Borrowers Information

(Draft version pending final approval by the Storrs Library Board)

 

Library Cards

Anyone who is a resident of Massachusetts or owns property in the state and can provide acceptable identification and proof of the current home address may apply for and receive a library card.

 

Examples of acceptable identification include:

  • Driver’s license with current address

  • Massachusetts ID card

  • A combination of any photo ID card , and if that is lacking the current address*, documentation of the current address (examples – utility bill, eBill, imprinted bank check, official school schedule, etc.)

*A post office box or business address in not sufficient; a current residential address is required.

Patrons under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the application for a library card. No card will be issued otherwise.

Bay Path students are eligible for a library card.  Students must supply a home address in addition to the local college address.  All Bay Path student cards expire at the end of each academic year.

There is no charge for an initial library card; a replacement card can be issued for a fee of $1.00. Materials may not be charged out without a library card (or the account number).

 

Out of State Registration Policy

As of January 12, 2006, all out of state cardholders including new registrations and re-registrations will be assessed a $35.00 annual fee upon registration or renewal. A waiver may be applied for the following circumstances, provided proper documentation is presented:

  1. Longmeadow taxpayers who present a copy of their current Longmeadow tax bill.

  2. Employees of the Town of Longmeadow who present a pay stub.

  3. Volunteers in a Longmeadow Town Department who bring in a note from their supervisor.

  4. Donors to Storrs Library and Friends of Storrs Library who have made a contribution of $35.00 or more within the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  A receipt or cancelled check must be presented.

This policy applies mainly to Connecticut residents who live in close neighboring communities to Longmeadow or those who meet the requirement listed above.  All requests for out-of-state privileges at the Storrs Library will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Storrs Library staff reserve the right to refuse or rescind out-of-state privileges at any time.

 

Loan Periods

  • Adult New Fiction and New Nonfiction and Hot Picks, 14 days

  • All Fiction and Non Fiction, 21 days

  • All Periodicals, 7 days

  • All Compact Discs, 21 days

  • All Books on CD, 21 days

  • All DVDs, 7 days

  • Multimedia Kits, 21 days

  • Puppets, 21 days

  • Museum and Park Passes, 3 days

  • E-readers, 21 days

Circulation Limits

Patrons are welcome to take out up to 50 items system-wide. System-wide circulation of certain item types is limited as follows:

  • DVDs, 20 per card

  • Books on CD, 20 per card

  • Compact Discs, 20 per card

Renewals

All items, except multimedia, electronic devices, hot picks, museum and parks passes and certain interlibrary loan materials, may be renewed once, by telephone, online, or in person, provided there are no outstanding requests. Renewal periods are:

  • Adult New Fiction and New Nonfiction, 14 days

  • All Fiction and Nonfiction, 21 days

  • All Periodicals, 7 days

  • All Books on CD, 21 days

  • All Compact Discs, 21 days

  • All DVDs, 7 days

Holds

Many items may be reserved online or at the Reference Desk or Children’s Services Information Desk. When the requested item comes in, the Library will notify patrons by telephone, text or e-mail. The maximum number of holds on a patron’s record at one time is 20.

 

Inter-library Loans

If Storrs Library does not have what you need, it can be requested from another library online or at the Reference Desk or Children’s Information Desk. Please inquire at the Reference Desk and a librarian will be happy to assist you.

 

Fines

Fines will be assessed on all materials returned after the due date. The fine rates are:

  • DVDs, $1.00 per day per item to a maximum fine of $5.00

  • Books, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $3.00

  • Paperbacks and Periodicals, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $1.00

  • Compact Discs, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $3.00

  • Books on CD, $0.10 per day per item to a maximum fine of $3.00

  • Museum and Park Passes, $5.00 per day up to a maximum fine of $35.00

  • eReaders, $1.00 per day

Replacement Fees:

Material lost or damaged will be assessed a replacement fee. Refunds will be given upon the return of materials in good condition within 2 weeks of payment.

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