To check items out from the library, bring them to the desk
along with your card
library employee will check them out to you. In order to
check out items, your account must not have more than $1
in fines and fees
Most items circulate for a period of two weeks,
with a one-week grace period, and may be
renewed up to three times
provided there is not a hold (reserve) on the item.
However, certain items have special rules, covered below.
Fines are not charged for items that are returned or renewed
within the grace period, but once the grace has expired fines are charged
for every day that the library was open from the due date to the
date that the item was returned or renewed. (Items returned in the
book drop overnight count as having come back the previous
evening, even if they come back after midnight. Once we open in the
morning, however, the next day starts.)
Videos, whether on videotape (VHS)
or video disc (DVD or Blu-Ray),
circulate for one week, except for
new releases, which go out for just three
days. There is no grace period on videos. Please return your
movies on time so that someone else can have a chance to check them
out. Videos can be renewed one time, if no one has placed
a hold on them. (New releases almost always have a hold, however,
so don't count on being able to renew them.) You may have up to
10 video tapes and 5 DVDs checked out at a time; up to two
of them may be new releases. (A single case with a single library
barcode on it counts as one item, even if the case contains
more than one disc.)
Items that are
from another library
usually can not
Please return interlibrary loan books on time so that they can
be shipped back to the lending library.
Audio books circulate just like regular books.
There is a limit of five Music CDs that you may have checked out at any given time, but they check out for two weeks with a one-week grace period and may be renewed up to three times, like books.
There is a limit of ten magazine
back-issues that you may have
checked out at any given time, but they go out for two weeks
with a one-week grace period and may be renewed
up to three times, like books.
The following items
may not be checked out, but
may be used within the library: reference books (including those
kept on the atlas stand and behind the desk), newspapers, the most
recent issue of each magazine, microfilm, equipment (e.g.,
computers, furniture, microfilm reader, ...), and some of
the local history items in the Ohio Room.
If you need to renew your items, you may do it in person at
the desk, by phone, or using the
. (To renew using the web catalog you will need your
library card number and password to log in.) Most materials may
be renewed up to three times, videos just once. Also, if someone
else has placed a
request on an item, you will not
be able to renew it, because someone is waiting for it.
Placing a Hold (Reserve)
If something you want is unavailable because someone else has it
checked out, you can place a hold
on the item, and we'll save it
for you and contact you when your turn comes up. Holds may be placed
at the desk, by phone, or on the
. (To place holds on the web catalog you will need your
library card number and password.)
We Don't Have It?
If the library does not have a specific
book that you want to read,
there are two ways we may be able to get it for you. If the book
was published more than six months ago, we may be able to get it
for you on interlibrary
. This is the fastest way for us to get a book for you if
we don't have a copy. Non-book items are sometimes available as well.
However, if there is a new item (recently
published) that you want to check out, and we don't have it,
you should ask a library employee to see whether we have it
on order, and if not to write up a purchase request.
This usually takes longer (sometimes quite a bit longer)
than interlibrary loan, but it is more reliable for items
that were only published recently.