Library Policies

The Davenport Public Library is supported by the taxes of the residents of City of Davenport, Washington. The Library has policies to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. In addition, the DPL uses these policies to support its continuing commitment, to the best of its ability, to the freedom of information access.

Learn how to get a library card here.


CHECKING OUT LIBRARY MATERIALS

Our collection includes books of all genres for any age, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, and more.  Items can be checked out for one month and items can be renewed once.

You can check out up to 6 items at a time, including books, audiovisual items, and periodicals. DVDs are checked out on a first come, first served basis and are limited to four at a time, for one week only with no renewals.

eReaders can be reserved, checked out to patrons who are 18+ years old for 14 days, and cannot be renewed.

See our Circulation Policy for more information.


PLACING & PICKING UP HOLDS

If the item you want is currently checked out or if you'd like an item set aside for you until the next time you make it down to the library, you can place a hold on it.  To do so, call the library at 509-725-4355 or email us with your request.  There is a limit of 2 holds requests per patron.

When your item becomes available, library staff will contact you to let you know that it has been set aside for you at the front desk.  Books on hold will remain on the hold shelf for one week after we've notified you. If someone else is picking up library materials for you, please have that person bring your library card.


RENEWING AN ITEM

Items checked out on your account can be renewed only once if not on hold for another patron.  Items will not be renewed automatically and it is up to you keep track of your due dates. Items will be renewed one month from the due date. (i.e. Due 04/28/13. The renewal date is 05/28/13) 


FINES & FEES

Overdue fines are $0.25 per item per day that the library is open (approx. $1.00 a week) and is capped at $5.00. After a period of 2 months, with no renewals, items that are not returned to the library are considered lost. If the lost item(s) is not returned, patrons are charged the cost of replacing the item(s).

Overdue fines begin the day after the item is due and continue through the day before the item is returned.  Overdue fines are only charged for days in which the library is open for business (Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and holidays are excluded).  Items returned to the book drop before the library opens in the morning are considered returned the day before.

Borrowing privileges of patrons owing $5.00 or more are suspended until payment is made.

DAMAGED MATERIALS

You will be assessed charges for any library material you return with damages. Individual assessment is made for each item at the time of return and your account is charged repair or replacement costs depending upon the extent of the damage.

Materials with multiple parts or in cases must be returned complete. Charges will be waived if the missing part or case is returned promptly.

LOST OR UNRETURNED ITEMS

For unreturned items, patrons are charged the cost of the item(s). Library privileges are suspended until all items are paid for or returned.


USING A PUBLIC COMPUTER

There are 3 computers available for the public to use.  You do not need to have a library card to use a computer, but you must sign in at the front desk first.  Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Computer use is limited to 30 minutes at a time when other patrons are waiting to use the computers.  The only exception is for patrons working on a project, test, school assignment, etc., and who have prior approval of the library staff.

All computers can access the Internet and have Office 2010 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  All public access computers have a filter and are connected to public printer. Black and white copies are $0.15/page.

WI-FI is available for free throughout the library.  The name of the network is "DavenportPublicLibrary" and there is no password required to log on.

Learn more about using a public computer here.

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