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  • Patrons may borrow up to 10 books, 2 DVDs or 2 books on tape at one time for a two-week loan period.  Patrons must supply their library card at the time of check out.  A patron may request a renewal on these items by phone (by providing your library card number). New patrons are limited to 2 books, 1 DVD or 1 book on tape for the first 90 days.

  • OVERDRIVE - WV READS: E-book access by using your Cowen Public Library Card and logging on to WV Reads.  Patron must have no fines or overdues to use this service.

The Cowen Public Library participates in an Interlibrary Loan service in order to obtain materials not available in our collection. This service depends on the generosity of public and academic libraries across the state. For security reasons interlibrary loan materials must be signed out from the circulation desk.

In order to receive this privilege the borrower agrees to:

  1. Accept responsibility for materials between signing out and signing in. This includes cost of damage to or loss of borrowed item.

  2. Return the materials by the date due marked on the interlibrary loan slip. Not returning materials to the lending library on time may jeopardize our ability to continue receiving interlibrary loan services from that library. Please make every effort to return this material by the due date.

Computer print charges are: $.25 per page in black & white and $.50 per page for copies made in color. 

Fax transmittal charges are $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for additional page, not including the cover page within the continental United States.  Toll-free numbers are $1.00 per page. Incoming Faxes may be received at $1 per page.  The library's FAX number is 304-226-5332.

The Cowen Public Library offers free computer use on one of 5 public access computers. This includes word processing, spreadsheets, children's educational programs, and Internet access.

Public access computers and wireless service in this library are hosted on the State Library Network (SLN).  The SLN is supported with State and Federal funds and is subject to policies, procedures, and standards, including filtering and monitoring, required by the funding authorities.  Misuse of library computers by employees or the public may lead to disciplinary action and/or prosecution.  A copy of the Library's Internet Use Policy is posted and available at the desk.

Children under 18 must have parent or guardian permission slip signed.

TAX FORMS:  Tax forms, both state and federal, are available at the library.



We offer both popular release movies as well as children's movies. Primarily our collection is available through regular DVDs but our Blu Ray collection is growing. We are also always looking for donations of gently used DVDs and Blu-Rays.



We offer a wide selection of books on tape, CD and now audio books for download to your personal player through the WV Reads program.  See the staff for more details. 



Through the WV Reads program, we offer a selection of eBooks for download to your reading device.  Whether it's your laptop, iPad, Kindle or Nook, CPL has a selection of eBooks that are compatible with your reading device.  See the staff for more details.


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