The following are rules and regulations of the Oswego Public Library.

4.1 New Cardholders:

• Complete a registration form and provide identification. Primary identification to be used is identification with a picture (preferably a Driver’s License) which has the individual’s current address. If the address information on the picture ID is not current, then another form of identification must be presented which verifies the individual’s current address (ie. a piece of mail or bill). Individuals who do not possess a valid picture ID must provide 1 additional form of identification that verifies their current address.
• Patrons who have been in good standing may update their information without providing proof of address.
• Children 12 and under must apply with a parent or guardian and that adult’s signature is required on their registration form.
• There will be a $1.00 charge to replace a lost or damaged library card.

4.2 Overall Policy:

• Users must present their library card to check out materials or use computers.
• Children under the age of 18 must have parental permission to access the internet. A dot will be place upon their card indicating they have received permission.
• There is an overall limit of twenty (20) items at one time on a library card.
• Library cards must be renewed every year.
• Patrons, regardless of their age, may check out any of the circulating collection (adult, children & YA collections) with the exception of the VHS & DVDs.
• A patron must be 18 years or older to check out DVDs or VHS materials

4.3 Loan Periods:

• All items in the general collection (Fiction and non-fiction, Large Print (whether new or general), YA Fiction, YA non-fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile non-fiction and Easy books) are loaned out for 28 days, with 1 renewal.
• All new items (Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction YA Fiction, YA non-fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Non-Fiction and Easy books) are loaned out for a period 14 days, 1 renewal if no holds.
• All videos VHS and DVDS are loaned out for 7 days, 1 renewal if no holds
• All audios, cassette and CD are loaned out for 14 days, 1 renewal if no holds
• Magazines are loaned out for 14 days with 1 renewal if no holds

4.4 Holds:

• Materials will be available for pickup for 1 week after they are processed.
• Holds may be placed either in person, by phone, or online.
• There is a limit of 10 holds per patron.

4.5 Renewal Policy:

• All items may be renewed once if there are no holds.
• Renewals are not allowed for items with holds.
• Renewals may be done over the phone or in person or online.

4.6 Overdues and Fines: 

• All items have a grace period of 1 day.
• Users are fined $.20 per day for general collection (adult, YA & Juvenile) with a maximum fine of $5.00 per library card
• Users are fined $.20 per day for each audio item with a maximum fine of $5.00 per library card.
• Users are fined $1.00 per day for DVDs and VHS materials with a maximum fine of $5.00 per library card.
• Library users will lose borrowing privileges when fines total $5.00.
• Borrowing privileges will be suspended if user has 5 or more overdue items, or one item more than 1 week late, and will not be restored until such materials are either returned, paid for, or fines have been paid.
• Overdue materials that have reached the maximum fine of $5.00 may not be renewed until the fine is paid in full.
• In extenuating circumstances, arrangements can be made with the director in lieu of the fine.
• The $5.00 maximum fine cap does not include lost or damaged materials.

4.7 Damaged Materials:

• If a book or other item is damaged beyond repair, the borrower is required to pay the billed amount (The total not to exceed the current replacement cost & processing charge).
• Until the damaged item is paid for, the user may not borrow any items.

4.8 Confidentiality:

• Library records that are deemed confidential are covered by New York State Law signed on June 13, 1988 (I CPLR 4509).
• These records are related to the circulation of library materials that contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems, of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, request, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records. These records shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed upon the request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.
• The Oswego Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its users.

Approved October 8 2014.