Borrowing Items
How long can I keep my materials?

Here are our standard loaning periods:

  • Audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Board Games: 3 weeks
  • Books: 3 weeks
  • Entertainment Equipment: 2 weeks
  • Learning Kits: 3 weeks
  • Mobile Hotspots: 2 weeks
  • Music CDs: 3 weeks
  • Preloaded Tablets: 3 weeks
  • Cake Pans: 1 week
  • DVDs/Movies: 1 week
  • Fishing Poles: 2 weeks
  • TV Series: 2 weeks
  • Video Games: 2 weeks
  • Wellness Kits: 1 week

eLibrary loaning periods:

  • Libby: 2 weeks
  • Overdrive: 2 weeks
  • Kanopy: 72 hours
  • Freegal: Downloads are yours to keep
  • Hoopla: 72 hours
What if I need to keep my materials longer?

You may renew your items online unless they are overdue. Overdue items may be renewed over the phone.

The following items may not be renewed:

  • An item requested by another person
  • An item that has already been renewed twice
  • Interlibrary loan material 
How many items can I borrow?

Here are the maximum number of items you can check out by type, per card:

  • Board Games: 2
  • Entertainment Equipment: 1
  • Learning Kits: 2
  • Mobile Hotspots: 1
  • Preloaded Tablets: 1
  • DVDs: 10
  • Video Games: 2
  • Wellness Kits: 1

eLibrary:

  • Libby: 5 at a time/7 holds at a time 
  • Overdrive: 5 at a time/7 holds at a time
  • Freegal: 3 downloads/week
  • Kanopy: 10/month
  • Hoopla: 5/month
Can I reserve an item?

If an item is checked out, you may reserve it. This is called placing a hold. Holds are made by using the website, calling or requesting help from a staff member. 

We will contact you when the item becomes available. The item will be held for 3 days.

After 3 days, it will move to the next person on the list, or be placed back on the shelf.

Can I borrow an item from a library outside of Saline County?

Interlibrary loans are available on items not owned by Saline County Library and are 6 months old or older. You must have a valid Saline County Library card and be in good standing. Gateway card patrons need to use their home library for interlibrary loans.

Request forms for interlibrary loan are available at the service desks and need to be filled out as completely as possible, especially for special formats such as large print or audio. There is a $1.00 fee charged per filled request for interlibrary loan materials.

In order to continue offering interlibrary loan services, it is necessary to maintain good relations with cooperating libraries. Library materials should be returned promptly. The loaned materials are due according to the owner library’s due dates.

Sometimes the library lending the book will put special restrictions on the materials, such as use within the library. The Saline County Library, in fairness, must insist on compliance with such restrictions. You will be contacted when the requested material has been received. If you fail to pick up an interlibrary loan that has been ordered, the library may refuse to order for you in the future. You will still owe the $1.00 fee.

Can I suggest material for the library to purchase?

You may suggest material for the library to purchase for the collection. If the item is purchased, you will be placed on hold for it. While the library will attempt to order as many suggested materials as possible, we will evaluate purchase requests based on price, reviews, publication date and availability.

How much are the overdue fines and fees?

Overdue fines begin to accrue the day after the material is due.                               

Overdue fines are 10 cents per day per item. The maximum fine per item is $5.00.

Overdue fines for special items (like cake pans, tablets, mobile hotspots, entertainment equipment, or board games) are $1.00 per day. The maximum fine per item is $10.00.

Overdue fines for the Entertainment Equipment Kit: PSVR is $1.00 per day. The maximum fine is $18.00.                                                                           

Those owing more than $5.00 in fines and fees will be prohibited from checking out items.

If any piece is missing from a kit or board game, you will be charged an additional fee. 

What happens if I damage or lose an item?

If an item is claimed lost by a patron or by the library, the patron will be responsible for replacing the item either by paying the cost of the item or giving the library a replacement copy. A replacement copy is defined as a brand new, exact copy of the item with the same ISBN and format.

Users who return damaged items to the library will be assessed a fee.

Damage includes, but is not limited to, items which have had barcodes and other library markings removed, water damage, torn pages, writing, chewed edges or excessively dirty.

If the damage cannot be repaired, you will be charged the replacement cost. If you pay for a damaged item, you may keep it. If damage is due to a disaster, such as a fire or a tornado, there will be no cost for damages; however, proof must be provided that this disaster occurred. Examples of proof are: insurance paperwork, police report or a newspaper clipping with details.

It is both the library staff and the patron’s responsibility to note any condition problem at the time of check out and not after the item has been returned. The last person to have the item will be charged for the damage.

Can I still check out items if I owe a fine on my account?

Patrons are still allowed borrowing privileges in the library with up to $5.00 in fines. This only includes physical materials.

A fine of any amount will block you from borrowing eBooks on Overdrive. 

How do I download an eBook?

Borrow eBooks from Overdrive. You will now select “Mid-Ark Regional Library System” as your library. When you log in, it will ask for your library card number and PIN, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number or your 4 digit birth year. Search for the title you are looking for, tap or click the cover, and choose “Borrow.”

With the Libby App, open the app and select the Libby icon in the top right corner. Then select “Add A Library” and enter “Arkansas” in the search bar. Next, select “Saline County Library” and click “Sign In With My Library Card.”  From here, you will follow steps similar to the Overdrive App. Click the drop down arrow and select “Mid-Ark Regional Library System” and enter your library card number and PIN. Now click “Enter The Library” to begin searching through all of the eLibrary materials.

If you need help, see the Overdrive help page.

Can I return items to either library location?

It doesn’t matter which location you checked the item out from, you can return it to Herzfeld Library in Benton or Boswell Library in Bryant.

Do you offer a books by mail service?

Books by mail is a service designed to meet the needs of the homebound and those residents of Saline County who live farther than 15 miles from a branch and who are deemed capable of independent responsibility. Books and other formats are selected individually for each patron according to the patron’s interests or the patron’s specific requests. Materials will be sent on a regular schedule. Library materials are delivered by mail in zippered pouches with reversible address labels for easy mail return. A patron may have 4 items at a time.

These services are available to those who cannot utilize traditional library services or it would cause an undo hardship to do so including: elderly, physically impaired, injured, critically ill, long term care facilities residents, retirement center residents and rehabilitation center residents.

What are Book Boxes?

These book boxes allow the people of Saline County to have free access to reading materials 24/7, 365 days a year, whether the library is open or not. Our mission is to provide reading material to our community free of charge without ever having to come to the library.

Book boxes are located at the following: 

Bryant Center: 6401 Boone Rd, Bryant

Crow’s Station: 17202 AR-5, Benton

Healing Waters: 14032 Sardis Rd, Shannon Hills

Lance’s Convenience Store: 3821 Edison Ave, Benton

Paron Community Center: 22163 AR-9, Paron

Riverside Grocery: 4444 AR-5, Benton

Salty Harbor: 17250 I-30, Benton

What are Book Club Kits?

Book Club Kits include a tote bag, luggage tag (with barcode), its numbered books, and a Sign-out sheet. Each Book Club Kit is checked out for 60 days and there is a late fee of $.10 per day.

If there is a lost or damaged book, the book must be replaced or paid for by either the patron that checked out the Book Club Kit, or the patron that signed out the book. If the entire Book Club Kit is lost, there will be a fine that equals the entire price of the contents of that particular Book Club Kit. The fine will go to the patron that checked out the Book Club Kit. 

Children
How old do you have to be to get a library card?

A child (ages 5 and up) may acquire a children’s library card with their parent or guardian being the primary owner of the card. Therefore the parent or guardian is responsible for the account and able to gain access to information about the account. Once a child is able to obtain a government issued photo ID and parental permission, they may have their own adult card; no one other than the child may have access to this card.

Anyone over the age of 16 does not have to have parental permission to obtain an adult library card.

If a parent or guardian would like to add an additional adult to the account they may do so, but only with written consent.

Can my child visit the library without me?

Children under the age of 12 require supervision while in the library. See our Unattended Child Policy for more information.

Does the library have after-hours events?

The library hosts many after-hours events for youth and adults throughout the year. Children and Teens are required to submit a contract in order to attend any after-hours eventsEvent Contract.pdf

When is storytime?

Storytimes are held throughout the week at both locations. View our calendar for a full list of storytimes.

What songs and rhymes are used in storytime?

Here is a list of some of our favorites!

Songs and rhymes for babies:

Pat a Cake

Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Rolllllllll it. And paaaaaat it. And mark it with a B.
And toss it in the oven for baby and me!

Where, oh where, are baby’s fingers?

Where, oh where, are baby’s fingers?
Where, oh where, are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s bellybutton?
Round and round it goes!

Where, oh where, are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where, is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s bellybutton?
Round and round it goes!

Peek a boo

Peek a boo, peek a boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your little nose, and your little toes.
Peek a boo, peek a boo.

Tick tock

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock, now I’m striking one o’clock. Cuckoo!
(repeat for two and three o’clock)

What shall we do with a tiny baby?

What shall we do with a tiny baby? What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby? Early in the morning.
Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby. Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby.
Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby. Early in the morning.
Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby. Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby.
Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby. Early in the morning.
Yippee-yi-yay! Up goes baby! Yippee-dee-yay! Up goes baby!
Yippee-yi-yay! Up goes baby! Early in the morning.

Toddler and preschool songs and rhymes:

Roly poly

Roly poly, roly poly, up up up, up up up! (circle arms over each other moving upwards)
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, down down down, down down down.
Roly poly, roly poly, out out out, out out out!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, down in in in, in in in.
Roly poly, roly poly, fast fast fast, fast fast fast!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, slow slow slow, slow slow slow.

Hurry, Hurry

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (Hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (Pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (Pretend to spray hose)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station (Lean slowly to the left and right)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Zoom, zoom, zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
(clap hands rhythmically)
We’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’ll be there very soon
If you’d like to take a trip, clim aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
we’re going to the moon
In 5…4…3…2…1…Blast off! (jump up and blast off)

Can I leave my child unattended for storytime?

Children under the age of 12 require supervision while in the library. See our Unattended Child Policy for more information.

Do you offer programs for homeschoolers?

We have a variety of programs for homeschoolers of all ages throughout the week. View our calendar for a full list of homeschool programs.

What do you have in your collection for homeschoolers?

The goal of the Homeschool Collection is to provide greater accessibility to educational resources that assist homeschool teachers and parent educators with curricular development for children, Kindergarten through grade 8. This collection includes curriculum, teacher-edition textbooks, test preparation materials, homeschool parent reference materials, and the Practical Homeschooling Magazine. Additionally, we have the Launchpad tablets and Youth Services Kits, which are aimed at providing a hands-on approach to learning in a variety of subjects. Homeschool Curriculum is for in-library use only, but all other materials are available for check out. 

What are learning kits?

Our Youth Services Kits that are aimed at providing a hands-on approach to learning in a variety of subjects and target ages.  

For infants and toddlers:
These kits are designed to be utilized by children ages 1-2 and their caregivers. Based on the Montessori Method of learning, the activities in these kits embrace the method’s focus on self-directed activity, natural curiosity, multi-sensory learning, and collaborative play. 

  • Montessori Inspired Play – 12-18 mo.
  • Montessori Inspired Play – 18-24 mo.
  • Montessori Inspired Play – 24-36 mo.

For Early Literacy:These kits are designed to be utilized by children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Based on the five early literacy practices of Every Child Ready to Read, the included activities are aimed at helping your child develop the skills needed to learn to read once they are ready.

  • Read
  • Play
  • Write
  • Talk
  • Sing

For Storytime:These kits are designed to be utilized by children ages 2-6 and their caregivers or early childhood educators. The activities in these kits are intended to replicate the Storytime experience at home or in the classroom. 

  • Mouse Paint
  • Elephants & Pigs
  • Animals
  • Out of Place
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Going to School
  • Story Kit I
  • Story Kit II
  • Story Kit III
  • The Three Little Pigs Story Kit
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff Story Kit

For all-age learning:These kits cover a variety of educational topics for students in preschool through high school.Kits include materials to supplement learning in a particular subject area or to support a specific educational need. 

  • Preschool Skills
  • Kindergarten Readiness I: General Skills
  • Kindergarten Readiness II: Math & Literacy Skills
  • Sight Words & Phonics
  • Alphabet
  • Handwriting
  • Learning to Read
  • Rhyming Words
  • Visual Learning
  • Sensory Tools
  • Fidget Tools
  • Mindfulness for Kids
  • Making Music I: Musical Exploration
  • Making Music II: Beginning Music Literacy
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff STEM Kit
  • The Three Little Pigs STEM Kit
  • Goldilocks & The Three Bears STEM Kit
  • The Gingerbread Man STEM Kit
  • Makey Makey Inventions
  • Chain Reactions
  • Squishy Circuits
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Fractions
  • Telling Time
  • Number Sense I
  • Number Sense II
  • Counting Money
  • Weights & Measures
  • Plant & Animal Cells
  • Human Body
  • United States
  • Explore Arkansas
  • Learning Braille
  • Spanish I: Essentials
  • Spanish II: Intermediate
  • Spanish III: Advanced
  • French I: Essentials
  • French II: Intermediate
  • French III: Advanced
  • Wired Kids Headphones
  • CD Player
  • Graphing Calculator
What are Launchpad Tablets?

We have a wide variety of both educational and entertainment-based Launchpad tablets available for check out. Launchpads are pre-loaded with content for a variety of ages, easy-to-use, 100% secure, and do not allow internet access. See all our available Launchpad tablets here.

What other homeschool resources do you offer?

Brainfuse

HelpNow provides live tutoring on a variety of subjects, offering a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles.

Novelist K-8

Find new authors, series, other titles of a favorite author, match plots or characters. Create your own lists of titles you want to read or have read. Check the library’s catalog to see if we own a particular title and its availability. Focuses on materials for students.

Arkansas State Library K-8 Student Resources

The Arkansas State Library provides access to online encyclopedias, primary source materials and various reference collection databases to aid research. 

Here is a list of other helpful homeschool resources not affiliated with the Saline County Library.

Arkansas Virtual Academy

Home Educators of Greater Little Rock

Arkansas Homeschool Support Groups

Arkansas Homeschool Support Groups Resource Directory

State Organizations and Local Homeschool Groups

Central Arkansas Homeschoolers

Consumer Affairs – Best Online Homeschool Reviews

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started!). 

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. When your child reaches a milestone, give him/her a small reward (stickers, backpacks, books). 

Sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten here

How do I participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

Sign up at the children’s desk at either library branch. You will receive a folder that includes a handout on why it’s important to read to your child, a book & author list (just for suggestions!), and a reading tracker. 

When your child reaches a milestone (100 books, 200 books, etc.), bring your tracker to the library and your child will get a sticker to put on the wall. 

Once your child reaches 1,000 books, he or she will get to pick out a book from the library to keep!

Computers and Technology
How do I use a library computer of the WiFi?

To use a library computer, you will need your library card and PIN, which is your 4 digit birth year (newer cards) or may be the last 4 digits of your phone number (older cards). Patrons can use library computers for 90 minutes a day. Computers automatically shut down 15 minutes before close. 

To use our high-speed wifi, simply open your Wireless Network Connection Manager and connect to “LibraryWiFi”. Next, you will launch your preferred browser and accept the terms of use. 

Enjoy the Saline County Library’s fiber connection!

How do I view local history photographs?

Visit Saline County Library’s digital archives to view local history photographs. Check back from time to time to see what’s new.

Do you have an obituary index?

Our obituary index lists the name, date of death, date of obituary and microfilm roll or page number for the Saline Courier.

What are the computer lab hours?

Computer labs at both locations close 15 minutes before the library closes.

Benton and Bryant: 

  • Mondays 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM
  • Tuesdays 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM
  • Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM
  • Thursdays 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM
  • Fridays 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
  • Saturdays 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
How do I download an eBook?

Borrow eBooks from Overdrive. You will now select “Mid-Ark Regional Library System” as your library. When you log in, it will ask for your library card number and PIN, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number or your 4 digit birth year. Search for the title you are looking for, tap or click the cover, and choose “Borrow.”

With the Libby App, open the app and select the Libby icon in the top right corner. Then select “Add A Library” and enter “Arkansas” in the search bar. Next, select “Saline County Library” and click “Sign In With My Library Card.”  From here, you will follow steps similar to the Overdrive App. Click the drop down arrow and select “Mid-Ark Regional Library System” and enter your library card number and PIN. Now click “Enter The Library” to begin searching through all of the eLibrary materials.

If you need help, see the Overdrive help page.

How much does it cost to fax?

Our fax machines are located in our computer labs and it is free to fax. To receive a fax, it is 10 cents per page. 

Do you have the Microsoft Office suite on your computers?

We have both Office 2010 and 2013 on our computers with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

How much does it cost to print?

It costs 10 cents to print a black and white page, or 25 cents for a color page.

Print money can be added to your account after you have printed a few pages with a new library card. See the help desk to add money, it must be in your account before you print.

What is my PIN?

Your PIN is set to your 4-digit year of birth (newer cards) or if you have an older card, the last 4 digits of your phone number.

If you need assistance with your library card or PIN, please call (501) 778-4766. 

OR

Click “Forgot your password or pin number” from the MY ACCOUNT page.

Does the library have a scanner?

Visit our computer lab for our all-in-one scanner and fax machine. Scanning is free; it costs $1.00 to fax.

Can I use a computer if I don’t have a library card?

If you are just visiting Saline County, you can still use one of our library computers without a library card. Simply bring your driver’s license to a help desk and we will give you a complimentary guest pass to use a computer.

What is the Makerspace?

For many people, making something can be both a difficult and rewarding experience. While we might have the motivation and all the lofty ideas of what we would love to create, finding the time, space, and available tools can be a whole other barrier – unless you have access to a makerspace. 

Physically-speaking, a makerspace is a communal space that contains tools, equipment, and materials that allow for people to come in with an idea and leave with a completed project. It is the physical representation of all things STE(A)M – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  

As part of the maker movement, Makerspaces emphasize and encourage hands-on discovery, natural creativity, and innovation in ALL users, regardless of age, gender, or “talent.” You do not have to be an artist to utilize Makerspace. They are environments made specifically for exploring, challenging your imagination, finding inspiration, embracing mistakes, and creating new things (or even just enhancing what already exists). 

Here at Saline County Library, Makerspace – in conjunction with our Library of Things – fully encompasses the idea that “We Are More.” We are “rewriting tradition” by providing our community with tools, materials, and invaluable educational experiences with which they normally would not interact. Whether crafting or tinkering, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination!

What equipment is available in the Makerspace?

Makerspace equipment available for patrons to use includes: 

  • 3D printer (print jobs made by request) 
  • 3D printing pens 
  • computers with full Adobe Creative Suite software 
  • HD video camera + audio equipment 
  • green screen 
  • sewing machines 
  • die cut machine + variety of dies 
  • knitting + crocheting supplies (including yarn swift +  
  • embroidery supplies 
  • table loom 
  • jewelry making tools + supplies 
  • leather working tools 
  • wood burning tools 
  • laser engraver (engraves wood, cardboard, plastic, and leather) 
  • Cricut machine (Benton) 
  • Silhouette machine (Bryant) 
  • heat press machine 
  • polymer clay + tools 
  • Perler bead supplies 
  • heat foiling  
  • general art supplies (pastels, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, etc.) 
  • acrylic, tempura, and watercolor paint supplies 
  • scrapbook, origami, and quilling paper supplies 
  • guillotine paper cutter 
  • light tables 
  • label maker 
  • small laminator 
  • grommet tools 

Our list of available tools and supplies is continually growing and we’d love to know how we can better our serve our community, as well! Have interest in a specific craft or tool? You can submit suggestions for things you’d love to see in our Makerspace! Have tools or materials you’d like to donate? Shoot an email to ashlynw@salinecountylibrary.com to arrange a donation!  

Are there limits on the use of the Makerspace equipment?

Beginning in January, the Makerspace is open for one-hour appointments only on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Thursdays from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

If any of those days fall on a holiday that the library is closed, the Makerspace will also be closed. 

For safety and supply limitations, Makerspace users must abide by the following rules: 

  • Patrons age 12 and under may only use the Makerspace if supervised by an adult at all times. 
  • No children under the age of 5 are allowed in the Makerspace. 
  • Do not remove supplies from the Makerspace.  
  • Patrons will not modify the Makerspace’s hardware or software, or install new programs onto the computers.  
  • Computers are for projects only.  
  • Patrons are limited to one-hour time slot reservations. This hour includes set-up and clean-up time. Time will not be extended and new reservations must be made if more time is needed to complete a project.  
  • All 3D prints will be printed at the discretion of the library.  
  • Patrons may be granted one 3D print per month.  
  • If Makerspace equipment is found to be damaged or missing when a patron is finished, the patron may be subject to a fee.  
  • All equipment is used at the patron’s own risk. The library is not responsible for any injuries caused by Makerspace equipment.    
  • Patron is responsible for any personal belongings brought into the Makerspace. 
  • No food or drinks allowed in the Makerspace. 
  • The library reserves the right to deny Makerspace access if a patron violates any part of the Makerspace policy. 
Friends of the Library
What are the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of the Library are a dedicated group of volunteers who raise money to donate to the library.

Through book sales, the Friends of the Library raise money to donate to the library for special projects. Our Friends of the Library group has recently opened up a Used Bookstore at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. This bookstore will be open any time the library is open, and will close 30 minutes before the library closes. Visitors can browse the bookstore and bring their items upstairs to the front desk to check out. 

How do I join the Friends of the Library?

Stop by the help desk at either library location and ask to join, or fill out the form here and bring it to either location. 

What donations do the Friends NOT accept?

WANT TO DONATE GENTLY-USED BOOKS, DVD’S & MUSIC TO THE LIBRARY? THANK YOU!

The following is a list of items we CANNOT accept:

  • Damaged books. Damage would include: damage from water, smoke, mold, broken spines, torn pages and pages written on or highlighted.
  • Reference books
  • Computer books & manuals
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • MAGAZINES including National Geographic and American Heritage
  • Outdated Textbooks
  • VHS tapes
  • Vinyl records
  • Audio cassettes
  • Bulk packs or other bound study materials
How do I donate something to the library?

We thank you for your donations!

Donations in new or like-new condition can be dropped off at either library location.

Items donated will be added to the collection or repurposed. Items must be in good condition, a condition that you would want to check out.

Donations may be dropped off at the front desk at both locations.

If you have a large donation, please call us to schedule a time to drop it off, so that we can be available to assist you with unloading.

Library Cards
How do I get a library card?

Saline County residents can obtain a library card by presenting a state-issued ID and completing a short application form at either location. Those wishing only to use the eLibrary can apply online.

Do you live, own property, work, or attend school in Saline County? If so, you can get a Saline County Library card!

Come by and bring us a photo ID with a current address, or a photo ID plus proof of your current address. If you do not live or own property in Saline County, make sure to bring a pay stub showing you work here, or a document that shows you attend school school here. If you only want to use online resources, you can fill out this application.

A child (age 5 and up) may get a children’s library card with their parent or guardian. The parent or guardian is responsible for the account and is able to gain access to information about the account. Once a child is able to obtain a government-issued photo ID and parental permission, they may have their own adult card, and no one other than the child may have access to this card. 

Anyone over the age of 16 does not have to have parental permission to obtain an adult library card.

We value your privacy. No one other than you has the right to use your library card.

At the time of registration, 5 items can be checked out. When those items are returned, you get full borrowing privileges.

Your library card will be good for 3 years. After that, just come by and renew it. It’s free!

If you move, bring us your new ID or proof of new address to keep your account current.

Lost or misplaced cards need to be reported and replaced immediately to prevent someone from using the card. It costs $2 to replace a lost card.

Why is my library card not working?

Have you entered your library card number and PIN correctly?

  • Your library card number is located on the back of your library card. It is a 14 digit number beginning with either “247” or “147.”
  • Your PIN is your 4 digit birth year (newer cards) or the last 4 digits of your phone number (older cards).

If you’ve entered the library card and pin correctly, but it still doesn’t work, there may be another problem with your account:

  1. Your library account may be expired. Accounts expire every 3 years. If this is the case, you will need to come by one of our locations and update your contact information. You can renew over the phone, but you will only have access to our eLibrary materials.
  2. You may owe a fine over $5.00. Call us to verify. 

If you’ve confirmed that you’re entering your library card and PIN correctly, call (501) 778-4766 or fill out the “How Can We Help You” form at the bottom of the site.

Can I get a library card if I don’t live in Saline County?

If you live, own property, work or attend school in Saline County, you are eligible to apply for a regular Saline County Library Card. If you do not, here are the other types of cards that we offer:

Reciprocal Cards:

Citizens of Cleveland, Dallas, Garland, Grant and Hot Spring County can apply for a Saline County Library card because of a special reciprocal agreement by the three library boards. 

Non-resident Cards:

A non-resident is a person who does not live or own property in Saline County or a reciprocal county. You must present a photo ID and pay an annual fee of $10.00 to obtain a non-resident library card. 

Gateway Cards:

To apply for a Gateway card, you must be a patron “in good standing,” meaning that you must have had a card at the Saline County Library and have no long overdue materials. No one can have a Gateway card unless they are 14 years of age or older.

There is a $10.00 charge for replacement of a lost Gateway card. It will need to be reissued by your home library. Gateway cards expire 1 year after issuance.

See the  Gateway Brochure for more information.

Saline County Property Owners:

If you live out of the county but own property in Saline County, you may obtain a resident card free of charge. Bring your photo ID and one of the following that includes your name and the address of the property: tax collector receipt, tax statement or mortgage papers.

Do I have to visit the library to get a library card?

A limited use eLibrary card is available for free to Saline County residents (as well as other areas we have reciprocal borrowing agreements with). It is also available to out-of-county residents for $10.00 per year. 

This account will only give you access to online resources through this website, including our eLibrary. It does not give the user access to physical material or computer lab use. Registration is effective for 3 years and may be updated over the phone. 

To obtain an eLibrary card, fill out this application. You will be mailed a card and PIN, and receive an email from us. If you are required to pay $10.00, we must receive your payment first. 

If you need assistance with this application process, please contact us at (501) 778-4766.

How do I renew an expired library card?

Cards expire every 3 years. To renew your card, bring a government-issued ID and any updated contact information. If you would like to renew your card over the phone, we can update it as an eLibrary card only.

Library Hours
When is the library open late?

Both library locations are open 9:00 AM-7:00 PM on Monday-Thursday. We are open 9:00 AM-4:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sundays.

The computer labs in both locations shut down 15 minutes before closing time. 

Is the library closed on holidays?

Saline County Library is closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (third Monday in January)
  • President’s Day (third Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Veterans’ Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the library will be closed the Friday before and the holiday. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the library will be closed the Monday after the holiday.

The library will close at 5:30 PM the day before a holiday.

Other closing days for in-service will be by board approval and will be announced on the website and in the local newspaper.

What are your passport office hours?

Our Benton passport office hours are:

  • Monday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
  • Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM by appointment only

Our Bryant passport office hours are (by appointment only):

  • Monday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday ONLY if you have an appointment
Meeting Rooms
Does the library offer meeting rooms for outside groups?

We are currently not allowing meeting room bookings due to COVID-19.

We have a meeting room for 150 people in Benton and one for 50 people in Bryant. They are free to use, but must only be used for non-profit, non-personal uses and can only be booked 30 days in advance.

The library’s meeting rooms are for meetings or programs of an educational, cultural or civic nature, primarily presented or co-sponsored by the library or by not-for-profit groups or agencies. Only library sponsored or co-sponsored meetings or programs may involve the sale of items, fundraising activities or solicitation of donations. Events of a strictly social nature such as receptions, parties, weddings and showers are not permitted. Library sponsored programs and programs of the library’s affiliated organizations will be given priority in the reservation of meeting room space. Thereafter, requests are considered in the following order:

  1. Agencies of Saline County Government
  2. Community non-profit cultural or civic organizations
  3. City of Benton or Bryant agencies
  4. All other uses, including individuals or groups whose primary purposes are religious, business and for-profit entities.

Businesses may use the meeting room for not-for-profit activities. Programs involving the sale, advertisement or promotion of commercial products or services are prohibited. Organizations may not charge an admission fee. Fees for items such as a meal or program materials are permissible as long as attendance is not dependent upon the payment of such fees.

Meetings or programs which, in the sole judgment of the library staff, would interfere with the functions of the library or of patrons using the library will not be permitted. Groups using the library meeting rooms must observe the building’s scheduled opening and closing times. All meetings should be over and the room cleared and cleaned 15 minutes before the library closes. The Library Director must approve exceptions.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be made more than 4 weeks in advance of the requested date. Organizations or individuals are allowed 1 meeting per month at each of the 2 library locations.

Damages to the room or library property shall be charged to the person/group using the room. No group is allowed to attach anything to the walls. No candles with lighted flames are allowed.

Scheduling of a meeting or program of a group or organization in the library does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the library of the group or organization; its activities; or of the ideas and opinions expressed during the course of the meetings or programs held at the library. The use of the name, address or phone number of the Saline County Library as the address or headquarters for any group or organization using the library for meeting purposes is prohibited. Publicity generated by a group or organization for a meeting or event in a library meeting room may recite the library name, address and appropriate room designation only.

The Saline County Library currently assesses no deposit for the use of its meeting room except in the case of persons or groups wishing to make crafts or items that require hammers, nails, glue guns, paint and other like items. A craft deposit will be required and refunded after inspection by a library employee. Charges may be assessed against groups or individuals who fail to leave the room in a clean and orderly condition. Groups and individuals which abuse or damage the meeting room may be denied future access to library facilities. Setting up tables and chairs not normally provided by the library is the responsibility of the sponsoring individual or group. Meeting rooms must be returned to their original conditions.

When scheduling meeting room time, remember to allow your group sufficient time for any necessary set up or clean up. Any organization or group wishing to use the meeting room must complete an application for meeting room use and receive approval of the Library Director or his/her designee before a meeting room reservation will be finalized.

What AV equipment is available in the meeting rooms?

The library can provide the following audiovisual items if available and with advanced notice:

  • TV
  • DVD/Blu-ray player
  • Laptop
  • Podium
  • Microphone
  • Projection Screen
  • LCD Projector
  • Overhead Projector
  • Slide Projector
Can I serve food and drink in the meeting rooms?

Food or drink is allowed only by special permission. Only catered meals, covered-dish meals or light refreshments can be served. No red punch, kool-aid or grape juice will be allowed. Dishes, paper towels, kitchen utensils and coffee accessories must be furnished by the user organization. All groups are responsible for food and/or trash cleanup. Garbage must be placed in trash can.

How do I book a meeting room?

We are currently not allowing meeting room bookings due to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Can I book a room for studying?

We are currently not allowing meeting room  or study room bookings due to COVID-19.

Notary
Does the library offer notary services?

The Saline County Library has notary publics on staff at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library and the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. Notary services are free and available Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and some nights if a notary public is available. Call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166 to make an appointment.

Notary publics are not licensed attorneys and cannot engage in the practice of law. They are not representative of any governmental agency with authority over immigration or citizenship, and cannot offer legal advice or other assistance regarding immigration. 

Passports
How do I apply for a U.S. passport?

You can apply for a U.S. passport at either library location. To apply, you must fill out the DS-11, bring in an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, show your driver’s license or state-issued ID, and pay with check or money order. See the U.S. Department of State’s website for detailed information. Library passport office hours are different than library operating hours.

Do I need an appointment to apply for a U.S. passport?

We prefer that you make an appointment for passport assistance for either location so we can insure that a passport agent is available, but we do accept walk-ins in Benton. You can make an appointment for our Benton location by calling (501) 778-4766 or Bryant at (501) 847-2166. To receive passport assistance in Bryant, appointments are required.

Passport appointments are required on Saturdays.

Can I have my passport photo taken at the library?

Passport photos can be taken at the library and cost $10.00. Please allow extra time for young children.

How much does it cost to get a passport?

There are two separate fees. You will need to pay the fees separately. The State Department doesn’t take credit/debit cards. Only photo fees may be paid with a credit/debit card.

To calculate your fees, use this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/fees.html

Fees Paid to the U.S. Department of State

The application fee is dependent on a number of factors—age, type of passport, and whether you need any additional services.

If you need your passport in a hurry, there could be a fee to expedite the application and/or a delivery fee.

For these fees we accept:

  • Checks (personal, certified, cashier’s, traveler’s) (payable to “U.S. Department of State”)
  • Money orders (payable to “U.S. Department of State”)

*Credit and debit cards CANNOT be accepted for Department of State Fees*

Fees Paid to the Saline County Library

The execution fee is $35 and paid separately to the Saline County Library. (Passport renewals do not have an execution fee.) If you need a passport photo, the library can provide one. The cost is $10.

We (the Saline County Library) accept the following for photo fees:

  • Money orders (payable to “Saline County Library”)
  • Personal checks and cash (payable to “Saline County Library”)
  • Credit cards

We (the Saline County Library) accept the following for execution fees:

  • Money orders (payable to “Saline County Library”)
  • Personal checks and cash (payable to “Saline County Library”)
How long will it take to receive my passport?

Due to COVID-19, there are some updates to processing times.

What to expect: 

  • Mail delays are impacting when the U.S. Department of State is receiving passport applications for processing. Their processing times begin the day they receive your application, not the day you apply/mail it 
  • Routine service can take up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. The 18-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.
  • Expedite service (for an additional $60) can take up to 12 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. The 12-week timeframe includes up to 6 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.

Our processing times (up to 12 weeks for routine; up to 6 weeks for expedite) do not include mailing times. Mail times vary and delays have been significant. Plan ahead:

We suggest you:

  • Send your application to the U.S. Department of State via trackable mail, so you can track your application before it enters their system. This can be done whether applying at an acceptance facility or by mail. 
  • Pay an extra $17.56 for 1-2 day delivery for the return of your completed passport. 

More about Status Updates: It may take up to 6 weeks from the day you submit your application until your status is “In Process.” During these 6 weeks, your application is delivered to a mail facility, your payment is processed, and your application is entered into the system. Even if your passport status update says, “Not Available,” your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to the U.S. Department of State. Check online for your passport status. 

Use Self-Service Tools Online: The U.S. Department of State call center is experiencing extremely high call volumes with longer-than-usual wait times. You can get your questions answered immediately by using one of the self-service tools available on the U.S. Department of State website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What you see online is the same information that call center representatives can share with you by phone. 

Planning to Travel? Apply Early! Apply at least six months before planned travel. Due to limited availability for urgent travel appointments, we cannot guarantee you can receive in-person service at a passport agency or center. We are prioritizing customers with life-or-death emergencies. Visit the Passport Agency and Center page to learn more. 

Renew by Mail: Adults with 10-year passports can renew them by mail instead of appearing in person.

Social Media
Is the library on social media?

You can connect with the library on social media under the following accounts:

  • Facebook: Saline County Library
  • Twitter: SCLibrary
  • LinkedIn: Saline County Library
  • Instagram: sclibrary_
  • YouTube: Saline Library

View our Social Media Code of Conduct.

Volunteer Opportunities
Does the library offer volunteer opportunities for teens?

The library is a great source for volunteer hours for teens. Fill out our easy online application and one of our volunteer coordinators will contact you about a time to start volunteering. Volunteer shifts are usually once a week for one hour. Right now we are looking for volunteers who can assist in our children’s department cleaning toys, straightening the area, organizing book carts and other duties as assigned. You must be 13 years old to become a volunteer. We are looking for self-starters and responsible independent workers.

Are there volunteer opportunities for adults?

Some of the tasks our adult volunteers help with include shelving and straightening shelves, prepping materials for adult programs, and pulling books for homebound patrons. Applications are accepted at anytime. To apply, please complete this form.

Adults who are interested in volunteering may also learn more information about becoming a Friend of the Library and volunteering with the Used Book Sale room. Visit the Friends of the Library page to learn more.

Can I complete my court-ordered community service at the library?

We allow workers to come for four-hour blocks and perform light housekeeping duties such as picking up trash from the parking lot, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning windows, sanitizing tabletops, etc. We only take one worker at a time, according to the schedule below, and work times must be booked in advance.

Benton: Mon/Fri: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bryant: Tues/Thurs: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM