The library has nine workstations that can be used to access the Internet or make use of word-processing and other applications. These computers require patrons to sign up to use them during scheduled time periods.
Two 30-minute time periods may be requested, but patrons must allow a 30-minute break between each session. If there are no other patrons requesting use of a computer that is being used by someone, that patron may continue to use the computer. However, if another patron has requested use of that computer at that time, then the patron currently using the computer must complete his or her session, until his or her second 30-minute session becomes available.
Three computers are located downstairs in the children’s department and six computers are located upstairs. Patrons wishing to use the Internet must have signed a "Use of the Internet Agreement" (see attachment below).
One workstation has been dedicated solely for job seekers. Patrons are able to access the Ohio Means Jobs  website from this computer.
Throughout the year, computer classes will periodically be offered to the general public. Please ask a member of the library staff to explain what classes may be available.
Computers classes are currently being offered at the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library through Connect Ohio by Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio . For information or to sign up, please call 740-702-4000, ext. 20.
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The library has a photocopier in the children's department downstairs and a photocopier near the circulation desk upstairs. Letter or legal-sized copies cost 10 cents per page. Double-sided letter or legal-sized copies cost 20 cents per page.
The library is able to laminate certain items. However, the library does not assume any liability for damages incurred as the result of laminating items requested by patrons.
The costs of laminating are:
Business card or driver's license size -- 50 cents per item
Letter size -- 75 cents per sheet
Legal size -- $1.00 per sheet
Patrons may bring in scratched discs of any type (except homemade discs), such as DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, Playstation and Wii discs, to have them resurfaced. The resurfacing machine repairs scratches only, not cracks or holes. The cost is $1.00 per disc resurfaced. However, the library does not assume any liability for damages incurred as the result of resurfacing items requested by patrons.
The library will gladly send and receive faxes within the United States on behalf of its patrons.
To send a fax, it costs $1.00 for the first page and 25 cents for each additional page. There is no charge for the coversheet or for any toll-free number. The fax machine can accommodate up to 10 pages per fax. Please be aware that documents larger than 10 pages will require multiple faxes and may take considerable time.
To receive a fax, it costs 25 cents for each page.
The library's fax number is (740) 596-2477.
More than two million Ohioans are eligible for the Golden Buckeye Card , honored at 20,000 businesses statewide. Golden Buckeye cardholders have saved an estimated $2 billion since 1976. All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults age 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for a free Golden Buckeye Card .
Ohio residents who hold current Ohio Driver Licenses or State ID cards automatically receive a Golden Buckeye Card  in the month of their 60th birthday. Individuals who do not have a current license or State ID, as well as people under age 60 who are eligible due to disability, or who otherwise do not receive their card automatically, may apply for a card at most public libraries and senior centers. Due to ID, age and disability (when appropriate) verification requirements, you cannot apply for a Golden Buckeye Card online or by phone.
If your Golden Buckeye Card has been lost, stolen or damaged, call 1-866-301-6446 to request a replacement.
The Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library is an Ohio legislative depository.
The Ohio General Assembly web site at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/acts.cfm  is the official online site for Ohio session laws from the 122nd General Assembly (1997-1998) forward. Session laws are not distributed in paper. Electronic access should be made for these publications. OCLC # 57936560 Ohio document call number OGA 1.13:
Electronic substitution may be made for the Ohio House of Representatives Journal beginning with the 125th General Assembly. It is available at the Ohio General Assembly web site at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/Journals.cfm  OCLC #5508861 Ohio document call number OGA 98.9:
Electronic substitution may be made for the Ohio Senate Journal beginning with the 126th General Assembly. It is available at the Ohio General Assembly web site at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/Journals.cfm . OCLC # 59164383 Ohio document call number OGA 204.20:
Electronic substitution may be made for the Digest of Enactments, formerly Summary of Enactments, for the year 1997 forward. It is at the Legislative Service Commission web site at http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/digest/  OCLC # 57726997 Ohio document call number OY L 51.20/5:
(Portrait of Harold V. Felton by Thomas Franklin Saltz)
The Harold V. Felton Conference Room is available for community gatherings of civic, cultural and educational nature. It may not be used for private social functions (wedding receptions, showers, parties, etc.), commercial purposes (unless for training or interviews), political meetings or events, or religious worship services. Meetings that would interfere with the function of the library because of noise or other factors, or those that use hazardous materials in classes or demonstrations are not permitted. All persons attending the meetings are subject to library rules and regulations.
All exhibits must be approved by the Library Director prior to the showing.
Bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
No admission fee may be charged. The Library Director reserves the right of final refusal for requests for use of the room. The Library Director has the right to determine if the requested use falls into the accepted categories. The general library staff will be responsible for the mechanics of the reservations and they will follow all library rules and regulations.
Permission to use the meeting room in no way implies library endorsement of the goals or activities of any organization using the room.
Use of the room for library activities has first priority.
The library, including the Harold V. Felton Conference Room, is a smoke-free environment.
Light refreshments (beverages, cookies, desserts) may be served with prior arrangements. Each group is responsible for leaving the room in the order in which it was found. Cleaning up the room after use includes stacking and storing the chairs and tables and removing trash from the premises. (Please bring your own trash bags.)
The requesting group must sign an agreement prior to each scheduled use, taking responsibility for general clean-up and payment for any damages. The room will be inspected by library personnel at the end of the meeting.
Meetings may normally be scheduled during the following hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. (The library is closed on Sunday.)
No charge will be made for the use of the Harold V. Felton Conference Room.
The Library Board of Trustees reserves the right, upon recommendation of the Library Director, to deny further use of the Harold V. Felton Conference Room to any group which does not adhere to the rules of its use.
The meeting room has a maximum capacity of 40 occupants. Please read the Application to use the Harold V. Felton Conference Room for complete information (see form below).
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To service the requests of its patrons, the library will attempt to borrow materials from other libraries within Ohio if it is unable to fill a request in-house. The library has an interlibrary borrowing agreement with SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) and has access to thousands of materials across the State of Ohio. If you have a library card in good standing with HWML and are not able to find an item you want in the local catalog, be sure to ask one of the library assistants to learn if it is available through interlibrary loan. You may also feel free to complete the attached request form below and bring it into the library during your next visit. However, the Ohio Valley Library Consortium (OVLC), in which the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library (HWML) is a member, also provides additional materials which may be borrowed by HWML patrons through searching the online public access catalog (OPAC) at home or within the library.
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Outreach Services is primarily designed to provide library materials to those who may be confined to their home or within a nursing home in Vinton County. These services are available by delivery to the patron's home or nursing home.
Who is eligible to receive delivered materials?
If you are elderly, have a disability, or live a great distance from the main library and wish to receive library materials, the library can attempt to locate items and bring them to you the next time the Outreach Services coordinator is in your neighborhood.
What does the library offer?
The library offers books for children, teens, and adults, as well as DVDs, magazines, large print books, and books on CD.
What do I need in order to check out materials?
In order to check out library materials, patrons must have a library card. Library cards are free to those over the age of five. All patrons applying for a library card (including parents and guardians of minor children) must provide identification verifying current address, such as a driver's license or a recent piece of mail received. A parent or guardian must sign and be responsible for patrons under the age of 18. The fee for replacing a lost card is $1.00. Library cards must be presented by all patrons in order to check out materials. However, the coordinator will maintain the library accounts of those who are approved to receive Outreach Services.
For how long may I keep library materials that are delivered to me?
All delivered materials are due on the next scheduled visit (approximately four weeks) or may be returned to the main library in McArthur before, during, or after business hours. Patrons may use the book deposit box for the return of materials. The schedule for delivery of materials is subject to change due to inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances. One renewal for a period of one month may be requested for all materials, except for high-demand titles.
May I place a special request?
Yes, the library can attempt to locate any item requested by its patrons.
How do I sign up for Outreach Services?
To sign up, click on the link below for an Outreach Services application.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
For more information, contact Carolyn Mercer at (740) 596-5691 or 1-800-821-0446.
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IRS and State of Ohio tax forms provided by the government are distributed by the library to patrons free of charge. If the library does not have copies of certain forms, those can be accessed through the Internet at the library at a cost of 10 cents per sheet. To access these tax forms from home or within the library, the websites are http://www.irs.gov/formspubs  and http://tax.ohio.gov/forms/index.stm .
Frequently Asked Questions About Voter Eligibility
Does everyone who wants to vote in Ohio have to be registered to vote here?
What are the qualifications to register and to vote in Ohio?
You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:
Where is my residence for voting purposes?
On Election Day, you must cast your ballot in your precinct at your designated polling place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you do not know your polling place and precinct, please contact the Vinton County Board of Elections  at 740-596-5855.
Your residence is important because it determines which offices and issues you are eligible to vote on (e.g., the proper congressional district, school district, etc.). Under Ohio law, your residence is (1) the location that you consider to be a permanent, not a temporary, residence and (2) the place where your habitation is fixed and where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return. If you do not have a fixed place of habitation, but you are a consistent or regular inhabitant of a shelter or other location where you intend to return, you may use that location as your residence for the purposes of registering to vote.
Ohio is not considered your voting residence when:
There are specific circumstances where you maintain your Ohio voting residence even though you are absent from the state. You will not lose your voting residency in Ohio if:
If you have questions about your specific residency circumstances, you may contact the Vinton County Board of Elections  at 740-596-5855 for further information.
May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Ohio?
It depends. A college student may vote using his or her Ohio school residence address if the student does not intend to return to a different permanent address. When a college student registers to vote from his or her school address, the school residence is considered to be the place to which the student's habitation is fixed and to which, whenever the student is absent, the student intends to return, and is considered by the student to be his or her permanent residence at the time of voting. Any other previous residence for voting purposes is no longer valid. It is illegal for a person to register and vote from two different addresses.
Voter Information and Forms (please click on the links below)
Options for Voting 
Wireless Internet service (Wi-Fi) is available to all patrons who have access to wireless devices from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
For many years the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library has coordinated the "Gift of Reading," a program designed to provide disadvantaged children in Vinton County with a new book as a holiday gift (see attached flyer below). Each year, the library works in collaboration with local charitable organizations to serve the needs of several children.
The library hopes that with the gift of these materials, children will be encouraged to develop an interest in reading and learning, pursue lifelong learning skills, and meet educational objectives established in their courses of study.
Patrons who wish to participate in this program may make monetary contributions of any size directly to the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library. However, a new book may be purchased and donated to the library, noting that it is for use with the “Gift of Reading” program.
All money collected will be used to purchase new books.
For information about this or other programs, please call (740) 596-5691 and ask to speak with Diana Johnston or Clint Walker.
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Helping Hands Christmas Angel Tree Project (see attached flyer)
This event, sponsored by the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library, provides new Christmas gifts to needy children who have been identified by Job and Family Services of Vinton County.
If you would like to sponsor a child, please stop by the Helping Hands Christmas Angel Tree on the upper floor of the library, take an Angel tag, and purchase the gift(s) labeled on the tag. Each tag (blue for boys and pink for girls) provides the age of the child, the size (if appropriate), and the desired gift(s). Be sure to return the Angel tag with your unwrapped Christmas gifts no later than Monday, December 9th. If possible, you should place the Angel tag inside the gift box or affix it to the top with tape. The Angel tag must be returned with the gift so we can identify the child for whom it has been purchased. If you are able to purchase more than one gift, feel free to take more than one Angel tag.
Over the years, hundreds of children have received toys, clothes, and gifts through the Helping Hands Christmas Project. For more information about other ways you can assist needy families this Christmas, please contact Job and Family Services of Vinton County at 596-2584, ext. 1201.
Thank you for participating in this worthwhile project.
We’re sure you’ll bring smiles to many children’s faces this Christmas season!
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Every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. from September through May (except on holidays), the library provides storytime for pre-school children.
This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to reading in a fun way through the use of stories, puppet shows, and related crafts.
According to one study, “Sharing books and activities with children are excellent ways to encourage the development of many skills in the kindergarten readiness categories, such as social and emotional, cognitive or thinking, behavioral management, approaches to learning, expressive and receptive language, phonological awareness and print knowledge, mathematics, and physical development.”
For more information about storytime, please contact Diana Johnston, Youth Services Coordinator, at (740) 596-5691.