Patron Policies

 

The full patron policy PDF can be found here and the standards of behavior here.

Service to All

The library will serve all residents of the community and the public library service area.  Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; gender; or sexual orientation.

Denial of Service

The use of the library may be denied for due cause.  Such cause may include, but is not limited to:

  • failure to return library materials or to pay penalties
  • destruction of library property
  • disturbance and/or harassment of other patrons
  • any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises

Registering for a Library Card

All borrowers must be registered and must have a valid local or system patron card to borrow materials.  Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a new library card.  Identification is required.

Acceptable identification includes the following:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid state ID
  • Social security card
  • Student ID
  • Any other official ID
  • Recent piece of mail with current address

Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian give written consent on the application form before a new card can be issued.  This parental signature is NOT required for children who are renewing cards.

Applicants under 18 years of age will be issued children’s borrower cards, which may not be used to borrow materials that have been rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Materials may not be checked out until a library card is issued.

All library cards expire in 2 years.  In order to renew a library card, patrons must produce identification and must clear all outstanding fines and bills.

Lost Cards

If a patron loses his or her library card, he or she should notify the library as soon as possible and request a replacement. Replacement cards may be had for one dollar ($1.00) to cover processing costs.

Loan Periods

The general loan periods for library materials are as follows:

• 3 weeks for books, except new “reserve pool” books, which is 1 week.

•Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.

• Inter-library loans are due by the date indicated by the lending library.

• Books may be renewed once if no waiting list exists for the title(s).

• Most current issues of periodicals do not circulate.

•1 week for multimedia items (e.g., cassettes, audio-books, compact discs, videocassettes, and DVDs).  Serialized multimedia may be checked out for 3 weeks.

 Borrowing Limit

Adults may borrow up to 50 items at a time (including multimedia items), and children may borrow up to 10 non-multimedia items and 2 multimedia items at a time.

Fines and Charges

  • $.25 per non-multimedia item per day
  • $1.00 per item per day for multimedia items

A first notice is sent after the material is due. If the material is not returned within a week, a second notice is sent. A final notice after three (3) weeks contains a bill for the material with the cost of replacement of the material and a service charge for processing, cataloging and postage.

Under PA Title 18, section 1, §6708: Retaining library property after notice is given to return it is deemed a summary offense.

Under PA Title 18, section 1, §3929.1: Unpaid charges for materials that have been billed as lost or stolen may be prosecuted after thirty (30) days of delinquency.

Patrons who accrue more than $10.00 in unpaid fines and charges shall be denied borrowing privileges until those overdue materials are returned or paid for if lost and/or damaged. The director may, at his or her discretion, also place a system-wide block on the borrowing privileges of a patron owing more than $10.00 in fines and charges.

If materials are damaged so that in the judgment of the library they are unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost.

 

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