Circulation Policy

Revised 10/2001, 3/2005, 1/2006, 3/2008, 5/2008, 9/2010, and 4/2013


Patron must present PA Driver’s License (preferred) or ID with a current address.
Library cards are free for Butler County residents and patrons with a valid Access PA sticker.
A yearly fee of $20.00 will be charged to Non- Butler County residents or patrons without a valid Access PA sticker.
All registration forms must be signed by the responsible party.
All patrons under age 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the card application.
There is no age limit for obtaining a library card.
The replacement card fee is $2.50 per card.
Only one registration per patron is allowed.

When a patron is in the database and has a card with an existing barcode, it is to be used.
When a patron is in the database and does not have a card with a barcode, their existing record is deleted and a new card is issued. A $2.50 replacement fee will be charged.
Patron records may not be deleted if fines or materials are attached to them.
A batch delete of patrons with expired cards of five years or more will be conducted county-wide every January.

Patrons must have a valid library card to check out materials. A patron may check out with a PA Driver’s License or photo ID in lieu of a library card for up to three times per year.  A notation will be made in the circulation comment field for each such use.
Renewals for items that are not on hold may be placed online, by phone, or at any member BCFLS library.
Subject limit will be at the discretion of the library director and dependent on demand and availability of library materials.
Limit of 25 items per card.
Material Class Codes, Patron Category Codes and Residence Codes may be changed only by the BCFLS System Administrator.

Patrons will be charged the current retail cost for lost materials.

All materials except videos and ILL’s  - 25 cents per day
DVD’s and ILL’s - $1.00 per day
Readers and other devices – at the discretion of the library directors
Maximum Fine – Retail cost or best estimate to replace
Borrower privileges will be suspended when fines are $5.00 or more
Fines may be paid at any library. The receiving library retains all fine money.
When a patron has been sent to the magistrate or police, fines may not be accepted in any amount. The patron must deal directly with the police or magistrate.
Forgiveness of fines is at the discretion of the library directors with the exception of fines related to police or magistrate cases.

A deposit can be collected at the director’s discretion.
Any ILL charges incurred from another library may be passed onto the patron.
Only three ILL’s can be requested at one time.
If requested, a one-week renewal may be granted upon the approval of the lending library from which the material was sent.

The system libraries accept no responsibility for the loss of damage to patron’s property or equipment as a result of the use of any library materials.