Circulation of Materials Policy

(Adopted 9/20/99, amended 9/19/00, 8/20/01, 4/16/02,8/19/02, reviewed 8/18/03, amended 8/16/04, reviewed 8/15/05, 8/21/06, amended 10/16/06, 8/20/07, 8/18/08, 8/17/09, reviewed 8/16/10, 8/15/11, amended 8/20/12, 8/19/13, 8/18/14, reviewed 8/17/15, amended 8/15/16, 8/21/17, 11/20/17, 8/20/18, reviewed 8/19/19)

Circulation of materials for Delphi Public Library shall be selected books, periodicals, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, and equipment. Ereaders are also circulated, but special circulation rules apply; see the Ereader Borrowing Policy for circulation rules for those items. The loan period for most materials, with some exceptions noted below, is fourteen (14) days. The loan period for fiction adult DVDs (feature films), books designated as "Red Hot" books, and equipment and tech tools is seven (7) days.

Most items may be renewed for two (2) consecutive loan periods, unless another patron of the library has placed a hold (reserve) on that item. No renewals may be made of Red Hot books. Fiction adult DVDs (feature films) and equipment and tech tools may be renewed only once.

The borrowing privileges of the Delphi Public Library shall be as follows:

  1. The borrowing privileges of the holder in good standing of a library card are limited only by the restrictions upon the specific kinds of circulating materials.

  2. Patrons are expected to present their library card in order to borrow materials. In certain circumstances, however, staff members are authorized to accept another form of identification if the patron's library card is temporarily unavailable. Replacements for permanently lost cards may be issued for $1.

  3. The borrowing privileges of patrons with overdue items are suspended until all overdue materials have been renewed (as allowable by this policy) or returned, or patrons have paid all replacement costs for any items not returned.

  4. If a family includes children under the age of 18 for whom a parent accepts financial responsibility upon application, the family members will be linked in a Family Group so that borrowing privileges apply equally to all family members. Borrowing privileges for all members of a group are suspended if one or more members of the group has overdue items that have not been renewed, returned, or paid for.

Patrons are responsible for damaged or lost library materials. The replacement cost for a lost or damaged but not easily repaired item is determined by the latest published full retail cost. A processing fee of $5 per item will be added to the replacement cost. In most cases, a replacement item purchased by the patron will not be accepted in lieu of paying the replacement cost. Costs for damaged but easily repaired items are determined by the exact extent of the damage.

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