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Circulation Policy

PASCO COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM POLICY MANUAL

SECTION: PUBLIC SERVICES

POLICY TITLE: CIRCULATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS EFFECTIVE DATE: DECEMBER 1993

REVISED: NOVEMBER 1994
                       JANUARY 2004
                       MAY 2006
                       AUGUST 2008
                       DECEMBER 2008
                       JANUARY 2010
                       JANUARY 2011
                       FEBRUARY 2012
                       MAY 2017

Acceptance Statement:

The Pasco County Library System considers use of any of the materials owned by the Library to constitute acceptance of the Circulation Policy.

Philosophy:

The Pasco County Library System provides service to all without discrimination, regardless of age, sex, race, philosophy, lifestyle or human condition. The library seeks to have as few restrictions on the flow of materials and information as possible while protecting the library resources. All materials are available for use by everyone. Parents who want their child’s access to materials limited must monitor their child’s use of the Library themselves.

The library circulates materials in many formats, but some materials are limited to in-library use only and do not circulate.

The objective of the Circulation Policy is to balance the Library’s purpose of supplying information with the need to monitor and retrieve library materials so they are available for others.

Loan Periods and Limits:

A patron whose residency has been verified and who is in good standing may have as many as twenty-one (21) items checked out at one time. Most items circulate for 21 (twenty-one) days,

including equipment. Exceptions are videos, which are limited to 7 (seven) items per check out and can be borrowed for 7 (seven) days; best sellers/new books and magazines, which can be borrowed for 14 (fourteen) days; and games, which are limited to 2 (two) items per check out and can be borrowed for 7 (seven) days.

Renewals:

Five renewals are allowed for a period equal to the item’s standard loan period, except for Tablet Computers. Materials can be renewed by calling any library location, through the webpage or by visiting any library location in person. Library users who wish to renew by phone or via the webpage are advised to do so in advance of the due date in case their items cannot be renewed.

Return of Items:

All items must be returned by the end of the circulation period. They may be returned to any Pasco County Library Cooperative location, either inside the building or in the book drop.

Requests:

A request (or hold) may be placed on any circulating item. Requests are filled on a first-in-first-out basis as entered into the computer system. A patron may have up to fifteen (15) requests in the system at one time.

Requests are kept on the shelf for pickup for 8 (eight) days. Materials will not be held beyond the original pickup date.

If several items become available for pickup for a patron at the same time, all items must be picked up in the same visit. Available materials not picked up during a visit will be removed from the patron record.

Overdue Notices:

Overdue notices are a courtesy of the Library System and are sent at the Library’s option. Failure to receive an overdue notice does not relieve the patron of the responsibility of returning materials on time. Failure to receive a notice will not be considered grounds for waiving a fine, as library users are responsible for keeping track of the due date of their library material. No overdue notices are sent by U.S. Mail.

Lost Cards:

Patrons who have reported a lost patron card will have their card made inactive until such time as they can come to the library to secure a new patron card. This is done to protect the patron from other’s unscrupulous use of the lost card.

Violation of Policy:

Borrowing privileges may be denied to:

  • Patrons who accrue fines above the library set limit or who have been referred to the collection agency.

  • Patrons who have reported an excess of claims returned materials or lost materials

  • Patrons who have applied for multiple borrower cards under different names and addresses 

  • Patrons who have applied for borrower cards with false addresses

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