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Circulation Policy

The Board of Trustees of the Scarsdale Public Library encourages the use and borrowing of the Library’s print and non-print materials. The Library seeks to have as few restrictions on the flow of information as possible while protecting its resources. In order to provide an adequate selection and equal access to materials, the Library charges overdue fines and sets limits on the length of loan periods, renewals and reserves.

The Library does not maintain records of what individuals have borrowed and returned in the past, except when overdue fines have not been paid. The Library will not disclose a borrower’s personal information to others unless required to do so by law.

Borrowing Privileges

Adults and children who live in the Village of Scarsdale are eligible for a free library card. The card will be honored at all Westchester County public libraries. Appropriate personal identification is required with proof of name and street address. Users are responsible for notifying the Library of subsequent address, phone number, e-mail or name change.

The borrowing privileges of a library card holder in good standing are limited only by the restrictions upon specific kinds of circulating materials. Restrictions may include, but are not limited to, type of material, number of books on a particular subject and total number of items that may be borrowed at any time.

Library users are responsible for the library materials checked out on their cards and for overdue fines and charges incurred for lost or damaged materials. If a library card is lost or stolen, the user must notify the Library immediately. The Library charges a fee to replace a lost library card.

To ensure confidentiality and expedite service, library users must present a library card in order to borrow materials. Should the library user not have his or her library card, the Library will require a valid driver’s license for identification. The Library charges a fee to charge out material without a library card.

Loan Periods

Adult Department

Item Renewals Loan Period Loan Limits
Books 1 21 days no limit
New Books 1 14 days no limit
Speedy Books 0 7 days no limit
Trade Paperbacks 0 14 days no limits
Library Express 0 21 days no limits
Audio Books 1 21 days total of any 4 audio books
Speedy Audio Books 1 7 days total of any 4 audio books
Music CDs 1 21 days 8
Video Cassettes* 1 7 days 6
DVDs 1 7 days total of any 6 DVDs
Speedy DVDs 0 7 days total of any 6 DVDs
Reference Books 0 overnight 1, Scarsdale cardholders only
Magazines** 1 7 days 6

* Multi–volume sets/series are counted as 2 items
** Current issues of magazines and magazines held in storage do not circulate

Children’s Department

Item Renewals Loan Period Loan Limits
Books 1 21 days no limit
Non-fiction books (on the same subject) 1 21 days 2
Holiday books (at time of celebration) 0 14 days 2
Audio Books / Kits 1 21 days 4
Music CDs 1 21 days 8
Playaway View/Playaway 1 7 days 2
DVDs 1 7 days 4
CD-ROM 1 14 days 2
Wii Games 1 7 days 1
Magazines** 1 7 days

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** Current issues of magazines and magazines held in storage do not circulate

Renewals

Material may be renewed in person, on-line and by telephone. Material may be renewed for one additional circulation period. An item may not be renewed when it is on reserve for another library user. There is no limit on the number of items that may be renewed.

Reserves

Requests for material owned by the Scarsdale Public Library and other libraries within the Westchester Library System may be placed at the Reference Desk or online. Regular circulating material other than Speedy Collections, Children’s holiday books and magazines may be reserved. Library users are notified by telephone, e-mail or U.S. Postal Service when reserved material becomes available. Items are held for 7 days after notice is sent.

Interlibrary Loan

Requests for the interlibrary loan of print materials owned by libraries outside the Westchester System Library are accepted at the Reference Desk. Library users are notified by telephone, e-mail or U.S. Postal Service when materials become available. Items are held for 7 days after notice is sent.

Local History Collection

The Local History collection is available for on-site use only, with the exception of photographic material. Patrons may borrow photographs, slides, etc., of which the Library owns negatives or additional prints. Unique items may be borrowed with the permission of the Director.

Overdue Fines

Our schedule of fines.

Lost or Damaged Material

The Library charges full replacement cost for materials which are lost or damaged so badly that they can no longer be used. When an item remains unreturned for 30 days after the end of the borrowing period, it is considered to be lost. The library user will be charged the current replacement cost of each lost or damaged item. If a lost item is returned within 6 months, a refund of one-half the replacement price will be made, provided that the item is in usable condition and the borrower has the original receipt. After 6 months no refund will be made.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

The Library may deny borrowing privileges to library users who accumulate overdue fines exceeding $5.00 or fail to return lost material with cumulative replacement costs exceeding $50.00. Borrowing privileges will be reinstated upon restitution.

Updated October, 2007.