FAQs

LOCATION/HOURS

  • What are your hours?
    Library hours, drive up holds window hours and holiday schedule can be found on the Hours & Location page.
  • Where are you located?
    The library is located on 96 Library Street in the center of downtown Hudson behind the First & Main Shopping district. An interactive map can be found on the Hours & Location page.
  • Where do I park?
    The library has two dedicated free parking lots as well as street parking on all sides of the library. The primary parking lot is located off of Clinton Street, to the north of the library.

LIBRARY CARDS

  • How do I get a library card?
    See the Get a Library Card page for more information about obtaining a library card.
  • How do I renew my library card?
    Bring your library card and ID to the library to show proof of address and contact information. If you cannot come into the library, we will renew over the phone. We will be confirming your address, phone number and email to help us maintain the most current contact information. You will not be issued a new card.
  • Can my library be used at other libraries?
    Your library card can be used at any CLEVNET library, which includes over 43 library systems across 12 counties in Northeast Ohio. Please note that each individual library in CLEVNET has different rules, fines, and procedures for borrowing materials. See the CLEVNET website for additional information.
  • What happens if my library card is lost or stolen?
    If you believe your library card is lost or stolen, you can call the library at (330) 653-6658 x1041 and put an immediate block on your account. You will then need to come to the library with ID, and we can then issue you a new card. There is a $1.00 cost for all replacement cards.
  • Can I access my library account information online?
    You can access the status of your holds, place holds, renew items or pay fines online. You must first activate your online account. For detailed instructions on setting up a new account, please see the account registration In order to access your online account information to place holds, renew items, or pay fines, you will need to log in to the catalog. Logging in requires two things: your library card number (the number located on the back of your card under the barcode) and your PIN. The default PIN for your library card is the last four digits of your phone number. The library also has a mobile app for easy access to your library account on your iPhone or Android device. The app allows you to search the collection, check an item’s availability, place and manage holds, renew items, and an in-app library card barcode.
  • What is my PIN/password?
    The default PIN for your library card is the last four digits of your phone number. If you forgot your PIN, please feel free to contact the library and we will reset it for you.

CHECKING OUT MATERIALS

  • How long can I check out materials?
    The most up-to-date information about checking out materials can be found on the Check Out Limits and Late Fees page.
  • How many items can I borrow at once?
    The most up-to-date information about check out limits can be found on the Check Out Limits and Late Fees page.
  • How do I place a hold on an item?
    A hold can be placed using the library’s online catalog or by calling the library at (330) 653-6658 x1010. For more detailed instructions on placing holds, see the holds help page.

FINES

MATERIALS

  • How do I renew library materials?
    For more information on renewing library materials, see the library’s Check Out Limits and Late Fees page.
  • How do I find out when my holds are available for pickup?
    The library will notify you about your available holds either via phone, e-mail, text message, or mail, depending on the preference you specified when you registered for your library card. You can change your notification preference at any time by calling the circulation department at (330) 653-6658 x1041. You can also check your account online to learn more about the status of your holds.
  • How can I be notified about upcoming due dates of materials?
    If you have provided the library with your email address, you will receive a reminder notice 2 days before your items are due. You will also be notified by email when the item is overdue.
    If you have not provided an email, then you will receive a notice in the mail only when the item becomes overdue on your account.
  • Where can I return books?
    Hudson Library & Historical Society books can be returned to any CLEVNET library.
  • How do I download electronic materials?
    As a Hudson Library & Historical Society card holder, you have access to a number of different services for checking out ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines, and emusic. For information about the different services and instructions for downloading, please visit the library’s emedia page.
  • Do you have a mobile app?
    The library has a mobile app for easy access to your library account on your iPhone or Android device. The app allows you to search the collection, check an item’s availability, place and manage holds, renew items, and access an in-app library card barcode so you can check out items at the library.
  • How do I recommend an item for purchase?
    To recommend an item for purchase, please request a paper form from a library staff member.
  • What happens if I lose a library item?
    You will be automatically charged replacement cost for the item when it is one month overdue on your account. The replacement fee can then be paid for in the library or online.

SERVICES

  • How do I reserve a meeting room/study room? 
    The Hudson Library & Historical Society has both study room and meeting rooms. Please read below for information about both.Any library patron may use study rooms in the library for small group or individual use. Study room rules and procedures can be found on the library’s special services page.Meeting rooms are available for use by the library and Hudson businesses and organizations during library operating hours. See the meeting room page for additional information and rules.
  • How can I access a computer at the library?
    The library offers computers and laptops for library patron use. Patrons must have a library card in good standing in order to use the public computers. Guest passes will be issued for out-of-state library visitors only and for the use of computers only (not laptops). Computers are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Does the library have wi-fi access?
    Yes, the library has free wi-fi access. When in the library, select “Hudson Library” from the available wireless networks. No password is required.
  • Do you have a public fax machine?
    A fax machine is available for public use for a fee. Please see the special services page for information on rules and fees.
  • When are the library book sales?
    See the library book sales page for information about sale dates.
  • Do you have foreign language materials?
    Yes, the library carries foreign language materials including books, periodicals, and DVDs in many different foreign languages, courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library. More information about the foreign language materials can be found on the special services page.
  • Do you have a delivery service available if I am unable to come into the library?
    Yes, the library has homebound services available for Hudson residents. Please see the special services page for more information.
  • Do you have a notary?
    Notary service is available at the library. Please see the special services page for notary information.
  • Do you have tax forms?
    Please see the special services page for tax form information.
  • Do you have a 3D printer?
    Yes, the library has a 3D printer. Please see the special services page for 3D printer information.
  • Do you offer wireless printing?
  • Yes, you can print from most laptops and mobile devices by using the Library’s Google Cloud printing service. Please see the wireless printing page for more information.

GIFTS AND DONATIONS

  • How can I make a donation to the library?
    Please see the gift and donation guide for all information about donating to the Hudson Library & Historical Society.
  • Does the library accept book donations?
    Yes, please see the friends of the library page for more information and tips about donating library materials.