Library Circulation Policy

BIG BEND VILLAGE LIBRARY

Circulation Policy

The Big Bend Village Library Board, in accordance with the Bridges Library System CAFÉ agreement, has adopted the following circulation policy.

Loan Periods and Holds

All books and audio materials may be checked out for a three-week loan period with three renewals, unless there is a hold on the item. Specialty items may have individual checkout periods.

DVDs are checked out for one week with a one-week renewal unless there is a hold on the title.

Inter-library materials are checked out and due by the owning library’s due date.

Held items will be kept for the patron for 7 days from the date the hold was activated.

Fine Rates

The purpose for levying fines for overdue library materials is to ensure that these materials are returned to the Library in a timely fashion.

Fines on children’s items are $.05 per day for each day overdue.

Fines on DVDs are $.50 per day for each day overdue.

Fines on adult materials are $.15 per day for each day overdue.   Children’s materials checked out on an adult card will be charged at the adult fine rate.

Patron library privileges will be blocked at $10.00 until the patron reduces the amount owed the library to an amount under the $10 threshold.

Payments on fines for items owned by other libraries will be sent to the owning library if the fine amount exceeds $20.

Replacement Charges

Charges for lost or damaged items will be based on the replacement cost plus a $2.00 processing charge. The replacement cost for items owned by another library will be determined by the loaning library.   All payments received for items owned by other libraries will be sent to the owning library.

When Library users pay for a lost book, the overdue fines will be forgiven.

Refunds are not given on payments for lost items.

Delinquent Account Procedures

First notice: An overdue notice is generated after material is 14 days overdue and is applied to patron’s account. Patron will be notified via e-mail, phone, or with a letter.

Second notice: An overdue fine notice is generated after material is 40 days overdue, is applied to patron’s account, and a letter is sent to patron.

Billing notice: An item will be set to lost and the patron will be billed for its replacement once it is overdue for 42 days.

Final action: 90 days after the first overdue notice was generated, any delinquent account over $50.00 may be turned over to the Big Bend Police Department or the Big Bend Village’s collection agency.

Miscellaneous Charges

Replacement of library cards: A replacement fee of $1.00 will be charged, and a note will be put on patron’s record.

Fees for damages to library materials are made on a case-by-case basis.

Checks returned will be assessed a service fee determined by village of Big Bend policy.

General Policy

In the event of habitual abuse of the above rules, a patron’s library privileges may be suspended at the discretion of the Library Director. Suspended privileges may be appealed to the Library Board.

Policy will be reviewed periodically by the Big Bend Village Library Board.

 

Approved:

Big Bend Village Library Board

Tekla Fingland  . . .  October 2016

President