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Circulation Policy

Schroon Lake Public Library Circulation Policy


The Schroon Lake Public Library Board of Trustees respects the right to privacy and confidentiality for each individual to read, listen to, or enjoy each and every item in our collection.  This right extends to items viewed on the computer as long as the viewed items do not violate the library internet policies.

Except in dealing with law enforcement agencies, the library will not disclose any information found on any application or form, other than the name of the applicant.  The Board further states that it will not disclose to anyone a listing of items borrowed or items copied by any patron.



Individuals wishing to check out materials from the Schroon Lake Public Library must have a valid library card.  Library cards are valid for one year from date of issue.  Identification must be presented in order to update the card.

AAdults:  A free card is issued to any resident who presents identification and proof of  current address.  A resident is defined as living within or owning property within the  Schroon Lake Public Library’s area chartered to serve.  Examples of acceptable  identification include:

  • Valid driver’s license with current address
  • Non-driver I.D.
  • Current checking account (show check book)
  • Rental/typed lease that shows address.
  • Utility bill
  • Property tax statement
  • House or property title or copy of mortgage agreement
  • Cancelled mail, postmarked within the last two weeks (mail with a P.O. box is not an acceptable form of identification.
  1. B.   Young Adults (14-18 years):   can also provide the following in lieu of the above:
  •   Current school I.D
  • Current report card showing mailing address
  • Working papers showing mailing address.

C.   Children (under 14 years): children are eligible for a library card when they enter kindergarten.  A parent/legal guardian signature is required for children under 14 years of age.  Parents/guardians may obtain a card for their child by presenting proof of residency and by signing the registration card.  The parent/guardian assumes responsibility for all selections of materials and any fines or charges incurred through the use of the child’s card.

D.    Non-Resident Cards:

Patrons whose permanent, legal residence is in North Warren, or a town in the Clinton-Essex- Franklin- Library System, that is not serviced by a library, can apply for a one-year non -resident library card at no charge. Applicants must show valid I.D. and are subject to the same policies and rules as resident card holders.

E.   Courtesy Cards:  courtesy cards are available to persons, 18 years or older,  temporarily residing in Schroon Lake.  To obtain a courtesy card, the applicant must    provide photo I.D., showing applicant’s permanent legal address, and fill out a registration card.  Courtesy cards are issued for applicant’s length of stay.

Patrons with courtesy cards:

  •   May check-out up to 4 items at a time
  •   May not use the interlibrary loan serviceHave a limit of 1 courtesy card per family
  •  Library card is kept at the circulation desk
  • Are not able to borrow eReaders
  • Are not given a PIN. 

F.  Lost/Stolen Cards:  Lost or stolen cards must be reported to the library immediately.  Library staff will place a stop on said card and patron will not be responsible for any fines incurred or items borrowed from that date on.  There is a $1.00 fee for a replacement card.

G.  PIN – Personal Identification Number:  patrons can receive a PIN when they apply for their library card.  This unique, 4-digit number allows you to:

  • Check the status of your account
  • Renew any items which are eligible for renewal
  • Place holds on library materials.

H.  Suspended Library Privileges:  library privileges are suspended if card holder owes $5.00 or more in outstanding charges or if card holder fails to pay for, or return, billed items. This is at the discretion of the library director.


The Schroon Lake Public Library participates in the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System interlibrary loan circuit, and in the Northern New York Library Network interlibrary loan circuit.  Patrons can request items that we don’t own including books, CDs, and DVDs.  Not all items are available through interlibrary loan (ILL); popular new titles, reference works, extremely rare books, and some audio or video materials may be difficult to obtain.  Patrons may request materials at the library, over the phone, or online.  Patrons may be responsible for any interlibrary loan costs incurred.


DVD’s and videos may be borrowed for 1 week.  DVD sets that are more than 2 discs may be borrowed for 2 weeks.

All other library materials may be borrowed for 2 weeks.

All items may be renewed as long as there are no reserves on the item.  Renewals may be done in-person, over the phone, or online.

Interlibrary loan items are renewable on a case-by-case basis.

Cardholders are limited to a total of 50 items at any one time


New books 14 days No limit


Books (not new) 14 days No limit


eBooks 14 days 2 titles per library card


Magazines 14 days No limit.


Audiobooks 14 days 4 titles per library card


Downloadable Audiobooks 14 day 10 items per library card


Music CDs 14 days No limit


VHS Tapes 7 No limit


DVDs 7 days 6 titles per library card



Late charges are accrued on materials that are not returned on time.  Rates are as follows:

Videos and DVD’s……………………………..20¢ per day that the library is open

Other materials:

Adult/teen…………………………….10¢ per day that the library is open

Children………………………………….05¢ per day that the library is open


 Patrons must pay for library materials that are lost or damaged.  The library director will assess damage to any item.  Items deemed to be damaged beyond repair must be paid for in full, and will then become the property of the patron.  Patrons may replace an item with a new copy of said item with prior approval of the library director.


  Adopted March 14, 2006

 Revised 10/29/13

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