Borrowing Materials & Fees

Material Loan Limits: 

Material Loan Period Limits Fines
14 Days Quantity Overdue Fines Per day Maximum Fines
All Books No Limit   $ 0.25 Books $5.00

PB Books $5.00

All Cassettes No Limit    $ 0.25 CD’S $5.00
All CD’S                                        No Limit    $ 0.25 CD’S $5.00

Audio Books On CD $5.00  

Magazines    No Limit    $ 0.25 Juv. Magazines  $5.00

Adult Magazines $5.00

Adult Non-Fic. Videos & DVDS No Limit  $ 1.00 Adult VHS & DVDs      $5.00
Adult DVD Series
No limit $ 1.00 Adult VHS & DVDs      $5.00
Playaways  3 per card $ 0.25 Playaways  $5.00
Video Games 1 per card $ 1.00 Video Games  $5.00
7 Days  Quantity Overdue Fines Per Day Maximum Fines
Children’s Videos No Limit    $ 1.00    $5.00
Children’s DVD’S No Limit    $ 1.00    $5.00
Adult VHS & DVD Series      No Limit    $ 1.00    $5.00
3 Days Quantity   Overdue Fines Per Day Maximum Fines
Museum Passes 1 per card $5.00 $50.00

Please Note: While we do not set any limits, librarians can only retrieve 5 items off your holds list per day.


Fines

Charges begin when the library opens on the day following the due date. All fines are 25¢ per day per item, except VHS, DVD, Video Games & CD-ROM which are $1.00 per day. Fines are not charged for days the library is closed. Fines begin at the library opening time on the day after the due date.


Fine Forgiveness

The Circulation Manager and Library Director will have the discretion to waive fines based on an illness or hospital stay, theft, catastrophe, or death in the family. It is the patron’s responsibility to report these instances and to voluntarily provide documentation in reference to the incident in question. Documentation includes, but is not limited to:

• Hospital admittance papers
• Police report
• Insurance paperwork
• Death certificate
In the event of a widespread weather emergency, such as Superstorm Sandy, a form will be issued to patrons who have library materials damaged by weather. All fines will be waived by the library for items damaged by severe weather.


Collections

Fines of $25 or more that have been unpaid for more than 60 days are sent to a collection agency for debt collection. Once a customer is sent to collections, they are responsible for the payment of all fines as well as a $10 collection services fee.


Renewals

All library materials can be renewed up to 4 times. Exceptions:

  •  Items on hold
  • Inter-library loans (materials from another library)
  • Museum Passes
  • Wifi Hotspots

How to renew: 

  • Call the Circulation desk at 732-671-3700 ext. 310
  • Renew at Self checkout kiosks
  • Log on to your account using your library barcode number and password.

 


Reserves

All library materials may be reserved without charge, except rentals and museum passes. Pick up must be within 4 days, or the item goes to the next waiting customer or is re- shelved. Reserves may be made by Internet on the library’s website catalog, or in person at any OPAC station or at the circulation and reference desks. Telephone reserves will be handled at the reference desk.


Holds

All library materials may be reserved without charge, except museum passes or Wifi Hotspots. Pick up must be within 4 days, or the item goes to the next waiting customer or is re-shelved. Reserves may be made placed online through the library’s website catalog, by telephone (contact the Reference Desk), in person at any computer station, or at the Circulation and Reference Desks.


Hold Limits

  • 30 reserves per customer at any time. 
  • 5 on-shelf item reserves per day. 
  • Video/DVD titles rated ‘R’ by the MPAA may be borrowed only by Adults over the age of 18 who present a valid Middletown Township Adult card.

Returns

All library items may be returned in interior or exterior book drops, with the exception of inter-library loan (ILL) items and museum passes, which must be returned at the Circulation Desk.


Vacation Loans

Customers may request an extended loan period of up to 4 weeks on any travel books, audiobooks, book club books, and paperbacks that have been in the collection for six months or more.


Lost or Damaged Items

The borrower is responsible for the replacement cost of materials that are lost or damaged. This is the price recorded at the time of acquisition. The library will accept exact duplicates of any lost or damaged items. Receipts for all transactions are automatically printed and available to the customer.


Lost and Paid Materials

A customer who has paid a lost item fee but later finds the item(s) and tries to return it to the library will not be permitted to do so. There are no refunds on found lost items. Once the lost fee is paid to the library, the library will record the change and remove the item(s) from the system and the item(s) becomes the property of the customer.


Items Claimed Returned

When a patron believes they have returned an item to the library, they are responsible to notify library staff. The item will stay on the patron record until it can be found. The library staff will search for the item within the library. If the item is found, the item will be checked in and fines will be waived, if any. If the item is not found, the staff will put a note in the patron record indicating a search was made and the patron must search for the item again. If the item is never found by the staff or by the patron, the item will be declared “lost” after being overdue for 60 days and the patron will be charged the replacement cost of the item. Replacement costs and fines may be waived at the discretion of the Circulation Manager or the Library Director.


Items Not Checked Out by the Patron

When a patron believes there is an item on their account that they did not check out, they are responsible to notify the library. The item will stay on the patron record until it can be found. The library staff will place a hold on the item and make a note in the patron account. If the item is found, all fines associated with the item will be waived. If the item is not found, it will be declared “lost” after being overdue for 60 days and the patron will be charged the replacement cost of the item. Replacement costs and fines may be waived at the discretion of the Circulation Manager or the Library Director.


Items Returned Incomplete or Damaged

All items are inspected by library staff upon return. If an item is returned missing a disc, the item will remain on the patron record and a staff member will call/email to inform the patron that the item was returned incomplete. The patron has 1 month to return a missing disc without incurring late fees. The patron has 3 months to return a missing disc without incurring replacement fees. Anything not returned after 3 months will be considered lost and the patron will be billed the full replacement cost of the item.

Library staff has the discretion to determine when items are returned too badly damaged to re-circulate. If an item is returned damaged, patrons will be billed the full replacement cost of damaged items. Staff will note any damaged items on the patron account. All items returned damaged will be stored for 3 months and then discarded. The patron may claim the damaged item within those 3 months. Examples of damage include, but are not limited to:

• Covered in blood or other bodily fluids
• Chewed on by children/animals
• Covered in mold
• Water damage
• Ripped/torn/missing pages so that the book is unreadable
• Spilled food or crayon/pen marks that make the book unreadable
• Cracked/scratched disc

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