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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)
Notary Public Service when the notary is on duty.  Generally 9 to 5 Mon-Fri, however, it is highly suggested to call in advance to make sure a Notary Public is available.


Upcoming events
Wed, Dec 07, 9:00am - 10:00am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Story-time is 30-minutes in length. Stories, arts & crafts, felt board stories, music, and activities for children, 3 to 5. Guardian must stay in the Community Room.

Wed, Dec 07, 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Kids come and build the weekly theme or whatever they choose in the Community Room for children ages 3 to 17. Children under 7 must have their parent or adult guardian present at the event.

Thu, Dec 08, 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Come one, come all to enjoy a fun family film in our Community Room. We will provide popcorn, hot chocolate and cider, and you may bring your blankets! No unattended children under 10!

Thu, Dec 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DePorres Lounge
A book club for adults set in a relaxing atmosphere. This event is for 21 and older. Each month we will discuss a book while enjoying a beverage or 2. (Beverages not furnished by the DPL)

Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Come for the Story! Come for the Noise! Come dressed in green or as Who-girls and boys! Come for a craft, snack, or a movie! Come one! Come all! It's going to be a Who-jubilee!

Wed, Dec 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Come see North Dakota author and singer Jessie Veeder for a children's book reading, music, and creative workshop. While themed towards children, all ages are welcome.

Wed, Dec 14, 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Kids come and build the weekly theme or whatever they choose in the Community Room for children ages 3 to 17. Children under 7 must have their parent or adult guardian present at the event.

Wed, Dec 14, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dickinson City Hall - City Commission Room
Monthly meeting of the Dickinson Area Public Library library board. The public is welcome.

Thu, Dec 15, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Drop in anytime between 1pm and 7pm to wrap some gifts. We'll provide the wrapping supplies and hot chocolate! Open to all ages.

Fri, Dec 16, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
Free popcorn! Come out and see the film adaptation of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Where the Crawdads Sing! Where the Crawdads Sing is rated PG-13 with a running time of 2hr 5m.

Sat, Dec 17, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
WANTED! True crime junkies who think they could help solve a crime or would just like to talk about them with like-minded people. Each month we will discuss either a specific crime or crime category.

Sat, Dec 17, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
There will not be a specific book for each month for the particular genre for that month, but rather participants can read whatever they want from that genre, and then we will discuss the genre.

Mon, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dickinson Area Public Library - Community Room
The official library book club will meet once a month on the last Monday of the month at 6 pm in the Community Room. The next month's title will be made known at each meeting.

Collection Suggestions

If you would like to suggest material for the Dickinson Area Public Library to add to it's collection, please use this form to do so.

*There is no guarantee that the library will add the suggested item to our collection but your suggestion will be considered.

Select the type of material you are suggesting.