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Check Out Materials Without a Card Policy

Patrons are responsible for all activity on their library cards.  The library card should always be used when checking out materials.  However, if the patron has forgotten their card, we will check out the material one time as an exception if photo identification containing their picture and address is provided.  This is an exception, and a note will be made on the patron record.  The next time the patron checks out materials, they must present their  library card.  This is for patron protection and to assure that a card has not been lost.  Since we do not check identification each time patrons check out materials, anyone could use a patron’s card, which could make them responsible for hundreds of dollars of materials. 

Since children often do not have identification, we will check to see if they know the information listed for the record.  If they do, we will check out the material one time as an exception.  A note will be made on their patron record and they will be required to present their library card for the next check out. 

In lieu of presenting a physical library card, we will accept a phone image of the card that we can use to scan for a barcode.

A patron may request a replacement library card at any time.

Approved May 20, 2003: Revised September 21, 2021; revised November 21, 2023


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