Circulation Policy

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REQUIRED FOR BORROWING

Any library patron wishing to borrow materials from the Louis Bay 2nd Library must present a valid BCCLS library card.

To accommodate patrons’ use of advancing technology, the library will allow use of smartphone and smart device apps (i.e. Key Ring, or other digital rendering) in lieu of traditional library cards.  Additional verification or ID will be required to ensure that the presenter of the car is the legitimate card holder.

 

BORROWING LIMITS

Each patron may borrow materials up to the following limits at any one time.  A total of fifty (50) items may be on loan at once to a person.

Material Type

Borrowing Limit

Books

20

Magazines

10

DVDs

10

CDs

10

Audiobooks / Playaways

10

 

BOOK RETURN

The book drop return, located next to the Library’s front entrance on Lafayette Avenue, is open for returning materials when the Library is closed.  Items returned on the due date will not be charged fines.

 

LOAN PERIODS

 

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FINES/LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS

Items not returned on the due date will result in a fine, excluding Sundays and holidays.

Patrons will be billed for the replacement cost (as set by BCCLS policy) of materials overdue for 8 weeks or more.  Failure to pay the replacement costs may result in the Library filing a complaint under Hawthorne, New Jersey, Municipal Code § 304-4.  Patrons will be billed for the replacement cost of material returned in damaged, wet or unusable condition.

 

RESERVES

Any item in circulation may be reserved with the exception of those marked “Hot Copy” or “High Demand”.  A staff member will try for two (2) days to notify a patron that a requested item is available for them.  If the reserved item is not picked up within three (3) days after notification, it will be taken off reserve and returned to the shelf or given to the next patron on the reserve list.  Patrons are strongly encouraged to provide an e-mail address; by doing so they will receive immediate notification when a reserved item is available for them.  If no e-mail is available the patron will be called.

 

INTERLIBRARY LOANS

The library encourages the use of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) System for the requesting of materials not owned by the Louis Bay 2nd Library and Community Center or for those items not presently available at the library.  Patrons are limited to placing seven (7) requests per week.  All requests placed beyond this number will be cancelled.  Patrons may re-request these items at a later date.