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Circulation Policy

Checkout policy regarding all items



•    All books, periodicals, puzzles, audios, and 60 minutes-or less-in length videos may be checked out for a period of two weeks. A book may be checked out for a one month period if this is agreed on by the Library Director.
•    Books may be renewed for an additional two week period, unless they are reserved for another patron. Only one renewal will be allowed in a consecutive loan.
•    DVD’s of more than 60 minutes in length may be checked out for a fee of $1.00 for a period of 4 days. Full length VHS tapes may be checked out free of charge for a period of two weeks.
•    Other fees include:
o    Computer copies - $.25 per sheet, black print.
o    Computer copies - $.50 per sheet, color print
o    Fax machine - $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page.
•    Other items; cake pans, puzzles, etc., may be checked out for a time agreed upon by the patron and the Library Director.
•    Patrons must return library materials in a timely manner in order to allow others access to these materials. All overdue materials with a two week checkout and books with a one month checkout will be given a grace period of one week. One week following the end of the grace period the library will make a courtesy call of send a letter regarding the return of the material. The outside book drop can be used to return materials when the library is closed.
•    A fine of ten cents (.10) per item (book, magazine, or audio material) per day will be assessed against any patron not returning materials by the end of the grace period and is figured only for the days that the library is open. A fine of one dollar ($1.00) per DVD per day will be assessed against any patron not returning materials to the library by closing time of the date due.
•    Patrons having overdue items may not check-out materials or use the computers until the overdue items have all been returned and payment has been received for lost items. Lost items are considered to be those that the patron concedes cannot be located or have been checked-out for more than 2 months. Through restricting the privileges of overdue borrowers, the Library hopes to promote responsible borrowing habits in its patrons, and maintain a collection of available materials for those who do not abuse this privilege. The reinstatement of borrowing privileges to delinquent borrowers will happen only when any and all overdue materials have been returned in satisfactory condition or their replacement has been paid.
•    The Library Director will determine the amount of damage to be assessed in the case of lost or damaged materials. Payments are considered final. No refunds will be given if the item is later found.
•    The Code of Iowa Section 714.5 - Library materials and equipment -- unpurchased merchandise -- evidence of intention, states, in part: “The fact that a person fails to return library materials for two months or more after the date the person agreed to return the library materials, or fails to return library equipment for one month or more after the date the person agreed to return the library equipment, is evidence of intent to deprive the owner. . .”  The library shall comply with the provisions and procedures outlined in the Iowa Code and its supplements in assuring that materials borrowed from the Stanhope Public Library are returned to it. The Stanhope Public Library will pursue all legal avenues to retrieve library materials and property that are overdue, lost, stolen, or damaged.