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Circulation Policies Sections 3 through 8

CIR-3 Loan periods and loan limits
Current cardholders, including those with non-resident cards, may check out books, selected magazines, compact discs, audiobooks, and pamphlet materials for a period of 28 days. Selected new adult fiction and nonfiction will be checked out for 14 days. Selected DVDs will be checked out for 7 days. All other DVDs will be checked out for 14 days. Loan periods for Outreach services are set in relation to stops.

Downloaded electronic content will be available for the period indicated by terms of licenses granted by content providers.

Books and audiovisual materials may be returned to the Circulation desk or bookdrops at the downtown Library or Community Library, the Bookmobile, or Senior Homebound Outreach staff.

Current issues and other selected magazines, newspapers, Reference books (those whose call number begins with R, JR or YR), telephone books, Genealogy Room materials and Montana Room materials do not circulate.

Cardholders whose accounts show that they have lost or overdue items outstanding or accrued fines of $5.00 or greater will not be permitted to check out Library materials.

Permanent patrons may have up to 10 audiobooks or music CDs checked out at a time and up to 50 total items in all formats checked out at a time.

CIR-4 Renewals
Circulating materials may be renewed for up to two additional periods equal to the original loan period as long as no holds are waiting for those items.

CIR-5 Holds
Library cardholders may have no more than 10 holds at any one time, including any hold items waiting on the hold shelf for pickup.

CIR-6 Claims returned/never had
In the event that a patron asserts that a lost item was returned, but it still appears on the patron’s record, Library staff will search for the item for 90 days, during which time the patron should also look for it. If the item is not located after the 90 days, the patron will be billed for the amount of the item plus the processing fee. If the item is found after the patron has paid for it, the Library will refund the amount paid, less the processing fee, to the patron.

CIR-7 Lost or damaged materials
The Library charges for lost library materials and library materials damaged through neglect. The total charge will consist of the retail price of the material and a processing fee intended to cover restocking costs.

In the event a patron returns a book or other item thought to be lost within one year of paying for it, the retail price of the material will be credited to the patron. The processing fee will not. Identifiers from damaged library materials will be retained by the library to be withdrawn from the collection and the damaged item will be retained by the patron if they want it. Patrons will be charged for lost/damaged interlibrary loan materials based on the charge assessed by the lending library. Additional fees may be assessed to recover costs of collection.

CIR-8 Fines and fees
The Library charges a fine of $0.25 per day the Library is open for overdue library materials, with a ceiling of $5.00 per loan period or the list price of the item, whichever is less, except as noted hereafter. The fines for interlibrary-loaned materials will be $0.50 per day the Library is open, with a ceiling of $10.00. The fines for “Easy Reader” books (those with a call number beginning with an E) will be $0.10 per day the Library is open, with a ceiling of $5.00 per item per loan period. No overdue fines will be charged on magazines or uncataloged paperback books.

Borrowers with fines totaling $5.00 or less may check out materials one time, but must clear their charges before being permitted further checkouts.

Other charges may apply as indicated elsewhere in this manual.

Recognizing that some patrons may have difficulty paying overdue fines, the Library makes available the opportunity for a patron to arrange to work off overdue fines at the rate of the current minimum wage. This must be arranged by appointment with the designated staff.