Borrower Cards

Borrower cards are issued free of charge to individuals who are Ohio residents or who pay property taxes. Companies, agencies and organizations which are located in Ohio are also eligible cardholders. To receive a card, you must apply in person and present proof of current address, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

The cardholder (individual or corporation), or parent or guardian for those under 18, is responsible for all use of the card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported to the library as soon as possible. There will be a charge for replacement of lost cards.

Borrowers are expected to bring their card with them any time they wish to borrow materials and present their card to use equipment (including computers) and software in the building. If a cardholder does not have their card with them, materials may be checked out using a photo ID.

Adult and Senior Library Card Application
Youth Library card Application

Educator Card

Educators from public, parochial and licensed child-care centers may apply for a Ritter Public Library Educator Card, which has different rules associated with it. Seventy-five items may be checked out on the Educator Card, and any item from Ritter Public Library is loaned for 30 days.

Educator card application and info

Teen e-card

Teens ages 13-17 can now get a special card with no fees or fines. The card gives teens access to digital material including e-books, audiobooks, music, databases and streaming video platforms. Included are OverDrive, hoopla, Kanopy, Mango Languages, and more.

This card does not allow internet access on library computers.

Teens may ‘upgrade’ their card with a parent’s signature which will allow them to check out physical items and access the internet on library computers.

Online Application

On-site Services

Copy Machines
The library has black-and-white and color copy machines, which can also scan to email, on the first floor near the customer service desk. A black-and-white copy machine is also available in the reference department on the second floor.

Charges are $0.20 per page for black and white, and $0.25 per page for color. Scanning to email is free.

Fax Machine
The library has a fax machine on the first floor near the customer service desk. The cost is $0.20 per page for sending or receiving a fax.

Send faxes to 440-967-5482 and pick them up at the customer service desk. Faxes will be held for 7 days.

Internet Access and Wi-Fi
The library provides computers with Internet access and software programs including Microsoft Office. Users must have a valid library card in good standing and accept the library’s Internet policy prior to use.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. The SSID is “CLEVNET”. No password is required.

Meeting Rooms
The library provides several meeting rooms for non-profit groups, businesses and organizations to use when they are not in use for library functions. Prior to use, groups must read the meeting-room-use policy and fill out an application. Staff will let the group know if the date requested is available. For more details, see Meeting Room Use on the Policies page.
Microfilm Reader
One microfilm reader is available for public use in the Ritter Room. Please check with the customer service desk before use.
Public Computers
The library provides public-access computers in the computer lab, as well as computers in the children’s department. Computers run Windows 7 and offer Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office 2007, OpenOffice and Internet access. Some computers contain copies of the software used in our classes which patrons may use outside of class time if desired.

Use of the computers requires a valid library card in good standing and acceptance of the library’s Internet use policy. Minors require an additional signed permission form. Visitors may request a guest pass from the customer service desk.

Customers may use the computers for an unlimited time during library hours, unless all computers are in use, at which time a 90-minute limit will be enforced.

Only one person is permitted at a workstation at any one time, except for a parent/guardian/custodial caregiver assisting the user. Students working on projects may request permission to work in pairs.

Files may not be downloaded to the library’s hard drives. Users must have their own external storage if they wish to download files.

Printing costs $0.20 per page for black and white and $0.25 per page for color.

Tech Training
Staff members are available for one-on-one and group sessions for questions relating to technology. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. We also offer classes on a range of topics including basic computer use, software and portable devices.
One electric typewriter is available for public use.

Additional Services

Projector Loans
The library maintains projectors that can be checked out of the library. The loan period is 2 days with no renewals.

Customers must be over 18, have a library card in good standing and agree to the laptop-loan policy at the time of checkout.

Notary (Limited)
Limited notary service is provided free of charge. Please call ahead to make sure a notary is available. See our Policies page for more details.
If you can’t come to the library, we’ll deliver materials to you. Call 440-967-3798 to arrange home-bound delivery.
Staff from the adult services department offer assistance proctoring exams for distance learning and professional certification. Please call 967-3798 to schedule in advance.
Reader’s Advisory
Staff are ready to assist customers in selecting reading material using print- and electronic databases. You may ask in person, call 440-967-3798 or send your request to
Reference Service
Staff from the adult services department will answer your questions in person, by phone or via email.

No tax, legal or medical advice is provided. Please contact a qualified practitioner if detailed advice is needed. Staff can direct customers to financial, legal and medical information in the library’s collection or online where customers may make their own decisions.

Voter Registration
Voter registration forms and information about requesting absentee ballots are available at the customer service desk and the information desk. Registration forms may be filled out at the library or taken home to be mailed.
Web Printing and Print from Home
Send your print job to Ritter wirelessly – from home, while you’re on the road or anywhere you get online. Mobile devices can send print orders to the library printer using the Printeron app.

Pick them up at the customer service desk.

Prices are $0.20 per page for black and white prints, and $0.25 per page for color.

Print from home