As a Portage County Library user, you are important to us. This page lists some of the library rules. Library cards are issued free of charge to residents of Portage County and other borrowers. Proof of address is required. Library cardholders are responsible for all materials checked out on their library cards. Parents are responsible for materials checked out by their children. This includes payment of overdue fees and replacement charges for lost or damaged items, as well as prompt notice of change of address.
The loan period for most items is 28 days. New books, magazines, CDs, and some other non-book items have shorter loan periods.
Feature film and popular TV series videos are checked out for 7 days. Adult non-fiction videos may be borrowed for 28 days.
DAILY OVERDUE CHARGES
Overdue charges are 25 cents a day for books and other items from the Adult collection; 5 cents a day for items from the Youth collection (see below for details).
Charges are higher for some types of non-book materials:
DVDs (Adult and Children's) - $1.00 per day overdue.
Board Games (Adult) - $1.00 per day overdue.
Interlibrary loan items - $1.00 per day overdue.
If you have unreturned items or overdue charges which exceed $20.00, you will not be able to borrow more items.
Books and many other items have a 72-hour grace period. If books are returned within the grace period, no overdue charges will be assessed. There is a 24-hour grace period on DVDs & videos. There is no grace period on rental books or interlibrary loan items.
Most items may be renewed unless the item is on hold by another patron and there are no other copies available. Items on hold may not be renewed. Most interlibrary loan items cannot be renewed; call 715-346-1289 three days before the due date to check. If an item is renewed after the due date, the overdue charge is calculated and attached to the cardholder's record.
Although there is a maximum charge per item, there is no maximum accumulated charge. Ten books overdue could accumulate to $10, ten videos overdue could accumulate to $50.
The library reserves the right to recover all costs associated with repairing or replacing items or barcode labels, invoicing, registered mail, pickup charges, etc. If an item is not returned within 29 days of the due date, you will be charged for the replacement cost of the items unless you return it.
LOAN PERIODS & OVERDUE CHARGES
Daily Overdue charges
Maximum overdue charge per item
|NEW and other short loan books||14 days||$0.25||$3.00|
|Large Print Books||28 days||$0.25||$1.00|
|Videos, Popular||7 days||$1.00||$5.00|
|Videos, Nonfiction||28 days||$1.00||$5.00|
|Music CDs||14 days||$0.25||$1.00|
|Audiobook on CD||28 days||$0.25||$1.00|
|Digital Audio Player (Playaway)||28 days||$0.25||$1.00|
|Art Prints||28 days||$1.00||$10.00|
|Projectors & other equipment||By reservation; $10 fee||$5.00||$10.00|
CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULT MATERIALS
|NEW Books||14 days||$0.05||$3.00|
|Parent's collection||28 days||$0.05||$0.25|
|Music CDs /cassettes||14 days||$0.05||$0.25|
|Audiobooks: CD / Cassette / Digital Audio Player (Playaway)||28 days||$0.05||$0.25|
|Cassette & book kits||28 days||$0.05||$0.25|
|Storytelling kits||7 days||$1.00||$5.00|
|Flannel boards||7 days||$1.00||$5.00|
|Puppets & puppet kits||7 days||$1.00||$5.00|
INTERLIBRARY LOAN ITEMS
FORGET YOUR CARD?
There is a $1.00 charge for a replacement library card.
“Library card identity theft” or fraudulent use of library cards is a growing concern, even among minors; please help prevent this crime by carrying your library card or other ID with you when you come to the library.
Please do not give or lend your card to anyone.
If you forget your library card, library staff asks for ID and may not allow you to borrow materials if identification is not available.
Card holders are held responsible for items checked out on lost or stolen cards prior to notifying the library of such loss and may be required to pay replacement charges on these items.
Lost or stolen library cards must be reported immediately.