Larsen Family Public Library

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Circulation Policy

Circulation of Materials

In order to borrow library materials, you must present a valid Larson Family Public Library card. It must be renewed every three years. When you sign your new card you assume responsibility for anything that is checked out on the card. If you change your address, notify the library on your next visit. If your library card is ever lost or stolen, it is very important to notify the library as soon as possible, since you are responsible for items checked out on your card. Card replacement fee is $1.00.


All borrowers must be registered and must have a library card to borrow library materials. Patrons must fill out an application form to apply for a library card.

Applicants under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian give his/her consent on the application form before a card can be issued. Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued.

Loan Periods

There is a three week loan period for most books in print, audio books and Interlibrary loan items. Some of the items will be marked with a different date depending on the due day used by the lending library. We respect the dates given by the lending library. High demand books and best sellers will have a due date of one week. All videos, DVD's and magazines will have a due date of one week from the time it is checked out.

Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.

Books owned by Larson Family Public Library may be renewed once, unless they are on hold for another person. Books owned by lending libraries may not be renewed.

If a book is overdue a patron may not renew it by phone but must bring it in. If the patron calls before or by the due date it may be taken into consideration for renewal.

All periodicals circulate for one week, regardless of date.

The director may establish the loan period for special collections, materials which are temporarily in great demand for student projects, or materials added to the collection which are in a new format, e.g. computer software.

There is no limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time, with one exception - two items on a subject is the limit for a known school assignment.

Reserves may be placed by patrons either in person or over the phone. Patrons will be notified by mail or phone when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve or for interlibrary loan services.

Fines and Charges

Fines for overdue materials are 25 cents per day for books in print. Audio books, Videos and DVD's have a $1.00 per day overdue charge.

Damaged materials

If materials are damaged so as to be judged by the library as unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost.