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Library Card and Circulation Policy

Library Cards

Library borrower's cards may be obtained from any of the eight branches and are valid at all branches.

  • A Social Security card, Social Security number or an official ID, driver's license, or other qualified photo ID can be used to obtain a library card. One of these documents must list your current, valid address or you must provide a bank statement, power bill, etc. that lists your current address.
  • Patrons under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them to obtain a library card. If it is established that grandparents are part of the household they can sign for a patron under 18 years of age.
  • For patrons under the age of 18 we need proof of their Social Security number and proof of address. Proof of address for children can be a parent's ID, received mail addressed to parent, etc.
  • No account information may be shared with anyone other than the owner of the account, with the exception of parents who may have access to information regarding the accounts of their minor children. Spouses may not have access to their partner's account information. Parents may not have access to information from the account of an adult child.
  • If all items are returned but a balance is due on an account, a family member can pay fines for another family member. But no information on titles or numbers of items borrowed, returned, overdue, or titles on hold for another family member can be shared.
  • Patrons should not lend their cards to others and are responsible for any and all items charged to their card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately.
  • The initial library card is given at no cost; lost cards will cost one dollar to replace.
  • If a card is lost or expired, the card can be renewed or replaced after all of the patron data has been checked for accuracy and there are no overdue items or fines of $10 or more on the account.
  • A family member in possession of another family member's library card will be presumed to have permission to borrow materials for that family member, including items on hold.
  • You must be in possession of your own library card to use or borrow public computers.

Circulation Rules

A valid library card must be presented to borrow any materials.

  • A valid library card is defined by JGRLS as a card for an account with full and accurate patron information with a balance of less than $10 owed and no overdue items outstanding.
  • Number of items loaned to a first time borrower is limited to two items, with no further loans until the initial items are returned.
  • Print items and audio books are borrowed for a period of three weeks; other digital media (DVDs, music CDs, etc.) are checked out for one week.
  • Two renewals by phone, Internet or in person are allowed for materials unless the items are on hold for someone else or they are overdue.
  • Materials designed for in-library use will be loaned on a limited time basis and cannot be renewed or placed on hold. Laptop computers will be available for checkout in all branches by early 2011. They will circulate overnight only and cannot be renewed or placed on hold.
  • A maximum of 50 items may be checked out, 15 of which may be a combination of digital media (Video Games - limit of 2).
  • Fines are charged at a rate of 15 cents per item per day to a maximum of the replacement cost of each item plus a $10 processing fee per item.
  • Any overdue fines or other charges of $10 or more will cause a patron's account to be blocked.
  • The Jackson-George Regional Library System does not assume any responsibility for damage to any personal devices used in conjunction with materials borrowed from one of our libraries.

Lost and Damaged Items

  • When materials are claimed as lost or damaged while on loan, the patron will be assessed the replacement cost of the item(s), any fines accrued, and a $10 processing fee for each item.
  • Patrons may not replace lost or damaged items themselves, but must pay the above fees. No refunds will be given on items claimed lost, paid for, and subsequently found.
  • Lost, damaged, or overdue item fees may be paid incrementally. However, patrons with fines or other assessments of $10 or more have an invalid library card.

Last Revised September 11, 2013 - Effective date: September 26, 2013 - JGRLS Library Board/CCH

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