Dorchester County Public Library

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WELCOME TO THE DORCHESTER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

  Central Library    303 Gay Street Cambridge, MD 21613 410.228.7331

HOURS

(both branches)

Mon., Wed. & Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tues. & Thurs. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday: Cambridge: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hurlock: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

 Hurlock Branch   222 South Main St

Hurlock, MD 21643 410.943.4331

BEHAVIOR IN THE LIBRARY

It is the library staff's responsibility to see that the library is a pleasant, orderly, and safe place for all members to enjoy. To accomplish this, the following rules have been set down for conduct in the library:

1. No behavior that is disruptive to library use.

2. No sleeping is permitted inside the library.

3. No food or drinks are permitted in the library, except in the Meeting Room and Staff areas.

4. No animals are permitted inside the library except assistive animals.

5. Illegal activities, threatening behavior, or refusal to leave the library property upon staff request will result in a call to the police.

Failure to comply with library rules and regulations will result in the loss of library privileges.

If the police are called, the patron or patrons involved will be suspended from entering the library premises for a period of no less than one month.

PHONE USE POLICY

On entering the library, please set your cell phone to vibrate.

Central Library, Cambridge

The use of phones by the public inside the library building is restricted to the downstairs lobby.

Hurlock Library

The use of phones by the public inside the library building is restricted to the entrance foyer.

LIBRARY CARDS

Library cards must be presented to borrow items or use computers.

Your library card will be renewed for free every 3 years.

DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR OLD CARD.

It is your permanent card. Out-of-state patron library cards are renewed yearly upon payment of annual fee.

To replace a lost card, you will need to pay the fee of $5.00.

An adult library member is responsible for all materials that are borrowed on his/her library card. If an item is lost or damaged, the price of replacing that item must be paid. Borrowing and computer use privileges are suspended when a person owes $5.00 or more in overdue or lost materials fees, or has 10 or more overdue items.

Parents assume financial responsibility for all items borrowed by their children. Therefore, parents must give signed permission for children under 17 years of age to obtain a library card. Children are not restricted in borrowing or using library print materials by the library staff. Guidance in the choice and use of library materials is the responsibility of the parent. See separate rules regarding computer use.

Library cards must be presented to library staff upon request.

LOAN PERIODS

Loan periods for library materials and extended loan fee schedule for Hurlock/Cambridge

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, audio cassettes, PlayAways, videotapes, DVD's and CD's may be checked out and returned to any public library in Maryland. AV equipment must be returned to the outlet from which it was borrowed.

Equipment cannot be renewed. Other library materials may be renewed, provided materials have not been reserved for use by other patrons and any fines or fees in excess of $5.00 have been paid.

An electric typewriter is available at the Central and Hurlock Libraries for in-house use by adult library members and by students who have had typing instruction. Computers are also available for in-house use. See separate rules regarding computer use.

ITEM LOAN PERIOD RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED LOAN FEE PER DAY PER ITEM
MAXIMUM EXTENDED LOAN FEE PER DAY PER ITEM
Book/Paperback/ CD/Audiotape 3 weeks   $0.10 $ 4.00
Express Book 7 days   $0.10 $ 4.00
PlayAway 3 weeks Limit 5* $1.00 $10.00
Videotape / DVD    G-rated  7 days Limit 5* $1.00 $10.00
Videotape / DVD  PG-rated & PG-13 7 days Must be 14; Limit 5* $1.00 $10.00
Videotape / DVD    R-rated 7 days Must be 17; Limit 5* $1.00 $10.00
AV equipment 3 days Must be 17 $5.00 $25.00
Magazine/Pamphlet 3 weeks   $0.10 $ 4.00
Inter-Library Loan 3 weeks No renewals $1.00 $15.00
Meeting Room Key 3 days Must be 17 N/A $50.00

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

LIBRARY POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

This policy was updated October 2011.