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    Library Cards and Borrowing

    Library Cards
    IF YOU PAY YOUR WATER BILL TO THE CITY OF MARION, you reside within the corporate city limits of Marion and are entitled to a free library card. If you own property within the city limits you also qualify for a free card. City residents and property owners will be asked for identification showing their current residence or property owned. We prefer your driver's license as a suitable form of identification.

    IF YOU DO NOT PAY YOUR WATER BILL TO THE CITY OF MARION, you reside outside the corporate city limits, regardless of where you receive your mail or where your children go to school. Most rural addresses for Marion are outside the city limits. ILLINOIS STATE LAW requires that citizens who live OUTSIDE a library's support area pay a fee equivalent to the local tax levy for library support if they wish to obtain a library card. We understand that some citizens, especially those from other states, may find this policy unusual or unfair. However, Illinois legislators have determined this is a suitable means of providing library services to citizens throughout the state. THE FEE FOR NON-RESIDENTS of the Marion Carnegie Library's support area is $140.00 per year, per family. This fee entitles all members of a family to use materials from the Marion Carnegie Library and provides them access to items available at or from other libraries through the inter-library loan network. Even without a library card, you are still welcome to use materials in the library. However, no materials may be checked out or ordered on inter-library loan without a library card.

    Borrowing Policy
    Below, we list items at the library by type, loan period, number of renewals available once an item is checked out, and fines per day that the item is overdue.
    Type Loan Period Number Of Renewals Fine Per Day Overdue
    Books 3 weeks 2 $0.10
    Magazines 3 weeks 2 $0.10
    Audio Cassettes 3 weeks 2 $0.10
    Best Sellers 1 week 0 $0.10
    Video Cassettes 1 week 0 $0.10
    DVDs 3 days 0 $0.10
    Please Note The Following: 1) If an item can be renewed, one of those renewals must be in-person. 2) If you are going on an extended vacation, you may request an extended loan period at the time of check-out. 3) If you have fines of $1.00 or more on your account, your borrowing privileges are suspended until the account balance is less than $1.00. 4) The policies listed here only apply to Marion Carnegie Library materials. Materials borrowed from other libraries are subject to the lending policies of that library.

    Reciprocal Borrowing

    If you are a patron from another library that IS NOT a member of the Dynix network of automated libraries, you may have limited reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Marion Carnegie Library.

    ~ You must have a valid library card with a current expiration date from your home library .

    ~ We will check with your home library to determine that you are a patron in good standing there before reciprocal borrowing privileges are extended to you here.

    ~ Any outstanding fines or fees at your home library must be paid before borrowing privileges can be provided to you at the Marion library.

    ~ To register you as a reciprocal borrower, we will attach a barcode to your home library card and enter your patron information in the database. Once, entered, you may use your card at any other Dynix library.

    If you are a patron from another library that IS NOT a member of the Dynix network of automated libraries, you may have limited reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Marion Carnegie Library.

    ~ You may have up to 10 items from the Marion library checked out on your card at one time. You are permitted to place one HOLD on an item not currently on the shelf.

    ~ If at all possible, we ask that you return directly to us all items checked out from the Marion library (rather than through your home library) to avoid potential loss in delivery back to our library that could result in fines and fees.

    If you are a patron of another library that IS a member of the Dynix network of automated libraries, you also have reciprocal borrowing privileges.

    If you are a patron from another library that IS NOT a member of the Dynix network of automated libraries, you may have limited reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Marion Carnegie Library.

    ~ Your patron type as programmed by your home library will determine the number of items you may check out at our library and the number of HOLDS you may place.

    ~ The circulation limits of the Marion Carnegie Library will determine the length of time you may checkout items from our library.

    ~ If there are outstanding fines or fees from you home library on your patron record, you may be denied borrowing privileges at the Marion library until these fines and fees are paid.
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