Library Card Policy

Library card applicants must present a photo ID or proof of address. If you already have a current library card from a qualifying public library in C/W MARS you may use your existing card to borrow materials at the Hatfield Public Library as long as your card is in good standing. Library card applicants must present a photo ID or proof of address.

Borrowing Guidelines 

The borrower assumes full responsibility for any items borrowed on his/her library card. This responsibility extends to paying replacement costs for items lost or damaged. Borrowing privileges may be suspended for failure to return, replace or pay for lost or damaged items. Each patron should use his/her own library card when checking out materials, although children may borrow items on a parent’s card. The parent or guardian will be responsible for any charges incurred in the use of their child’s card.

Special circumstances should be brought to the attention of the Library Director for review.

Borrowing records of individual patrons are confidential.  Information about materials borrowed by minors may be shared with the parent or legal guardian if those items achieve a status of overdue.

Patrons may be blocked from checking out items when they:

  • Owe more than $10.00 in fines.
  • Have billed material.
  • Have 50 or more items currently checked out.

 Replacement Costs and Fees

The Hatfield Public Library does not charge fines for late items.  Items requested through interlibrary-loan may incur fines according to the owning library’s policies.

In the case of lost or damaged materials, borrowers are responsible for replacement fee as determined by the Library Director or the default sum in the item record. Replacement of an item with a new copy is acceptable, upon agreement with the Library Director.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, 11/7/17