Check Out LImits

Check Out Times and Limits

This chart lists the most common types of materials, their time limits and amount allowed on an adult resident card. It does not include all information.

Item
Load Period
Daily Fines
Number
Books, Audiocassettes, CDs, Audiobooks
3 weeks
20¢
No Limit
Magazines (must be checked out in a plastic sleeve)
1 week
20¢
No Limit
DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS tapes
1 week
$1
No Limit
Discovery Kits
1 week
$1
1
Book Club Kits
6 weeks
$1
1
Speedy Reader Kits
3 weeks
$1
1
Scrapbook Kits
1 week
$1
5
Holiday Materials
1 week
20¢
No Limit
Idaho Collection
1 week
20¢
No Limit

Check-out Limits for Residents and Non-Residents who’ve paid their yearly library card fee:

  • Adult Cards are limited to 75 items.
  • Childrens’ Cards (for those under 18) are limited to 12 items, with the exception of DVDs, Blu-rays and VHS tapes. The movies are limited to 6 items.
  • BYU-I Student Cards are limited to 50 items.
  • Access to request materials and use the Interlibrary Loan system.

Check-out Limits for LiLI Patrons:

  • Cards are limited to 25 items.
  • LiLI Patrons must use their home libraries to request items or use the Interlibrary Loan system. The Madison Library District is not able to provide these services.
IV. Circulation Policy - 20091021.3

(Revised 8/20/2014, 4/15/2015)

  1. Purpose
    The circulation policy of the Madison Library District exists to facilitate use of materials in the Library collection for as many people as possible.
  2. Browsing Policy
    The library’s collection will be organized and made available to the greatest number of patrons, within limitations of budget, reason and space. In-library use is welcomed without cost except for damage to materials beyond reasonable wear and tear. “For Library Use Only” materials are for browsing only and may not be checked out or removed from the Library.
  3. Library Usage
    Borrowing privileges are controlled through the use of records accessed through library cards issued without charge to residents of the Library district or through cards issued to non-residents with a charge comparable to the annual average resident Library tax assessment.
  4. Card Holder Responsibilities
    Card holders commit to meet reasonable requirements through the library card application form. By clicking the “I accept” button, the applicant agrees to the following:

      1. To provide proof of identity, a current primary address and phone number, and a secondary address and phone number (friend or relative not living with the applicant) to be used to contact the patron if the primary contact information becomes invalid, and to provide timely notification to the Library of any change to the primary contact information.
      2. To be responsible for all use made of the library card.
      3. To obey the rules and regulations of the Library.
      4. To promptly return all materials borrowed from the Library in complete and undamaged condition.
      5. To promptly pay all incurred fines and other charges, including lost or damaged items.
      6. To report a lost library card in a timely manner. A lost card may be replaced for a fee. The fee schedule is available at the library and online.
      7. To present a current library card (or photo identification in lieu of the library card) when checking out materials.
  5. Library Staff Responsibilities
    The Library Director and staff will follow established procedures contained in the Library Procedures Manual to:

      1. Organize materials to give patrons easy access to the collections of the Library, including re-shelving returned and browsed materials to their assigned places in a timely manner.
      2. Give notification of the due date for materials at time of checkout.
      3. Seek reimbursement or collect fines for overdue, lost, or damaged (unusable) materials. (Fines and fees provide incentives for patrons to return materials and are used to replace lost or damaged items so that they are again available to all patrons.)
      4. Make the fee schedule available at the Library and online.
  6. Library Staff and Board Privileges
    Employees of the Library and members of the Board of Trustees shall:

    1. Not accrue nor be required to pay overdue fines on library materials.
    2. Be responsible for the cost of lost or damaged materials checked out on their library cards.
    3. Be subject to the same terms as patrons for overdue fines and damages to interlibrary loanmaterials.
  7. Interlibrary Loan Policy
    1. Incoming ILL Materials
      1. A patron with an adult card may request material through interlibrary loan (ILL) when the material is not owned by the Library. The patron will be responsible for any charges made by the lending library, including fax costs, postage, and any charges for rush orders. If a patron loses an ILL item, the price charged our patron is the charge set by the lending library. There are no refunds if a lost ILL item is subsequently found by the patron.
      2. After a request has been sent to a lending institution, the patron is responsible for all loan charges and postage (if any), even if the patron cancels the request or does not pick it up after notification.
    2. Outgoing ILL Materials
      1. Most materials are available for ILL to other libraries. The following are not available: Story Kits, Discovery Kits, Scrapbooking Kits, Book Club Kits, and all “For Library Use Only” materials.
      2. ILL materials will be checked out to other libraries for a four-week period with one renewal allowed. There are no charges to other libraries for ILLs.
      3. Requests for photocopies are charged the regular photocopy charge (see Fine and Fee Schedule).
  8. Claimed Returned and Lost Items
    1. When a patron claims to have returned an item that is still showing as checked out on the patron’s card, the staff will change the status of the material to “Claim Returned.” The patron is asked to continue to search for the material. The Library will continue to monitor the claim for six weeks. After six weeks if the item has not been found, the status changes to “Lost.”
      “Lost” material that is later found is handled as follows:

      Claims Returned – Not paid Lost – Paid
      Library finds No charge Credit or refund
      Patron finds No charge if returned No credit or refund

       

       

       

    2. The price to be paid is listed in the item record.
    3. Patron-purchased replacements or substitutes may be accepted at the discretion of the library staff.
  9. Fines and Fees Recovery Policy
    1. When Library materials are deemed lost, incomplete, or returned damaged (does not include normal wear) patrons will be notified following procedures established by the library staff in a timely manner.
    2. Check-out privileges are suspended when a patron has fines or fees exceeding $5.00 and resumed when the total is less than $5.00.
    3. If fines or fees exceed $10.00 per household, the Library reserves the right to suspend check-out privileges for the household until all overdue material is returned and/or any fines and fees are paid.
    4. Library material held by a cardholder upon declaration of bankruptcy:
      1. Materials on loan to a cardholder are generally not subject to discharge by bankruptcy. (See Idaho Code 33-2620)
      2. The Library will make every effort to recover such material. If material is not returned in accordance with Library policy cardholders may be denied Library service in accordance with other established policy until such time as the material is returned or paid for.
      3. A new card will not be issued until such material is recovered or the library is reimbursed.
    5. Idaho Code title 33-2620 states: FAILURE TO RETURN BORROWED MATERIAL. Any person who borrows from a publicly funded lending facility any book, newspaper, magazine, manuscript, pamphlet, publication, microform, recording, film, artifact, specimen, device, exhibit or other article belonging to, or in the care of, the facility, under any agreement to return the same within a specified time, and thereafter fails to return the book, newspaper, magazine, manuscript, pamphlet, publication, microform, recording, film, artifact, specimen, device, exhibit or other article, shall be given written notice, which shall bear upon its face a copy of this statute, mailed by a registered or certified letter with return receipt, or delivered in person to such person at his last known address, to return the borrowed article within fifteen (15) days; and in the event that the person shall thereafter willfully and knowingly fail to return the borrowed article within thirty (30) days, or shall fail to reimburse the facility for the value of the borrowed article plus overdue fines and costs incurred, the person shall be guilty of a petit theft and punishable as provided in chapter 24, title 18, Idaho Code. For purposes of this section, a “publicly funded lending facility” includes any library, gallery, museum, collection or exhibit supported by public funds.

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