Loan Periods/Renewals | Hold Requests | Interlibrary Loan | Overdue Materials

Loan Periods, Renewals, Limits,

Please view this chart for detailed information on loan periods, renewals, and borrowing limits. Items are renewed as of the renewal date, not the due date.

Hold Requests

Barrington Area Library cardholders may place requests on circulating materials.

To preserve customer confidentiality, specific information about requested materials will be disclosed only to the individual who placed the hold request. The requested item must be charged out with the card on which the hold request was placed.

When more than one hold request has been received for the same item, they will be filled in the order in which they were received.

Items will be held for 6 days from the time of notification. If not picked up during that time, the items will be returned to circulation.

Overdue Materials

As of September 15, 2020, the Barrington Area Library no longer charges overdue fines. Customers who have provided an email address or mobile number will receive notification 2 days prior to their library materials coming due. If items are not returned on or before the due date, customers will receive reminders 7, 14, and 21 days after the due date. Items may be renewed for up to two loan periods, provided they are not on hold for other customers. Auto-renewal is not available at this time.

An item is declared lost 28 days after it is due, and the discounted library retail price of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee is added to the customer's account. A bill is then mailed to the customer and the customer's account is paused from borrowing any physical library materials. When the customer returns or renews the overdue items, the bill is cancelled and the customer's account is reactivated. If the customer is not able to return the items, they may pay the bill plus a processing fee in order to reactivate their paused account. If the item is located after the customer has paid the bill, the customer has 90 days from the date the item was declared lost to request a refund.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is not available at this time, due to temporary changes in delivery services and other factors relating to COVID-19.