The Morris Area Public Library offers two Chicagoland museum pass programs, the Museum Adventure Pass and Explore More Illinois. These program offer free or discounted passes to a variety of museums and other cultural destinations in the area around Chicago. Members of the Morris Area Public Library in good standing can acquire passes.
Museum Adventure Passes can be picked pick up in person at the library. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Visit the Museum Adventure web site to see what passes we have available.
Explore More Illinois Passes are available online. Please log into the Explore More Illinois web site with your library card number and PIN to get your passes.
Public computers are available for 75-minute sessions. In order to access a computer, you will need a Morris Area Public Library card or card from another PrairieCat Library that is in good standing (less than $5.00 in fines/fees and/or fewer than 5 overdue items checked out). A valid photo ID is also acceptable. The Library currently does not have wireless printing capabilities, so those wishing to print will have to do so from one of the public use computers. The fees for print-outs are $.10 for each black-and-white letter-size page and $.25 for each color letter size page.
Library catalog computers are located in the Adult and Children’s Departments.
Those using the library’s computers are subject to the library’s computer and internet use policies.
Photocopiers are available for public use. A black-and-white copier is located in the computer area. Charges are: letter-sized paper: $.10; legal-sized paper: $.15; ledger-sized paper: $.20.
Laminating is done every week. Please leave your name and phone number with the items to be laminated so staff can contact you when your items are finished. The laminating fee for the thin plastic is $.50 per linear foot (25 inches maximum width). Lamination of small items, done at the Passport Desk with thicker plastic, is priced according to size.
The Library has a combination scanning and faxing machine for public use. It is located in the computer area. Scanning documents is free, while faxing is $1.00 per page.
The Morris Area Public Library is an officially designated Passport Acceptance Facility.
More information about the application process can be found here on the State Department web site.
As a service to the community, the library offers free notary services to Grundy County residents. Although a notary is generally available at all times, it’s best to call before coming to the library to make sure. Notary service will be provided only to Grundy County residents and only to residents providing proper photo identification in accordance with applicable statues. Notary service will not be provided if, in the sole discretion of the library, there are issues of identification or authenticity of documents.
Our staff will be happy to assist you with any reference questions you may have. We can help you find community information as well as local history or genealogy resources. We can also help you find information or resources for school projects. For our avid readers, we can help you locate a title of your choosing or offer suggestions for read-a-likes or similar genre fiction and nonfiction.
When materials are not available in PrairieCat, sometimes the Library can request items out of the system. Request forms are available at the Circulation Desk. In-State holds are free. Out-of-State holds are a nominal postage fee, determined by current postage rates.
Our study rooms offer a quiet environment to study or work on projects. Policy allows 1 pre-registration per week per person. Additional reservations are on a walk-in basis. 2 hour time limit. Please sign in before use.
The Morris Area Public Library is looking to fill two part-time, non-exempt Patron Services Assistant positions. The person(s) filling this role will understand and follow the mission and values of the Library. This role is responsible for welcoming patrons in person and via telephone. Our ideal candidate will have a sense of humor and be willing to be cross-trained other areas.
- Assists in the circulation of library materials
- Answers the telephone and routes calls to appropriate department
- Registers patrons for library cards
- Receives interlibrary loan requests
- Collects overdue fines and other fees
- Performs passport and/or notary service
- Answers patrons’ directional questions; refers reference questions to the appropriate department
- Assists patrons with general questions on public computers and online catalog
- Monitors patron use of main level areas
- Responsible for opening and closing procedures
- Attends relevant meetings, classes, and training
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all ages, in English
- Ability to remain calm in difficult situations
- A friendly and approachable manner with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
- Willingness to learn new skills and procedures; easily adaptable to change
- A team player who responds well to challenging circumstances
- Knowledge of common computer applications
- Ability to bend, stoop, lift and carry; ability to stand for extended periods of time
The benefits of this position at the Morris Area Public Library include:
- Vacation benefit: 18 hours per year for Position 1 and 13 hours per year for Position 2
- Annual sick benefit: 24 hours per year
Hours: Position 1: Mondays 2-8, Fridays 8:45-3:30, and Sundays 11:45-5 (Total 18 hours)
Position 2: Thursdays 2-8 and Fridays 9-5 (Total 13 hours)
Salary: $11.00 per hour
Education: High school diploma preferred
Customer service and/or library experience preferred