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Library Services


DPL Library Card Policies

Library Cards

Library cards are available for permanent residents/property owners in Stark, Billings, and Slope counties free of charge.  For those living outside of our service area (within North Dakota), we offer a card for a $20 annual fee or $25 for a family.  Temporary residents can obtain a limited use card with a non-refundable $20 annual fee. 

What you need to get a library card

Current picture ID with current address in the Dickinson, North Dakota service area
Physical proof of your address in our service area if ID is not current (no PO boxes)
$2.00 fee to replace lost cards

Process for obtaining a library card

The quickest and easiest method for obtaining your library card is to simply come into the main library in Dickinson, one of our branches, or the Bookmobile with your current ID and proof of address.  However, the Dickinson Area Public Library (DPL) has begun to issue cards to new patrons over the phone and through our catalog.  These cards will expire 6 months from the date of registration. They will also be restricted to checking out 3 physical items at a time.  New patrons will have full access to our electronic content.

Patrons will need to come to the library with a photo ID with their current address or a photo ID and additional proof of address within the 6-month period to continue their library privileges. If a patron is outside our services areas, their rural fee will be due at that time.  Once a new patron has confirmed their card and paid any fees if they are a rural patron, full library privileges will be activated and the usual expiration dates will be applied (five years for local patrons, 1 year for fee patrons.)

The DPL will provide new patrons with their card numbers over the phone or via email.  This is temporary and specific to the current situation.

Cards may also be obtained for other family members as long as they are at least four years old.  Each adult patron will be expected to come in person to verify their identity and place of residence and those of any children they obtained library cards for. Spouses cannot verify the information for each other, they must each verify their own information in person.

To obtain your new patron card, call 701-456-7700, or use the online registration process here.


Check out limits for regular cards

Audiobooks - 5
Books - 10
Magazines - 5 (Excluding the most recent issue)
DVDs - 5
Binge Boxes - 2
Book Club Kits - 2 (On adult cards only)
Board Games - 2 (On adult cards only)
Leap Pads - 1 (On adult cards only)
Learning Bundles - 1 (On adult cards only)
Video Games - 1 (On adult cards only)


Check out periods

Audiobooks - 4 weeks
Book Club Materials - 8 weeks
Books - 4 weeks (2 weeks if in demand)
Video Games - 2 weeks (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Leap Pads - 2 weeks (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Learning Bundles - 2 weeks (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Board Games - 1 Week (Only checked out on Adult Cards)
Magazines and DVDs - 1 week (Some DVD Seasons are 4 Weeks)
Binge Boxes - 4 weeks


Fines on materials returned past their due date

The DPL is now FINE FREE!  While the DPL is no longer charging fines on overdue materials, other fees (such as the cost of lost or damaged materials) still apply.  Once an item is 30 days overdue, the item will be marked as lost and fees for the cost of the item and other costs incurred by the DPL will apply.

Wireless Internet Access

WiFi access is available on the main level/north end of the library. NO wireless printing is available.

Public computer usage

Computers are available for patron and guest use. Usage is limited to 1 hour per day (unless approved for longer for educational use).  Printing is permitted in black & white for 15 cents per page, 25 cents per page for color, and must be prepaid before printing.

Public computer policies 

Computer filtering is in place on all stations, thus some websites may be inaccessible.  Inappropriate use of computers/internet in the library will result in a cancellation of usage privileges with a ban of one year.  Public computer use is monitored by library staff.

Materials and other services

Books, movies, magazines, and audiobooks
Large Print adult fiction and nonfiction books
Board & Video Games
Leap Pads & Learning Bundles
North Dakota and local historical collections
Online Reference Collection
Online EBooks, Audiobooks, Videos, Magazines, Comics and Music
Book Club in a Bag—10 books for discussion with discussion questions included
Interlibrary Loan services
Coin-operated black/white copy machine—15¢ and up, per page depending on the paper size or for color prints
Fax machine with $1.00 per page charge—1-701-456-7702
Microfilm/microfiche reader/printer for public use with 15¢ per page printing
The Dickinson Press 1883 to present and North Dakota Census on microfilm
Bookmobile services to Stark, Billings, and Slope Counties (Check the Bookmobile calendar here for current services)