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Our Policies

Registration Requirements

  • Patrons 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 at the discretion of the individual member library.

  • Only one registration per patron is allowed in the County database.

Patron Database

  • When a patron is in the database and has a card with an existing barcode, it is to be used.

  • 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.

Circulation

  • 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.

  • Eligible items that are checked out will automatically renew up to 3 times. Otherwise, renewals for items that are not on hold may be placed online, by phone, or at any member BCFLS library. Interlibrary loan items are not eligible for automatic renewal.

  • Limit of 25 items per card.

  • Material Class Codes, Patron Category Codes and Residence Codes may be changed only by the BCFLS System Administrator.

Checkout Periods

  • Checkout periods for all items is now 3 weeks.

Holds

  • All reserved items will be held for 3 days. If a patron does not pick up the item within 3 days, the holds will be cancelled and items returned to the libraries’ shelves.

  • Items on hold can not be renewed.

Lost Materials and Fines

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

  • The fee for lost item(s) must be owed to the owning library.

  • All materials except videos and ILL's - $.25 per day.

  • DVD's - $1.00 per day.

  • ILL's- no fine.

  • 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.

Interlibrary Loans

  • 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 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.
 

Note that some of the policies listed above may be at the discretion of the director of that individual member library.

Library Statement

Cards and Database
Circulation and Checkouts
Holds and lost items
Interlibrary Loans

Donation Policy

The Mars Area Public Library appreciates book donations all year long. Once items are donated, we reserve the right to decide which items are added to the Library’s collection, added to the book sale which benefits the Library, or discarded.Donated items should never be dropped off outside the library or left after hours of operation.

We accept:

  • The Mars Area Public Library only accepts donations of books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition no matter what their age.  

We do not accept:

  • Magazines

  • Encyclopedias

  • VHS tapes

  • Audio cassettes

  • Books that are musty, water / smoke damaged, dirty, insect infested, or have covers removed

  • DVDs/CDs that are scratched or unusable

Donation hours:

  • If more than 10 items are donated at one time, please drop off on Monday between 3-7pm and Friday between 10-3pm.

Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes

Library financial documents are available upon request. Feel free to contact the library director at jcallihan@bcfls.org, call, or visit the library.

For information on attending a board meeting, visit our Administration and Board page.

The documents linked below are Pdf's that open in a new window.

2024

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