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CIRCULATION POLICY

PURPOSE:

A core service of the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is to serve as a learning and educational center for all residents of the community. In providing borrowing privileges, we promote the use of materials to help people obtain information to meet their personal educational and professional needs.

OBTAINING A LIBRARY CARD:

Having a library card is a privilege. Protect it! It is the patron’s responsibility to report a missing or stolen card immediately. Patron assumes full responsibility for all items checked out to his or her library card. It is also the responsibility of the patron to inform the Circulation staff of any changes in personal information such as address and telephone number. Finally, the borrower agrees to comply with all library rules and regulation, pay all fines and to be responsible for any loss of damages to material checked out under his or her library card.

  1. The FIRST library card is free and it is nontransferable; patrons must use their own library card and NOT SHARE such privilege with anyone including family members.
  2. An applicant age 17 or under is considered a minor and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to obtain a library card.
  3. An applicant who is a minor must be present to have a library card issued.
  4. When applying for a library card, proper photo identification with current address is required. The following documentation is accepted: Drivers License, State Issued ID, or Mexican Consulate ID Card.
  5. No library card will be issued 15 minutes prior to closing.

CHECKING OUT MATERIAL:

Patron must present his or her library card each time he or she needs to borrow library material.

  1. Library card is good at any of the public libraries in Hidalgo County.
  2. Be aware that each library in Hidalgo County has its own polices; therefore, it is the patrons’ responsibility to become familiar with the libraries’ policies.
  3. No materials will be checked out five minutes prior to closing.

FORGOT LIBRARY CARD:

If you need library material and forgot your library card, you may still checkout material by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Show proper identification: Driver’s License, State Issued ID, or Mexican Consulate ID Card. If an adult has no identification or proof of residence that person may obtain a library card under his/her spouse’s account with the spouse as the responsible party.
  2. Address on ID must match information on file (again it is the patron’s responsibility to inform the Circulation staff of change of address and/or telephone number).
  3. Not be delinquent, this includes overdue books and/or fines at Dustin Sekula Memorial Library or any other library in Hidalgo County.
  4. A $1.00 service charge will apply.

LOAN PERIOD & RENEWAL:

Any books that are overdue or have a hold status may not be renewed.

MATERIAL LOAN PERIOND RENEWALS NUMBER OF ITEMS
Books 2 weeks 1 renewal Limit of 15
Language Kits 2 weeks Non renewable Limit of 1
Software 2 weeks Non renewable Limit of 4
Books on CD/Cassette 2 weeks 1 renewal Limit of 4
Music CDs 2 weeks 1 renewal Limit of 2
Videos/DVDs 3 Days Non renewable Limit of 15

DATE DUE & OVERDUE MATERIAL:

The date the material is due is printed on receipt issued to patron at time of checkout. It is against City of Edinburg ordinance to retain any library material past the due date.

Please note City of Edinburg ordinance Chapter 96 Sections 03, 04 and 06:

Section 03 RETURN OF BOOKS.

“It shall be unlawful for any person to retain or fail to return any books, articles or materials beyond the date designated by the library employee or officer at the time such book, article or material is removed by consent of the library and charged out to the person removing same at the library or any extensions of time granted in writing by the library.”

Section 04 FAILURE TO RETURN BOOKS AND THE LIKE; FINES AND LATE CHARGES.

“Any person failing to return any book, article or other material, on or before the date designated as provided in 96.03 shall be liable for fine or late charge for each day of such retention as provided by the rules and regulations of the Edinburg Public Library Board…”.

Section 06 FILING COMPLAINTS.

“The Director of the Library or any person authorized by the Director may file a complaint in the municipal court against any person violating the provisions…”

CHARGES:

All material is inspected before and after each use. It is the borrower’s responsibility to see that videos are rewound and all other material is returned in good condition or pay for the cost of repair or total replacement. Fines on overdue material are charged per day per item.

MATERIAL FINE
Books $0.05
Books on CD/Cassette $0.05
VHS/DVD $0.50
Software $0.50
VHS Not Rewound $0.50
Mailed Notices $0.50 per letter
Certified Letter Amount depends on service price
Date Due Card $0.25
Torn Pocket $0.50
Missing Barcode $1.00
Torn Spine Label $0.50
Card Protector $1.00
Missing Security Card $1.00
Processing Fee Per Item $5.00


REPLACEMENT OF LIBRARY CARD
1st Replacement Card $1.50
2nd Replacement Card $3.00
3rd Replacement Card $5.00

REPLACEMENT FEE:

Replacement charges consist of the following:

  1. Lost or damaged material must be paid at the cost of the item.
  2. In addition, there is a non-refundable processing fee of $5.00 per item.
  3. Refunds for lost and paid materials will be issued if they are returned to the library within 30 days from the date of payment.
  4. Material must be returned in good condition to be eligible for a refund.
  5. No refunds will be given for items paid as lost without the original receipt.
  6. Accrued fine will be charged from the date the material was due to the day the material is returned.
  7. The amount left after the fine is assessed will be the amount of the refund.

BORROWING LIMITS:

  1. Adults, 18 years and older may checkout all available circulation materials this includes: Books, Videos, DVDs, Books on Cassettes/CDs, Music CDs, and Language Cassettes/CDs.
  2. Adults may checkout up to 15 items. For example, an adult may checkout 10 children’s items and 5 adult’s or 15 items from the adult collection.
  3. Fourteen year olds may checkout up to 10 items of their choosing except DVDs.
  4. Children may check up to 10 items. Only three items from the same subject area.

PRIVACY POLICY:

The Circulation staff will safeguard the confidentiality of patron records. This is in accordance with the Privacy act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579). No information will be given to a third party about the name of another patron who has checked out material.

The only exception to this policy will be in response to a court order. Requests of this nature will be handled by the Library Director.

Unattended Child Policy of the Sekula Memorial Library

The Edinburg Public Library wishes to become a vital, friendly, comfortable center for providing cultural, informational, and recreational needs for all members of our community. The Library welcomes children into its facilities and wants a safe and secure environment for children who use the Library. We ask each parent to join us in protecting the children of our community. The following children's policy has been adopted by the Edinburg Public Library Advisory Board to insure that children will be properly supervised in the Library. A responsible adult is defined as a parent/guardian, teacher, or assigned child-care giver over the age of 18.

An unattended child is defined as a child under the age of 10 who is in the Library not accompanied by a responsible adult.

Rules:

  • The responsible adult who brought the children to the library is responsible for the care and safety of those children at all times. This policy affirms that the library staff does not assume responsibility for unattended children.
  • Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended for any length of time. This includes children participating in Library-sponsored programs. The responsible adult must remain in the building during the program, and must immediately pick up the child when the program ends. If a Library staff member becomes aware of an unattended child in the Library, reasonable measures will be taken to locate the adult. If this cannot be done, the police will be informed. An incident report will be filed in the Library.
  • School age children 10 and up may use the library unattended as long as their conduct is acceptable in a library setting. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Parents/police will be called depending on severity of the contact.
  • The parent must be aware of library hours and must pick up their child/children before closing. Children under 17 and younger not picked up 30 minutes after closing will be referred to the Police Department; this is to ensure the safety of your child.
  • Policy Adopted by Edinburg Public Library
    Advisory Board on 6-14-06
 
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