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Borrowing Policies

 

 INFORMATION+NOTICESLOAN PERIODS/LIMITS |  RENEWALS |  FINES+FEES 

Policies for Items Borrowed from Other Libraries   | SIZZLERS 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION & LIBRARY NOTICES

If you have any questions about your checked out items, fines, renewals, or your library account, please contact your local branch.

Text Message/email Notification allows you to receive all of your library notices electronically (NOTE: if you don't have an email account, we'll send notices via phone).  If you are registered for email/TM notification and have borrowed items, we will send you a "Courtesy Notice" email 2 days before your library items are due, and after an item is 7 days overdue, we will send you a "LIBRARY OVERDUE" reminder.

Register for electronic notification! It's efficient and gives you helpful reminders.

Once an item becomes 30 days overdue, a notice is emailed  (NOTE: if you don't have an email account, we'll send notices via phone) that includes the amount billed to your accout (the replacement cost) for the overdue items.

If the replacement cost of an item is over $10, borrowing privileges are suspended.

You can pay your library fines/fees online.


 

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LOAN PERIODS

All items except those listed below have a 21-day loan period.

The maximum total items you can have checked out is 50; the exception is TOYS with a loan limit of 10.

The fine for most items except those listed below is 10¢ per item per day.

 

Item

Loan
Period

Loan
Limit

Fines
per/day

MOST ITEMS:
  books, CDs, DVDs,
  magazines, tapes
21 days 50* 
10¢
TOYS 21 days 10 toys
10¢
Mediabox DVD's 7 days 50* 10¢

ITEMS from other Libraries

 

VARIES
see slip on item
50*
 
50¢
see Fines
BOOKABLE ITEMS  (loan periods and fines vary) including: 
   LEAP Kits
7 days
-
$1
   Project Read
42 days
-
$1/per set
   Teen Read
 
42 days
 
-
$1/per set
 
   Adult Book Discussion Sets
40 days
-
$1/per item/day
(each book/CD book)
   Puppets (bookable) 7 days - $1
   Bi-Folkal Kits
 
7 days
 
-
 
$1
 
*50 is the maximum number of items that you can have on loan at any one time.
Limits on Institution Cards and Educator Cards vary.
 
No items can be checked out or renewed if you owe $10 or more in overdue fines, fees, or billed items. See Fines & Fees          See Renewal Policies
 
Mediabox DVD's are non-requestable and non-renewable.
 
If you are registered for electronic notification, you will receive a notice 2 days before your items are due as a courtesy.  Register for email/TM notification 
 
Have you returned your library items yet they still appear on your library record? 

Please contact your local branch for library account & returned items issues.

 

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RENEWALS

 

If you are registered for email notification we will send you a "Courtesy Notice" email 2 days before your library items are due. You may renew materials up to 20 times unless there are requests on the items or if you owe fines exceeding $10.00.  Items borrowed from other libraries cannot be renewed before their due dates.

See Your Library Account for complete information about Renewing.

 

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FINES & FEES

Please return or renew loaned items on or before the day they are due.

As a courtesy, patrons who register email accounts and/or cell phone numbers will receive a reminder to return items near the end of a loan period. 

Email notification for overdue material will be sent out when material is 7 days overdue.

 

Do you think you returned your item but it still appears on your Library account?

Please contact your local branch regarding issues with your library account and returned items.

 

Fine/Fee Schedule

Most library items from our collection have an overdue fine of 10¢ per day (books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, books on CD, CD-ROMs, Toys, PlayAways, Sizzlers); see below for exceptions.

 

There is a $10.00 (per item) cap on fines. 

You can pay your fines online through our catalog after you have logged into your account.

Once an item becomes 30 days overdue, a bill/replacement notice is sent for the price of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee. Replacement fee is dropped if the items is returned to our Library.  However, once an item is paid for, there is no refund if it is later found and returned.

Fees are assessed for items returned damaged. Damage to equipment which may occur in the use of audiovisual materials is the responsibility of the user. Damage to materials that is beyond normal wear is also the responsibility of the borrower.

Damage to materials that is beyond normal wear is the responsibility of the user (damage to equipment which may occur in the use of audiovisual materials is the responsibility of the user).

If your account balance is $10 or greater, borrowing privileges will be suspended (including requestingrenewing, and checking out items) until payment is made.

Loan periods, fines, and fees subject to change.

 

 

Exceptions to 10¢/per day Fines

$1.00 per day on Kits.
$1.00 per day on Youth Book Sets (Project Read and Teen Read). 
$1.00 per book per day on Adult Book Discussion Sets
(including sets' books on CD and Cliffs Notes).

 

The following cardholders are exempt from the 10¢/day fine:

  • Disabled
  • Home Bound
  • Homeschool (must have an Educator Card)
  • Institution  (must have an Institution Card)
  • School  (must have an Educator Card)
  • Senior (determined by date of birth entered in your library record)

 

NOTE:
There are NO EXEMPTIONS for fines/fees on items borrowed from other libraries.

 

The following cardholders are exempt from the $1/day fine:

  • Disabled
  • Home Bound
  • Senior

 

 

Collection Agency

Anyone who has items more than 90 days overdue and a balance of $100 in fines/fees may be referred to a Collection Agency.

A $10.00 collection agency service fee will be added to the fine record. Borrowing privileges are removed once an account has been turned over to Collections. You can pay your fines online.  Payment arrangement can be established.  Please contact your local branch regarding issues with your library account and collection fees and fines.

Once the materials have been returned and all fines/fees have ben paid in full, all borrowing privileges will be reinstated.

 

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Items Borrowed from Other Libraries 

 

OhioLINK  (mostly academic libraries)

  • Books borrowed through OhioLINK
    • 21-day loan period
    • up to 4 renewals if there are no "holds" on the books
    • late fee is 50¢ a day

 

  • Audiovisual items borrowed through OhioLINK
    • 7-day loan period
    • no renewals 
    • late fee is 50¢ a day

  • Replacement costs, fines after 30+ days, and other policies differ from those of Cuyahoga County Public Library.  Ask a librarian at your local branch for details. 

 

SearchOhio  (mostly public libraries)

  • Books borrowed through SearchOhio
    • 21-day loan period
    • up to 3 renewals (if there are no "holds" on the books)
    • late fee is 50¢ a day

 

  • AudioVisual items borrowed through SearchOhio
    • 7-day loan period
    • up to 3 renewals if there are no "holds" on the DVDs or CDs,
      can renew no sooner than 1 day prior to due date
    • late fee is 50¢ a day

  • Replacement costs, fines after 30+ days, and other policies differ from those of Cuyahoga County Public Library.  Ask a librarian at your local branch for details.

 

NOTE:
There are no exemptions for fines/fees on items borrowed from other libraries .


 

SIZZLERS

 

Items with this indication are part of our best selling browsing collection, called Sizzlers.

  • Sizzlers can be books, magazines, or videos
  • Sizzlers are not renewable
  • Sizzlers are not requestable but are available to people browsing branch collections.

Sizzlers are new best sellers by the most popular best-selling authors.  They have their own displays and special labels. This is a first-come, first-served collection of best sellers and new videos. These additional copies will help ensure that you can have a better chance of finding a new best seller on the shelf at any branch.

 

 

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