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SECTION 3: LIBRARY CARD PRIVILEGES

Derby Public Library borrower cards entitle the account holder to borrow all materials that are available for loan from the Derby Public Library, in compliance with the rules set forth in the library’s Circulation of Library Materials Policy. Also, they entitle the account holder to utilize any of the services, programs, and equipment of the library for which a borrower card is required.

In compliance with the Circulation of Library Materials Policy, the library may impose age requirements on the eligibility to borrow particular materials. Because such age restrictions run contrary to the spirit of the American public library, they will be kept as few in number as possible and will be based on some reasonable concern.

SECTION 4: LIBRARY CARD RESPONSIBILITIES

Derby Public Library account cardholders:

  • assume responsibility for the care and safety of all library materials borrowed on their cards
  • assume responsibility for paying fines, replacement charges, and other financial assessments levied against their cards
  • agree to report changes in names, addresses, and telephone numbers as soon as possible so that the library’s registration records can be kept up-to-date
  • agree to report lost, stolen, or damaged cards to the library as soon as possible. Library card account owner continue to be responsible for the use of their cards until the library has been notified of a theft or loss.

SECTION 5: LIBRARY CARD EXPIRATION DATES

Derby Public Library borrower cards will be marked as valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance or renewal, except for guest cards. Regardless of the official, printed expiration date, a Derby Public Library borrower card ceases to be valid when the cardholder moves from Derby.

SECTION 6: RENEWAL/REPLACEMENT OF LIBRARY CARDS

Upon expiration, Derby Public Library borrower cards are eligible for free renewals. There will be a charge to replace a library card if it is lost or damaged beyond use before account expiration date.

SECTION 7: SUSPENSION OF LIBRARY CARD

The library staff is authorized to suspend the use of any Derby Public Library borrower card whose holder is guilty of breaking library rules. This includes, but is not limited to, owing fines in excess of the established maximum limit, owing money for a lost or damaged collection item, damaging library property, behaving in a disorderly manner, or committing other infractions prohibited by library policy.

SECTION 8: USE OF LIBRARY CARDS BY CHILDREN

The library staff and trustees are charged with the responsibility of providing free and equal access to library materials and services to all eligible people. Moreover, it is impossible for them to know or predict the opinions of parents and guardians regarding the specific borrowing selections made by minor children.

Therefore, it is the policy of the Derby Public Library that parents and guardians, not the library staff or trustees, are responsible for monitoring and approving the selection of materials made by minor children. It is the parents or guardians – and only these – who may restrict their children – and only their children – from borrowing specific library materials. Parents or guardians who wish their children not to have access to certain materials should accompany or otherwise advise their children. The library staff and trustees cannot and do not act in loco parentis.

SECTION 9: USE OF LIBRARY CARDS BY PERSONS OTHER THAN THE OWNERS

Borrowers must use their own library card/account when checking out materials, using the public computers or accessing our online databases remotely and are discouraged from lending them for use by others. Account holders who allow their library card/accounts to be used by others do so at their own risk. They continue to be responsible for the care and safety of all library materials charged to their cards, as well as for paying fines, replacement charges, and other financial assessments that result from the use of their cards.

 

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