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Library changing borrowing policy, fines & fees

September 29th, 2009 by Thea

Beginning on October 15th, The Seattle Public Library will be making some changes to its borrowing policy and adding/changing fines and fees on some items.

The number of items you can check out will drop from 100 to 50, meaning in order to check out more books you must have less than 50 library items out. The number of holds you may have is also dropping to 25. “Cardholders won’t lose unfilled holds, but won’t be able to place more holds until the total is below 25,” according to the bookmark being handed out. If you want to borrow a book from a different library system, it will cost $5 (fee does not apply to items owned by SPL). Items designated for kids twelve and under will start accruing late fees. Daily fines will be fifteen cents per day per item.

The SPL board of trustees revised these policies (.pdf) to “address the high demand for limited library books and other items during tough economic times, continue to provide quality service with a constrained budget, maximize the circulation of books and other items for all customers and bring borrowing limits and fees in line with other library systems.”

Last month the entire library system took a week-long furlough to help with budget cuts.

This story first appeared on My Ballard.

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