Helpful Hints to 
Avoid Fines

Holds

Overdue Notices and Fines

Renewals

Replacement Costs

Reserves

Returns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Material Type

Loan
Period

Loan
Limits*

Renewals**

Fine Rate
Per Business Day

Audio Books on Cassettes or CDs

14 days

N/A

1

$0..25

Books

14 days

4 per author/subject or series

1

$0.25

CDs & CD ROMs

14 days

N/A

1

 $0.25

High Demand (New materials)

7 -14 days

N/A

none

 $0.25

Realia (3D glasses, games, puzzles, etc.) 14 days

N/A

1

$0.25

Reserved Items

14 days

N/A

1

$0..25

Videos (DVD & VHS)

14 days

***8 per family but not from the same series.

1

 $0.25

Magazines

14 days

N/A

1

 $0..25

*Library customers with 30 day or 90 day cards may only borrow 2 items at a time.
** Unless requested by another library customer
***Library customers in good standing for at least 3 months may check out up to 8 videos per family but not from the same series.  Library customers whose memberships have been active for less than 3 months, or who are not currently in good standing, may only check out 4 videos per family. 

The Library charges fines to encourage everyone to return materials promptly
and to make materials available to other library customers.

Helpful Hints to Avoid Fines

bullet To avoid fines, if there are no reserves placed on materials you have borrowed, you can renew  library materials for an additional checkout period by calling the library during business hours or by logging into your online account.
bullet Give us your e-mail address or cell phone number for text messages and you will receive courtesy notices from our automated system.
bullet When you borrow library items you may ask for a printed list, which tells you when each item must be returned. Please keep this list as your date due reminder, until all items are returned. If you frequently borrow items on different days, you may also request a complete list of everything you have out. 
bullet You may use the after-hours outside book drop, which is located in the rock wall just to the right of the front entry way.

Holds (Reserves)

  Place holds/reserve items by telephone:  817-783-7323
  Place holds/reserve items online: Use our new web-based library catalog You will need your library card number and password. If you do not have a password please come to the library and we will assign one for you.
  Unless the items you request from our library are older and not in high demand, we will hold them at the circulation desk for 3 or 4 days. Older items, from our collection, that are not in high demand may be held at the circulation desk for you up to 1 week.
No matter how old they are, items requested from one of our consortium libraries may only be held for you for a maximum of 4 days at the circulation desk.

Overdue Notices and Fines

bullet Overdue fines are charged for each business day that an item is late.   
bullet You may be notified by telephone, text, postal mail, or e-mail of overdue items.  
bullet You will be charged for any postage used during notification attempts.
bullet You do not have to pay your fine when you return an overdue item. 
bullet The fine does not continue to grow after the item is returned. 
bullet The fine will remain on your file until it is paid.
bullet You and your family members may not borrow any materials or use the public access computers or any other library equipment or games until your fines are paid in full.

Renewals

 If they are not overdue or have not been requested by another library customer there are three ways to renew items.  If you are unsure how any of these methods work, please ask a Library staff person for help.
  1. Renew by telephone: 817-783-7323 (Monday through Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. & Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 
  2. Renew online Use our new web-based library catalog You will need your library card number and password. If you do not have a password please come to the library and we will assign one for you.
  3. Renew your items in person at the library.

Replacement Costs

bullet Any item that is 60 days or more overdue is considered lost and the replacement cost plus a $10.00 processing fee will be charged to the borrower's account.   
bullet If an item, which has been paid for, is later returned in good condition with the receipt, a credit for the cost of the item, less the actual overdue fine, which will be counted up to the time the original item is returned, will be issued for the borrower's account, however the $10.00 processing fee is not refundable.

Returns

Borrowed materials, with the exception of magazines, comic books and oversized items, may be returned in the after-hours outside drop box at any time.  The drop box return slot is located in the rock wall to the right of the front entry doors.

What does the term "In Good Standing" mean?
In good standing means that items are returned in the same condition as when they were borrowed, there are no outstanding fines or overdue materials and there have been no violations of any of the library's rules regarding the computers, other library equipment, materials or library customer behavior.

 


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