BORROWING INFORMATION

The Circulation Desk is located on the Main Level. Apply for a library card, replace a lost card, and borrow or return materials here. Online catalogs are available on each level for library patrons to search for materials; place holds; review library accounts; or make payments for lost or overdue materials using a credit card. Staff is always available to assist patrons and provide guidance in using the online catalogs.

You will also find these materials on the main level:

Books on CD
Compact Discs
New Fiction
DVDs & TV Shows

Fiction
Leased Books (No Holds)
Mysteries
Paperbacks

Large Print (Fic & Nonfic)
Current Newspapers
Current Magazines
Library Displays

Borrowing Privileges

A valid library card is required for all transactions. A library cards on CardStar app is acceptable. A patron may check out unlimited library materials except for videogames, keeping in mind that fines for overdue DVDs and videogames are $1/day and vary from library to library. Videogames are limited to a total of three, regardless of whether they are from the Children’s, Young Adult, or Adult collection. Patrons may not check out items if there is a balance of $5.00 or more on their account.

MaterialLoan
Period
Overdue Fine
Per Day
Maximum Fine
Books2 weeks.105.00
Books on CD2 weeks.105.00
DVDs2 weeks1.005.00
Magazines2 weeks.105.00
Music CDs2 weeks.105.00
Video Games1 week1.005.00

BOOKS
Loan Period: 2 weeks
Overdue Fine Per Day: 0.10
Maximum Fine: 5.00

MAGAZINES
Loan Period: 2 weeks
Overdue Fine Per Day: 0.10
Maximum Fine: 5.00

AUDIOCASSETTES & CDs
Loan Period: 2 weeks
Overdue Fine Per Day: 0.10
Maximum Fine: 5.00

VIDEOS
Loan Period: 1 week
Overdue Fine Per Day: 1.00
Maximum Fine: 5.00

DVDs
Loan Period: 1 week
Overdue Fine Per Day: 1.00
Maximum Fine: 5.00

VIDEOGAMES
Loan Period: 1 week
Overdue Fine Per Day: 1.00
Maximum Fine: 5.00

Overdue Items

Patrons are encouraged to return library materials on or before their due date to avoid fines and to make the items available to other patrons. There is a three-day grace period on books and CDs that belong to the Thayer Public Library. There is no grace period on DVDs, videogames, or items belonging to other libraries.

Materials that are not returned within 60 days of their due date will automatically be billed as lost. A final notice will be sent approximately two weeks before the charge is assessed. If an item is returned after it has been billed, the borrower  will be responsible for the overdue fine. Please note that checks returned to the library with insufficient balance to pay will incur an additional $25.00 fee.

Lost/Damaged Material

Patrons are responsible for all library materials that they check out. If a patron loses a library item, they will be required to pay the replacement cost of the item. If the library staff determines that an item has been damaged beyond repair, the patron will be charged the replacement cost. Please note that checks returned to the library with insufficient balance to pay will incur an additional $25.00 fee.

Renewing Material

Many items may be renewed twice, unless holds have been placed on them. Videos and DVDs may be renewed only once, as long as there are no holds on them. Leased books are not renewable. Renewals can be done in person with either your card or the item itself; over the phone with your library card number; or online.  Most new items, including bestsellers, will not be renewable because others are waiting for them.

Returning Material

When the library is open, all adult and young adult materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk on the Main Level and children’s items may be returned at the circulation desk in the Children’s Room. A book drop at the rear of the building remains open for returns at all times. There is a separate drop for media, such as DVDs and CDs.

Placing Holds

The hold procedure is a way to reserve a particular item when the item you want is not immediately available. By placing a hold, you ensure that you will receive a copy of the item.

You may request or place a hold on most items that you find in the online catalog. You may do this from your home computer, at the library’s online catalog, or over the telephone. To do this yourself, you need your library card number, referred to as “User ID” and PIN. The default PIN is OCLN. If you call the Circulation Desk and have your card number available, the circulation staff will be happy to place up to two holds for you, time permitting. When the library receives the item, you will be notified by telephone or email. You have seven business days to pick up the item.