Munising School Public Library
Date of approval: January 18, 2017
Purpose of Policy
Munising School Public Library (MSPL) is dedicated to providing the people of Alger County and the Munising Public School District with open access to ideas and information that are fundamental to our democracy. MSPL protects intellectual freedom, promotes literacy, encourages lifelong learning, and provides library materials, information services, and a place of enrichment. Library materials are a shared, community resource and should be available to patrons in a fair and timely manner. MSPL services are based on the principle that library patrons assume certain responsibilities to cooperate in sharing these community resources.
Borrowing Library Materials
The following rules apply to borrowing MSPL materials so they may be shared equitably. The loan periods reflect a reasonable time period needed by the average patron to utilize the material and on the demand for the material. An automated phone message is sent as a reminder to patrons a few days before any library material is due.
Reference materials, special collections, and contents of vertical files are for use in the library and do not circulate.
Library patrons may borrow library books, periodicals, loanable media, and certain equipment according the loaning periods defined below. The patron in whose name the library material is checked out is responsible for assuring that the item is returned to the library. A patron with an overdue, damaged, or lost library material loses borrowing privileges until the item is returned or, if the library material is lost or damaged, the applicable fine and/or fee is paid (see Table 2).
A digital book (eBook) and/or audiobook through the online service Overdrive is checked out for 14 days; check-in occurs automatically on the due date. An item can be renewed prior to the due date. A maximum of five (5) eBooks and audiobooks may be checked out at one time. Information about the Overdrive service is available from library staff and on MSPL’s website.
CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray
The library’s MP3 disc players, Thermal Leak Detector, and Kill-A-Watt Meter may be borrowed for one (1) week by a card holder who is at least eighteen (18) years of age. Other equipment is listed in Table 1. An Equipment Borrowing Form must be signed by the patron, who agrees to cover the cost of repairs or replacement of the equipment if it is damaged, lost, or stolen.
ChromeBooks are for use only by Munising Middle/High School students, faculty, and staff in the library. If a class is not in session a student may check out the ChromeBook for in-library use only for that day.
Table 1: Loan periods for library items
|Library Item||Loan Period||Renewal|
|Books||3 weeks||Yes*, twice|
|Periodicals||3 weeks||Yes*, twice|
|DVDs, and BluRay||7 days||No|
|MP3 disc players||1 week||No|
|CDs (music and audiobooks)||3 weeks||Yes*, twice|
|eBooks through Overdrive||14 days||Yes. Ask librarian about limitations.|
|Public Library Laptops||In library use only||NA|
|ChromeBooks||In library use only by school students, faculty, staff||NA|
|Kill-A-Watt Meter||1 week||No|
|Thermal Leak Detector||1 week||No|
|Slide Projector||1 day||No|
*An item will not be renewed if a “hold” has been placed on it.
Overdue and Non-returned Library Materials
MSPL is committed to provide service and materials that meet patrons’ needs. Library materials are a shared resource and should be available to patrons in a fair and timely manner. Materials not returned are unavailable to other patrons. To encourage responsible behavior so that library materials are available to other users, there are consequences to patrons who fail to return borrowed books and other materials by the due date or return damaged items. Consequences include blocked privileges and/or payment of repair or replacement costs and a processing fee. These library materials include, but are not limited to, books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and equipment.
Overdue fines, as well as fees for a damaged or lost item, are the responsibility of the cardholder. A patron with a book or other material that is overdue is blocked from library computer usage and cannot download or use the digital services and cannot borrow another book or other material until the overdue items are returned and all fines and fees paid.
If a patron loses a book or other library material, the library card holder will be charged the replacement cost of the lost book or material and a non-refundable processing and cataloging fee per lost item. If a book thought to be lost is found within 30 days of paying for a lost book, the replacement monies, less processing fee, will be returned to the patron if it is returned to the library in circulating condition.
A Munising Public School student who has not returned library material(s) must return all items or the parent/guardian will be billed by the library for the replacement cost(s) plus a non-refundable $3 processing fee per item at the end of the school year.
Table 2: Fines for Public Library overdue items
|Library Item||Fine per Item||Other consequences|
|Books, CDs, Playaways® & Audiobooks||$0.10 per day||Borrowing privileges, downloading ability and library computer privileges are suspended until item(s) is(are) returned.|
|Periodicals||$0.10 per day|
|DVDs & BluRay||$1.00 per day, max $5|
|All Circulating Equipment||$1.00 per day|
|Lost Books, Audiobooks, Playaways®, CDs, DVDs||Cost of replacement + processing & cataloging|
Interlibrary loan service is available to MSPL card holders to borrow books, audio and video materials that MSPL does not own. This free service retrieves titles or subject material from other libraries at the request of a library card holder. This may be done online after logging on to MSPL’s website using library card identification or by request at the Circulation Desk.
Reserving Library Materials
A library computer program keeps a temporary list of patrons wishing to borrow specific library materials that are already checked out. The patron will be telephoned once the material is available and has seven (7) days to pick up the material after notification. After seven (7) days, the patron next on the list will be telephoned to pick up the item being held or it will be returned to the collection where it originated.
Library materials on a reserve list will not be renewed.
MSPL abides by the Michigan Library Privacy Act1, which forbids library staff from providing anyone but the cardholder with records that identify library usage. Information regarding patron use of materials is destroyed and/or deleted once service has been provided.
1 Michigan Library Privacy Act (1982, Public Act 455, Michigan Compiled Law 397.601 et seq.)