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POLICIES

For Patrons

Library Cards

  • 4CLS Library cards are free to all patrons who live or own property in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, or Otsego Counties, and for patrons residing in Tioga County, but who are part of the Vestal Central School District. A Vestal Library Card may be used at any of the 4CLS Libraries within four counties: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, or Otsego Counties.

  • To obtain a library card, patrons will need to fill out an application and provide a valid NYS Driver's License or Non-Driver ID card. If the patron does not have a valid NYS ID, they may provide any 1 of the following to prove residency:
    - a valid NYS motor vehicle registration
    - current rent bill or lease agreement*

    - most recent tax bill or receipt
    - bank statement*
    - cable, phone, or utility bill*
    - piece of mail delivered by the US Post Office*

    ("*" starred items must have been issued within the last 3 months)

  • For those who do not reside in one of the above counties of Vestal Central School District, there is an annual non-resident fee of $20 to obtain a library card. This fee entitles all who reside in the household access to a library card.

  • Replacement cards may be issues for a $1 fee.

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. 

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.

Fines & Fees

  • All VPL materials are fine free! This means that all VPL materials will no long accrue late fees.

  • Borrowers are responsible for all material checked out on their card. Unreturned materials will be marked as lost and will remain on a patrons account until the debt to the library is satisfied.

  • 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.

  • Replacement items will not be accepted.

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

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.

Library Policies