General Policies

General Policies

Loan Periods: Books – 2 weeks, Magazines – 1 week, DVDs – 1 week, Audiobooks – 2 weeks.

Checkout limits:

a. A total of 100 books may be checked out on a library card at any one time. A total of 10 DVDs may be checked out at any one time.
b. Non-fiction is limited to six books per subject.
c. No more than six magazines and six pamphlets may be borrowed at one time.
d. DVDs and older magazines may be borrowed for seven days with 2 renewals.
e. Reference materials, local history items, and current issues of magazines and newspapers do not circulate.
f. Books for common class assignments and research projects may be placed on a reserve shelf after coordination with an instructor. Borrowing may be limited.

Renewals
All items available for check out may be renewed twice with the exception of books on hold or reserve.

Holds
Holds or reserves may be placed in a variety of ways:
By logging into your library account and placing the reserve.
By Phone: call (570) 265-2470 with the author and title of the book to be placed on hold or reserve. Or come in person. You’ll also need your library card number.

Email: Email your request to towandapublib@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the author and title of the book, your name, library card number, and telephone number.

Online from your account: Sign in to your account. To place a hold, search for the item you want – either by using the “Advanced Search” at the bottom of the page, or by “Browse Alphabetically” or “Browse the Catalog.” Once you have the record up, scroll to the bottom, and in the “Status” column, you will click on “Place a Hold.” Make sure your phone number or e-mail is correct, and click on “Submit Request.” You will then see the item
in your holds screen.

Fines:
• Books – 25 cents per day per book.
• DVDs — $1.00 per day per DVD
• There is no charge for days the library is closed.
• Lost books will be charged at replacement cost plus a processing fee and postage.
• The maximum fine per item is the cost of the item.
• If books are overdue or fines owed, borrowing and computer privileges are revoked until the fine or fee is less than $10.00.

Fees:
• Photocopies: black and white, 25 cents, color, 50 cents
• Replacement library cards — $1.00
• Faxes — $3.00 for first page, $1.00 for each additional page.

Lost and damaged

Accidents happen. If you lose or damage a library book, you will be charged a replacement cost for the book plus a $12.50 processing fee. It’s best to notify the library as soon as possible to avoid the accrual of fines.

Interlibrary Loan:
• InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a special privilege permitting one library to borrow from another library in order to provide a patron with material requested.
• Materials that can be borrowed include books, photocopied articles, some microforms, some government publications, films, and some recordings.
• Materials that cannot be borrowed include current or rare issues of periodicals, non-circulating or rare books, current reference books, genealogical materials, videos, DVDs, recently published fiction and non-fiction in high demand, and material available in Towanda Public Library.
• Loan periods and restrictions are set by the lending library. There are no renewals. Failure to comply is cause for discontinuance of services on ILL.
• ILL takes a minimum of 1 week to process. If the necessary material is found elsewhere, patrons must notify the Towanda Public Library so that the ILL search can be discontinued. Requests that have not been filled at the end of 3 months will be cancelled.
• Payment for damaged or lost books and fines on late books set by the lending library will be the responsibility of the patron.
• Photocopies and book loans are generally free of charge. Should there be charges, the fees become the responsibility of the patron. The Library does ask for a donation to offset the cost of postage.

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