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2015 Peters Township Public Library Annual Report
Borrowing Materials

Library Membership

Membership is free to all residents of Peters Township. The Peters Township Public Library is a member of the WAGGIN (Washington and Greene [Counties] Greater Information Network) Library System which makes possible free library service to all residents of Washington and Greene Counties. Free service is also available to all library card holders whose local libraries participate in Access Pennsylvania. Children of any age may obtain a card. One parent must be registered, and the signature of a parent is necessary on all applications for a juvenile card, ages 12 and younger.

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Library Card Information

Borrowers are required to use a bar-coded WAGGIN library card when checking out materials and for use of the library's computers. Children from pre-school age through age 12 must have a parent sign their application for a library card.

Library card application forms are available at the circulation desk or by clicking here for a printable form. Forms must be filled out and returned to the circulation desk to receive a library card. Please remember to also bring a valid photo ID with proof of address when submitting the form.

The "pin" number automatically assigned to each card is the last 4 digits of the home phone number.

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Loan Periods & Limits

Category Loan Period
Books 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Bestsellers 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Books on CD 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Music CDs 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
eReaders 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Leap Pad materials 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
BiFolkal kits 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
DVDs 1 week (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Wii & Xbox video games 2 weeks, only 2 per family at any one time (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Playaways 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Magazines and pamphlets 2 weeks (may be renewed twice if there are no holds)
Interlibrary loan materials Loan period established by the lending library (no renewals)

There is no limit to the number of items adults may borrow, with the exception of Wii & Xbox video games and Playaway Views, which are limited to 2 per family at any given time. Children are limited to borrowing no more than five children's DVDs at a time on their card.

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Returning Materials

Patrons may return items directly to the circulation desk. In addition, an internal book drop is available adjacent to the circulation desk, and an outside bookdrop is available to the left of the main entrance. Patrons may also return items to any public library in Washington County. Any fines accrued will be based on when the item was returned, whether directly to the Peters Township Public Library or to another public library in Washington County.

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Renewing Materials

Most materials may be renewed up to two times providing the account is in good standing and there are no outstanding holds on the item.

There are three ways to renew items:
  • Renew in person at the library.
  • Renew online by logging on to your online account in the catalog prior to midnight the day before items are due. You will need to enter your library card number and password. To renew materials through an online account, follow the following procedures:

    • Click Patron Account on the menu bar and log in using your library card barcode and password.
    • Click Items Out on the Account submenu to display the list of items you have currently checked out. The Items Out page displays the format, call number, branch library, due date, and number of renewals left for each item check out
    • Do one of the following to renew your items: check the box by the titles for each item that you want to renew, and click Renew Selected Items, or click Renew All to renew all checked out items. A message will tell you which items have been renewed and whether any renewals have been blocked (an item will be blocked from renewal if there is a hold on it or if you are over the renewal limit).
    • Click My Record to return to your account or click Log Out to log out of your account.

  • Renew by phone by calling 724-941-9430 ext. 3110. Please do not leave a phone message, as staff cannot guarantee they will be able to listen to it before items are due.
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Reserving Materials

Patrons may reserve items by either filling out a form at the circulation desk, or by placing a reserve through their online account online account using their library card number and their password. To place a reserve through an online account, follow the following procedures:
  • Find the title of the item to be reserved. Select the title in your results and click Place Request
  • Log in with your library card barcode and password.
  • Select the name of the library where you want to pick up the item in the Pickup Library.
  • Your request will be activated immediately unless you type a future date in the Activation Date box.
  • Click Submit Request.
  • Click Return to Search Results.
Notification will be made by email or telephone when the item is available. After notification, the item will be held at the circulation desk for three days. If the item is not picked up in that time, it is passed on to the next name on the waiting list, reshelved, or returned to the lending library. Please note: there is a limit of 10 hold requests per library card at any one time.

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Interlibrary Loan

Items not part of the library collection may be requested through the Interlibrary Loan Service. Ask for information from the Reference Librarian on the second floor. Patrons will be notified when their item arrives. Due dates are set by the lending library, and items cannot be renewed.

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Overdue Materials

Overdue fines are assessed if items are not returned or renewed by the due date. Due dates are indicated on the due date sticker placed in the item being circulated. Patrons may also check the due dates of their materials by logging on to their online account online account from the library home page or catalog page.

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Fines and Fees

Fines for overdue materials and other fees are as follows:
Books, Playaways, CDs, BiFolkal Kits, LeapPad materials, puppets: $.20 per day, up to a maximum fine of $5.00 per item
Paperback books (Adult, YA, Children's) Magazines, Pamphlets: $.20 per day, up to a maximum fine of $2.00 per item
DVDs, Wii video games, Xbox video games: $1.00 per day, up to a maximum fine of $5.00 per item
eReaders: $5.00 per day
Interlibrary loans: $.50 per day
Lost library card $1.00

Payments can be made by cash or check. Fines are not calculated on days the library is closed.

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when the total fines and fees reach $10.00.

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Lost or Damaged Items

Patrons are responsible for maintaining the condition of all borrowed materials. When an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, the replacement cost of the item plus a non-refundable processing fee will be assessed. Minor damage, which can be repaired, as well as replaceable lost parts / containers will be assessed a small fee. Patrons are not permitted to replace items on their own.

Lost or irreparably damaged item Cost of item + $1.00 processing fee
Interlibrary loan lost or irreparably damaged item According to lending library's policy

A parent or guardian is responsible for all charges on a minor's card.

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If lost items are found after payment has been made, but within 60 days of the lost book payment, the materials and payment receipt should be returned to the circulation desk. A refund check for half of the total payment will be mailed to the patron.

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