Borrowing

Newton Falls Public Library Borrowing Periods:

Books and periodicals……………………………………………………21 days

CDs and books on CD…………………………………………………...21 days

DVDs/Blu-ray………………………………….………………….....…...…..7 days

Video games……………………………………………………………......…7 days

Equipment………………………………………………………..…......…..…7 days

Slide/overhead projector………………………………………….......…...…7 days

Computer workstations……………………………………..........…..30 minutes, unless not in demand

eMedia……………………………………………………………..........……..21 days

 

Borrowing Rules

  • Newton Falls Public Library cards allow patrons to borrow items from other CLEVNET libraries, subject to individual library policies. Items borrowed from these libraries are subject to the lending library’s loan periods and fine/fee schedule.

 

  • Only one CLEVNET card is permitted per person.

 

  • Patrons are responsible for ensuring that their library records, and those of any children under 18, include current contact information. Cards must be renewed every six years.

 

  • New patrons can borrow up to 4 items (excluding equipment) on their first check-out. After these items are returned, there are no borrowing limits unless otherwise noted.

 

  • Patrons are responsible for all items checked out on their cards, and, if any of these items are returned late or damaged, or are lost, are responsible for paying fines and fees.

 

  • When an item is 2 weeks overdue, the library will mail an overdue notice and charge the patron $1.00 for the mailer. When an item is 3 weeks overdue, it is considered lost and the patron will be billed for the cost of the item. (When an item is no longer in print, the fine will not be more than the actual purchase cost. Gift items will be assigned a value.) If the item is returned, the patron will no longer need to pay for the entire item, only the overdue fines accrued during this time. Fines will not exceed the actual purchase cost.

 

  • Patrons 65 years of age and older will be not accrue overdue fines on our items, though they will be sent a mailer and billed for the cost of an item once it’s considered lost.

 

  • When seriously damaged items are returned, the patron is informed and given an opportunity to observe the condition. (If they’re no longer in the library and cannot be reached by phone or email, the Director will send a letter.) The patron will have up to 7 business days to come in and examine the item with the staff before it’s repaired or withdrawn and the patron is charged for the cost of the item. If the media is no longer produced, the purchase cost of a similar item shall be charged. When parts of materials are missing, a librarian will assess the replacement cost. When acceptable repairs can be made through a contracted service (e.g. a bindery), that cost will be charged to the patron.

 

  • If a damaged item must be withdrawn, the patron responsible can keep the item once they’ve paid for it. However, the library can only hold damaged materials for 7 business days, at which point they will be discarded if no one has come to retrieve them.

 

  • Receipts will be issued from a receipt book to patrons paying for lost or damaged items. The payment purpose and title of the media will be noted on the receipt. Receipts will be provided from the computer printer for all other payments.

 

  • The library cannot offer refunds once lost or damaged items have been paid for.

 

  • Patrons will be charged $0.50 if excessive cleaning is necessary (caked-on food, etc.).

 

  • If fines and fees total $5.00 or more, or if items are overdue, the patron will not be allowed to borrow or renew anything, including computer workstations and eMedia.

 

  • Because everyone is responsible for all items checked out on their card, a person can’t use someone else’s card without special permission. Because of privacy laws, we also can’t give out information about what items are checked out on someone else’s card, when they are due, fines, etc., without the cardholder’s permission. The cardholder must give permission in-person to library staff, who will make a note on their record. If the patron decides to rescind permission, they are responsible for notifying the library. Exceptions are made for parents/guardians, who can access the accounts and use the cards of their minor children.

 

  • To prevent loss of library materials and to protect people from fraudulent library card use, we require patrons to present a library card or valid photo ID (driver’s license, student ID, etc.). Those checking out items with another person’s card must have the library card in hand.

 

  • We have two outdoor dropboxes, one for books/print items and one for DVDs/CDs/audiobooks/other audiovisual items. Because the discs are fragile and can be damaged by heavy books, please return items in the appropriate drops. Patrons are responsible for damage.

 

  • When borrowing a projector, the patron must complete an Equipment Loan Agreement.

 

 

Computer Rules

  • A valid Newton Falls Public Library or other CLEVNET library card is necessary to use one of our computers, but it is not needed to access our WiFi.

 

  • A parent/guardian may check out a computer workstation for a minor, but they must remain in the library while the child is using the computer. This checkout privilege shouldn’t be used to circumvent a child’s blocked card when they owe $5.00 or more or have overdue materials. An adult cannot use one of the three children’s computer workstations unless they’re working with a child.

 

  • Only one computer workstation can be assigned to a single patron at any one time.

 

  • Efforts to bypass the security of the library network, or any other computer network connected with the library, are prohibited.

 

  • A patron is limited to 30 minutes if others are waiting to use a library computer.

 

  • As with other library materials, a child’s access to digital information is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Anyone under the age of 9 years must be accompanied by an adult.

 

  • No reservations or appointments can be made for a library computer.

 

  • The library cannot be held responsible for the loss of data or damage to personal property through the use of its computer. The patron is responsible for damage to a library computer or its software.

 

  • A patron’s first five black-and-white printouts per day are free. Additional black-and-white printouts are $0.10 each. All color printouts are $0.25 each. Patrons are responsible for paying for all of their printouts, so please use the print preview function or ask a librarian for help to avoid unnecessary charges.

 

  • All computers will be shut down 10 minutes prior to closing the library.

 

  • Personal programs cannot be run or copied on a library computer.

 

  • Patrons are responsible for determining whether the information found online is acceptable, accurate, and suitable to their needs.

 

  • Those who violate these guidelines or access obscene materials (as determined by library staff) will be asked to stop. They may forfeit their privilege to use the library computers and/or experience legal prosecution.

 

Fines and Fees

Overdue Fines

Books and other print materials………………………………..........…..$0.10 per day

Audiovisual materials (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.)…………..........$0.25 per day

Projectors……………………………………………………………$1.00 per day

 

Replacement Costs

Barcode or label……………………………………...$0.50

CD/DVD/audiobook case……………….……….....$1.00

CD/DVD/audiobook cover insert…………….........$1.00

CD/DVD/audiobook hub label…………………......$0.50

Map………………………………………………… .$1.50

New library card…………………………....….……$1.00

Periodical..…………………………………….……$3.00

Picture……………………………………………….$1.50

 

Other

Black-and-white printout………………………….$0.10

Cleaning…………………………………………….$0.50

Color printout………………………………..……..$0.25

Mailed overdue notice………………….………….$1.00