FAQs

If you live in Comanche County, your card is free.

Comanche County residents can get a card by providing proof of identity with a government issued photo ID and proof of residency. A current driver's license will suffice for both proof of identity and residency.

Other acceptable ways to prove residency include current (within the last 30 days):

  • mortgage payment coupon, rent receipt, or lease agreement
  • utility bill received by mail
  • bank statement
  • payroll check with printed address
  • printed check
  • letter received by mail

Don't forget to renew your library card! Your library card needs to be renewed once a year. A vaild library card is required for access to electronic databases such as OverDrive and Zinio.

University Student Cards
Students enrolled in higher education who are not eligible for regular cards but are living on campus in Comanche County may be issued a library card for the length of the enrollment. Students must supply a current class schedule.

Non-Resident Cards
A resident of an adjacent county (Caddo, Cotton, Grady, Kiowa, Stephens, and Tillman) desiring to use the Lawton Public Library resources on a continuing basis must pay a non-resident fee of $25.00* annually.

You must be at least four years old to obtain a library card. If you are under 18-years old, your parent or legal guardian must sign your application and have no outstanding fees on his or her own account.

The first time you get a library card, you can checkout 5 items. After that, you can checkout up to 40 items total. Some materials like DVDs (only 10 at a time) have differing limits.

If an item is checked out, you can put a hold on the item.

If an item is not in either library, you can request an interlibrary loan. https://www.lawtonok.gov/services/interlibrary-loan

Absolutely!

  • Call 580.581.3450 ext. 4 for the Reference Desk.
  • Email librarynews@cityof.lawton.ok.us
  • Text 580.825.5404 (if you have a library account)

Genealogy Requests

The Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society will do “lookups” in most indexed material in the Family History Room of the Lawton Public Library and offer suggestions for further research when appropriate.  Census lookups are not done.  Neither the Lawton Public Library nor SWOGS does actual research.


When requesting a lookup please provide names, dates, and places as much as possible and be specific in what you are looking for.

The lookup fee is $5.00 per lookup payable in advance.   Please include an SASE.

Mail request, with fee to:   SWOGS / P.O. Box 148 / Lawton, OK 73502

For newspaper lookups including obituaries: please supply the date the article ran or the date of the event (i.e., death date for an obituary).  A search will then be conducted up to seven days after the provided date.

Yes, yes, and yes. Call 580.581.3450 ext. 4 for more details.

Yes but you need a library card or photo ID to use the computer lab. Unfortunately we do not have wireless printing yet.

No. Call 580.581.3450 ext. 4 for a list of nearby notaries.

Cash or check. We don't have an ATM but there are a few banks nearby.

The Friends of the Lawton Public Library welcome donations for our book sale. Due to space limitations, we request only the following:

  • Fiction books with a publication date of 1990 or newer
  • Non-fiction books with current information
  • Popular DVDs & CDs only
  • Please contact us before donating rare books published before 1930

Items Not Accepted

  • Magazines
  • VHS, cassette tapes, records
  • Travel Guides
  • Textbooks
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Older fiction books (pre-1990)

Book Pickups

Unfortunately, due to volunteer limitations, we cannot pick up books in peoples’ houses.  Thank you for your understanding.

Volunteers

Are you interested in helping with the book sale? Contact the Friends at 581-3450 ext. 9  for more details.

Covered drinks only please. We ask you to eat in the lobby.