We would love to show your group all the library has to offer!
We regularly welcome groups of gradeschool and college students, community organizations, and others. To help us plan for your visit, please complete the form on this page in accordance with the following stipulations:
Whether or not staff assistance is needed, any group of 10 or more that plans to visit the library must contact the library at least one week prior to their visit. In this way, we can avoid conflicts between groups and provide better assistance to all library users.
If staff assistance is needed, groups of any size must contact the library at least two weeks prior to their visit. At certain times of the year, the schedule for visits fills up very quickly, so please contact us well in advance of your intended visit.
Group visit FAQs
Why do I need to contact the library in advance?
This is so we can avoid conflicts between groups and provide better assistance to all library users. Although we would like to have groups visit as often as possible, we do have a busy schedule and limited resources. At certain times of the year, the schedule for visits fills up very quickly, so please contact us well in advance in order to ensure a time most convenient for your class.
Why do I need to specify a purpose for our visit?
This is so library staff can provide the group with needed services while maintaining an orderly and educational atmosphere for all library users. This is especially important for large groups and for elementary, middle and high school children. Students learn to use the library and appreciate library resources when they have a positive library experience.
What services are available to visiting groups?
Story times, book talks, library tours, library card applications, library catalog tutorials, online resources tutorials, aquarium lessons and general research tutorials can be arranged. Collections of books can be pulled for a reference shelf or for a class visit. Meeting rooms are available according to our meeting room policy.
Can students get library cards when they visit?
If teachers want their students to check out books during their library visit, they should arrange to pick up library card applications at least three weeks before the scheduled visit. Each application must include the signature and state ID number of the child's parent or legal guardian. Teachers should verify that the applications are complete. Completed applications must be returned to the library at least two weeks before the visit.
How will I know my visit request is granted?
If you do not require assistance, we will not contact you unless we anticipate a conflict with another group. (Note: We will not restrict your group from visiting the library.) If a request requiring assistance is approved, we will reply in writing (email is preferred). If a visit requiring assistance is not possible, we will reply to your group in writing (email is preferred) with an explanation and possible alternatives for your visit.