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Borrowing

The Maywood Public Library is a vibrant center for community life and learning, offering people of all ages abundant opportunities to enrich their lives. The Library serves as a free community cultural center, a focus point for community activities, and a forum for community issues. Adopted by the Maywood Public Library Board of Trustees, December 16, 2015.

Use of a Library Borrower’s Card
No books or materials may be checked out without a valid borrower’s card from the Maywood Public Library or from another library with which the Library has an arrangement for borrowing privileges.

A library borrower’s card is non-transferable and may be used only by the person whose name appears on the card and in the computer record. Presentation of a library card to borrow library materials, or for any other library function requiring presentation of a card, constitutes representation that the presenter is the legitimate card holder. BCCLS libraries are entitled to request identification from any patron presenting a library card.

To protect the patron’s privacy and security, the library will assign or reassign a PIN when the patron applies in person and presents his or her valid library card.

All patron records are, by New JerseyState law, considered to be confidential.

Approved by the Maywood Public Library Board of Trustees June 17, 2015

Loan Periods, Fines, and Fees
Maywood Public Library maintains collections of books, audio visual materials, periodicals, and other items for use by the public. All circulation is restricted to patrons with a library borrower’s card that is valid for use at the Maywood Public Library.

Maywood Public Library does not currently assess late fees for most of its items. Items from some of the Library’s special collections, such as mobile hotspots, museum passes, and games are still assessed late fees. Items from other libraries borrowed with a Maywood Public Library card are subject to the late fees determined by the library that owns the material. Fees for lost and damaged materials, including materials owned by Maywood Public Library, will still be assessed.

Loan periods, fines, and number of renewals are defined in the chart below.

Material TypeLoan PeriodRenewalsDaily FineMaximum Fine (Maywood Library items only)
Books – Regular Juvenile, Adult & YA.
Includes Adult New Non-Fiction
28 days20.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
Books – New Fiction Books for Adults28 days20.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
Audiobooks – Juvenile, Adult & YA28 days20.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
Movies – Regular Juvenile & Adult7 days10.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
TV Series14 days10.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
Music CDs14 days20.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
Video GamesNaNaNaNa
Games (Realia)14 days125¢$5, $10, or $20 as marked in ILS &pkg
Magazines14 days20.00No late fees; replacement/damage fees may apply
NewspapersNoNoneNANA
Reference MaterialsNoNoneNANA
Headphones – for use in library only1 dayNone$1.00$1.00
Mobile Hot Spot14 daysNone$5.00Items 30 days or more overdue will be assumed lost and assessed the replacement fee of $100.
Museum Pass4 daysNone$10.00$25 refundable deposit required. Lost passes will be assessed a replacement fee as determined by
the Museum.

Fines and Fees
Any item exceeding the loan period specified is subject to a fine as defined above. Other libraries determine fines for their own materials. Fines will be assessed according to the policy of the library that owns the material.

Fines are not assessed for days the library is closed.

Patrons are expected to pay the price indicated on the item record for lost or damaged materials. Upon evaluation of individual cases, the Director may authorize the patron to replace the material in lieu of payment. An item is considered lost when it is overdue 90 days.

The Maywood Library is unable to negotiate fines or replacement fees for items owned by other Libraries. The patron must discuss the matter with the owning library in order to resolve any issues.

Maywood Library patrons are encouraged to pay online or at the owning library for fines incurred on any item(s) owned by another library.

A patron’s borrowing privileges will be blocked when outstanding fines reach $10.00

Renewals
Books and other materials may be renewed according to the information in the table above.

Maywood Public Library participates in auto-renewal of items whenever possible. Some items are not eligible for renewal and therefore will not be auto-renewed. Items that already exceed the maximum number of allowed renewals or items that are on hold for another patron are not eligible to be renewed. It is the responsibility of the patron to check whether items have been renewed.

Materials from Other Libraries
The loan period for materials loaned from other libraries is established by the owning library, not the Maywood Public Library.

Overdue fines for books owned by other libraries should be paid online or at the owning library.

Patrons are responsible for resolving issues for lost or damaged items directly with the owning library, not the Maywood Public Library.

Compliance with BCCLS Circulation & Borrowing Policies
The Maywood Public Library is a member in good standing of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) and abides by its circulation, lending, or borrowing policies as defined in the BCCLS Policies and Procedures Manual which is available online at the “staff page” at www.bccls.org.
Approved by the Maywood Public Library Board of Trustees June 17, 2015

Confidentiality of Library Patron Records
The Maywood Public Library supports every patron’s right to have his or her library records remain confidential. Library records include patron registration data, circulation records, overdue and reserve records, participation in library sponsored programs, record of library visits, and/or any data that contain information that links a specific patron to specific materials or services used. Each patron has individual control over his or her borrower’s card and presentation of the card permits access to information about the borrower’s current circulation record. Except during the actual period of transaction (circulation, maintenance or record on unpaid fines, reservation of materials) the library will not maintain a record of transactions. When no longer needed for library administration purposes, records will be expunged.

In compliance with N.J.S.A. 18A: 73-43.21, no information will be released to any person, agency, or organization, except in response to a valid court order or subpoena, properly presented to the library administrator, or when disclosure is requested by the legally registered borrower. Nothing in this policy shall prevent authorized library personnel from using library records in the administration of their regular duties.
1N.J.S.A. 18A: 73-43.2. Confidentiality of library users’ records
Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:
a. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;
b. Disclosure is requested by the user; or
c. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order.
Approved by the Maywood Public Library Board of Trustees June 17, 2015