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Circulation Policy

Books, new fiction 2 weeks 1 day grace $10.00  
Books, all other
(75 per patron)
3 weeks 5 cents per day    
(10 back issues per patron
Current issues do not circulate)
2 weeks 1 day grace
5 cents per day
(5 titles per patron)
7 days No grace day
$1.00 per day
$30.00 Not Renewable
(5 titles per patron)
7 days No grace day
$1.00 Per day
$30.00 Not Renewable
Music CDs
(5 titles per patron)
3 Weeks 1 grace day
5 cents per day
Books on CD
(10 titles per patron)
3 Weeks 1 grace day
5 cents per day
Equipment 3 days No grace day
$2.00 per day
$30.00 Not Renewable




Reference & Genealogy Materials:

Reference & Genealogy materials do not circulate.  Under special circumstances, a special loan period may be established for these materials.


Overdue Materials and Fines:

It is the responsibility of the library patron to make note of the due date stamped on the materials, and to return them on time. Materials must be returned to the circulation desks or return slots, or in the outside book return. Materials left in the outside book return after hours will not be checked in until the following business day. Any fines accrued will be automatically charged to the patron's account. Overdue notices are generated by computer and are mailed out 8 days and 15 days after the due date. Patrons receive a telephone call and/or letter at approximately 3 weeks.  Patron accounts with long overdue items and/or fines may be submitted to a collection agency.


**DVDs, Videos, and CDs are not to be returned in the outside book drop.


Outstanding Balance Restrictions

 $.01 - .99    No restriction

$1.00 - 12.00   Patron must pay at least 10% of the balance of outstanding charges owed before checking out additional materials.

Over $12.00   Patron may not check out additional materials until the balance is reduced to $10.80.


 When renewing a borrower's card, all outstanding charges must be paid on that card and any other associated card(s), including parent or guardian’s other associations. All overdue materials must be returned or renewed before the card can be renewed


Lost or Damaged Library Materials

Patrons will be charged the retail price for all lost or damaged library materials. No refunds will be issued for payments made for lost materials if the materials are found by the patron at a later date.  Materials overdue for 6 weeks or more will be considered lost and will be charged to the borrower’s card.          



 All items, except videos and DVDs, may be reserved in advance of check-out.  Reserved library materials will be held for three full business days following notification.



 Renewals may be made in person, over the phone, or online.  Patrons renewing over the phone may be asked to give their borrower's card number before the transaction can be completed. DVDs, Videos, audio-visual equipment, and items that are on reserve, will not be renewed.  All other materials may be renewed for their regular loan period.  New books may be renewed for a limit of one time.  All other items may be renewed for a limit of two consecutive times.



Interlibrary Loan

 Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service made possible through Indiana SHARE, a statewide network that serves academic, public, school, and special libraries, and is provided to all WCPL cardholders.  ILL makes available materials that are not held by WCPL.  Patrons must return all ILL items by the due date that is set by the lending library.  There is no charge for this service, but overdue fines are charged at the rate of $1.00 per day.  The replacement cost of any unreturned or damaged ILL item will be charged to the patron’s account. 



 All circulating items that belong to the Wabash Carnegie Public Library are available for check-out by anyone holding   a valid borrower's card issued by the library.  However, the use of a card in the name of a minor child (under the age of 18 years) may be restricted by their custodial parent or legal guardian.



Use of Borrower's Card

 All patrons shall have borrower cards in their own name, and shall check out library materials under their own registration.  A homebound patron may designate, in writing, other persons to check out materials for them. All patrons may be asked to present their borrower's cards and to identify themselves when borrowing library materials.


Cards for Institutional Borrower's shall be kept by the institutional officer who has assumed responsibility for the use of the card.


 Patrons will be charged $1.00 to replace lost cards.


Privacy of Library Circulation Records

1. The circulation records of the Wabash Carnegie Public Library are confidential and not subject to freedom of information, regardless of the source of inquiry.

2. Circulation records, if they exist, are confidential to the library and staff and shall not be made available to anyone except pursuant to a valid court order. However, a custodial parent or legal guardian shall have access to the records of their minor child.

3. Any threats or unauthorized demands (i.e. those not supported by a valid court order) concerning circulation records shall be reported to the Library Director.

4. All issues and requests relating to the privacy of circulation records which are not provided for (above) are to be referred to the Library Director, or, in the Library Director's absence, to the President of the Library Board.


Approved by the Board of Trustees                                                                         

August 13, 2002; Revised 7/15/03, 3/19/04, 8/18/15