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Fort Stockton Public Library

Your Library Card

Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

Who Can Get a Card
The library will serve all residents of the community and the public library system area. Persons residing outside of the geographical area, but owning property or attending an education in the area shall be considered residents. Non-residents will not pay a fee, but will have limits placed on checkout privileges, depending on material requested. 

How to Get Your Card
Adults must present some form of identification to obtain a library card. Proof of residence such as a rent receipt or utility bill my be requested. An Application Form will be given to you to fill out and sign. Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent's or guardian's signature on the application.

Borrowing Limits
Cassettes, 4
Children's books, 12
Fiction, 14
Fotonovelas and revistas, 10
Non-fiction books, 3 per subject
Magazines and pamphlets, 3
Videos, 4
18 years and older - MAXIMUM of 14 items (Limit of 4 a/v items)
17 years and older - MAXIMUM of 12 items (Limit of 4 a/v items)
Temporary, non-residents and TexShare card holders are limited to 2 items and restricted from certain collections. Organizational and Educational Cards: Organizations, educators, and educations facilities can apply for a special card. Please see the TexShare Lending Policy and Circulation Policy for more information

Placing Holds
Hold may be placed by patrons, over the phone, or through the Internet. Patrons will be notified by mail, email, or telephone when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patrons for placing a hold or for Interlibrary Loan Services.

How Long Materials May be Kept
Bestsellers, 1 week (unless otherwise marked)
Hardcover books, 2 weeks
Paperback books, 2 weeks
Fotonovelas and revistas, 2 weeks
Magazines and pamphlets, 1 week
Audio Books and Videos, 1 week
Language cassettes, 1 week
One renewal allowed unless on HOLD. If an item on HOLD is not picked up, and additional fine will be applied.

Material Overdue Policy
All library materials should be returned on or before the last date stamped on the back of the book. Patrons are responsible for returning their books by the due date. Books and other library materials loaned to a borrower are the property of Pecos County. Borrowers are expected to pay for damaged or lost materials. All library materials remain the property of the Fort Stockton Public Library and of Pecos County regardless of the amount of fines or damages paid.

Fines for Overdue Items
If a book or item is not returned by the date due, the following fines apply:

Bestsellers or current titles :
$.05 per day, per item to maximum of $5.00

Adult books:
$.05 per day, per item to maximum of $5.00

Children's books:
$.05 per day, per item to maximum of $5.00

Cassettes and books on tape:
$.10 per day, per item to maximum of $5.00

$1.00 per day, per video to maximum of $10.00

Magazines and pamphlets:
$.05 per day, per item to maximum of $2.50

What Happens if You Cannot Pay the Fine?
If a borrower is unable to pay the fine immediately, arrangements can be made for an equitable payments plan. If a borrower refuses to pay a fine, library privileges will be forfeited.

Other Fees the Library Charges
Special Fees
To replace a library card: 1 to 5 cards, $1.00
6 or more cards, $5.00(must show ID for replacement card)
Damaged or missing barcode, $1.00
Damaged book covers, $1.00
Lost or damaged video cases, $1.00
Lost or damaged materials, LIST PRICE
Materials in unclean condition, UP TO PRICE OF MATERIAL