Policy Number: 2.G-03
Policy Title: Borrowing
Category: Operational Policies: Public Services
Adopted: October 2002
Last Review: January 2021
Perth & District Union Public Library makes materials widely available to the community in an equitable manner to support the educational as well as leisure pursuits of the community in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990 c. P44.
Anyone with a valid membership card for Perth & District Union Public Library is eligible to borrow items for use outside the library. See policy 2.G-7: Membership for regulations governing obtaining a valid library card.
Only members in good standing may borrow items from the library. Those with fines over $20 or expired membership may not borrow items. Privileges will be restored when all outstanding accounts have been settled or membership renewed.
Users who do not abide by the library’s policies risk having their borrowing privileges suspended or membership revoked.
While the library encourages library members to use their cards when checking out materials, items may also be borrowed by presenting photo ID.
Membership is not transferrable. Because of privacy legislation, the library cannot, without express permission, check out a reserved item to anyone other than the person who placed the reservation. The library cannot provide information about items on a borrower’s account to anyone other than the borrower, with the exception of parents or guardians of those under 14 years of age. See policy 2.G-9: Privacy and Confidentiality of Information for more details.
There is no limit to the number of items a borrower may check out on a single card. Certain items are for in-library use only, specifically those on the reference shelf. As specified in the loan period table, items may be renewed in person or online so long as no one else has reserved the item. Reservations may be placed in person or online. The library will notify the borrower when the item is ready for pickup.
Loan periods are as follows:
Material | Loan period | Number of renewals (provided no one else has reserved the item)
Books and audiobooks | 3 week loan | 3 renewals
Book Club Sets | 6 week loan | 0 renewals
DVDs | 1 week loan / 3 week loan for TV Series | 3 renewals
Electronic devices (e.g. laptops, mobile hotspots) | 1 week loan | 3 renewals
E-readers | 3 week loan | 3 renewals
Magazines | 1 week loan | 3 renewals
Museum passes | 1 week loan | 0 renewals
Music CDs | 3 week loan | 3 renewals
Kits (e.g. literacy kit, knitting kit) | 3 week loan | 3 renewals
Video games | 1 week loan | 3 renewals
Digital materials such as e-books and e-audiobooks downloaded through the library’s website may have different loan periods set by the online provider.
The library lends electronic devices such as e-readers, tablets, laptop computers, and mobile hotspots to library members as a way to extend access to technology and the internet. Electronic devices will be circulated in a case with any needed peripherals (e.g. power cable). Any electronic devices that provide access to the internet are subject to restrictions and regulations outlined in the library’s Access to the Internet Policy (2.G-2). The library does not assume responsibility for lost or corrupted files. No information is retained on the device after it has been returned.
The library may be able to obtain items not in its collection from other libraries through interlibrary loan services. The loan periods and fines for these items are set by the lending library.
All items must be returned or renewed on or before the due date. Fines for adult material are 25 cents per day to a maximum of $7 per item. Fines for children’s and teen material are 10 cents per day to a maximum of $2.50 per item. E-readers, electronic devices, book club sets and museum passes carry a fine of $1 per day to a maximum of $25. There are no fines on non-catalogued items such as paperback books or puzzles.
Borrowers with items overdue for extended periods of time will be contacted by the library and requested to return those items. Items more than 30 days overdue will be declared lost and the borrower charged the full replacement cost. Items otherwise reported lost or damaged beyond repair will be charged to the borrower’s account.