CIRCULATION SERVICES POLICY

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Library Cards

A valid library card is required to check out materials from the library or to use the library's computers.  However, no library card is needed to use materials in the library or to attend programs and activities.  Library cards will be issued to applicants according to the following categories and terms:

Residents of Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Jurisdictions:

Residents of Non-member Jurisdictions:

Residents in non-member cities not living within an area participating in the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative may purchase a one-year membership for $100.00 per household.  The same identification process as for a resident is necessary.  The following communities are not members of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative:  Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, and South Pasadena. 

Seasonal Visitors:

Visitors to Pinellas County who are not property owners or year-round residents may apply for a seasonal visitors library card by producing current photo identification and providing a temporary local address. 

Reciprocal Borrowers:

Reciprocal borrowing agreements allow valid library card holders participating libraries to borrow items. Access to online resources, including eBooks, may be limited.

Circulation of Library Materials    
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Material Type

Number Limit*

Loan Period

Number of Renewals**

Overdue Fines
(per day & per item)

Maximum Late Fine
(per item)

Request Limit***

Books from general collection

50

28 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

15

NEW Books
(Less than 6 months old)

50

14 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

15

Books-Kids' Holiday Theme

50

14 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

15

Tapes (VHS or audio)

50

28 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

15

Playaways

6

28 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

6

Music CD's

25

14 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

15

Books on MP3 CD

6

28 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

6

Books on CD

25

28 days

2

.20¢

$5.00

15

DVD's

8

7 days

1

.50¢

$5.00

8

Kits
2
28 days
2
$2.00
$20.00
2

*      Items checked out including all categories cannot exceed 50.
**    An item cannot be renewed if there is a Request List for it.
***  Requests limit including all categories cannot exceed 15.

 

 

 

Replacement Fees

Confidentiality of Library Registration and Circulation Records

Library patron records are confidential.  The St. Petersburg Public Library recognizes the need to protect patrons right to privacy concerning the questions asked and the materials borrowed.  In order to insure privacy for each library patron, Florida law mandates confidentiality of library registration and circulation records (Florida Statutes, Chapter 257.261).  Our policies and procedures carry out that intent.

Information about items currently checked out, on reserve, overdue, or other circulation-related information, will be furnished with acceptable identification, which may include a valid library card or other form of identification.  Parents or legal guardians of children under the age of 16 will be furnished such information about their child’s library records by presenting the child’s library card and acceptable identification.  

Requests for information about patron records from law enforcement officials or any other person or agency must be referred to the library director or designee.  In the event of patron accounts with long-overdue materials or other serious delinquencies, the library reserves the right to share otherwise confidential information with appropriate law enforcement officials or collection agencies in an effort to recover library books and other materials.  

You should protect your library card in the same manner that you protect credit cards and keys to your personal information.  Information about your records will be released only in conformity to Florida law.  Consequently, patrons are urged to exercise care in the availability of their library card barcode number.  

If your library card is lost or stolen, please notify the St. Petersburg Public Library Library immediately.  Your account will be invalidated to prevent misuse.  If the library is not notified, an unauthorized party may check out materials on your lost or stolen library card for which you will be held responsible.   Your account can be re-validated only by appearing, in person, at one of our branches and presenting acceptable identification.

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