Revision Approved by GCRL Board March 20, 2017
Galax-Carroll Regional Library -- Circulation Policies
Anyone who has shown a proper form of identification and
completed a registration form will be
issued a Library Card. Youth
between the ages of 4-18 must have a parent's or consenting
adult's signature to apply for a card. A Library Card entitles
the owner to use computer services and check out materials from
all facilities of the Galax-Carroll Regional Library and can
also be used at the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library facilities.
Library Cards are issued on an individual basis and must be
presented for scanning to borrow materials.
Obtaining A Library Card:
is a picture ID card and some proof of current mailing address.
A driver's license is the preferred
form of ID and a utility bill or a tax payment receipt is proof
A parent, guardian, or responsible adult, with a valid
Mountain Cat Consortium library card, must
come with a child to fill out and sign
the Library Card Application form as well as the child's card.
Library Card Renewals:
Library cards are issued for THREE YEARS and can be
renewed at the end of the 3rd year. DO NOT
THROW THE CARDS AWAY. No items will
be checked out without a card.
Replacing Library Cards:
Replacement cards can be issued for a fee of $2.00.
Circulation Periods and Limits:
Books and audiobooks are loaned for twenty-one (21) days
and may be renewed two times. Over-due fine on these items is
twenty-five (.25) cents per day per item.
The number of items that may be checked out on one library card
is twenty-five (25).
A patron may not checkout everything
the library offers on any one subject.
The number of periodicals and DVDs are limited to five (5) per
Books marked "R" (Reference) cannot be checked out.
The latest issue (in some cases the latest two issues) of a
periodical do not circulate.
Only the regional or branch director may make exceptions to loan
Patrons will be given a date-due receipt at time of checkout.
Audiovisual equipment is loaned for three (3) days and
can be renewed one time. The overdue fine
on these items is $1.50 per day.
DVDs are limited to five (5) per card with a seven (7)
day loan period and may be renewed twice.
Magazines are limited to five (5) per card with a three (3) week
loan period and may be renewed twice.
Audiovisual equipment may be borrowed by any group, organization
or individual with a valid Library Card who will take
responsibility for the care and operation of the equipment.
The Library may refuse to lend equipment if a requested date
conflicts with a library program requiring the use of that
Damaged equipment will be repaired at the expense of the
organization or individual to whom it was loaned.
Patrons with valid Library Cards may place any item currently in
circulation on reserve. Patrons will be notified via
email, telephone, or postcard when the item becomes available.
Patrons must pick up the item within (3) days of receiving
notification or the item will be passed on to the next person on
the reservation list.
Overdue Rates & Fines:
When materials are returned late, an overdue fine is charged to
the patron's account. Book drops are accessible 24 hours a day,
7 days a week at both the Galax Public Library and the Carroll
County Public Library for returning materials when the library
Fines for magazines,
books, and audiobooks are assessed at the rate of twenty-five
(25¢) cents per item per overdue day. Fines for DVDs are
assessed at one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per item per
There is a maximum fine of ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50)
per overdue item. Replacement costs and handling fees will be
added to the fine when necessary. Adults who have signed for
children to have a library card are responsible for all fines
and fees on that child's card.
Patrons will not be allowed to check out any items or use the
public computers until all overdue fines and/or fees have been
cleared from their account.
Patrons will be charged a replacement fee and the fine for any
lost item. The cost shown on the item record will be the amount
charged for the lost item.
Refunds of paid amounts (minus fines and handling charges) will
be made to the patron if the item is later found and
returned to the library with a receipt for paid amount to be
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