Borrowing Policy

Policy Number: E-15
Policy Title: Borrowing
Category: Operational Policies: Public Services
Adopted: October 2002
Last Review: September 2013

Background: Perth & District Union Public Library makes materials widely available to the community in an equitable manner in order to support the educational as well as leisure pursuits of the community. The library ensures fair conditions for borrowing while protecting resources and information in a responsible manner and in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990 c. P44.Policy: Anyone with a valid membership card for Perth & District Union Public Library is eligible to borrow items for use outside the library. See policy E-14: 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, items long overdue, or expired membership may not borrow items. Privileges will be restored when all outstanding accounts have been settled. Users who do not abide by the library’s policies risk having their borrowing privileges suspended.

While the library encourages library cardholders to use their cards for checkout, items may also be borrowed by presenting photo ID.

Membership is not transferrable. Due to privacy legislation, the library cannot check out a reserved item to anyone other than the person who placed the reservation without express permission. The library cannot provide information about items on a borrower account to anyone other than the borrower, with the exception of parents or guardians of those under 14 years of age. See policy 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 in the library are for in-library use only, specifically those on the reference shelf. Items may be renewed up to two times in-person, over the phone, or online so long as no one else has reserved the item. Reservations may be placed in-person, over the phone, or online, and the library will notify the borrower when the item is ready for pickup.

Loan periods are as follows:

  • Books and audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Music CDs: 3 weeks
  • E-readers: 3 weeks
  • Video games: 1 week
  • DVDs: 1 week
  • Magazines: 1 week

E-books and e-audiobooks downloaded through the library’s website may have different loan periods set by the online provider. 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. There are no fines on non-catalogued paperback books.

Borrowers with items overdue for extended periods of time will be contacted by the library and requested to return those items. Items more than 60 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 account. Those with fines exceeding $20 or long-overdue items on their account will not be able to borrow additional items until the account has been cleared.

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