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3450 Brookside Rd.
Macungie, PA 18062

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FINE FREE AT YOUR LIBRARY!

YOUR library is now fine free! We no longer charge fines on late items. This ensures that everyone in our community will have access to library materials and services, which is our primary purpose as a public library. Here you’ll find information about this new policy and how it affects you.

WHY GO FINE FREE?

It’s good for our community. Our community is stronger and healthier when people have access to the programs, services, and materials they need to pursue their educational, career, family, and life goals, and library staff can focus on what we like to do best: helping our patrons! We believe this will encourage prior users to come back to the library and attract new users to experience our offerings.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU…

● You will no longer receive a daily late fine on overdue items.
● You are still responsible for returning your items. We do want all items back!
● The library will send you reminders to return your items.
● Materials that are 28 days overdue are assumed lost and you will be billed for the replacement and processing costs.
● Replacement fees and processing charges for lost or damaged items still apply.
● If lost items are returned, the replacement and processing costs will be cleared from your account.
● Special Collection items such as Museum Passes, Stem Kits, Makerspace Items, Musical Instruments, iPads, Wi-fi hotspots and other electronic equipment will continue to be charged overdue fines in accordance with each library’s policies.
● If you have overdue fines that you accrued before we went fine free, you are no longer required to pay these fees.

FINE-FREE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which libraries are fine free?

The 12 libraries of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC) are now fine free. They are: Catasauqua Public Library, Coplay Public Library, Dimmick Memorial Library, Emmaus Public Library, Lehighton Area Memorial Library, Lower Macungie Library, Palmerton Area Library, Parkland Community Library, Penn Kidder Library, Slatington Public Library, Southern Lehigh Public Library, and Whitehall Township Public Library.

What is the difference between a fine and a fee?

Fines are time based charges on items borrowed longer than their limits. Fees are for library services and products such as copying, printing, material replacement costs, etc.

Do I still have to pay a fine that was on my account prior to LCLC going fine free?

All overdue fines, no matter how old, will be waived.

Can I return items that are long overdue or have been declared lost?

We want to put overdue materials back into circulation so that they can be enjoyed by more patrons, so when you bring back those overdue books, DVDS, and CDs, we’ll forgive any related overdue fines. This doesn’t just apply to materials that are a day or a week late – if you’re still hanging on to items that are long overdue, or items that were declared lost, we’ll gladly take them back and waive the overdue fines.

Fines have been waived, so why does my account still have a balance?

While LCLC is doing away with overdue fines on normal items such as books, DVDs and CDs, fines and fees will still apply in certain circumstances. Patrons will still be responsible for lost and damaged items, outstanding collection agency fees, and overdue fees on inter-library loan items charged by the library that loaned the item. Special Collection items such as Museum Passes, Stem Kits, Makerspace Items, Musical Instruments, Ipads, Wi-fi Hotspots and other electronic equipment will continue to be charged overdue fines in accordance with each library’s policies.

How will the Library get people to return borrowed materials?

“No fines” does not mean “no responsibility.” Patrons with $10 or more in fees will be temporarily blocked from borrowing additional items until items are returned or the account is settled, and may be blocked from using library databases, e-resources, and in-house computers, depending on each library’s policies.

Will I still receive overdue notices?

Overdue notices will continue to be sent, and items that are 28 days overdue will be assumed to be lost and you will be billed for the replacement and processing costs. We have faith that our patrons will be respectful of their fellow library users who may be waiting for items to be returned, especially new items, so that everyone has equal access to our collections.

Borrowing Limits

Material Type Limit Loan Period
Books No Limit; 5 per subject/per family 3 Weeks
New Books 5 / Card 2 Weeks
Magazines 5 / Card 3 Weeks (back issues only)
Audiobooks (includes NEW) 5 / Card 3 Weeks
DVDs 5 / Card (max of 5 DVDs/DVD series combo) 1 Week
DVD series 5 / Card (max of 5 DVDs/DVD series combo) 2 Weeks
Music CDs 5 / Card 3 Weeks
Museum Passes 1 / Card 1 Week
Puzzles 1 / Card 3 Weeks
Stem Kits 1 / Family 1 Week
Interlibrary Loans 5 / Card Varies

Fines/Fees

DVDs/Audiobooks/Music CDs no overdue fine
Print materials no overdue fine
Puzzles no overdue fine
Museum Passes $10.00 per day
Stem Kits $5.00 per day
Interlibrary Loans $1.00 per item / per day
Maximum fine per item: up to, but not to exceed, the replacement cost for the item
Fees for Lost / Damaged Items
All LML Items Replacement cost of item + $5.00 process fee
Lost/Damaged items can be returned up to six months after lost date in order for lost fees to be voided. Refunds will not be given for previously paid for items, even if the items are found and returned in good condition to the library.
Blocks on Borrowing
$10.00 or more in Fines / Fees Record is blocked, cannot borrow
Lost / Damaged Items Record is blocked, cannot borrow

Renewals
All items (except Museum Passes) can be renewed two times (if there are requests placed on the item, it cannot be renewed)
Interlibrary Loans = No Renewals

-Outstanding fines totaling $10.00 or more must be paid prior to renewal.
-Items that have already reached the maximum renewals must be returned & available for loan for at least one business day before borrowing them again.
-Due dates for items that are renewed are calculated from the date of renewal, not the original due date.

Auto Renewals

We’ll attempt to automatically renew your eligible items on the due date.
-You’ll receive an email notice informing you of the new due date or if the item was unable to be renewed (must be signed up to receive email notifications).
-You’ll still receive the reminder courtesy notice three days prior to your items being due.

Reserves
Method:  In person, by phone, online*
What can be reserved:  All circulating items as well as items that appear as “on order” in the catalog

-Reserves will be fulfilled in order from the earliest to the latest request.
-Patrons will be notified via phone, email or text when an item reserved becomes available for pickup. After such notification, the item will be held for 4 working days, after which it will either be returned to the shelf, or checked out to the next person on the reserve list.
-In order to place online reserves, patrons cannot have fines of $10.00 or more on their accounts.

For a full listing of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC) borrowing policies, please click here.

Cardholder Responsibilities
-Cardholders must present a valid library card in order to check out materials and to use library computer resources. If a library card is not available, the cardholder must provide ID and proof of address that exactly matches the address on the account. ID may be used in lieu of a library card up to three (3) times before the cardholder will be required to purchase a new library card.
-Library cards are individual, not family, cards, and should only be used by the person to whom the card is issued. Services may be denied to persons attempting to use another person’s card without authorization.
-Cardholders can designate other persons to pick up reserved materials for them by notifying a staff member in person. This authorization will be specifically noted in the cardholder’s account.
-Cardholders are responsible for all materials checked out on their library card and on the cards of minor children for whom they have assumed responsibility on a library card application.
-Cardholders are responsible for all charges on their account including payments for any late, lost, or damaged items borrowed on their card. LCLC libraries reserve the right to charge an administrative/processing fee for handling lost and damaged items.
-Cardholders are responsible to report their address, telephone and/or email changes.
-Lost or stolen library cards must be reported immediately so that the card can be invalidated. The owner of the card is responsible for all items checked out on the card until the card is reported lost or stolen. Replacement card fees may apply.

LOCATION

3450 BROOKSIDE ROAD
MACUNGIE, PA 18062

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