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Circulation and Overdues policies

 

LOAN PERIODS:
7 - Day Loans – Videocassettes and DVDs (see Outreach Policy for exception)
14 - Day Loans – New Fiction titles and Magazines (except for the most current issue which cannot be checked out)
28 - Day Loans - Most other books, audiocassettes, and CDs.
Reference materials do not circulateThis includes materials made reference temporarily due to heavy demand, as well as materials in the South Carolina Room. Some audiovisual equipment is allowed to be checked out overnight.
 
VIDEOCASSETTES AND DVDs:
Borrowers of videocassettes and DVDs must be at least 18 years of age, or have signed parental permission from ages 12 through 17. These materials circulate for a maximum of seven days (starting May 6, 2013). Patrons may check out six (6) titles per ONE card per person. A fine of $1.00 per day up to a maximum of $6.00 will be charged for each cassette or DVD that is overdue. They may be renewed one time if there are no requests. "R"-rated titles may only be checked out by adults 18 years of age or older.
 
The library reserves the right to discontinue lending videos and/or DVDs to any patron who carelessly handles or fails to return them promptly.
 
AUDIOCASSETTES/CDs:
            A limit of five (5) audiocassette and/or CD titles may be checked out at one time per card.
 
 
 
MAGAZINES, PERIODICALS
            A patron may check out up to a maximum of ten (10) magazines or periodicals at one time per card, and they must not be the most current issue the library owns.
 
 
RETURNS:
Items checked out from any branch or bookmobile stop may be returned at any other branch or bookmobile stop. Book drops are available for convenience in returning library materials during hours when the library is not open. Use of the book drop does not cancel overdue fines. *Reciprocal materials borrowed from one county’s libraries may not be returned to another county’s libraries. (There is no courier service between counties.) If such an item is returned to one of the Oconee County Public Libraries, late fees may accrue to the maximum penalty until the items are picked up by the patron and returned to a branch library in Anderson or Pickens counties.
 
RENEWALS:
            Circulating items may be renewed in person, by phone or online. When renewing by phone, patrons must have their library card ID number ready to give. Patrons may also place requests from their home computer by using their library barcode number and a pin number which they may choose. A staff member must enter the pin number as part of the patron’s record. Items with requests on them cannot be renewed.
 
 
DELINQUENCY:
            A patron is Delinquent and unable to check out any material when the total of his/her fines or fees is over $5.00, or with items having a status of “long overdue” on his/her record. A patron is declared Delinquent and their account is “blocked” until all such materials are either returned or otherwise paid for.
 
OVERDUE MATERIALS:
 
1.      FINES
            Overdue fines for most materials are $.10 per day per item with a maximum of $2.00 per item. Videos and DVDs are $1.00 per day with a $6.00 maximum per item. Audio-visual equipment is $10.00 per day. Overdue fines for materials checked out through Inter-Library Loan are $0.50 per day per item.
 
After 30 days, the replacement cost of the material is levied to the patron, however if it is returned, only the accumulated fines are charged.
 
Refunds cannot be given. Once a patron pays for an item, it is theirs. If they subsequently find an item for which they have previously paid lost fees, they may keep the item or donate it to the library.
 
2.       NOTICES
            Email is the only method of delivering courtesy notices. Overdue and lost fines are still due, even if a notice was not received by the patron.        
 
 
3.       LOST MATERIALS
Any material lost or damaged beyond repair, will be charged to the patron, according to the retail price listed in the copy record of the Library’s materials database (OPAC). For those materials not listed in the database, the patron will be charged per the current market prices as determined by the Technical Services department. A schedule of these charges will be available in all of the branches.
 
Oconee County Public Library may accept a new/other item in lieu of a lost or damaged book, as long as it is exactly the same item (format, publication date, etc.).                        
 
4.       MISCELLANEOUS CHARGES
Photocopies, microfilm copies, and any other black and white copies run by or for the patron using Library equipment are charged $.10 per page. Color copies are $0.50 per page. Any fees other than postage, charged to our library for Inter-Library loans will be charged to the patron, including costs of borrowing census records, and any other costs charged by the lending locations. A fee of $5.00 will be charged to persons requesting staff to make copies of obituaries, birth announcements, etc., and mail them back to the person doing genealogical research. Earbuds, Flash or USB drives, promotional DVDs are available for the current
 
CLAIMS RETURNED:
When a patron receives a notice for an item that he/she says has been returned, the patron will be asked to search for the item, and the library will also check its records and search the stacks in each location for the missing item. If the item is not located within 60 days, the patron is charged the current retail price of that item or according to the schedule in Section 9.3 of this policy. After receipt of payment, the patron’s record is cleared. Once a lost item has been paid for by the patron, no refunds will be given for found materials.
 
The patron will not be held responsible for uncataloged paperbacks.
 
REQUESTS/HOLDS:
If the material the patron wishes is not on the shelf, the patron may place a reserve on that item. When the item becomes available, the patron will be notified by phone or email.   If the material needed is available in another branch location, the item will be transferred from that location to the most convenient location for the patron. We cannot guarantee when an item may arrive at the receiving branch, or whether the item will be available, even if it shows as “available” in the catalog. After notification, the item will be held for 3 days. If the item on reserve has not been picked up within the 3 day period, it will be returned into circulation.
 

There is no limit to the number of reserves/holds an individual may file, however the Branch Manager may limit the number that may be requested at any one time. Reserves are accepted in person or by phone. Patrons may also place requests from their home computer by using their library barcode number and a pin number.