Borrowing Policies and Procedures

Borrower Responsibilities Policy

To obtain an Eastern Monroe Public Library card, hereafter referred to as Library, borrowers card:

• Present proper identification (photo ID) with your current address which verifies your permanent residence or property ownership in one of the ten municipalities served by the library.

• If you are under 16, your parent/guardian must provide identification and sign for responsibility.

• If you are a non-resident (without a PA Access library card) borrowing privileges cost $50 annually or $15 for three months. Pen Argyl School District and Wind Gap residents pay $15.00 annually.

Please bring your borrower’s card each time you visit. You must present your own card to borrow materials. The Library reserves the right to ask for additional identification. If you lose your card, there is a fee of $3.00 for each card replacement. Your borrower’s card is renewed every two years after date of issue. All fines and fees must be cleared, as well as proof of current residence & photo ID, before a card can be renewed for another two years.

You are responsible for all items borrowed on your Library card. Please do not lend your card to anyone. If you are unable to present your Library card, you may use your license as ID. However, your borrowing privilege will be limited to 5 items.

Internet-Only Library Card
If you are staying for a period of time in Monroe County but do not have proof of a local address, you are eligible for an Internet-only library card that will give you full access to the Internet through the library’s computers. When you establish residency within the library service area, you may upgrade the card to a regular library card. There is no charge for an Internet-Only library card.

Borrowing Periods and Limits

You may borrow a total of 35 items at any one time in any combination.
Books 21 days (except new titles) 35 items
New Fiction 14 days 35 items
Magazines 14 days 7 items
Audio books 14 days 6 items
CDs (Music) 14 days 7 items
DVDs 7 days 6 items
Playaways 14 days 2 items

Materials may be renewed ONE time if there are no holds. Books that are no longer considered “NEW” may be renewed TWICE if there are no holds pending.

Fines and Fees

Late fees are assessed from the first day past due on a per day, per item basis:
Adult materials
Children’s materials
Playaway Audiobooks 25 cents per day
DVD’s & software $1.00 per day

Maximum late fees per item:
$10.00 for adult materials
$ 5.00 for children’s items
Current retail cost per item for magazines

Borrowing privileges are suspended when charges on your card reach $10.00.

If an item is damaged, lost or not returned, the Library charges a re-stocking fee of $5.00 in addition to the current retail replacement cost of the item. The minimal damage fee is $3 for material which has been damaged but is still usable. If your materials are more than 45 calendar days past due or your balance owed is $25 or more for more than 45 days, your account may be assigned to a commercial collection agency.

Other Charges:
All printing charges are 25 cents per page.
$25 charge for all returned checks.