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For Patrons

Library Cards

  • Vestal Public Library Cards are free to residents of the Vestal Central School District.

  • Non-residents of Vestal Central School District may purchase a Vestal Public Library Card for an annual fee of $20.

  • Vestal Public Library Card Applications are available at the Vestal Public Library Circulation Desk.

  • Your Vestal Library Card may be used:

    • at all Four County Public Libraries in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties.

    • to place a hold, renew items or access on-line services.

  • There is a $1.00 charge to re-issue a Library Card.

Loan Period & Renewals

  • All circulating items except DVDs are loaned for three (3) weeks and may  be renewed once for an additional three (3) week period.

  • DVDs are loaned for one (1) week and may  can be renewed for an additional one (1) week.

  • Overdue material may be renewed, but late charges will be billed to the patron’s account.

  • Renewals can be made by telephone (607)754-4243 or on-line using your library card number.

  • Some materials may auto-renew two (2) days before the original due date. 

Reserves (Holds) & Interlibrary Loan

  • Circulating items owned by the Vestal Public Library or any other 4CLS member library may be placed on reserve.

  • Items will be held for 5 days after notification, as there may be a waiting list for items in demand.

  • Notification can be made by phone or by email.

  • Library material not owned by any 4CLS member library may be obtained through out-of-system interlibrary loan.

  • A $4.00 fee is charged for each title requested. Other fees may be required for items borrowed through the New York State Library or other avenues. Fees for unfulfilled requests will not be refunded.

  • Interlibrary loan requests may take two (2) or more weeks to fulfill, and must be picked up within 5 days of notification.

Fines & Fees

  • Borrowers are responsible for all material borrowed on their card.  Damage fees will depend upon the level of damage to the item. Loss will result in a charge of at least the list price of the item.

  • Overdue materials borrowed from the Adult and Young Adult Collections (except movies) are fined $.10 per day per item, with a maximum fine of $5.00 per item.

  • Overdue DVD's are fined $1.00 per day, with a maximum fine of $7.00 per movie.

  • There is a $1.00 charge for re-issuing a lost library card.

  • Children's materials are fine free, excluding young adult.

  • Unpaid fines or charges amounting to $5.00 will result in a suspension of library privileges until the fine is paid.

Borrowing Limit

  • There is no limit to the number of Books which may be borrowed from the collection.

  • DVDs  are limited to 4 per library card.

  • CDs and Audio Books are limited to 8 per library card.

Library Policies