Circulation Policy

The Fort St. James Public Library promotes the greatest possible use of its collection to all eligible library users by providing prompt and equitable access to all materials therein.

  1. We encourage library users who wish to check out materials to present their library cards for the most efficient service.
  2. Registered library users may check out library materials if they can present sufficient proof through photo ID, etc. of their identity.
  3. We encourage library users to use their own cards exclusively and not to lend them for use by other persons. Cardholders who allow their library cards to be used by others do so at their own risk.
  4. The Fort St. James Public Library respects the privacy of its patrons. Personal information and circulation information is kept confidential.
  5. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring and approving the selection of materials made by minor children.
  6. Library cardholders are limited to ten circulating items on their library card at one time.
  7. Library cardholders are responsible for acknowledging the due date on each circulating item they borrow from the library and for returning the item to the library during the loan period specified. Loan periods differ for different types of materials.
  8. Library cardholders may renew most circulating materials twice, as long as there are no holds placed on the items. Bestsellers are often not renewable due to their popularity.
  9. Renewals may be requested in person, by phone, or by email through the library website at
  10. Renewals of overdue items will be charged any applicable late fees for the period between the due date and the renewal date. Cardholders with fines totaling $2.50 or more will not be permitted renewals unless the fine amount is reduced.
  11. Library cardholders may place a hold on items which are in use by other patrons if their account is in good standing.
  12. Hold requests may be made in person, by phone or by e-mail through the library website at
  13. Library cardholders are responsible for ensuring that all items borrowed from the library are returned in good condition to the circulation desk inside the library during open hours or in the outside book drop box at any time. Cardholders will be responsible for any damage or theft that might occur from items not correctly placed fully inside the outside book drop box.
  14. Parents/guardians are responsible for all fees, fines and payment for overdue, lost or damaged materials charged on a minor’s library card.
  15. A cardholder’s access to materials may be limited or blocked due to overdue materials, fines and/or fees (see Fines Policy and Lost/Damaged Materials Policy).
  16. Fines exceeding $2.50 on a cardholder’s account will result in temporary suspension of borrowing privileges until the fine amount owing has been reduced (see Fines Policy).
  17. Library cardholders will be held financially responsible for materials checked out on their card which are lost or damaged to the extent that they will not remain in the library’s collection (see Lost/Damaged Materials Policy).

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