Loan Policy

Circulation Policy

For physical formats (books, audios, videos, etc.)

Athens County Public Libraries make materials available in a variety of formats for anyone with a valid library card.

With the exception of materials in the reference, local history, staff-use collections and newspapers and current issues of magazines, print and audio-visual materials may be borrowed for a period of two weeks.

As long as there are no holds on an item, loans may be renewed two times for a maximum of three two-week loan periods (six weeks total).

Holds may be placed on any item that circulates.

There are no limitations on the number of books which may be borrowed per library card. Audio-visual and other high-demand materials may have limitations.

No fines accrue on items returned after the due date.

Borrowers will pay the library the price listed in the library's circulation system for any item lost or damaged beyond repair; borrowers may be asked to pay fees for items damaged but repairable. If a borrower finds a "lost" library item and returns it to the library with a paid receipt within 30 days of the date payment was made, the user may be issued a refund (paid via check issued by the Fiscal Officer).

If borrowed materials are not returned within 14 days of the due date or payments for damaged/lost items are not paid within 14 days of the date the charge was assessed, the borrower's library card be will blocked (including online access) until the problem has been resolved.

For bicycles and bicycle equipment

The Board of the Athens County Public Libraries is committed to making materials available that promote wellness and fun for area families and users. Bicycles and biking equipment are made available to any borrower with a valid library card. The following rules apply:

  • Adults must have a LENDING AGREEMENT on file.
  • Children must have a parent or guardian’s signed CONSENT on file.
  • Bikes and equipment may be borrowed for specific times as determined by the administration and as availability allows.
  • There are no fines or fees for using Book-A-Bike.
  • Bikes and equipment not returned by the agreed upon time will be treated as theft.
  • Locks and helmets will be provided.
  • Borrowers will be responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged equipment.

Book-A-Bike safety and circulation procedures will be periodically reviewed, updated and streamlined to be more effective. Staff and borrowers are obligated to keep abreast of current practices and guidelines.

For digital materials

Athens County Public Libraries make a variety of electronic materials available for anyone with a valid library card or current digital library account.

Loan periods and other limitations vary across platforms depending on the guidelines set forth by software, legal agreements, third-party contracts, and other commercial considerations beyond the control of the library.

The availability of online databases and digital materials changes often. The library does not guarantee continued access to any given title or information.

Users are responsible for their online profiles. The library does not have access to user activities beyond general statistics and accounting practices. Card numbers and PIN/passwords should be guarded and protected from other users.

The library recognizes that parents and legal guardians are responsible for monitoring the reading, listening, and viewing choices of their children.

Approved 4/15/2014