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Notary available at library

By Diane Vance | May 02, 2014
Photo by: DIANE VANCE Norma Bauman works at the Fairfield Public Library and now provides notary public services. She is available during her flexible work schedule hours that include most evenings at the library.

Fairfield Public Library has added another service for the public — that of notarizing documents.

Norma Bauman, an employee at the library for about a year and a half, is a certified notary public.

“I’m here in the evenings, until 6 or 8 p.m. most nights,” said Bauman. “I’m available after the banks are closed for the day, which is where many notaries work. So for people who can’t get to a notary during the day, now residents can come to the library.

“I was a notary previously in Colorado, so it was easy to get certified in Iowa.”

Notarization of documents has no charge, but donations are accepted, said Bauman.

Anyone wanting the services of a notary needs to present photo identification.

“Many people need to fax documents after being notarized, so the library can help there, also,” said Bauman.

The Iowa Secretary of State website defines a notary public:

“A notary public is a person commissioned or appointed by the Secretary of State to serve the public as an impartial and unbiased witness by identifying persons who come before the notary. The most common function of the notary is to prevent fraud by attesting that a person actually signed a document.”

The Secretary of State website reports the responsibilities of an Iowa Notary Public are critical to the legal, business, financial and real estate communities in Iowa.

“I’ve only been doing this a few weeks in Fairfield and I’ve already had four notarizations,” said Bauman.

– By Diane Vance, Ledger staff writer

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