Whitefish Library Policies

2014. Library Card Privileges and Responsibilities

Library card holders may check out most library materials for 28 days. New library books and DVDs are the exception with a checkout period of 14 days. Library card holders can reserve library materials for future use by placing a hold on those materials.

Materials can be renewed twice unless another library user has requested a hold on the item. Interlibrary Loan materials are an exception. The lending library determines the due date for ILL materials. Patrons wishing to keep the material for a longer amount of time will need to notify the Director two (2) days in advance of the due date so an extension can be requested.

Library users are expected to return all library materials on or before the due date. lf library materials have several parts, such as multiple discs, the materials will only be considered returned when they are completely intact. The card holder will be notified when returned materials are incomplete.

lf library materials are not returned within 90 days of the due date, those materials will be considered lost. When the amount of lost items equals or exceeds $25.00, the account will be turned over to a contracted agency.

If the original price of a damaged or lost item cannot be determined, the default price will be determined by the Director or designated library personnel and will include a processing fee.

A library user may replace a damaged or lost item if the Director or designated library personnel deems the replacement acceptable. Replacement costs and feeswill be waived but overdue fees will be assessed.

lf missing materials are found by the library user after costs and fees have been collected, the fees will not be returned.

PLEASE NOTE: The Whitefish Community Library is a member of the Montana Shared Catalog Partners Resource Sharing Group. Many of the library card privileges and responsibilities described in this policy are governed by the Group’s policies and procedures.

Reviewed and re-approved as amended by the Whitefish Community Library Board of Trustees on March 13, 2019.

Anne Shaw Moran, Chair

Reviewed and re-approved as amended by the Whitefish Community Library Board of Trustees on March 8, 2023

Sarah Ericson, Chair

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