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HOW ARE OVERDUE MATERIALS HANDLED? 

The Library keeps a record of overdue materials for fines and materials not returned. You will be notified of overdue materials via mail or telephone after 14 days.

  • Overdue fines for Books, Magazines, all CDs, and DVDs is 25¢ per day, per item.
  • Overdue fines for STEAM Kits and Launchpads are $1 per day, per item.
  • The maximum fine levied for any one item is $5.00.
  • Overdue fines for laptops are $5.00 per hour.
  • The maximum total fines allowed to accrue to any one customer’s account are $50.00.
  • Fines are calculated from the date due to the date the item is returned.
  • Fines are not charged on materials checked out from Bookmobiles or through InterLibrary Loan.
  • Accounts with over $10 in fines will be blocked from using computers or borrowing materials.
  • The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries employ a collection agency, Unique Management, to handle all collection of unpaid fines, lost materials, and damaged materials. Unique Management assesses a $10.00 fee to any account sent to collections. Collections may be reported to the Credit Bureau.

WHAT IF I LOSE OR DAMAGE AN ITEM?

Customers are required to pay for lost or damaged materials checked out on their Library Card. Customers are charged the retail price of a lost or damaged item plus a $10 replacement and processing fee.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ITEMS I CAN HAVE CHECKED OUT?

A total of 40 items may be out on your card at any given time, in any combination as noted below:

  • 40 Books, Books on CD, Magazines, or music CDs
  • 8 DVDs
  • 2 STEAM kits or Launchpads
  • (MAX 40 items total)
    * Children’s card limitations may apply.

RENEWING

  • Library materials can be renewed 24 hours a day through our website, automated renewal line (706) 243-2717 or mobile app (Chattahoochee Valley Libraries).
  • Books and magazines can be renewed up to 4 times.
  • CDs, DVDs, STEAM kits, and Launchpads can be renewed once.
  • Materials that are requested by another customer cannot be renewed.

MATERIAL RETURN

  • 24 Hour book drops are located outside of each of our 7 locations.
  • DVDs and CDs can be returned in book drops, but STEAM Kits and Launchpads must be returned inside.

ONLINE RESOURCES

To access the library’s online resources:

    • USERNAME- Library card barcode number.
    • PIN number- the last 4 digits of the primary phone number given at registration.
    • Some resources may require additional passwords.
    • Please see staff for additional assistance.

WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT BORROWER TYPES MEAN?

Adult – Users ages 18 and older with full access to print and non-print collections.
Youth 1 – Users under the age of 18 with full access to print and non-print collections. Parent, legal guardian or guarantor permits access.
Youth 2 – Users under the age of 18 with access to only Children’s and Young Adult material. Parent, legal guardian or guarantor permits access.
Visitor – Non-residents may purchase a visitor card for $35.00 per year. The visitor card allows full access to Library materials and services.

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