Welcome to the
Craft Memorial Library
600 Commerce Street, Bluefield, WV 24701
Phone: 304-325-3943,     Fax: 304-325-3702
Director: Eva McGuire

Library Services

Craft Memorial Library provides materials and services
to all residents of Mercer County and the surrounding area
to meet educational, informational, cultural, and recreational interests or needs. 

The library offers a wide variety of materials and services which include:

How To Get A Library Card Reference Services Mountain Library Network Children's Programs
Photocopy Services Fax Services Interlibrary Loan Bookmobile Services
Obituary Searches Tours Tax Forms Public Meeting Room

How to Get A Library Card

  Picture ID with a current address or two of the following:

      --Driver's license

      --Piece of recently canceled mail with a current address

      --Social Security card

      --Birth certificate

      --Military ID

      --Check with a current address

      --Voter registration card with a current address

  Parent or legal guardian MUST be present for patron ages 6-16 to obtain a library card
  The first library card is free. Replacement cards cost $1.00
   Patrons will be required to present their library card to check out materials


Reference Services

Mountain Library Network (MLN) 

With your MLN library card, you may borrow materials from any of the following libraries:

Public Libraries

Alderson Rainelle
Boone County Raleigh County
Calhoun County Richwood 
Craft Memorial Ritchie County
Craigsville Roane County
Dora B. Woodyard Roncevert 
Fayette County Rupert
Greenbrier County Summers County
Jackson County Summersville
Mason County Vienna
McDowell County War
Monroe County White Sulphur
Peterstown Wood County
Pleasants County Wyoming County
Pocahontas County

Academic and School Libraries

Concord University/Marsh Library Greenbrier Valley Campus (NRTCC)
Bluefield State College/Hardway Library Sherman Jr./Sr. High School

Photocopy Services - The library can make copies for you. 

  Letter size paper      (8.5x11)                $0.20 per copy
  Legal size paper      (8.5x14)                 $0.20 per copy
  Ledger size paper    (11x17)                  $0.35 per copy

Fax Services - The library can fax documents for you. 

  To receive faxes, there is a charge of $0.50 per page. 
  There is a charge of $0.50 per page for local calls and toll-free calls. 
  For long-distance calls,  the charge is $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 per page after that. 
  For international faxes, there is a $5.00 fee for the 1st page and $1.00 per additional page.

Interlibrary Loan
  Materials unavailable at Craft Memorial Library may be requested from other libraries through Inter-Library 
  Patrons must have a current Craft Memorial Library card that is free of overdue materials and/or fines.
  Materials are loaned as a courtesy and their conditions of use, including due dates, must be respected.
  Books and journal articles are the most commonly borrowed items.
  In general, recently published books, reference books, audio cassettes, videos, CDs, DVDs, and other types  
      of media, cannot be borrowed.
  Most libraries will not loan old, rare or fragile books.
  There is no charge for this service except fees imposed by the lending library.
  Acquisition of multiple requests submitted may be limited.
  The complete title and author's name is needed to process the request. Additional information such as date of
      publication, edition, and publisher is also helpful.
  Patrons will be notified by telephone when the item arrives.
  Incoming items may be picked up at the Circulation Desk during regular business hours.
  Most items take two to four weeks to arrive. Some items are more difficult to obtain and may take longer.
  Loan periods are established by the lending library and may vary. A typical loan period is three weeks.
  Loans must be returned to the Circulation Desk on or before the due date.
  Patrons who need to renew materials for a longer period than allotted must request an extension at least a 
      week before the due date. The lending library decides whether to renew the items.



Bookmobile Services
- Craft Memorial Library began providing Bookmobile services to the public in 1974. The current bookmobile, when completely loaded, 
can hold approximately 3,500 books!    

The Bookmobile runs Monday - Friday and stops at scheduled locations such as:

  Schools        Child Day Care Centers  
  Head Start Centers   Retirement/Nursing homes  
  Mobile Home Parks       Housing Developments 

and other town and community visits.

   Click Here to see the Current Bookmobile schedule.

Obituary Searches

  Obituary searches may be conducted for those who died in the Bluefield, West Virginia region.

  If you are not a local resident, the library staff can do the obituary searches for you.

  If you are a local resident you are invited to come to the Library to do the search. Assistance is available to get you started.

  When requesting a search, please include your name, address, phone number, search information, and the maximum amount you are willing to spend.  

  The Bluefield Daily Telegraph newspaper, available since its beginning in 1896, is not indexed, therefore complete information is required:
                    *  Full Name
                    *  Date of Death - month, day, year
                    *  Place of Death

  Because of limited staff and the time involved in doing a search, the following fees will apply:
                    *  $5.00 for first 30 minutes spent searching and $5.00 per each
                        each additional 30 minutes
                    *  $  .20 per copy
                    *  Postage

  An invoice for any fees will be mailed with the search results. Fees may be paid by money order or check payable to Craft Memorial Library.


  - Group tours of the library are available by appointment. Please call 304-325-3943.


Tax Forms www.IRS.gov/getready
  Current tax forms are usually available at the end of January. 
  Federal, WV Resident, WV Non-resident forms are available. 
                     *  Any forms in reproducible format are available to be copied for $.020 per page. 
  Online forms are available at the following websites:
                     *  For WV forms: http://www.state.wv.us/taxrev/forms.html 
                     For Federal Forms: http://www.irs.gov/forms_pubs/forms.html 
                     Want to file your taxes online? Check out the IRS website for a list of e-filers! 

Public Meeting Room  - 

  An application to use the room must be filed and approved in advance.
  Please contact the library at 304-325-3943 for information on room availability.