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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I rent ice skates?

Skates are available at the Howard Miller Public Library at 14 S. Church Street during regular business hours:

Mon - Thur 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Who can rent skates?

Adults, 18 years of age or older, are able to rent skates for themselves and for minor children.  The adult must have either a Howard Miller Public Library card or a card from a Lakeland Library Cooperative library and must complete a liability waiver for each skater in order to borrow ice skates through this program.  Adults cannot check out skates for multiple adults.  

How Much Does It Cost?

Free!  There is no charge to rent the ice skates.

How Long Can I Use the Skates?

Each skate rental is for 3 days.*  Skates must be returned with their original bag and skate guards to the library during regular business hours.  Due to the size of this item, skates must be returned directly to a staff member inside the library.

*The skates will never be due on a day the library is closed.

What If I Return the Skates Late?

The success of this program depends on community members returning the skates on time; however, we know that life happens.  If skates are not returned within 5 days, the library cardholder will be charged the full replacement cost for each pair borrowed.  Thanks, in advance, for ensuring we can share this wonderful resource with everyone who wishes to use it this winter season.

Where Can I Use the Skates?

The City’s public skating rink is one block away from the library at the Elm Street Park located at the corner of Elm & Cherry (across from City Hall). This rink is made of synthetic ice; the skates will work on this surface as well as traditional ice. You are also welcome to use these skates on private rinks. 

What Size Skate Should I Use?

These are hockey skates, which tend to run large. If you wear a size 8 shoe, try a size 7 skate. There are places at the library where you can sit and try them on. 

What Size Skates Are Available?

1-2 pair of skates are available in sizes Youth 9 thru Adult 9. Skates are available on a first come, first served basis.