Borrowing Rules

Length of Circulation

The circulation period for library materials is established by the Director of the Library. Items may check out for 21 days or 7 days depending on the item. With the exception of DVDs, items may be renewed one time if there is no reserve on that particular item by another patron.

There is no limit on the number of books a patron may check out. Books check out for 21 days and may be renewed for 21 days. (if item is not on hold for another patron)

A limit of a combination of 20 CDs, and Books on CD may be checked out for 21 days. All items may be renewed for 21 days. (if item is not on hold for another patron)

Fiction DVDs may be checked out for 7 days at a charge of $1.00 per title. Non-fiction DVDS are FREE. Borrower must be eighteen years of age (or may be 15, 16, or 17 years of age with a signed permission slip on file from a parent or guardian) and may check out 10 DVDs at a time. DVDs may not be renewed, but may be brought to the library to be checked in and checked out at a charge of $1.00 per title. (if item is not on hold for another patron)

DVDs are not to be repaired, altered or tampered with in any way. If there is a problem with the DVD or any other type of material, please inform us at the time the item is returned.  In case of damage or loss, borrower may be charged the full replacement cost. All materials may be returned in the book drop. DVDs are for private home use only and may not be copied.

Overdue Materials

An item is considered overdue when it has been borrowed from the library and has not been returned on or by the date specified. Patrons are responsible for all items checked out on their card. A postage charge of 49¢ for mailing second overdue notices will be added to a patron record. Patrons may choose to be notified by email, telephone, or print.

Overdue charges for most items, adults, young adults, and children’s, compound at a rate of twenty-five (25¢) cents per day per item. DVDs are $1.00 per day per title. Once the item is returned, the fine no longer accumulates. The fine will accumulate up to the cost of each item. All items except DVDs, Speed Zone books, and Playaway Views, may be renewed online or by calling the library at 936-2324.

In the case of patrons who chronically have overdue problems, the Library Director may suspend his/her borrowing privileges. After the third notice, unresolved issues may be sent to a collection agency.

Other Charges

Patrons must have their card with them to check out materials. Patrons are responsible for materials checked out on their card and are encouraged not to loan their card to anyone. If your card is lost or stolen, please call us immediately at 574-936-2324. You are financially responsible for material that is checked out until you report your card lost or stolen. 

Patrons are responsible for taking care of the library materials they have in their possession. Patrons who damage or lose library equipment or materials will be required to pay the current replacement cost of that item or be assessed a damage fee. Examples might include water damage or lost DVD inserts.

The Plymouth Public Library is exonerated from any claims or liabilities for damage or loss of property arising from use of library materials.

Assessing Charges

In assessing overdue fines and other charges, all patrons will be given the benefit of the doubt. Chronic offenders will be treated firmly, but courteously. In all cases, if there is any doubt on the part of the staff or patron, it should be made clear that nothing is definite until the Director has been informed of the situation.