Citizens Library Policies

Library Card
  • Any resident of Washington, Greene, and Fayette County may register for a free card;

  • A verifiable written form of identification, including current permanent address, is needed to apply for a library card;

  • Children under 16 are eligible for a library card with parental signature and identification;

  • Resident students attending a Washington County college may register for a 1 year library card with proper student identification;

  • Library cards are renewed every 3 years;

  • Library cards are not transferable;

  • Non-residents of Washington, Greene, and Fayette County are welcome to

    • Use their Access PA Library Card

      • OR

    • Register by paying an annual fee;

  • Lost or damaged library cards are replaced for a $2 fee.

  • Lost or damaged computer used cards are replaced for a $1 fee.

  • You must bring your card in order to check items out or to use the public internet computers

Borrowing and Returning
  • Most materials may be borrowed for 14 days;

  • DVD's may be borrowed for 1 week;

  • Current periodicals are not available for loan;

  • Items may be renewed at the Library, by telephone (724-222-2400 ext. 222), or online up to 2 times;

  • Items may be returned inside the Library or at the Book Drop in the parking lot;

    • PLEASE NOTE: loan periods for currently popular and non-book items may vary;

  • Long-term loans are available upon request.

  • 20 cents ($0.20) a day for a maximum of $5.00;


    • $1 a day with a maximum of $5 for DVD's.

    • 20 cents ($0.20) a day with a maximum of $5 for paperbacks and periodicals.

    • 20 cents ($0.20) a day for children's books with a maximum of $5.00.

  • Items not currently available may be reserved at the Customer Service Desk or Online;

  • Notification will be made by email or telephone

  • The item will be held at the Customer Service Desk for 5 days.

Inter-Library Loans (ILL)
  • Materials not owned by Citizens Library may be available from other libraries;

  • Requests for these materials can be made through the ILL desk at 724-222-2400 Ext. 225;


    • a minimum of 1-3 weeks may be necessary for requested materials to be received;

    • renewals are not permitted on ILL items;

    • current items and historical, genealogical, or reference materials are usually not available from other libraries.

  • Metered off street parking is available in a public parking lot on East Wheeling Street.  The meter cost is 75 cents ($0.75) per hour (20 minutes for each quarter).

  • Parking Meters are enforced Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Park Free at parking meters after 5:00 PM on weekdays, all day Saturday, all day Sunday, and Legal Holidays

  • For questions about parking, please call the City of Washington Parking Office at 724-223-4212

Room Rentals

Display Windows
  • Display space is available for exhibits by local clubs, hobby groups, collectors, and schools;

  • For bookings and further information contact Taryn (724-222-2400 ext. 222).

  • Internet computers are available to the public through the Reference Department;

  • Users MUST bring their library card OR computer user card in order to use the computer;

  • Library patron must be in good standing with the Library to use the computers.

  • Lost or damaged computer used cards are replaced for a $1 fee.

  • Users are asked to sign an internet agreement;

  • Users under 18 must have the policy validated by a parent or guardian; in the Children's Dept. they must have a parent/legal guardian stay with them;

  • Free WiFi service is also available;

  • On-line databases are available through the library on site or from home--see our "Special Resources" section for further information.

Memorial and Honorary Books
  • Memorial/honorary donations for books or to the general fund are available: contact the Customer Service Desk (ext. 222);

  • Items are marked with a gift plate;

  • Printing prepared work: 25 cents ($0.25) a page.

  • Black and White only

  • Prepay at Circulation Desk

Copy Machine
  • A copy machine is available at 25 cents ($0.25) per page.

Public FAX
  • A public fax is available during library hours at the Customer Service Desk;

  • Cost for a fax is $1.00 per page to send or receive (in continental U.S.).