The Library offers notary services, which are free of charge. Library notaries are typically available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. It is recommended that patrons seeking notary services call ahead to verify availability.
Library notary guidelines:
- Valid photo identification is required of any patron seeking notary service. Notaries cannot pre-date or post-date an action, prepare a legal document, or give advice on legal matters, or notarize documents in which they have a personal interest.
- Since the notary must be able to read and understand what he or she has been asked to notarize, documents in any language other than English will not be notarized at the Library.
- The Library will not provide witnesses, and witnesses may not be solicited from patrons using the Library. In order to serve as a witness, the witness must personally know the person whose document is being notarized and must be in possession of valid photo identification.
- Notaries will not provide service if a patron, document, or circumstance of the request for notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt, or uncertainty for the library. In this event, the Library notary may, at his or her sole discretion, decline to provide notary service.
- Notary service is not available for deeds, titles, wills, living wills, codicils, depositions, mortgages, or other real estate closing documents.