advance notice. Participants receive seven free books. Minimum class of 15.