Circulation Policy

Persons holding a current Belmond Public Library card or a current card from a BEACON library may check out library materials.  Patrons will not be allowed to use another family member’s card if their own borrowing privileges have been suspended because of overdue materials or fines on their card. 


Circulating materials may be kept for the designated loan period listed below and may be renewed once if there are no reserves on the item.  Material can be recalled anytime after the due date if there is a reserve on the item. 


Because of the size of our collection and demand for specific materials for special class projects, seasonal items, etc., a limit on the number of items checked out by any one person may be required.  The loaning of these materials will be left up to the discretion of the librarian.  Arrangements can be made through the library staff for special situations as they occur.


Circulation periods and restrictions for some materials are as follows:


BOOKS and AUDIO BOOKS may be checked out for three weeks. 


MAGAZINES may be checked out for one week. 


VIDEOS may be checked out for 2 days, with a maximum check out of 1 week.


NEWSPAPERS are non-circulating.


  A patron may reserve library materials, which are currently checked out or otherwise unavailable.   Reserves will be assigned to materials in the order they are requested.  Materials are kept on reserve for a patron for three (3) days after being notified that they are available for checkout.  The library staff will make every effort to contact patrons with reserve materials before making those materials available to others.






Reviewed and revised by Library Board of Trustees April 21, 1997

Reviewed and revised by Library Board of Trustees December 18, 2000

Reviewed and revised by Library Board of Trustees  June 21, 2004, February 21, 2005

Reviewed February 2008, Revised February 21, 2011

Revised June 20, 2011

Reviewed May 2015

Reviewed March 16, 2015

Reviewed April 16, 2018
Reviewed May 17, 2021