FAQ

Basic Library Information:

  • What hours are you open? 
    • The Bridgeport Public Library hours are:
      Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Sunday, Closed
      Holiday hours vary
  • Where is the Library located?
  • How many items can I check out and for how long?
    • Patrons may check out up to 35 items and 10 of those may be DVDs or Blu-Rays for patrons over the age of 18. New patrons are permitted to borrow 5 items initially, 1 of which can be a DVD or Blu-Ray for those over the age of 18. Once those items are returned, the limit is 35 items, 10 of which may be movie/television rentals. Items may be borrowed for two weeks and may be renewed twice, resulting in six weeks of possession. Items on hold for other patrons as well as DVDs and Blu-Rays may not be renewed. 
  • How much are the fines & fees? How can I pay them?
    • The fine for most items is $0.10 per day overdue. The fine for DVDs and Blu-Rays is $1.00 per day overdue. The maximum fine for an overdue book, audiobook, or magazine is $5.00. The maximum fine for an overdue DVD or Blu-Ray is $20. Fines may be paid in person at the circulation desks using either cash or check.
  • What Library events or programs are coming up?
    • Check out the library’s monthly calendars to find events for all ages! The calendar is color coded: children - yellow, teens - green, adults - blue. For more detailed information, pick up a print copy of the newsletter at the library.

Do you have:

  • ...meeting rooms for the public?
    • Yes, the library has one meeting room available for non-profit organizations to reserve free of charge. Please call the library at 304-842-8248 and ask for Sylvia about availability. Library programs requiring the meeting space take priority over outside events. 
  • ...tax forms?
    • The library has some tax forms beginning in January. State forms are generally available. Federal form quantities and availability is determined by the IRS. 
  • ...computers for public use?
    • Computers with internet access are available for personal use only for one hour of use per day. Computer use requires a library card or valid form of identification on file at the library. Printing is available for only $0.10 for black and white and $0.50 for color pages. You may also bring your own computer or other device and access the library’s Wi-Fi. City of Bridgeport provided firewalls prevent access to unsuitable websites.
  • ...any job openings at the Library?
    • The library is a department of the City of Bridgeport. Employment opportunities are listed here. The City of Bridgeport is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

How do I:

  • ...obtain a library card? Can I get a library card if I don't live in Bridgeport?
    • Individuals must provide a photo ID and proof of current address. Those under the age of sixteen are required to have a parent or guardian register as the party responsible for all loans. The first library card is free and replacements are $1.00. Yes, all residents of West Virginia are eligible to apply for Bridgeport Public Library cards. Limited borrowing privileges may be granted to temporary out of state visitors.
  • ...search the catalog from home?
    • Click here to search the library's catalog?
  • ...find out what my Library PIN number is?
    • Your library PIN number, necessary for accessing your library account online, is the last four digits of your library card barcode number.
  • ...renew my materials?
    • Access your library account by clicking here. Click the “log in” button located in the upper right hand corner of the page. You may use your library card barcode number and pin number (last four digits of the barcode number) OR create a personalized username and password. Once logged in, click on your account button located in the upper right hand corner of the page, example: “John’s Account.” Click on “View Loans” in the middle of the page. Individual items, if eligible, may be renewed by clicking the “Renew Loan” button. You may also call the library at 304-842-8248 to renew your loans. 
  • ...find out what DVDs, CDs or books on CD the Library has?
    • Your library has more than books! Search the collection by clicking here and enter authors, artists, and titles in the search bar.
  • ...connect to the WiFi at the Library?
    • Free WiFi is available at the library and may be accessed with a wireless capable device.
  • ...print to the printer?
    • The library has a professional grade bizhub printer available to the public. Patrons may use a public computer to send jobs to the printer. Printing charges: $0.10 for black and white and $0.50 for color pages.
  • ...get a book not included in the library's collection?
    • Interlibrary loan services are available to obtain items not included in the collection. Due to cost efficiency and item availability, the library may also purchase requested items. To request items for consideration, forms are available at the library’s circulation desks. 
  • ...donate materials to the Library?
    • The library has limited storage space and therefore limits its donation intake to one bag or box per person at a time. Donations are accepted in larger quantities near annual book sales, typically in October. The library never accepts textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias.
  • ...find out when activities are held for children, teens, and adults?
    • Check out the library’s monthly calendars to find events for all ages! The calendar is color coded: children - yellow, teens - green, adults - blue. For more detailed information, pick up a newsletter at the library.
  • ...volunteer at the Library? 
    • Volunteers are welcome and appreciated at the library! Volunteers are needed most during book sales, typically in October. Volunteer applications are available at the library’s circulation desks.