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Check Out Policy

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
CHECK OUT POLICY

Adopted: 2/12/2014

New Patrons

New patrons who are 18 and over must present photo ID. Their borrowing privileges are restricted to three items. A member in good standing (no outstanding fines or overdue books) at the end of three months will be upgraded to a one year card and twenty item limit. New patron families are limited to two new cards per family.

Children and Teens

In order for children (under 12) and teens (under 18) to get their own library card, a parent who has his/her own card must sign for the minor. (New patrons' children are not eligible.) Parent’s card will be linked to the child’s for late/lost items. MelCat items are only available to teens and adults.

Fines
Patrons who return materials late (except DVDs/Video Games) will be charged a fine of $.10/day/item. Patrons who return DVDs or Video Games late will be charged $1.00/day/DVD. Patrons who return materials with missing bar codes and/or spine labels will be charged $1.00 each.

No Check Out or Computer Use if...

  •             you accumulate $1.00 or more in fines.

  •             you have overdue materials.

  •             you don’t have your library card.

Lost Cards

A $1.00 replacement fee will be charged for lost library cards.

Borrowing times

  • Books &  Books on CD—two weeks

  • Magazines—one week

  • CDs—one week

  • VHS—one week

  • New Video games – one week ($2/game)

  • New DVDs—two days ($2/DVD)

  • Older Video Games & DVDs – one week

Reminders

Reminders of when your materials are due will be sent by text or email.

Renewals

Materials (except for DVDs) may be renewed twice (unless the item has been reserved by another patron or is on the "NEW" shelf.) You may call or renew online.

Over Dues

Notices will be sent by text or email. (Phone calls only if neither of those is available.)

Rates and policies are subject to revision and will be posted if changed.