Dorchester County Public Library

Loan Periods for Library Materials and

Extended Loan Fee Schedule

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The library has many different kinds of materials for you to borrow and these items should be returned on time. The due date is stamped inside the back cover or last page of a book, or the cover of a DVD, videotape box, magazine, or CD case. Patrons can also check the due dates of items under "My Account" in the library catalog. If an item is returned late, an extended loan fee must be paid. The library collects extended loan fees to discourage members from keeping materials too long. The extended loan fees which the library collects are used to buy more library materials for members to use.

Books, Magazines, Music CD's, and Audio books

Loan Period

3 Weeks

Restrictions

None

Extended Loan Fee - per day, per item

$.05

Maximum Extended Loan Fee - per item

$2.00

Playaways*

Loan Period

3 weeks

Restrictions

Must be 17 years old

Extended Loan Fee - per day, per item

$1.00

Maximum Extended Loan Fee - per item

$10.00

DVD or Videotape*

Loan Period

7 days

Restrictions

Must be 17 years old

Extended Loan Fee - per day, per item

$1.00

Maximum Extended Loan Fee - per item

$10.00

AV Equipment

Loan Period

3 days

Restrictions

Must be 17 years old

Extended Loan Fee - per day, per item

$5.00

Maximum Extended Loan Fee - per item

$25.00.

Interlibrary Loan

Loan Period

3 weeks

Extended Loan Fee - per day, per item

$1.00

Maximum Extended Loan Fee - per item

$15.00

Meeting Room Key

Loan Period

3 days

Restrictions

Must be 17 years old

Extended Loan Fee - per day, per item

N/A

Maximum Extended Loan Fee - per item

$50.00

* The sum total of Playaways, DVD's and videotapes is limited to 5.

Books, magazines, audio books, Playaways, DVD's, videotapes and music CD's may be returned to any public library in Maryland. AV equipment and Interlibrary Loan materials must be returned to the outlet from which they were borrowed.

Computers and an electric typewriter are available for on-site use at both library branches.

The Central and Hurlock Libraries have copying machines available for public use. The machines will also enlarge and reduce the size of the material copied.

Library materials may be renewed unless another patron has placed a reserve on that item. Items may be renewed online, over the telephone or in person. If a patron accumulates more than $5.00 in charges, he may not check out or renew materials until that amount has been paid down. Inter-library loan materials and audio-visual materials may not be renewed.

If demand is especially high, it may be necessary to limit the number of items which a library member may borrow on one topic. This may occur with regard to school assignments.