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Circulation Policies

Approved April 28, 2008
Amended May 3, 2012

Registration Eligibility

Library cards are free to all residents of Georgia. Persons who attend school, own property, or employed in Georgia are eligible for a free PINES card. Patrons of both PINES and non-participating Georgia public libraries may receive a PINES card. Users from non-participating Georgia libraries shall have the same privileges as PINES users. PINES cards are valid for 2 years. If a patron loses his/her card, the fee for a replacement card is $2.00. Replacement for a well used library card is free at the discretion of Library Staff.

Out-of-state cards are available to persons living outside Georgia who do not meet the criteria of attending school, owning property or employment in Georgia for a $25.00 annual fee, payable at the time the card is issued. Persons, who will be in Georgia for less than 6 months and reside outside Georgia, may be issued a temporary card. Privilege limit is 6 months and the fee is $12.50, payable at the time the card is issued.

Proper identification must be presented to register. Citizens may present a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID, valid voter registration card, checks with pre-printed addresses, a utility bill, tax receipt or other piece of mail that shows the user’s name and present address. Applicants must sign an application card to be kept on file.

There is no minimum age for a child to receive a PINES card. A parent or legal guardian must sign the application if the child is under 18 years of age. Signing a child’s PINES card application denotes acceptance of responsibility of all fines, lost or damaged materials. Before a card may be issued to a juvenile, the parent’s cards must be clear of fines and overdue items.

Users will have Georgia PINES wide borrowing privileges yet belong to a “home” library. A user may have only ONE PINES card. A library card is required in order to check out materials. The first time a patron uses a new library card there will be a limit of two (2) items that can be checked out.

Citizens of Georgia may register to vote in federal, state and local elections at Margaret Jones Public Library during library hours. In accordance with the National Voter Registration Act, voter registration is linked to the issuance of library cards. If a patron is seventeen and a half years old or older and registers for a library card, staff must offer the opportunity to register to vote. One of three notations must be made in the library record: the patron is currently registered to vote, declines to register, or chooses to take registration form home.

Confidentiality of Patron Records

The Georgia Confidentiality Law (O.C.G.A. 24.9.46) prohibits the disclosure of any patron information, including titles checked out, amount of fines/fees owed, and phone numbers/addresses. All PINES library staff recognize the strict confidentiality of library records, and shall not disclose any information regarding library patrons unless legally compelled. If proper legal documents are presented, the Library Director must approve the decision to release confidential records.

Circulation Periods

A patron must present a PINES card in good standing to borrow materials or use a computer. A patron’s card will be blocked, and no services may be obtained with it if the patron has 10 or more overdue items, and owes $10 or more in unpaid fines and/or fees. Library materials circulate for varying periods of time:

  • Books: 14 days
  • Books on Compact Disc: 14 days
  • DVD: 7 days 
  • Equipment: Overnight or 3 days

Materials on HOLD cannot be renewed. Renewal requests on other materials may be made in person or by phone. DVDs circulate to patrons 18 years of age or older for 7 days with a limit of 15 per patron. They cannot be renewed, but the due date may be extended by 3 days at the discretion of staff. Audiovisual equipment is loaned for 24 hours to adults 18 years of age or older (with proper id), but longer periods may be negotiated with the staff. Borrower must present valid ID to borrow equipment.

Interlibrary Loans

Georgians with a PINES library card have access to materials beyond what is available on their local shelves and enjoy the benefits of a shared collection of millions of books and materials. Any PINES cardholder may place a hold on items owned by participating PINES libraries, provided the item is eligible for holds. Patrons may ask staff to place holds or place their own holds through WebCat. The item will be sent to the requesting library and staff will notify the patron. This is a free service. After the patrons return the items back to the home library, staff must promptly return the items to the lending libraries. Some items are not eligible for holds.

Occasionally, a patron will request a book that is not available through PINES. The book or photocopy will be mailed to the Margaret Jones Public Library. The patron is responsible for any shipping charges incurred. 

Overdue Items

To encourage the prompt return of materials, all PINES libraries shall collect fines as penalty to those patrons who fail to return materials by their due dates. Fines may be paid at any participating library. Fines will be retained by the collecting library, regardless of the original ending library.

Overdue Item Fine Per Day Maximum
Book or Audiobook $.20 $5.00
DVD $.50 $5.00
Equipment $1.00 $25.00

Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy by GPLS. Failure to receive notices does not exempt patrons from the responsibility for library materials or overdue fines. Notices are generated and mailed centrally. The first notice is generated at 7 days past the due date of an item. The final notice, which assesses the replacement cost of overdue materials, is sent at 30 days past the due date.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Patrons are responsible for all library materials checked out to them. If library materials are lost or returned so badly damaged that they cannot be repaired, the patron will be charged with a replacement cost. Parents are responsible for library materials checked out by their children. If a child loses or damages library materials beyond repair, it is the parent’s responsibility to pay for the items(s). Lost items may be paid for at any PINES library. Payments for lost or damaged materials will be returned to the owning library. These payments must be remitted monthly. The cost of a book, video, or audiobook is listed in the PINES item record. The default price of $25.01 is charge if the cost is not listed.

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