Allegan District Library Loan Policy
The purpose of this policy is to set membership and borrowing rules and guidelines that encourage open access to library materials while also ensuring good stewardship of these community assets.
Library Card Eligibility
Residents of the Allegan Public Schools District, excepting the portions of the Allegan Public Schools district located in the Otsego District Library service area are eligible for a library card. The remaining portions of Valley Township and Cheshire Township that are not within the Allegan Public Schools District have contracted with the Allegan District Library and are also eligible for a library card.
All children attending the Allegan Public Schools, as well as instructors of Allegan Public Schools are eligible to receive library cards with full privileges. Instructors must verify their teaching position (school ID, pay stub, letter of employment) and students must bring proof of student status (student ID, report card, letter from the district).
The Allegan District Library has Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with the Charles A. Ransom District Library in Plainwell, Otsego District Public Library, Hopkins District Library, and Van Buren District Library. Members of these libraries wishing to become members of the Allegan District Library must have verified good standing with their home library, present a current library card, and proof of residency (picture ID with current local/Allegan address or picture ID and official mail with current local/Allegan address). Reciprocal card holders have access to all library services with the exception of Interlibrary Loan and electronic materials.
Residents from outside the Library’s service area and who are not eligible for Reciprocal Borrowing may receive borrowing privileges with an Out-of-District card. Out-of-District cards have an annual fee of $20.00; additional family members may receive a card for $5.00 each.
A valid library card is necessary to borrow items from the Library. Proof of residency (picture ID with Allegan address or picture ID and official mail with Allegan address) must be presented when applying for a library card.
A Youth card will be issued to a minor up to the age of 18 with a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission. The parent or guardian is responsible for the choice of items that are borrowed on the Youth card, the condition of the items when they are returned, and any fees charged to the card.
Materials may be borrowed through the Allegan District Library on Interlibrary Loan through the Michigan eLibrary (known as MeL or MeLCat). Reciprocal Borrowing patrons are eligible for MeL through their home library.
The Allegan District Library participates in the Visiting Patron program through MeL. Members may visit participating libraries to check out eligible material in person using their Allegan District Library card. Members from other participating libraries may borrow eligible material from the Allegan District Library using their home library card.
New patrons may have no more than six items checked out for the first thirty days. New patrons are also restricted from Interlibrary Loan services for the first thirty days.
Materials, excepting New DVDs, may be renewed up to two times. Materials may not be renewed if there is an existing hold on an item. All materials may be placed on hold with the exception of New DVDs.
- New DVDs: Three days – Limit three per card
- DVDs and Nonfiction DVDs: Two weeks – Limit three per card
- New adult fiction: Two weeks – Limit ten per card
- Everything else: Three weeks – No limit
Fines and Fees Schedules
- Circulation Fines and Fees
- Library Card – Free
- Replacement Library Card – $1.00
- Out-of-District Library Card – $20.00 annually; $5.00 for additional family members
- Overdue books – 10¢ per day per item; max $10 per item
- Overdue CDs – 10¢ per day per item; max $10 per item
- Overdue DVDs – $1.00 per day per item; max $10 per item
- Overdue ILLs – 25¢ per day per item
- Lost or Damaged Items – Cost of the item
- Other Fines and Fees
- Printing – B&W or Color: First 3 pages free, then 15¢ per page
- Copying – B&W or Color: 15¢ per page
- Faxing – $1.00 per page
- Scan to Email – Free
- Scan to USB Drive – Free
- Notary Services – Free to members in good standing otherwise $10
- Collections – $10.00 per account
- Returned Check Fee – $10.00
Borrowing privileges will be suspended for members with a fine of $5.00 or more.
Payments can be made by cash or check; we do not accept credit or debit cards at this time.
The Library staff reserves the right to waive fines and fees at its discretion.