Richfield Township Public Library

BORROWING POLICY

The following policies govern how we use our library.

LIBRARY CARD:

            A library card may be obtained at the circulation desk. Any adult eighteen (18) years of age or older is eligible to apply for a library card. All applicants need to present a valid Michigan Driver’s License, State ID card, or a copy of your tax statement for Richfield Township.  Persons under the age of eighteen (18) are eligible for a Juvenile library card.  Juvenile applications require the presence and signature of a parent or legal guardian with a valid ID. There is no charge for your first card, but there is a $5.00 replacement fee. Please notify the library of any changes in your address and/or phone number. As soon as possible, please report lost or stolen cards to the library. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MATERIALS CHECKED OUT ON YOUR CARD.

CHECKOUT POLICY:

For the first checkout, new patrons will be limited to a maximum of three (3) items checked out to their card. After that first checkout:

BOOKS and AUDIOBOOKS:  May be checked out for three (3) weeks.

DVDs:    May be checked out for one (1) week.
             No more than three (3) DVDs may be checked out on a card, with a limit of no more than ten (10) DVDs per household (please include Interlibrary Loan Requests in this count)

MAGAZINES:  May be checked out for (1) week.

CIRCULATION:

            The borrowing time period is listed above. Library materials may be renewed one time, in person or by phone, during regular business hours.  Additional renewals may be authorized by Library Staff on a case by case basis. New releases and materials on the reserve list for other patrons cannot be renewed. Failure to return borrowed materials is a MISDEMEANOR and can be reported to the Richfield Township Police.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS (MeLCat):

            An item can be borrowed from another library when our library does not have the requested material. You may request interlibrary loan materials directly through the mel.org website or you may request them through Library Staff.  The MeLCat loan period on most items is 3 weeks, and you can renew them once online during the week before the original due date.  Items with a one week loan period cannot be renewed, per MeLCat policy.  All requested materials will be sent to our Library for processing and we will call you once they arrive. 

FEES AND FINES:

            Books, magazines                 $0.10 per day

           DVDs                                     $0.50 per day

            Maximum Overdue charge     $10.00 per item

            Unreturned items                 Replacement cost

            Items with major damage     Replacement cost

 Overdue fines accumulate daily, including days the library is closed, with the exception of holidays.

DAMAGED MATERIALS:

            Items that have minor damage can be repaired and return to the shelf. Materials which have major damage must be replaced.  Please bring the damaged material into the library and talk with the Assistant Librarian or the Director.

DROPBOX RETURNS:

            The dropbox is checked ONCE daily at 9:30 am. Any item returned after 9:30 am in the dropbox will not be scanned into the computers until the next day. Library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) should be placed in the dropbox the night BEFORE the due date to ensure no late charges are accrued.

COMPUTERS:

            Computers are available at no cost for public use. All persons eighteen (18) years of age and older may have access to the Internet.  Patrons ages fifteen (15) through seventeen (17) require the presence and signature of a parent or legal guardian the first time they use the computer.  Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult to use the internet. Patrons may print from the computer at a charge of twenty-five (25) cents per page.

LOADING OR INSTALLING SOFTWARE ON LIBRARY COMPUTERS IS PROHIBITED.

 AVAILABLE SERVICES:

            Copies                                                                     $0.25 per page

            FAX (Send)                                                               $1.00 per page

            Fax (Receive)                                                           $0.50 per page

            Document Scanning                                                  $1.00 per scan

            Laminating                   Legal Size                             $1.00

                                                 8 X 11 inches                       $1.00

                                                 Postcard/Business card        $0.50

PROGRAMS:

            From time to time, the library sponsors classes, speakers or programs for our patrons. Notices are posted in the library, at businesses around town, and in the newspaper. Most of these are free of charge.  If there is a charge, the fee will be posted prior to the sign up period. Fees vary among the speakers, however, the library will not profit from these events.

 

 

The Richfield Township Public Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.

 

Adopted by the Richfield Township Library Board 5/2/2007.  Revised 7/11/2007.  Revised 10/2/2018.