More detailed information about borrower services is provided in the library’s circulation policies.
A library card and PIN entitle you to check out physical materials, sign up for computers and meeting rooms, and use e-library resources. The same full-service card is good at all branches of the Bucks County Free Library and all member libraries. Proof of identity and evidence of current Bucks County residence, business ownership, employment, or school enrollment are required. Apply in person at any location.
E-cards also are available to Bucks County residents who only want to use e-library resources and prefer the convenience of online registration. This service requires a valid credit card and payment of non-refundable $1 processing fee.
If you already have a regular card, you aren’t eligible for an e-card. If you’re not sure, give us a call. E-card holders always are welcome to stop by the library and trade up to regular full-service cards.
Accessible with a library card number and PIN, My Account is a one-stop online tool for checking due dates, checking on holds, renewing items, and requesting, recovering, or changing PINs.
Information about a child’s checkouts is protected by Pennsylvania privacy laws. The library is prohibited by law from disclosing information about a child’s checkouts, even to a parent or guardian.
Parents or guardians who need to regularly access a child’s checkout information are urged to use the My Account system to log in with their child’s library card number and PIN. The library will give information to a parent or guardian about a child’s checkouts over the phone or in person. However, the child must be on the phone or with the parent for the library to provide the requested information.
Card holders may borrow up to 100 items. Total checkouts may not include more than 10 each of magazines, movies, or video games and not more than 20 each of music CD’s.
At the time of checkout, borrowers receive receipts listing items checked out with due dates. Borrowers can monitor checkouts and due dates using the My Account system. Those that provide an e-mail address at the time of registration are sent courtesy reminders three days before items are due and two overdue notices. The first notice is sent at 14 days, and the second at 28 days. The library does not send paper notices.
Fines and Fees
Daily fines for books and magazines are 20 cents per day. Daily fines for videos and games are $1 per day. The maximum fine for overdue books, videos, and games is $5, no matter how many days overdue. The maximum fine for overdue magazines is $2.
For lost or damaged material, the Bucks County Free Library charges the list price at the time the library purchased the item. This dollar amount is part of the computer record in the library’s catalog. In addition to payment for the material, borrowers are charged for any overdue fines that may apply.
Borrowers with accrued fines and fees of $5 or higher are blocked from checkout and computer use. The Bucks County Free Library and selected member libraries use collection agencies to manage delinquent accounts. Any account with fines or fees of $25 or higher are forwarded to a collection agency after 45 days of failure to pay fines or return materials. A non-negotiable $10 fee is charged to the borrower.
Libraries may close for holidays, bad weather, emergencies, and renovations.
Due dates are changed and fines are waived automatically for the day or days the library is unexpectedly closed. Closing announcements are made in the library’s blog on the top of the website and in the calendar of events.
The Bucks County Free Library and system member libraries make every effort to announce and post closings quickly. Depending on the type and extent of an emergency, particularly any involving power outages, it may not be possible to do so. Library users are encouraged to call the library before traveling in inclement weather.
Computer and Equipment
All branches of the Bucks County Free Library and the majority of system member libraries have PC’s with Office 2013 and Internet browsing software.
Branches in Doylestown, Bensalem, Langhorne, and Quakertown have iMac minis with Open Office and other miscellaneous open source software.
A library card and PIN are required to use Bucks County Free Library computers. Policies at system member libraries may vary. Computer users must follow the library system’s Computer and Network Access Policy.
All branches of the Bucks County Free Library are equipped with black and white and color copier/printers. Black and white printouts are 20 cents and color printouts are $1. The majority of system member libraries have black and white copiers and printers.
All branches of the Bucks County Free Library are equipped with free self-serve scanners for converting and saving documents and images into digital formats. Options for image resolution are standard quality, or 200 DPI, high quality, or 300 DPI, and photo quality, or 600 DPI. Scanned items can be saved as PDF, searchable PDF, MS Word, TIFF or JPEG files. Documents can be sent by e-mail with a maximum 5 MB file size and no limit for sending to USB or printer.
Several types of digitization equipment are available for free self-service use at the Doylestown library. Regular printing fees apply to printouts resulting from any applicable equipment use.
The DVD and CD duplicator can produce an exact duplicate of up to five simultaneous copies of a master DVD or CD in less than 10 minutes. Copyright is enforced.
The microfilm and microfiche reader offers a keyword-finding function and the ability to print or save source material in JPEG or PDF formats.
The slide/film/negative converter converts 35 mm, 126 mm, 110 mm, and super 8 film, including color or black and white negatives or slides, to digital format. A library SD card may be used for temporary storage; however, users are expected to bring their own SD cards for permanent storage.
The VHS to DVD converter accommodates both VHS and DVD-Ws, translating them into a format viewable on current DVD players. Material is transferred in real time.
Available for free in Doylestown, the Ellison machine has selected dies for cutting paper, fabric and other materials into a variety of shapes for scrapbooking, quilting, and other crafts. Donations of Ellison dies are always welcome.
All Bucks County public libraries are equipped with wireless connectivity that can be accessed inside and outside the library nearby each building.
The Bensalem Branch of the Bucks County Free Library is a passport acceptance facility. Passport services are available on a walk-in basis Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants must bring proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of identity; a passport photo; and two forms of payment for the fees. One check or money order is made out to the Department of State. The amount paid to the Department of State varies depending on the type of service requested. An execution fee of $25 per application is payable to the Bucks County Free Library, which can be made by check, money order, or cash.
Board games for children and families are available for check out at all branches of the Bucks County Free Library.
Book Clubs in a Bag include 10 copies of a title, a facilitator’s guide, and background notes on the author.
Cake pans are available for check-out at all branches of the Bucks County Free Library. Donations of gently used pans are always welcome.
Exercise bags that include instructions and equipment for yoga, Zoomba and Pilates are available for checkout at all branches of the Bucks County Free Library.