About Your Library Card

Borrower Rights and Responsibilities

Your library card can be used to check out material from any participating public library in Bucks County. It also can be used to access online borrower services (My Account) and unique resources on the library's web site. Library cards may be used in selected locations as debit cards to pay for computer printouts and photocopying.

You are responsible for the proper care and safe return of all items borrowed and all fines and fees incurred. This includes notifying the library of any change of name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, or other personal data.

To prevent and limit misuse, library card holders are urged to notify the library as soon as possible when a card is lost or stolen. The library will immediately suspend the card when notification is received. Card holders are responsible for all material checked out on a lost or stolen card up to the time when the library is notified.

Library card privileges may be revoked or denied for due cause including, but not limited to, failure to return library materials or pay related charges and failure to comply with library behavior and computer use policies.

Loan Periods

Most items are loaned for 21 days. Some high demand items have shorter loan periods:

  • New books 14 days
  • Rental books 7 days
  • DVDs, videos and video games 7 days

Borrowing Maximums

In general, a borrower may have up to 10 items of a specific type on loan at one time. Exceptions include:

  • Paperbacks 20 items
  • New books 5 items
  • Spoken books 5 items
  • Video recordings and games 5 items

The library reserves the right to limit the number of items a user may check out within the same subject area.

Fines and Fees

For most items, a fine of 20 cents per day is charged for each overdue item, with a maximum of $5 per item. For video recordings and games, the fine is $1 per day, with a maximum of $5 per item. For magazines, the fine is 20 cents per day, with a maximum of $2 per item.

The charge for lost or damaged material is the cost of the item as listed in the library's computer record for that item.

Borrowing privileges are suspended when the amount due reaches or exceeds $5. Accrued fees over $5 must be reduced for borrowing to resume.

Returns and Renewals

Items are due on the date printed on the receipt issued at checkout. You may check due dates online through My Account or by calling the library during business hours. Material borrowed from a public library in Bucks County may be returned to any participating public library in Bucks County. Book drop returns will be recorded as though they were returned before midnight.
Most items may be renewed for one or two additional loan periods if they are not on reserve for another user.

Overdue Notification

Two overdue notices for late material are sent to borrowers. The first is sent 14 days after the item is due and the second is sent at 28 days. Items not returned after the second notice is sent will be considered lost and borrowing privileges are denied.

Borrowers who believe an overdue item has been returned or was never checked out should notify the library as soon as possible. Failure to receive an overdue notice is not considered grounds for waiving a fine. Library users with e-mail accounts receive courtesy reminders three days before items are due.

If a borrower owes $25 or more and has not cleared his or her record, the account will be forwarded to a collection agency after 45 days by selected public libraries in Bucks County. A non-negotiable $10 fee is added to all accounts forwarded to the collection agency.

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