Circulation Policy

Circulation Policy: Broadwater, NE

Circulation Policy and Regulations

A. LIBRARY CARDS

Statement of Responsibility

All cardholders accept responsibility for any use of their library card and agree to abide by library policies and procedures. Cardholders must pay for all lost or damaged materials and pay all fines and fees incurred on their card. Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately and change of name, address, or phone number should be reported promptly.

All circulating materials may be checked out to every valid cardholder. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for all fines, fees, lost or damaged items on their children’s library cards until 19 years of age.

 

1. Residents

  1. All individuals who reside, own property, or are employed in the Broadwater Nebraska or within the surrounding 20 mile region may obtain a Library Card.
  2. The Library issues a library card to a person from birth to 19 years of age only with signature authorization of a parent or guardian. Provisional library cards may be given to children from birth to 18 for two weeks, until such parental authorization can be returned.

2. Non-Residents

Non-residents may purchase a library card for the Broadwater Public Library, for a fee of _____ (TBD) per year. These cards are valid from 1 year of purchase..

 

4. Use of Cards By Others

Resident cards are issued to individuals. A resident card may be used by other family members or a caretaker with the cardholder’s permission, unless that member’s own borrowing privileges have been revoked.

Non-resident cards are issued to families and may be used by other family members residing at the same address. No cards are transferable for use by non-family members under any circumstances. The Library reserves the right to require another form of identification when a card is presented for use.

5. Lost or Stolen Cards

Cardholders must immediately report a lost or stolen card to the Broadwater Public Library. Cardholders are liable for materials charged out from the time of loss to the time reported. The cardholder’s maximum liability for materials charged on a reported lost or stolen card is $50.

B. OVERDUE MATERIALS

Patrons, in keeping with being good citizens of the Village of Broadwater, shall endeavor to return their materials by the due date, or to renew such items on or before their due date. The library may contact the patron having overdue materials through any legal means, including a maximum of one phone call to their place of employment.

1. Fines

Fines are not currently charged to any user. A “conscience box” is available for patrons who feel they should pay the Library for their oversight in not returning an item on time.

If an item is more than 60 days past due, it shall be considered “lost”, and the full value of the item is owed by the Cardholder.

2. Claims Returned Materials

When a library cardholder notifies The Library that an item was previously returned, the library staff set the item to a status of claimed returned, while staff conduct a thorough search for the item. Staff notify the cardholder of search results within 30 days after notification by telephone, email, or personally.

3. Lost Materials

The Patron must pay for lost items before more material may be checked out. At the Library Staff’s discretion, one item may be checked out the day the patron is notified of lost material.

C. BORROWING RECORDS

The Library does not maintain records of what individuals have borrowed and returned in the past, except when overdue fines, and/or charges for lost/damaged materials have accrued or have been paid for. All information on the individual cardholder is confidential except for notification and collection of overdue materials.

D. CHARGES FOR LOST, DAMAGED, OR UNRETURNED MATERIALS

The Library does not charge the cardholder for  damage due to normal use. Library materials that are damaged due to normal use remain the property of The Library.

The Library charges the cardholder as indicated below for damage beyond normal use. Customers may keep damaged materials for which they have paid. The Library holds returned damaged materials for four weeks before disposal.

1. Audio Books

The Library charges the cardholder the full price listed in the library catalog or listed on a current Internet retail site for lost, damaged, or unreturned audio books. The Library considers an audio book to be damaged if any part of the case, original cover, or original accompanying material or a cassette or compact disc is lost or damaged beyond normal use. A returned audio book that is damaged or that has missing parts remains the property of The Library unless the customer pays the full price for the audio book.

2. Books

The Library charges the cardholder the original purchase price for lost, damaged, or unreturned books. The Library considers a book to be damaged if any part of the book, cover, or accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use.
The cardholder has the option of providing a replacement book instead of paying for a lost item. The replacement copy must be the same title and edition, and must be new. If a new copy is not available, the replacement copy must be in the same or better condition as the lost book.

 

  1. Puzzles and Games

Puzzles and games must be returned in the same condition as they were checked out. Missing pieces of puzzles or game sets should be reported to the Library upon return. If the game is playable without the part, the fact that the piece(s) are missing shall be noted, and patrons will not be charged for them. If it is not playable, the game shall be discarded or combined with another, similar game so that it can be played. If it can be ascertained which patron lost or damaged the puzzle piece or game, that patron shall be responsible for the cost of the puzzle or game.

4. Children’s Book and CD Sets

The Library charges the cardholder the full price listed in the library catalog or listed on a current Internet retail site for lost, damaged, or unreturned book and CD sets. The Library considers a book and CD set to be damaged if any part of the book, CD, cover, or accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use.

5. Compact Discs (CDs)

The Library charges the cardholder the full price listed in the library catalog or listed on a current Internet retail site for lost, damaged, or unreturned CDs. The Library considers a CD to be damaged if any part of the disc case, disc, original cover, or original accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use.

6. Computer Software and Video Games

The Library charges the cardholder the full price listed in the library catalog or listed on a current and reputable Internet retail site for lost, damaged, or unreturned computer software and video games. The Library considers computer software and video games to be damaged if any part of the case, original cover, disc, original manual or other original accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use.

7. Digital Video Discs (DVDs)

The Library charges the cardholder the full price listed in the library catalog or listed on a current Internet retail site for lost, damaged, or unreturned DVDs. The Library considers a DVD to be damaged if any part of the disc case, disc, original cover, or original accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use. Discs which are discovered to be damaged by the patron shall report it to the Librarian upon return. Library staff will try to play the disc, and if discovered unplayable, shall be removed from circulation. If the disc is part of a multi-disc collection, and a substantial amount of the material can still be played, the damage or missing disc shall be noted, to help the patron decide if they want to check it out in its condition, and if they do, they will not be responsible for the existence of such damage.

8. English as a Second Language (ESL) Media

The Library charges the cardholder the price listed in the library catalog or listed on a current Internet retail site for lost, damaged, or unreturned ESL media.

The Library considers an ESL media item to be damaged if any part of the item, case, original cover, or accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use.

9. eReaders

The Library charges the cardholder the price listed in the library catalog or the current list price from the vendor the library uses for lost, damaged or unreturned e-readers.  The library does not accept replacement e-readers in lieu of paying for the lost item.  There is an additional $15.00 charge for the unreturned or damaged security case.

10. Magazines

The Library charges the cardholder the price listed in the library catalog or the current retail price for lost, damaged or unreturned magazines.  The cardholder has the option of providing a replacement magazine instead of paying for the item.  The replacement copy must be the same title, issue and must be new.

11. Pamphlets

The Library charges the cardholder $5 per envelope for lost, damaged, or unreturned pamphlets.

 

  1. VHS Tapes

The Library charges the card holder the price listed the price listed in the library catalog or the current retail price for lost, damaged or unreturned VHS tape.

13 No Price Available

The Library charges the cardholder the following when no price is listed in the library catalog or can be found on a current Internet retail site:

  • Adult Books $25
  • Audio Books $10 per cassette or disc
  • Children’s Audio Books $10 per cassette or disc
  • Children’s Book and CD Sets $10
  • Children’s Books $15
  • Compact Discs $18
  • Computer Software $25
  • Digital Video Discs (DVDs) $20 per disc
  • VHS tapes $5 per tape
  • ESL Media $15
  • New Adult Books $25
  • Video Games $50

13. Refunds

The library does not refund the cardholder the price of lost, unreturned or damaged items that were paid for by the customer in the event that s/he finds the lost item. Once the cardholder pays for a lost, unreturned or damaged item, the item becomes the property of the cardholder.

Once a cardholder provides the library a replacement copy for a lost, unreturned or damaged item in lieu of payment, the replacement item is the property of the library and is not returned to the cardholder in the event that s/he finds the lost item.

E. REQUESTS

  1. Cardholders may place requests for materials any time, during library hours, by telephone to the Library, by e-mail to the Library Director, or in person at the Library.
  2. These requested materials may be purchased, new or used by the Library, or obtained through Interlibrary Loan.
  3. A patron requesting an item through Interlibrary Loan shall reimburse the Library for costs incurred. That is return postage, or any other fees that Interlibrary Loans shall incur. If the item is lost or held past its due date, the patron shall be responsible for all fees incurred, which may be substantial.
  4. Cardholders may not check out an item that another customer has requested. If the item was purchased by the library, the item will be placed in the Library collection for the use of other patrons..
  5. A cardholder may authorize specific person or persons to pick up requested materials. Library Staff may request identification or documenting the authorization of the person to pick up such material.
  6. Cardholders will be charged a $.50 fine to their library account for each hold they do not pick up or they do not cancel before the hold expiration date. Holds can be canceled by the cardholder using the Library’s online library catalog, in-person at The Library, or by telephone to The Library.

F. RENEWALS

  1. Cardholders may renew materials for the same period of time they checked it out.
  2. Cardholders may not renew any item that another customer has requested.

Last Updated: May, 2014

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