Circulation Policy

In order to provide for the efficient and equitable circulation of materials, the library sets the following policies regarding borrowing eligibility; length of loan for various materials; limits on the number of items that can be borrowed; renewals; reserves; interlibrary loan; overdue materials charges; and damage and replacement assessments.

Library Cards

Public libraries in Ohio are funded by state income tax revenue. Therefore, any Ohio resident is eligible to have a borrower's card with proof of name and current address. There is no charge to have a borrower's card. A borrower's card is presented each time a user wishes to borrow library materials or use public equipment, such as computers.

How to Get a Library Card

To get a library card you must provide a valid Drivers license, or photo ID, and a legal material to verify your current address.
Materials excepted for address verification include but are not limited to the following:

  • Current valid driver's license.
  • Current valid identification card.
  • Current valid passport.
  • Current valid bank book.
  • OR recent mail received through the US Mail at the applicant's address.

If the individual applying for a card is a minor, the presence of a parent, guardian or custodial caregiver, with a library card is required to verify their name and current address. By obtaining a library card for their child, the parent, guardian or custodial caregiver agrees to assume financial responsibility for all materials charged on the minor's card.

Library Card Policy

Library cards are valid two (2) years from the date of the activation or renewal. Renewal of a library card requires the following:

  • All overdue materials returned.
  • All fines and fees must be paid in full.
  • Address, phone number and email must be verified or updated.

The card holder (or the guardian of the minor) assumes full responsibility for all use made of the card. By receiving a library card, the borrower agrees to comply with all library rules and regulations, including but not limited to; paying all fines and fees; to be responsible for any loss or damage of materials; to provide immediate notice of any change of contact information; and to provide immediate notice if the card is lost or stolen.

Library cards my only be used by the card holder.

Card holders are expected to bring their library card with them any time they wish to borrow materials or use public equipment. If a Card holder has forgotten to bring their card with them, they may show a valid picture ID (school ID, Drivers license or Photo Identification card). Card holders who fail to present their library card repeatedly to borrow materials or use public equipment will be required to purchase a replacement card.

A one dollar ($1) fee is charged to replace a card (this is subject to change without notification).

The library reserves the right to deny card holder privileges to persons who do not present a library card when they wish to borrow materials or use public equipment.

The library reserves the right to refuse issuance of more than three replacement library cards to a borrower per validation period.

Lending Periods

The library makes the following types of materials available for lending for the stated length of loan period:

Material Type Loan Length
Standard Extended
Books 3 Weeks 6 Weeks
Audio Books 3 Weeks 6 Weeks
Compact Discs 3 Weeks 6 Weeks
Items with hold queues 1 Week N/A
Periodicals 1 Week 2 Weeks
DVD, VHS, and Video Games 1 Week 2 Weeks
Equipment 1 Week 2 Weeks

Most reference, local history, and special collection materials do not circulate.

Extended loans may be available for senior citezens and card holders with extenuating circumstances such as travel or illness. Exceptions to be made at the Circulation Supervisor's discretion.

Item Limits

Certain categories of materials have limits as to how many items of that type may be on loan to a borrower at any given time. The following types of materials have the stated number of items borrowing limit:

Material Type Item Limit
Juvenile Adult
Books 25 50
Audio Books 10 10
Compact Discs 3 6
Periodicals 10 10
DVD, VHS 6* 6
Video Games 1 1
Equipment 0 1
*may only check out juvenile VHS and DVDs

Borrowers are permitted to have a maximum of sixty (60) items if an adult or thirty (30) items if a Juvenile charged on their card at any one time.



Renewals

All library materials may be renewed one (1) time, unless on reserve for another card holder. Materials presented for renewal which have reserves on them must be returned immediately.

Renewal requests can be made by telephone, in person, or through the online service provided through our online catalog.

Reserves

Only books (with the exception of genealogy and reference books) and audio-books may be placed on reserve. The card holder will be notified as soon as the reserved material is available. Once notified, the borrower has one (1) week to pick up the reserved item. Material with a ratio of 2 or more holds per item will have a limited loan period of one (1) week to allow timely access to popular titles.

Returning

Library materials can be returned at the circulation desk. For after-hours returns, materials can be left in our convenient return bin located near our front door. Library materials returned after their due dates will accrue the appropriate fines.

Fines

Fines for overdue library materials are as follows; ten cents ($0.10) a day up to a maximum of two dollars ($2.00) per item, if the item(s) are lost no late fine will be charged however the cost of replacing the item(s) including a $2.00 re-cataloging fee will be charged. If lost items are returned within 6 months

Inter Library Loans (aka ILLs)

No library can meet all the needs of all users. The Board of Trustees and the Library Director actively promote cooperation with other libraries and library agencies to more effectively meet the needs of the community. Material not part of the library's collection can be obtained through interlibrary loan. These books are received from other libraries.

Placing an ILL Request
Inter Library Loans can be ordered in one of three ways. You may stop in and place an order for an ILL at the reference desk upstairs. Secondly, you may call in to the library and ask to talk to the reference desk to place an ILL. Thirdly, you may place a request online yourself through our website.

Picking-Up/Returning ILLs
When your ILL order is ready for you the ILL Librarian will call you to notify you that it is available for pick up. All ILLs should be picked up and returned to the circulation desk. ILLs will be held for one (1) week from the date of the notification call before being returned to the lending library. All ILLs are checked out to the borrowing card holder for six (6) weeks and are non-renewable.

ILL Late Fees
If a card holder has the material out over the six (6) week loan period they will be charged a late fee of ten cents ($.10) a day, up to a total of two dollars ($2). If the ILL item is lost or not returned in six (6) months from the due date the card holder will be charged the cost of the item.