The Daleville Public Library has a mission to serve all the citizens of Daleville and the surrounding communities by offering services, resources and facilities to fulfill their informational, educational and recreational needs and interests. According to the DPL website, the term "citizen" encompasses individuals and groups of every age, education, philosophy, occupation, economic level, ethnic origin, and human condition.
Assistant Director Rachel Horne believes the local library is a vital part of society.
"A public library is relevant today because information and technology access is still a vital and necessary part of society. A public library provides a treasure trove of materials to the community regardless of income and socioeconomic background; whether you need a computer to find a job or a book to read to your little one,” Horne said. “We work hard as stewards over these public access collections and we also seek to provide programming that meets the needs of every citizen in the community."
The programs DPL currently offers are:
- Little Learner's Library Adventure: Ages 0-5 every Friday at 10 a.m.
- Anime Club: Ages 12-17 on the first and third Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.
- Teen Scrabble Club: Ages 12-17 on the second Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
- LEGO Builder's Club: All ages on the first Thursday at 3:15 p.m.
- Book Club: Adults every other Wednesday at 10 a.m.
- Coloring Club: Adults every Thursday at 10 a.m.
DPL has approximately 20,000 fiction, nonfiction, large print and reference books. Also featured in its collection are DVDs, audio books, periodicals, 31 adult computers and six children computers with access to the Internet and the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL), and free Wi-Fi throughout the library. They also carry local newspapers.
The staff of the Daleville Public Library can order books and other items that they do not have in their library through an Interlibrary Loan. There is a $5 charge per book or item for this service.
The staff will also proctor tests for a $15 fee per test. This fee will cover copies, postage, faxing, staff time, etc.
All items may be checked out for a two-week period except for reference materials, periodicals and newspapers. These items are to be enjoyed in the library only.
The DPL offers copies as well. Black and white copies are 20 cents; colored copies are 50 cents (text only); colored copies with picture(s) or picture(s) with text are $1. The cost will be doubled for copies printed on front and back of paper. This price includes copies mistakenly printed.
To use the computers, everyone must sign the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy. Children under 18 must have a parent’s signature on their forms.
There is a 10 cent per day, per item, late fee for items returned after the due date. However, the late fee total will never exceed a maximum $3 fine per item. You may call DPL to renew your items for another two weeks. The DPL also offers a drop box for your convenience for after hours. However, the drop box is only for books. Do not place DVDs, or audio books in the drop box. Patrons will be responsible for any damages to DVDs or audio books dropped in the drop box.
The Daleville Public Library issues free library cards to residents of Daleville, Clayhatchee, Level Plains and Fort Rucker. However, if you reside in another city or town, the library will issue you a free library card if you are affiliated in any way with Daleville or Fort Rucker, such as working in or have children attending schools in these areas.
All library card applicants may apply for, receive a card, and borrow library materials immediately if they present acceptable identification showing current residential address. Library card applications can be filled out only at the Daleville Public Library.
The signature of a parent or guardian is required on applications for library cards for children under age 16. The parent or guardian is responsible for materials charged to his/her child's library card. Your first library card is free. Replacement cards are $2.
The library can be reached by mail at 308 Donnell Blvd Daleville, AL 36322; by phone at (334) 503-9119; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.dalevillepubliclibrary.com.
Regular operating hours are Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday - Saturday from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.