The Times They Are a Changing: At least when Library items are due at Berkeley Public Library

November 21, 2013

Contact: Jay Dickinson
Circulation Services Manager
Berkeley Public Library
510-981-6174

Berkeley, November 21, 2013 Effective December 1, 2013, the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) approved proposed changes to the lending rules at all Berkeley Public Library locations. To make it easier to remember when items are due all items can be checked out for the same length of time and for the same number of renewals.

According to Jay Dickinson, Circulation Manager at the Central Library, “Changes were suggested in an effort to present a less confusing experience to our patrons. Other libraries have been making this move with success, so after some discussion we decided to take the leap.”

All library items now circulate for three weeks, have two renewals, and can be reserved. The new rules do not affect renewals on ADA cards, Link+ or eBooks.

Type of Item

Loan Period

Renew?

Books

21 days

2 renewals

Books on CD/Cassette

21 days

2 renewals

DVD/VHS

21 days

2 renewals

Magazines

21 days

2 renewals

Music CD/Cassettes

21 days

2 renewals

Library items can be renewed in person or using the self-checkout machines at the any Berkeley Public Library, by going online to “My Library Account” at the library website or by calling 510-981-6249. Renewals are not allowed on items that have hold request placed on them. For more information about the Berkeley Public Library go to http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/

For more information about the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) for the Berkeley Public Library go to http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/about_the_library/bolt/bolt.php

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