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Library Loan and Card Policies

Fulton Public Library has a variety of materials for you to borrow with your library card.

Borrowing Guidelines: 

 Loan PeriodAble to Renew Item?Late Fee
Videos (DVDs)*7 daysNo$1.00/day late
"New" Items & Audiobooks14 daysNo$.20/day late
Books & Other Materials28 daysYes - 1 time$.20/day late

Loan/Borrowing Limits:

A library patron may borrow a maximum of 20 items; patrons may also request holds on a maximum of 10 items.  For video's (DVD's) a library patron may borrow a maximum of 4 items at a time.  Please return DVD's to the circulation desk in the lobby.  A book drop is available adjacent the front door of the library.

Late Fees, Overdues, and Suspension of Privileges:

A patron's loan privilege will be revoked if they have unpaid late fees totalling $5.00 or 5 items that are overdue.  Overdue items will accrue late fees up to a $5.00 maximum.   

Library Cards:

A Fulton Public Library card may be issued to anyone who lives, works, studies, owns property, or pays taxes in the State of New York.  Address verification requires a picture identification document, and a  piece of recent mail, such as utility or telephone bill.  Consent by a parent or guardian is required for children under the age of 13 who can write his/her name legibly.  The parent or guardian is financially responsible for the safe, timely return of all items borrowed.  

New patron cards have an initial 3 month trial period for loan privileges.  The privileges include:

  • 3 items limit to check out
  • 3 holds
  • 1 overdue item
  • $3.00 maximum fine-blocked

After the initial 3 month period, library cards are renewable for one year of card life and full loan privileges.

Responsibilities:

Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed on their card.  Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for materials borrowed on their children's cards.  Change of address or a lost or stolen card should be reported to the library immediately.  Materials borrowed on an unreported lost or stolen card remain the responsibility of the cardholder.

Confidentiality: 

All user records are confidential.  Each user's right to privacy and unrestricted access is reaffirmed by the American Library Association's Bill of Rights and New York State Law, Article 45, Section 4509 on confidentiality.  Information on the status of any card is available upon request to the cardholder.  Parents and legal guardians may request information about a child's library records only if the child is present and consents to the release, or if the child is not present but provides dated written consent.