Circulation Policy for Community Borrowers

Penfield Library provides Community patrons access to library materials. To borrow materials a Penfield Library Card, which can be purchased for $10, is needed. The card is initially issued for three months, and extended for an additional nine months if the patron remains in good standing without fines or overdue materials. After the first year, the annual renewal fee is $5.

Borrowing Privileges and Policies:
  • Items in the circulating collection can be borrowed for 28 days with 1 renewal.
  • Items needed by other patrons or for reserves may be recalled.
  • Up to 5 items may be checked out at one time during the initial 3-month period.
  • Up to 25 items may be checked out at one time after the initial 3-month period.
  • Only the person to whom the card is issued is allowed to use the card.
  • Items in collections such as media or browsing are loaned according to the policy for those collections. (Variations generally include a shorter borrowing period.)
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended if any items are overdue or if any fines are owed. Borrowing privileges may be permanently withdrawn.
  • Some library services are not available to Community Borrowers. These include, but are not limited to, Interlibrary Loan, remote internet access, in-house borrowing of equipment such as scanners and laptop computers, and remote access to online databases.
How to request renewal of items:
  • Via the Library Catalog. Click on "Personal Circulation Information." Sign in using your library ID number and password. Choose "loans" and follow instructions for renewal.
  • By email. Send requests to Please include the item's barcode number, author and title. All email renewals will be confirmed by email.
  • In person, at the Check-Out & Reserves Desk. It is not necessary to have the materials with you unless the items are overdue or the maximum number of renewals has been reached.
Fines and Fees:
  • Overdue fines for books at $0.25 per day up to a maximum of $10 per item.
  • Overdue fines for videos are $1.00 per day up to a maximum of $10 per item.
  • Overdue fines for Music CDs are $0.50 per day up to a maximum of $10 per item.
  • Recalled items accrue fines of $2 per day, with a maximum fine of $15 per item.
  • After the third overdue notice, materials are considered lost. Fees for lost items include the cost of replacement plus a $25 per item processing fee.


Please contact the Penfield Library Check-Out & Reserves Desk at 315-312-2560 or if you have any questions.


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