S. BRUCE LIBRARY
card means a card or plate issued by a library facility for purposes of
identifying the person to whom the library card was issued as authorized
to borrow library material, subject to all limitations and conditions
imposed on such borrowing by the library facility issuing such card.”
Ordinance #19-2008, Chapter 7-Personnel, Section 7-Library, Subsection
properly authorized library card must be presented at checkout in order
to remove items from the library premises. To qualify for a library card
an applicant must be eighteen (18) years or older and present 1) a photo
ID (TDL or TID) and 2) proof
of their current Galveston County address.
Any qualifying resident, employee, or property owner in Galveston County
may obtain a library card.
aged fifteen (15) years and younger must be assigned or linked to the
account of a responsible person more than 18 years of age.
The responsible adult must be present at the time of application
and present the identification information listed above. The responsible
adult will be responsible for the appropriateness of materials and for
payment of any and all charges incurred on that account.
person shall abuse a library card issued by the library. Abuse of a
library card shall consist of any of the following acts:
or attempting to obtain a library card by means of false
identification or address.
or attempting to use a library card without the permission of the
person to whom it was issued.
or attempting to use a library card which has been revoked.
aged sixteen (16) through seventeen (17) years and those adult persons
who cannot present the two forms of identification may obtain a temporary, one-time use account number. The temporary
account will allow check-out of no more than 2 items, not including any
fee - waived by the Library Advisory Board (April, 2001).
Library will issue TexShare Cards according to the eligibility
requirements listed in the current TexShare Lending Policy.
residents may use a current TexShare Card, duly issued by their home
library, to check out materials per the Library’s current TexShare
the following exceptions, most
circulating items may be checked out for up to three (3) weeks:
videos & DVDs: 2 days
- Educational DVDs: 7
- Best sellers/high
interest/New: 10 days
- Defensive Driving
DVDs: 7 days
- Music CDs: 10 days
- Driver’s Education
books: 6 weeks
circulating item may be reserved. The
patron will be notified, either by phone
or email, when the reserved item has been returned and is ready for
pick-up. Patron has three
(3) working days to pick up the item.
With the exception of items on reserve, all
items may be renewed at least once by phone, online, or in person.
3 per author, 3 per Dewey call number, or 3 bestsellers
material: 3 for each type of item (i.e. 3 VHS videos, or 2 VHS video and
1 DVD video, or 3 audio books).
the exception of videos, children through age 17 years, unless otherwise
instructed in writing by parents/legal guardian, have access to all
may be assessed on all materials not returned to the library by the due
date. Fines differ for
regular and special materials.
print material may accrue
fines at up to $0.10 per day
the library is open after the due date with a maximum fine of up to the
full cost of the item or $10.00, whichever is less.
Audio books may accrue
fines at up to $0.50 per day with a $10.00 maximum per audio book.
Driver education books and Interlibrary Loans may
accrue fines at up to $1.00 per day, no maximum per item. (A fee for
failure to pick-up ILL items or, return postage costs,
may be incurred.) High
interest, best sellers, and ‘new’ books
may accrue fines at up to $0.25 per day, maximum of $5.00 per item.
and educational videos/DVDs may
accrue fines at up to $2.00 per day/per video/DVD - $10.00 maximum per
video/DVD. Defensive Driving
videos may accrue fines at up
to $15.00 per day/per video set/DVD set - $45.00 maximum per video/DVD
collection items from lending libraries will accrue fees and fines at
the same rate as similar items in the library’s own collection.
OR DAMAGED LIBRARY OWNED ITEMS:
The fee for lost or damaged
items is the list price of the item plus any non-refundable processing
fees and fines owed. Limited
refunds may be made within one
year when the found item is returned in usable
condition, as determined by staff, and accompanied by the Library
issued receipt. The
damaged item is the property of the Mae S. Bruce Library. Replacement
materials may not be accepted in lieu of payment.
OR DAMAGED NON-LIBRARY OWNED ITEMS
(i.e. Interlibrary Loan items, deposit collection items, etc.): The fees
and fines for lost or damaged non-library owned items is set by the
lending institution. In addition to costs assessed by the lending
institution, non-refundable processing fees and/or fines may be assessed
by this library. Failure to return materials or to pay outstanding fees
in a timely manner may result in the suspension and/or cancellation of
borrowing privileges with the Mae S. Bruce Library.
OR DAMAGED LIBRARY CARDS:
or damaged library cards may be replaced for a fee of up to $2.00 per
OF AND FAILURE TO RETURN LIBRARY MATERIALS:
ensure the protection of city assets, the City Council of the City of
has established regulations for the theft of and failure to return
library materials, including the offense of mutilation or vandalism of
library materials. City Ordinance #19-2008 establishes definitions for
the offense of library theft, notification provisions, and penalties
upon conviction of library theft. (City of
Ordinance #19-2008, Chapter 7, Personnel, Code of Ordinances, Section 7,
Library, Subsection F)
All borrowers' cards may be blocked from further use when $1.00 in
unpaid fines and/or charges has been accrued.
All cards in a household having the same address may be blocked.
The library patron is responsible for obeying all applicable copyright
laws in using library materials. Audiovisual materials are licensed for
home use only, unless otherwise noted on the container.
the exception of checking materials in or out, certain services provided
at the Circulation Desk (i.e. setting up new library accounts, making
replacement cards, photocopying, etc.) are available during regular
business hours up to fifteen (15) minutes before closing time (5:45pm on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 7:45pm on Thursday; and 1:15pm
and Approved by the Library Advisory Board –
July 7, 2010
City Council –
August 12, 2010