Bertha Voyer Memorial Library

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Your Library Card

Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

Who can get a card

There is no fee charged to anyone who wishes to obtain a library card.  Identification and verification of residence is required to obtain a library card.  Identification can be established through a current driver’s license, school identification card, or other valid picture identification issued by a governmental agency.  If no valid picture identification is available, the library director may accept other reasonable forms of identification that establish identity.  Also, a copy of an area utility bill verifying the applicant’s address will need to be presented.  A parent or guardian must assume responsibility for materials borrowed by a person under sixteen years of age; therefore, it is the adult’s identification that is required for registration of a minor.   Residence is verified when the library card is mailed to the address provided.  Library cards may not be forwarded to a second address and will not be distributed in person.  Only two items can be checked out the first time a patrons uses their card.

Demographic information may be gathered in order to plan library services. This information is used anonymously (no identifying information is complied or reported) and is not disclosed in any way that would identify the person registering.  All information provided on the registration form is protected by rules and laws (Privacy Act of 1974) pertaining to confidentiality of records and privacy.

Library cards are renewable every year.  Changes of address or status require that a new application be completed.

Placing Holds

Materials may be placed on hold by calling 903-378-2206 or asking at the Check-Out Desk

Renewing Your Borrowed Items

Renewals can be made in person or by calling 903-378-2206

Library Fines

Library materials are purchased for use by all citizens of the area.  The library establishes regulations for the loan of materials, including circulation periods, renewal processes, and fines for late return.  The board believes that the individual who chooses to keep materials past the due date, or who refuses to settle unpaid fines or fees, compromises to some extent his or her right to privacy.  The library will attempt to recover overdue materials and will notify patrons of unpaid fines and fees according to procedures established by the board.  Information regarding overdue and non-returned materials and past-due fines and fees may be disclosed by the library to the Honey Grove Police Department when that agency has entered into an agreement with the library to recover materials or to collect fines.  The library will also provide sufficient information to allow any individual other than the holder of the borrower’s card to settle unpaid fines or fees on that card.  However, authors, titles, or subjects of lost or overdue materials will not be discussed without presentation of the borrower’s card.

If materials are not returned to the library by the date due, a fine of ten cents per each library workday after the due date will be assessed.  The maximum fine on all materials is $3.00.  The current list price will be charged for lost or badly damaged items and a processing fee of $1.00 will be added to that cost.  Out of print titles that are lost will be assessed for replacement of a book of comparable content.

A deposit box is located at the front door of the library for the return of books when the library is closed.  Audiovisual materials should be returned inside the library.  Fines are stopped as of the day the materials are returned.

If, after two weeks, the patron has not come in to return the materials and pay the fine, a written notice will be sent.  If, are two more weeks, there is no response, a certified letter will be sent to the patron.  This letter will notify the patron that the library presumes that they chose to keep the materials since they have not been returned and they will be billed for the cost they have overdue, plus a $1.00 processing fee for each item.  If the materials are not paid for, then legal action will be taken to recover the cost of those materials.  Borrowing privileges will be suspended for patrons and family of the same residence having overdue books and unpaid fines.

A copy of Ordinance No. 1997-9 of the City of Honey Grove is in the appendix of this manual on page 66.  This ordinance relates to the penalty for failure to comply with library rules and regulations.