Circulation Policy

Materials are circulated to patrons in good standing. Patrons must present their own library card to check out materials. Patrons with a valid library card and in good standing may check out the following materials:

Books

  • Twenty five (25) books per card for a three (3) week period
  • Books may be renewed ten (10) times for an additional three (3) weeks each time if there is not a waiting list for them or if they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone
  • Reference books and Genealogy materials do not circulate

Magazines & Newspapers

  • Ten (10) magazines per card for a three (3) week period
  • Magazines may be renewed ten (10) times for an additional three (3) weeks each time if there is not a waiting list for them or if they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone
  • The most current issue of all magazines do not circulate
  • Newspapers do not circulate

Audio Materials

Popular Audio (Fiction, Bestsellers, etc.)

  • Ten (10) audio books per card for a three (3) week period
  • Popular audio books may be renewed ten (10) times for an additional three (3) weeks each time if there is not a waiting list for them or they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone
  • Popular audio books may be placed on reserve
  • The replacement cost plus a processing fee of $10.00 will be charged for any lost or damaged audio books

Non-fiction Audios (how-to, history, language instruction, etc.)

  • Ten (10) non-fiction audio books for a three (3) week period
  • Non-fiction audio books may be renewed ten (10) times for an additional three (3) weeks each time if there is not a waiting list for them or if they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone

Videos and video games

Popular Videos

  • Five (5) popular videos per patron for a five (5) day period to those patrons age 18 or older
  • Popular videos may be renewed once for an additional five (5) days if there is not a waiting list for them or they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone

Young Adult Videos

  • Five (5) young adult videos per patron for a five (5) day period
  • Young adult videos may be renewed once for an additional five (5) days if there is not a waiting list for them or they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone

Children Videos

  • Five (5) children videos per patron for a five (5) day period
  • Children videos may be renewed once for an additional five (5) days if there is not a waiting list for them or they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone

Nonfiction Videos

  • Five (5) nonfiction videos per patron for a three (3) week period
  • Nonfiction videos may be renewed ten (10) times for an additional three (3) weeks each time if there is not a waiting list or if they are not more than seven (7) days overdue. Renewal can be done in person, on-line, or by phone

Video Games

  • Two (2) video games per patron for a five (5) day period
  • Video games may be renewed once for an additional five (5) days if there is not a waiting list for them or they are not more than seven (7) days overdue; renewals may be made in person, on-line, or by phone

Special Collections

Genealogy

Materials from the Genealogy Room do not circulate

Reference

Materials from the Reference Collection do not circulate

Parenting Resource Center Kits

  • One (1) kit per patron age 16 and older for a three (3) week period
  • Parenting Resource Center Kits may be reserved

Teacher’s Collections

Teachers in Jasper and Dubois County may check out a “Teacher’s Collection” of up to 25 items for a three (3) week period

  • Proof of teaching status in the county will be required
  • Teachers who live in Jasper/Dubois County, but teach out of the county may check out a Teacher’s Collection
  • Teachers who live and work outside of Jasper and Dubois County must first purchase a non-resident and/or PLAC card in order to check out a Teacher’s Collection
  • Teacher’s Collections may be renewed twice for an additional three (3) weeks each time
  • Each teacher is responsible for any and all materials checked out in the Teacher’s Collection and for returning the entire collection intact and on time. Items missing from the collection when returned will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges until all outstanding fines are paid and all items are returned and/or paid for

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Materials not found in the Library’s collection may be borrowed from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) according to the following guidelines:

  • Patrons age 16 years and older with a valid library card may request a maximum of five (10) items per month per person for a three (3) week period
  • ILL items may not be renewed unless approved by the lending library. Contact the Jasper Public Library before the due date of your item to give the Reference Librarian time to contact the lending library about renewing your item
  • Fine for the late return of an ILL is $1.00 per day late per item to a maximum fine of $10.00
  • Patron is responsible for replacement cost of lost or damaged materials plus service charge and accrued fines
  • All charges from the lending library will be passed on to the patron
  • Books published within the last six (6) months may not be borrowed through ILL
  • First 20 pages of copying is free; $.10 per page for over 20 pages
  • Failure to pick up three (3) requested ILL items will result in loss of ILL privileges for six (6) months

Reserves

  • Patrons may place a reserve/hold on most materials that are checked out by another patron.
  • Library staff will notify patrons via a telephone call or e-mail when their reserved item is available. Every attempt will be made to contact the patron who reserved the material, however, the library cannot be responsible for messages not received
  • Reserved materials will be held on the reserve shelf for a maximum of two (2) days, not including days closed. If the reserved material is not picked up within the specified time period, it will be held for the next person on the list or returned to the collection

 Fines and fees

  • There are no overdue fines on Jasper-Dubois County Public Library collections
  • The library sends overdue notices as a courtesy to our patrons. 
  • Each patron is responsible for any and all materials checked out on their library card and for returning materials on time
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the fines and overdue materials of their minor children (under 18 years of age)
  • Patrons who have an item seven (7) or more days overdue will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the overdue item is returned
  • Patrons who have an outstanding fine of $10.00 or more will have their library privileges suspended until the outstanding fine is paid
  • Failure to return library materials and/or pay outstanding fines and fees may result in the account being submitted to a collection agency. Any and all fees associated with the collection agency will be the responsibility of the delinquent patron
  • Parents/guardians of minor children (under age 18) with overdue materials and/or outstanding fines will have their (parent/guardian) library privileges suspended until the overdue items checked out by their children are returned and/or the outstanding fine is paid. Patrons who pay for a lost item, then find it, may receive a refund of the cost of the item, if they return the item, with their receipt for payment, within six (6) months of the payment
  • The library does not accept replacement books in lieu of payment
  • The library does not allow patrons to “work off” fines and fees