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Circulation Policy

 

Patronage

 

Residents of the City of Blair will be issued, without charge, a library card valid for a period of three years.  Citizens residing outside the city limits of Blair will be charged a non-refundable $25.00 annual household fee for borrowing privileges.  (For library purposes, a household will be considered all individuals who reside at the same address.)  Non-resident cards are issued for one year from the date of payment of the fee.  Local organizations located in the city limits of Blair such as preschools, daycare centers, and rest homes may be issued a card in the organization’s name with the permission of the organization’s director and the library director. The card will only be used by the organization for items to be used at the facility. Teachers from the Blair Community Schools will be issued a card upon request and using their school address.

 

All city and county residents must complete a registration form before a library card will be issued.  A parent or guardian’s signature is required on the registration form for children under 18 years of age. In all cases address verification may be required before a library card is issued.  Borrower cards are not transferable.  A charge of $1.00 may be charged for issuing a new card, if the library card is lost or destroyed before the original card expires or if more than one new card is required per year.

 

Patron and circulation statistics are reported monthly to the library board and the city council, and yearly to the Nebraska Library Commission.  All individual registration and circulation records of this library are confidential and shall not be disclosed to or examined by the public.  The individual circulation record is defined as materials checked out by the patron.

 

 Materials

 

The following materials may circulate:

Circulating Material

Loan Period

Exceptions

Restrictions

BooksMusic CDs 3 weeks Reference Books are not loaned without permission.
Magazines 3 weeks Current Issues
Audio Books 3 weeks
Educational Toys 7 working days Limit 4 per adult patron
Records 3 weeks
Cookie Cutters 1 week Limit 4 per adult patron
Electronic Games 7 working days Limit 1 per adult patron
DVDs 7 working days Limit 4 DVDs per adult patron

 

 

The following items do not circulate:

Material

Exceptions

Restrictions

Charges

Reference Material With Permission None
Newspapers None None
Microfilm May be interlibrary loaned to other libraries Four week loan period. Library use only. Cost of postage or copies 30 cents per copy.

 

Equipment loaned by library:

Material

Exceptions

Restrictions

Charges

Opaque Projector Must be used in library
Cassette tape player
Overhead Projector
Pedometers Three weeks
Electronic Watts Detector Three weeks
Personal CD Players Limit one per person.  Three week check out.
Portable Projection Screen One day checkout

 

Equipment may be reserved in advance by calling the library or by checking at the circulation desk.   Patrons must have a current library card in good standing to check out equipment.

 

Patrons may check out up to 20 items.

 

The library staff will not deny checkout privileges on circulating materials to any borrower in good standing.  This means that juvenile card holders will not be denied the right to borrow adult materials, except DVDs/videos, Educational Toys and Electronic Games.

 

Reserved Materials

 

The library will reserve circulating materials on a first-come first-served basis.  Patrons will either be notified by the catalog system or by telephone to notify them of the availability of their reserves.  Reserved material must be checked out within five days or it will be returned to circulation.

 

Lost, Damaged, and Overdue Materials

Library materials are overdue if they are not returned to the circulation desk or book drop by closing time on the date the item is due.  Borrowing privileges will be suspended for any patron who has materials overdue, unless special arrangements have been made with the library director.  Patrons may be charged appropriate fines or fees whenever delinquent materials are returned.  If a patron continues to act irresponsibly with library materials, the director with the consent of the library board may impose a special limit of items a patron is allowed to check out.

 

Overdue notices are sent notifying patrons of overdue items. A ten day notice is sent electronically if the patron has provided a valid email address.   After a patron has been sent two standard overdue notices (30 and 60 days respectively) by U.S. Postal Service, the third and final notice is mailed (90 day notice).  If the patron has taken no action, the library will declare the item lost and withdraw the item from the collection.  The patron will be charged the replacement cost of the item and a $5.00 administrative fee for each item not returned.

 

Delinquent patrons with a bill for lost items will be turned over to the city for collection.  If an item is returned to the library after the item has been declared lost and withdrawn from the collection, its re-accession is at the discretion of the library director. Reaccessioned materials will still be charged a $5.00 Administrative Fee.  Charges for items that are not reaccessioned into the catalog will remain due and owing by the patron.  The patron will lose checkout privileges until full restitution has been made.

 

Fines for Overdue Materials

 

Fines for delinquent materials are shown in the table below.

 

Material Fines
DVDs/VideosEducational Toys; Electronic Games, Cookie Cutters $1.00 per day ( not to exceed the replacement cost of the DVD/video).
Books, Magazines, , Audio Books, Music CDs,, Records 5 cents per day (not to exceed the replacement cost of the item).

 

Fines are not accessed on days the library is closed.  A grace period of 4 days will be allowed on all materials except DVDs.  If the patron returns overdue items within the grace period, no fine shall be collected.  Fines accumulate during the grace period and materials returned after the grace period will be assessed fines from the due date.  Fines in excess of $1.00 must be paid before a borrower may check out additional library materials.  Senior citizens (65 and over) will not be charged overdue fines, but will be charged for lost or damaged items.  Cards issued to local organizations and to local teachers (pre-approved) using books in the classroom or at the organization’s facility will not be charged late fees, but will be charged for lost or damaged items.

Fines for Damaged Materials

 

Material

Damage

Fine

Printed material Tear, water damage, marks, torn out pocket still useable 25 cents per page
Printed material Missing pages Replacement cost
Magazine Missing or significant damage Replacement cost
Book Paper cover lost $2.00
Magazine Paper cover lost or damaged $1.00
Library Card Lost $1.00
Book Chewed cover $2.00 or Replacement of item
Any Bar code removedSpine label removed $1.00
Book Water damage or warped book still can be used $3.00
Educational Toy Lost materials or damage Replacement of Item.
Electronic Game Lost or Damage to diskette Replacement Cost
Cookie Cutters Lost or Damaged Replacement Cost
DVD Lost or Damaged Replacement Cost
DVD case/Game case Lost $2.00
Kit Plastic Bag Lost $1.50

 

Patrons have one week to return missing covers, cases, or game pieces.  The library staff will put note on the patron’s account as to when the item was returned to the library.  If the patron does not return the missing item within the prescribed time, a fine will be placed on the patron’s record.

 

 

Circulation policies, doc revised 11/15/10.

Reviewed, revised and approved 9/17/2012.

Reviewed, revised and approved 8/2013.

Reviewed and approved 4/2016