Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours of operation?
How much does it cost to print?
Letter – $0.20
Legal – $0.30
Ledger – $0.40
Letter – $0.50
Legal – $0.75
Ledger – $1.00
How much does it cost to fax?
$1.50 for the first page. $0.50 for each additional page.
Do we have a notary?
Yes, we try to have at lease one available during all of our hours of service. $2.00 every time the stamp goes down.
How do I get a library card?
Anyone ages 7 and up residing in the De Soto city limits may obtain a free Library card with 2 forms of proper ID. Those under the age of 18 must have parental consent to acquire a Library card.
Any person residing outside the city limits may obtain a card for a $30/year per family.
What identification is required to get a library card?
The following are acceptable identification for receiving a Library card: driver’s license, voter’s ID card, residency permit, lease or bill of sale for residence, utility bill, or checkbook. Acceptable identification should include the patron’s name and address. Picture identification is required.
How do I renew my library card?
Library cards come up for renewal every year from the issue date to verify that all information on the account is current and correct. To renew a card a patron should provide their library card and a form of photo identification with proof of current address (see what identification is required to get a library card). The library card will remain the same unless a new one is requested.
Do I need a library card to use the computers?
No, you do not.
Is De Soto Public Library affiliated with any other libraries?
No. While the De Soto Public Library works closely with Festus Public Library, Crystal City Public Library and the Jefferson County system, we are a standalone library. Therefore, you must obtain a DSPL library card to check out our materials. However, with Festus and Jefferson County joining Missouri Evergreen, we can borrow materials from them and vice versa.
How do I renew my library materials?
You are able to renew most items, as long as there are no requests on item(s) you have checked out. To renew items call 636.586.3858 or you may log into your library Account in the Catalog. You will need your library card to renew items. You may also renew your items in person.
Does the library have tax forms?
During tax season we have basic Federal tax forms. We can help you find other forms and instructions by using the IRS website. You may use our public computers to print out these forms. More information is available on our Online Resources page, just look for Tax Information.
How do I donate items to the library?
Donations can be brought inside to our Circulation Desk. If a donated item is not added to the library collection, the Friends of the De Soto Public Library will sell it as part of their fund-raising efforts. Receipts for donations may be obtained at the Circulation Desk.
2. Due to the large volume of gifts received, the Library cannot acknowledge, track or return unsolicited items received from publishers or individuals.
3. Gift materials will be added only if they fall within the guidelines of the DSPL Collection Development Plan and the Library’s goals and objectives. De Soto Public Library applies the same standards of selecting gift materials to be added to its collections as it does when selecting materials for purchase.
4. Examples of materials that may not be added to the collection include those that: are outdated, are in poor physical condition, lack any reviews or are poorly reviewed in professional reviewing sources, or are duplicates of items the Library already owns in sufficient quantity.
5.The Library is not legally permitted to appraise the value of a non-cash gift. Donors who wish to have an evaluation of their gifts for tax purposes are referred to the IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property, and Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. If the value of a gift exceeds $500, the donor must submit a list giving author, title, place, publisher and date of all items and must complete the current edition of IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions. When the value exceeds $5,000, the donor must obtain an independent appraisal; the donor, appraiser and the Library must all sign IRS Form 8283. The donor pays for the cost of the appraisal, an expense that may be tax deductible. Because the Library is considered an interested party in the transaction, the IRS will not approve an appraisal made by the Library.
Materials accepted by the Friends include:
- Hardcover and paperback books in good condition on all subjects.
- Audio CDs
- Books on CD and tape
- DVDs, Blu-ray discs
- Computer software and console games
- Text books
- Graphic Novels-Comic Books