§ 70-4. Borrowing of library materials.


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  • (a)

    Any patron may borrow materials normally circulated from the library by presenting a library card to the library staff. The library staff shall then check out the material in the name appearing on the card. The library staff shall set a date for the return of the material.

    (b)

    Any person who injures or defaces any book or other property belonging to the library by writing, marking, tearing, breaking or otherwise mutilating shall pay the current real replacement cost of that item and, in addition, an administrative fee as set forth in the fee schedule adopted by the city council.

    (c)

    Any person who loses library books or materials of any kind shall pay the current retail replacement cost of that item and, in addition, an administrative fee as set forth in the fee schedule adopted by the city council.

    (d)

    Any person who retains a library book or materials past the time stated by the library staff shall pay the fee set forth in the fee schedule adopted by the city council as a condition to further library services.

    (e)

    If the library materials are not returned by the date specified when borrowed or if there are unpaid library fines, the library staff may suspend the use of the library card which was used to obtain the materials.

    (f)

    The library staff shall reinstate the library card upon return of the material and payment of all fines and fees.

    (g)

    It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly retain any book or other property belonging to the library past the date set by the library staff for its return. First notice shall be given by U.S. mail to the address shown on the patron's library card any time after the expiration of the original loan time of the property. Second notice shall be given by U.S. certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address shown on the patron's library card if no action was taken following the first notice. The introduction into evidence of a copy of the second written notice that any library material is overdue, together with evidence that such notice was deposited in the United States mail, certified, return receipt requested, addressed to a person, is prima facie evidence that the person has knowledge that such property is overdue. Retention of the property for more than 30 days after such notice is mailed shall be prima facie evidence of knowledge.

(Code 1968, § 17-3; Ord. No. O-38A-06, § XIII, 11-13-2006)