Loan of Library Materials

Loan of Library Materials


1. Library Card


All patrons must possess a library card in order to check out materials. A patron may present either their library card or their driver's license as valid identification to inquire and utilize their library account. However, due to the Michigan Library Privacy Act (Public Act 455 of 1982) requirements, patrons need their library card number to make inquiries about their account over the telephone.

2. Loan Periods and Fee Schedules

Checkout periods, restrictions on quantities, and limits on renewals will be determined by collection size, patron demand, and equity of sharing resources. The library endeavors to loan all material freely, however, some collections may require a rental fee. The fee will not exceed $1.00 per loan period per item. All other fines and charges still apply. The maximum fine is $5.00 per item. A schedule of loan periods and fees will be available to patrons when they receive their library card and be posted to the library's website.

3. Renewals

Materials may be renewed at the library, over the telephone, or on the library's website..

4. Overdues

All patrons are urged to return library materials by the date they are due or to ask to renew items. By returning items on time, patrons make it possible for other patrons to use them.

Reminder notices will be sent to patrons when items are overdue. When an item is 30 days overdue it will be considered lost and the patron will be charged the price of the item. However, if the patron returns the item they will only be charged the maximum fine for the item.

5. Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Patrons may not borrow library materials if privileges have been suspended. Privileges may be suspended for the following reasons:


When the patron has more than six items overdue, or


When the patron has $5.00 or more in outstanding fines or fees for materials that have been returned, or


When the patron owes for lost or damaged materials.


Pere Marquette District­Library participates in a shared automation system with its CCoMPASS partner libraries.­ A patron who is not in good standing at a CCoMPASS partner library will not be allowed to check out library materials from­Pere Marquette Districct Library until good standing is restored.

Exceptions to suspending privileges due to reasons B or C above can be made when the patron shows good faith by making payment on an existing fine or bill. Suspension will remain in effect until paid or resolved.

Hold Requests

All circulating items may be placed on hold either in person at the library, over the telephone or on the library's website. A limit of 4 hold requests may be placed at a time. Patrons will be notified by letter when requested items become available. Items will be held for pickup for 7 days.