Circulating Policies

Circulation Policies

 

Loan Policies

The Redwood Library issues library cards to members. Members who wish to borrow materials may present their card or provide their last name to the circulation staff.

Circulating items may be checked out to Redwood members for either 14 days or 28 days.

            14 day items include the following:

  • All new books
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • All videotapes, DVDs and music CDs

28 day items include the following:

  • All circulating books except those designated as “new” including fiction, mystery and non-fiction in both LC and Cutter classifications.
  • All audio books
  • All children’s items regardless of format

New books (14 days) may be renewed twice, unless there is a reserve by another patron.

Older books (28 days) may be renewed twice, unless there is a reserve by another patron. After the second renewal, the book must be returned to the library, checked in, and remain on the shelf for at least 48 hours (2 days). The patron may then borrow the item again after this period.

Renewals may be requested in person or by telephone during regular hours of operation. Members can also renew online.

Exceptions to this policy or requests for exemptions must be directed to the Circulation Supervisor, Assistant Director, or Executive Director. See also the Extended Loan Periods Policy.

 

Items that do not circulate

Items that do not circulate include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reference titles
  • New magazines and newspapers
  • Special Collections

Non-circulating general collections (such as damaged or fragile items) as applicable. 

 

Overdue Fines

An overdue fine of $.10 a day per title is levied against all overdue items.


Lost Materials

If an item is lost while loaned to a patron, that patron is responsible for the current cost of the item as well as any seller-initiated shipping and handling costs and a $5.00 processing fee.

 

Damaged Materials

Once materials are checked out, the patron is responsible for items and must return them in the same condition as when borrowed. If an item is damaged beyond minor repairs while loaned to a patron, that patron is responsible for the current cost of the item as well as any seller-initiated shipping and handling costs and a $5.00 processing fee.

 

Member Access

Members have access to all areas of the library on the first floor except the McBean Special Collections wing and staff offices. Members have access to the Cutter collections in the basement area after filling out an access form. Members must sign in at the circulation desk when accessing the basement area and sign out when leaving. Members are restricted to the Cutter stacks of books and are not allowed beyond the area under the Delivery Room, Rovensky Room, and Harrison rooms without staff escort. All Special Collections areas are restricted to staff only.  

 

Household and individual borrowing privileges   

Levels of membership are indicated on the membership brochures.

Named members who have an individual membership may borrow materials. Other individuals may not borrow materials using that named member’s account. Any overdue, lost, or damage charges will be billed to the member.

All household membership family members residing in the household residence may check out materials. Names of household members are provided to the library at time of membership. No other individual may have borrowing privileges unless stipulated in writing by an adult member of the family membership. Any overdue, lost, or damage charges will be billed to the member.

Staff members have the same access to loaning materials as household members.  Items that do not normally circulate to the membership also do not normally circulate to the staff.

 

Reconsideration or Withdrawal of Library Materials

If a Redwood member objects to a circulating title in either content, scope or any other means, he or she must fill out a Request for the Reconsideration of Materials form with copies given to the Executive Director and Collection Development Librarian. The professional library staff and the Executive Director will make a decision with the final authority given to the Executive Director. If the title is challenged further, the matter will be taken up by the Library Committee for a final ruling.