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Circulation Policies.

Circulation Desk

The Library's Circulation Desk is located on the main floor. You will see it as soon as you enter the building! Come to the desk to apply for a library card and to borrow and return materials. Four online catalogs are available on this level to search for materials, place holds, and review patron library records. Although the staff is happy to assist you in getting the books you want and conducting short searches, our goal is to encourage independent library use. We are always available to assist patrons and provide guidance in learning to use the online catalogs. On the main floor of the Library near the Circulation Desk you will find the following material:

Short Stories New Materials
Audiobooks & Playaways Helen Bumpus Gallery
Science Fiction Museum Passes
Large Print Fiction Library Displays
Mysteries Compact Discs

Fiction Paperbacks

Current Magazines
Fiction Current Newspapers
DVDs  

Library Cards

Residents may apply for a Library card at the Circulation Desk. Identification with the applicant's address (e.g. a driver's license) is required in order to receive a card. All residents of Duxbury are eligible as are residents of non-Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) communities who do not already have an OCLN Library card. A patron must have a valid library card with them to borrow materials. A $5.00 fee will be charged to replace a lost library card.

Children and students through grade 8 are encouraged to apply for a library card in the Children's Department. Through grade 8, applicants must have a parent's signature and proof of residency in order to obtain a card.

All patrons are required to have a library card with them to borrow materials.

Loan Periods, Fines, and Fees

Material Loan Period Overdue Fine/day Maximum fine/item
Fiction and non-fiction books 2 weeks .05 3.00
Audiobooks & Playaways 2 weeks .05 3.00
Magazines 2 weeks .05 3.00
Music CDs 2 weeks .05 3.00
DVDs 1 week 1.00 10.00
Wii & Xbox Games 2 week 1.00 10.00
Museum Passes 24 hours 5.00 25.00
Software 2 weeks 1.00 10.00
Other OCLN libraries may assign different loans & fees for their materials.

Requesting Material

Items held by members of the Old Colony Library Network:

You can place a request or hold on most items that you find in the online catalog. You can do this from home, at one of the online catalogs in the library, or with the assistance of a librarian. To do this yourself, you will need your library card number, also referred to as the user id and a PIN number. The default PIN is OCLN. After your initial login you will be asked to change your PIN. Once you have placed a hold on an item, the first available copy in the network will be sent to the library that you have selected in the holds process as your pickup library. When the library receives the item, you will be notified by either phone, email, or text message.

Items not held by members the Old Colony Library Network:

If the item you want is not in our network, you can still request it through our Inter-library loan (ILL) service. Go to the Reference Desk on the upper level or call 934-2721, ext. 131 or email us to request a title via ILL.

Email notification
Patrons who wish to receive holds notification via email rather than by phone may provide email addresses to the circulation staff. This email address will be included in the patron record. Email notices will be generated on the same schedule as paper notices.

Purchase suggestions
If you think the Library's collection would benefit from owning a particular item we encourage you to suggest a purchase. Your input is important to us. Please understand that funding is finite and we may not elect to purchase every suggestion.

If you have a purchase suggestion provide via email us with the author's name and title of the work. Supplying us with the publisher, date of publication, cost, ISBN and format (book, tape, CD, etc.) will help us better identify an item. Finally please provide your name and phone number so that we might contact you if we need clarification. Thank you for you support and interest.

Checking Material Out
All library materials are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the Main Level. A patron must have a valid library card with them to borrow materials. Patrons are encouraged to check out their own materials yet family members may be allowed to check out for each other. The only items restricted to in-library use are reference items, newspapers and the newest issues of magazines. Patrons are discouraged from allowing friends or unrelated persons to use their library card. It is the responsibility of the patron to return all materials on time, pay all overdue charges and to pay replacement costs for lost or damaged items that have been checked out on their cards.

Borrowing Privileges
In most circumstances, a patron may check out unlimited library materials. Checkout is not restricted by number, type of material or patron age. Patrons are blocked from checking out if they owe more than $10.00.
Overdue Information
Patrons are encouraged to return library materials by their due date to avoid fines and to make the items available for other patrons. Two-week loan periods allow a three-day grace period. Items returned within the grace period incur no fine. If an item is returned after the grace period, the fine accrues from the due date to the actual date that the item is checked in. One-week loan periods do not include a grace period. Museum Passes must be returned to the circulation desk or in the book drop on the day in which they are borrowed. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy to patrons.

Lost/Damaged Material
Patrons are responsible for all library materials that they check out. If a patron loses a piece of a library item, such as a cassette, they will be required to pay a replacement cost. In the unfortunate event that a patron loses an entire library item, such as a book, they will be charged the replacement cost for that item. If library staff determines that an item has been damaged beyond repair and will not circulate, the patron will be charged the replacement cost of that item. If the item belongs to another library, that library will assess replacement costs.
PIN Numbers

Patrons may access their library record or account in the library at the on-line public access catalog computer terminals located throughout the library, or on-line from home. Two pieces of information are required: (1) the "user id" which is the barcode number on the back of you library card and (2) a PIN number. Patrons may review what they have checked out and renew the materials if they choose. Initially the library computer system assigns the acronym of the network, OCLN (Old Colony Library Network), as the patron PIN. Patrons will need to change their PINs by following the steps provided.

Renewing Material
Most items can be renewed unless holds have been placed against them. Renewals can be accomplished in person, or by telephone, with the assistance of the circulation staff. Items can also be renewed from home on-line, by accessing your account, or in the library at the on-line public access computer terminals. High demand items and best-selling novels are often unavailable for renewal. Each library sets the parameters for the number of times in which an item can be renewed.

To renew an item, go to the Library Catalog, and then click on Manage My Account. You will need to type your user ID (the barcode number on your library card) and PIN.

Returning Material
When the library is open, all materials may be returned to the designated return area of the circulation desk. In addition, the building book drop at the campus entrance remains open for returns at all times. The freestanding book drop at the lower level of the main entrance is open for returns when the library is closed.
Address/Phone Changes
To assist the library in offering customer oriented services that include holds notification and overdue reminders, patrons should notify circulation staff anytime there is a change in address, telephone number, or email.

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