Circulation Rules and Fines for Pleasant Hills Library

LOAN PERIODS for MATERIALS:

 *DVDs and the most CURRENT ISSUE of magazine subscriptions : 1 week
Exception: DVDs longer than 300 minutes/5 hours have 3-week loan period.

 

*ALL other MATERIALS circulate for 3 weeks

Exception: Some unique materials, usually bestselling books or DVDs, borrowed from other libraries

may follow the owning libraries’ loan periods, depending on the loan rules.

 

*For new library card registrations, all patrons 17 years old and younger must have a parent/legal

guardian sign the registration form. The Library does not act in loco parentis and parents/legal

guardians are financially responsible for materials borrowed on juvenile cards. The Library

assumes NO responsibility for what materials are checked out by juveniles or the content of such

materials.

 

LATE FEES for MATERIALS:

Please remember that overdue fees & charges benefit our Library! 

These funds go into the annual budget to pay for new materials & overhead costs of the Library.

 

ADULT/TEEN (YA) MATERIALS: 25¢ per item per day

(All books, magazines, books-on-CD, books-on-tape, music CDs)

CHILDREN’S MATERIALS: 10¢ per item per day

(All juvenile books, magazines, puzzles, kits, books-on-CD, and other juvenile materials)

ALL (ADULT & JUVENILE) DVDs: 50¢ per item per day

 

Fines are charged when materials are late, including days that the library is closed. Items placed in

the book drop when the Library is closed are backdated to the last day the Library was open to the

public. Items must be in book drop before the Library opens for the day to be backdated.  

 

Unless there are other patrons waiting for the items, most items can be renewed

 

FINES over $2.00 can be paid online with a credit card by going into "My Account" online through

the Library’s web site. A PIN number must be created to access a library card account online. Follow

the instructions given on the screen. Library staff members have no access to PIN numbers, but can help

to reset an existing PIN.

 

Pleasant Hills Library FINE THRESHHOLD IS $5.00

If a Pleasant Hills registered library card account has over $5 in fines/fees, the card cannot be used to

borrow materials or to access the public Internet computers.

 

For those patrons that visit more than one library in the county, please remember that FINES and

LOAN PERIODS follow the POINT-OF-CIRCULATION library’s policies.

This means that items checked out at Pleasant Hills Library follow Pleasant Hills policies regardless of

where the items are returned; items checked-out at other libraries (such as a neighboring library or a

Carnegie Library) but returned at Pleasant Hills Library will follow the loan and fine policies of the

library where the materials were originally checked out.

 

LOST & DAMAGED MATERIALS

 

-For Pleasant Hills-owned items: The patron is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her library

card and will be charged the retail price of the lost or damaged item plus a $5.00 processing fee, which

pays for processing materials of the new item. No refunds will be given. All fees collected benefit the

library and go to replacing, if possible, the lost or damaged materials or to purchase a similar item.

 

For Pleasant Hills audiovisual items and other library materials with more than one piece: 

Cases/bags/coverings must be returned with all items.  Items that are missing CDs or cases will not be

checked in and taken off library card accounts until all items are either returned or fees paid.  If the

cases/bags/coverings are not returned, but the CDs/kits pieces are returned, there will be a $5

replacement fee assessed to replace the case/bag/covering.

 

-For items owned by other libraries: The patron is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her

library card and will be charged the price as listed in the library catalog plus a $5.00 processing fee. No

refunds will be given through Pleasant Hills Library and checks should be written out to the owning

library. For any issues regarding items owned by other libraries, the owning library needs to be

contacted.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Although a library card can be used at any county library and items can be delivered

& returned to any library, each individual library sets its own policies. If requesting materials through

the system, please remember that the owning library may have different policies than Pleasant Hills

Public Library. Each library also establishes its own policies for computer use, library card registration

information, fines, loan periods, and in-house policies.

Revised 01 28 2020