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CIRCULATION AND INTERLIBRARY LOAN POLICY

This policy is subject to change at any time without notice.

GENERAL INFORMATION

A library card is a valuable asset. It gives you access to thousands of books, magazines, and other library materials. You are financially responsible for the items checked out on your card, so protect it as dearly as you would a credit card. Do not let others use your card and report a loss or theft of your card to the library immediately.

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for the failure to return overdue books, failure to pay overdue fines, or failure to pay for lost or damaged materials. The library will prosecute to the extent of the law permitted under the Retention of Library Property Act (Section 6708, Title 18 PA Code (PA CSA 6708) and the Library Theft Act of 1982.

Getting a Library Card

You are eligible for a free library card if you live or own property in our official service area: Town of Bloomsburg, Hemlock Twp., and Scott Twp.

Anyone residing outside of our service area may receive a card for an annual fee of $15 that covers all family members at the same address. Please be aware that several townships in our area use the “Bloomsburg” postal address, but that does not qualify as residence.

  • Families with children enrolled in the Bloomsburg Area School District are eligible for free cards.
  • Additionally, residents of Montour Twp. receive free cards through the generosity of their township supervisiors.

We encourage families to register each member for a card so that the library can better assess how many people use the collection.

Loan Period

  • Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, CDs:  2 weeks
  • DVDs:  1 week
  • Interlibrary Loan items: set by Lender
  • Hotspot Devices: 1 or 2 weeks (fee applies; see Hotspot Policy)

Renewals

  • All items may be renewed UNLESS another patron has requested that item. We cannot renew items that have been requested by another patron. NO exceptions.
  • Maximum of 2 renewals per item.
  • Once an item has reached maximum renewals, the item must be returned to the Library and may not be checked out by same patron for a period of 1 month (28 days).

This policy allows other patrons the opportunity to borrow the item.

Fines

  • All items must be returned on or before their due date.
  • It is the responsibility of the patron to know when their item(s) are due.
  • Fines:
    • DVDs = $1.00 per day
    • DVDs left in book drop = Additional $0.50 per day
    • Books, Magazines, Audio, CD = $0.25 per day
    • ILL items: $1.00 per day

Lost Items and Damaged Items

  • Charges for items that are lost or damaged will equal the list/retail price of the item.
  • The library does not accept replacements for lost items purchased by the patron.

Overdue Policy

  • Patrons are responsible for renewing or returning materials on time.
  • The library does not make courtesy calls to warn of impending or active fines. Patrons can mitigate problems by providing a working email or cell phone number.
  • An “Overdue Letter” is mailed to a patron when an item becomes 2 weeks overdue.
    • Once an “Overdue Letter” is mailed:
      • Patron account is SUSPENDED until:
        • Item(s) returned and fines paid in full OR
        • Item(s) replacement cost is paid in full.
    • Patron MAY NOT RENEW any items OR CHECK OUT any new material until the overdue item(s) issue is resolved.
  • “Claimed Returned”
    • On occasion a library patron reports to the library that an overdue notice has been sent in error, and the items have already been returned. This is referred to as a “claims returned” response.
    • The library will accept a patron’s claimed returned response twice. Each instance will be noted in the patron’s account.
    • Upon the third instance, the library will assume that there is a possibility of false reports of “claims returned.” The most recent “claims returned” items will be considered overdue on the patron’s account. The patron will be expected to return the items or reimburse the library for the lost materials according to the fee schedule listed above. Failure to pay for lost books will result in suspended library privileges until the account is settled.

Suspended Privileges

  • The borrowing privileges of patrons are blocked when their accumulated fines and fees total $10.00 or more.
  • A patron whose account is blocked will be barred from using the public computers.
  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior toward staff may result in the loss of borrowing privileges for a week or longer. This period is at the discretion of the director.

 Linked Accounts and Responsibilities

Parents/guardians are responsible for the library accounts of their children (foster children) and their borrowing privileges are linked together.

  • If the borrowing privileges of a child are blocked due to accumulated fines or fees, the borrowing privileges of the parent will also be blocked.
  • If the privileges of a parent are blocked, all children linked to the parental card will also be blocked until the reason for the block is resolved.

Interlibrary Loan

  • ILL is a privilege, not a right.  The Library will make every reasonable effort to borrow items for BPL patrons.
    • Only patrons who have no upaid fines or fees may participate in this program.
    • Patrons may request up to 4 items at a time. At anytime, the total of items borrowed, in process, or requested may not exceed 4 items. (Special circumstances require permission of the Director.)
    • Failure to return ILL items on time will result in a suspension of ILL privileges.
    • Patrons must provide two means of contact. If we cannot reach you, you may lose the benefit of the service.
    • Materials will be held for 7 days and then returned to the lending library.
    • Patrons who fail to pick up ILL items three time in 12 months may lose their ILL priveledge.
    • Patrons who have reached the maximum of $10 in fines on their BPL account may not borrow through the ILL program
  • Items borrowed must be returned by the date marked on the ILL band.
      • Items borrowed from other libraries are subject to the policies of the Lending Library
      • It will be assumed that there will be no renewals unless the Lending Library makes a note about their policy.
  • Items not picked up will be returned to the Lending Library on their due date. This may result in a future loss of privileges.
  • ILL Overdue Policy
    • The BPL will charge $1.00 per day, per item, for overdue ILL items.
    • ILL items that are returned more than 7 business days after the marked Date Due will result in the loss of ILL privileges for 90 days. Items overdue for a longer period or after a first “offense” will be suspended indefinitely.
    • The library does not make courtesy calls to warn of impending overdue items.

 

Patron Behavior Policy

This policy is subject to change without notice and implemented at the discretion of the Library Director.

Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with the Library’s established rules, regulations, and policies could result in removal from the premises and expulsion from the Library for a period of one day to one year, or in arrest or prosecution. Violations could also result in the restriction and/or termination of Library privileges, including the use of Library computers and other equipment. Expulsion for more than one week may be appealed in writing to the Director of the Bloomsburg Public Library.

For the comfort and safety of patrons, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of Library property, the following actions are examples of conduct not allowed on Library property.

  • Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law, or Library policy.
  • Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type (except by law enforcement officers).
  • Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs.
  • Verbally or physically threatening or harassing other patrons, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching, and obscene acts such as sex acts and indecent exposure.
  • Refusing to follow a request or directive of Library staff, including refusing to leave a public computer when time is up or the library will close.
  • Annoying other patrons by talking, gesturing, or otherwise interfering with their ability to read, study, contemplate, or otherwise use the Library.
  • Interfering with Library staff’s performance of their duties.
  • Refusal to follow reasonable direction from Library staff, including but not limited to:
    • relinquishing a public computer when a session is over
    • leaving the Library during normal closing procedures
    • following a suspension of Library privileges
    • refusing to evacuate during an emergency
  • Soliciting or conducting surveys not authorized by the Library.
  • Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of Library property in Library facilities or on Library grounds, including computer hardware and software, printers, copiers, phones, and other equipment.
  • Trespassing in nonpublic areas, being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before or after Library operating hours, or camping on Library grounds.
  • Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.
  • Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards.
  • Group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.
  • Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Cell phone and pager audible ringers must be turned off.
  • Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes.
  • Littering.
  • Smoking, vaping, chewing, and other tobacco use in Library facilities.
  • Entering the Library barefooted, without a shirt, with offensive body odor or personal hygiene, or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the Library environment.
  • Bringing in garbage, articles with a foul odor, or articles which, alone or in their aggregate, impede the use of the library by other users.
  • Using wheeled devices in Library property or on Library grounds, except in designated areas, including skateboarding, roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts (exceptions i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).
  • Lying down or sleeping in the restrooms or on any floor, couch, table, or seat in the Library, and by blocking aisles, exits, or entrances by sitting or lying down in them.
  • Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children.

Engaging in any of the above behaviors may result in one or more of the following consequences, depending on the severity or repetition of the violation:

  • Initial warning + copy of Behavior in the Library (upon request).
  • Library privileges suspended for one day.
  • Library privileges suspended for seven days.
  • Library privileges suspended for up to one year.
  • Library privileges suspended permanently.

Please inform Library staff if you observe anyone behaving in a suspicious or inappropriate manner.  

Staff

Lydia Kegler, M.L.S., Director

Susan Prokop, Assistant Director

Angela Musselman-Leister, M.L.S.,Youth Services Librarian

M.J. Mahon, Collection Management and Interlibrary Loan

Val Ahlstrand, Library Assistant

Elizabeth Deroba, Library Assistant

Linda Lapp, Library Assistant

Kelcie Saville, Library Assistant

John Blackledge, Circulation Desk Assistant

Caroline Dietrich, Circulation Desk Assistant 

Jocelyn Wallace, Circulation Desk Assistant

 

Ginny Weibel, Ph.D., President

Daniel Lynn, Vice-President

Cynthia Schultz, Treasurer

Tammy Pursel, Secretary

Christopher “Kip” Armstrong

Colleen Bowman

Christopher Carro

Justin Hummel

Cynthia James

Susan McGarry

Jimmy Muwombi