Materials Use Policy

Your LIBRARY CARD opens up a world of opportunity. Use it to check out materials from the library’s collection, to request materials from other libraries or to utilize the library’s virtual services, such as downloadable audiobooks and the PA Power Library databases. You can also use it at any MCLINC (Montgomery County Library and Information Network Consortium) and Access PA libraries.

Any resident of Whitemarsh Township is eligible to register for a free borrower’s card, renewable every 3 years. The library will require identification with the name & current mailing address of the applicant for new registration & renewals. Examples of acceptable forms of identification are: driver’s license, government identification, utility bill, lease, and property tax bill or bank statement.

Cardholders are responsible for all materials checked out on their cards, including overdue fines & fees for loss or damage. Failure to return materials & outstanding fines of $10 or more may result in suspension of borrowing privileges.

Those under 18 may obtain a library card with the signature of a parent/guardian who will be financially responsible for any materials borrowed on the youth’s card.

The Library may issue a nonresident card to customers who work in Whitemarsh Township, but do not reside here. Proof of work and home addresses are required. Nonresident cardholders are restricted to borrowing only William Jeanes Memorial Library materials.

LOAN PERIODS

Most books (child and adult): 3 weeks

New adult books: 2 weeks

Music CDs: 3 weeks

Spoken word CDs and Children’s Kits with CDs: 3 weeks

Playaways: 3 weeks

Magazines: 1 week (current month does not circulate)

DVDs and Blu-Rays: 1 week unless they have 3 or more discs in the package, then they are 3 weeks

In-Demand DVDs: 3 days, no renewals Video Games: 1 week Cubbyhole Collection: 2 weeks

Hot Reads-Books: 2 weeks, no renewals Museum Passes: 3 days, no renewals

Please note that items borrowed from other libraries may have a different loan period or fine structure, which we are required to honor.

RENEWALS

Most items may be renewed for one additional loan periods unless the item has been reserved by another patron. Renew in person, by phone or through the Library’s website. Phone and website renewals require your library card number and the titles and/or barcodes of the items to be renewed. Website renewal also requires a password.

Approved by the William Jeanes Memorial Library Board of Directors 9/16/2015

OVERDUE FINES

Adult & Teen books & Magazines: $.30 per day Children’s books & Magazines: $.20 per day

Adult & Teen Audiotapes and CDs: $.30 per day

Children’s Audiotapes and CDs: $.20 per day DVDs: $1.00 per day Playaways: $1.00 per day Cubbyhole Collection: $.50 per day

Grab & Go Bags: $5.00 Wii/Xbox/Playstation Video Games: $2.00 per day Museum passes: $5.00 per day

Museum Passes: $5.00/day ($5.00 fee if returned to another library)

Nook E-readers: $5.00 ($25.00 fee if dropped in the book drop box)

Patrons who provide the library with an email address, will be notified by email 3 days before material is due. Otherwise, a notice will be sent after library material is late. If the material is not returned within two weeks, a second notice will be sent. Bills will be issued when an item is 5 weeks late, and will include the cost of replacing each item. Patrons who have been sent an overdue notice will be denied borrowing privileges until those overdue materials are either returned or paid for if lost and/or damaged.

Under Pennsylvania law, 18 Pa.C.S.A § 6709, it is a summary offense to retain library property after being notified to return it. In the event of theft or retention of library materials after notice to return, the Library will release to the appropriate law enforcement officers, court officers or collection agencies the relevant patron records, including the name and address of the person committing the offense and a list of materials stolen or retained with the replacement costs.

FEES FOR LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS

Retail price of item. Replacement copies will not be accepted in lieu of fees.

Additional fees for lost /damaged packaging may apply.

OTHER FEES

Photocopies & Printouts B&W (8.5×11) 15¢/each; B&W (8.5×14 & 11×17)

30¢/each; Color (8.5×11) 50¢/each; Color (8.5×14, 11×17)

Materials borrowed from the William Jeanes Memorial Library may be returned to other participating

Pennsylvania Access libraries (except where loan restrictions prohibit), but the cardholder to whom the items are charged is responsible for those materials until they are actually in the possession of the library.

All fines and fees are subject to change.