Borrowing policy

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Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees March 12, 2001

Policy revised November 12, 2002

Policy revised April 7, 2004

Policy revised January 14, 2008

Policy revised December 13, 2010

Policy revised August 8, 2011

Policy revised December 14, 2015

Policy revised January 9, 2017


Bethlehem Public Library cards are issued to residents of the Bethlehem Central School District.  All other borrowers residing in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are issued an Upper Hudson Library Access Network (UHLAN) card.  Refer to the library card  policy for details.

Borrower’s Responsibilities

Borrowers are responsible for all materials borrowed on their cards.

Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for materials borrowed on their children’s cards.

Change of address or lost/stolen cards must be reported immediately. Materials charged out to an unreported lost or stolen card are the responsibility of the cardholder.

Suspension of Privileges for Health and Safety Reasons

The library may restrict a user’s ability to borrow materials and/or visit library facilities when such use may jeopardize the health and cleanliness of library facilities, collections and users.

Should it become necessary to suspend library borrowing privileges in order to protect library collections, facilities or other users, the library patron would be notified of the suspension. Borrowing privileges would be restored when the suspended patron demonstrates that the situation causing the loss of privileges has been remediated.

Account Information

New York State confidentiality law prevents the library from disclosing information about the status of an account to anyone but the cardholder.

Lost and Damaged Materials

Replacement cost is charged for all lost or irreparably damaged materials.


Library materials not on reserve for other patrons may be renewed twice.


  • Books, audio books, music CDs, DVDs: $0.10 per day
  • Video games, interlibrary loan items, other electronics: $1.00 per day
  • Museum passes: $5.00 per day
  • Maximum fine per item: $5.00

Patrons owing $5.00 or more in fines lose their borrowing privileges.

Loan Periods 

Museum passes: 3 days

New and Popular DVDs, video games, electronics, and 7-day Express: 7 days

New books and magazines: 14 days

Other items: 14 or 28 days

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