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Osawatomie Public Library - Serving the Community Since 1889

Service Polict
All libraries that are members of the Northeast Kansas Library System have agreed to allow anyone within this area to use their libraries without charge. The director and other adult staff members may also allow persons from outside the Northeast Kansas area to borrow materials if the circumstances seem appropriate. Example: Someone who visits relatives frequently in this area, or someone who is employed in this area but does not live here.
  • Any of the above persons are entitled to a free library card by completing a written application form.
  • A card holder should always have his/her library card when checking out materials. If it is not present, other ID may be requested.

Limits on Borrowing
The first time a new patron uses his/her library card, they may check out a limit of two items from the library. Upon their satisfactory return, the patron then has the privilege of checking out up to 10 items at any one time.

Length of Loan Periods
  • Most Books: Two weeks
  • Magazines: Two weeks
    • Current issues may not be checked out, and all issuesof selected titles may be designated for in-library use only.
  • Audio Tapes: Two weeks
  • VHS and DVDs: Two weeks
    • New release DVDs: Three days
  • Reference Books: Most are noncirculating, a few may be checked out for three days or one week. This information should appear inside the front cover of the book.
  • Newspapers and Microfilm: May not be checked out without special permission from the library director
  • Interlibrary Loan Materials: Depends on the lending library (usually three weeks)

Special Cards
  • Teachers, paraprofessionals, and anyone needing to use materials in their place of employment may register for a “Professional Card” which will allow them to check out materials for up to one month without renewals.
  •  Homebound patrons, as well as those in nursing homes, who receive books delivered by volunteer will have a lending period of four weeks. They will not be charged late fees, nor will the volunteer who delivers the media. 
  • Patrons brought in by Tri-Ko or other professional organizations will have a lending period of two weeks. They will not be charged late fees, however, they will be charged if a book is considered lost or damaged.

Interlibrary Loan
In the case that a patron is not able to find the information they need within Osawatomie Public Library’s own collection or through online services, a card holder in good standing may request up to two items through Interlibrary Loan. An exception may be made if the person is requesting materials for a research paper where time for research would be limited. If fees are charged by out-of-state libraries, these fees will be passed on to the user. Otherwise, interlibrary loan is a free service.

Every effort will be made to secure the material requested. However, this library cannot make any guarantees as to when the material will arrive.

Most materials may be renewed for the same amount of time for which they were initially checked out. For example, a two-week book may be renewed for an additional two weeks.

Books and other materials with a waiting list may not be renewed, but the patron may ask for their name to be put back on the waiting list. This rule may be overridden by staff if the material had no waiting list when the book was checked out, or if the book is quite lengthy.

Materials may be renewed twice. After two renewals staff will decide when circumstances warrant further renewals. Some Interlibrary Loan material can be renewed. Patrons should let the librarians know several days in advance of the due date if they will need a renewal.

Fees for Overdue Materials
  • There are no fines charged for overdue materials.
  • Items not returned in a timely fashion may be subject to replacement costs and administrative fees.

A patron may reserve any circulating material. Staff will call or write to notify him/her when that material is available. Upon notification, patron will be told when the material should be picked up.

Any reserved material not picked up within seven days, will be offered to the next person on the reserve list or will be returned to the originating library. The patron’s name will be removed from the reserve list. If a staff member feels that the patron may not have received the original message, he may give a second call.

Unusual Check out Situations
Unusual situations may arise, such as a high school class research project, creating unusual demands upon library resources. The librarian has the authority to adjust checkout times of these materials during times of high demand.

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