Circulation Policy

  1. COLLECTION USAGE RULES
    1. Loan of materials: There is a checkout limit of 50 total items per Cybrarium card.

      Loan Periods

      Item Type

      Maximum Limit

      Loan Period

      Renewals – see below

      Maximum Holds by Item Type

      Books, Audio Books

      50 3 weeks 3 25

      DVDs

      10

      1 week

      3 10

      Hotspots

      1

      1 week

      3 1

      Electronic materials

      Varies Varies Varies Varies

      STEM kits, video games

      5 1 week 3 5

      Launch Pads

      1 1week 3 1

    2. Renewals

      Borrowed items will be renewed automatically three days before the due date, with some exceptions:

      • Another user has requested it
      • The item reached its maximum number of renewals
      • The user’s account is blocked due to fines or fees of $25.00 or more
      • The item is an electronic resource, such as an eBook or eAudiobook
      Users who have opted to receive email notices will receive a courtesy message three days before the item’s due date. This notice will indicate which items were renewed and which items could not be renewed.
    3. Holds: Any circulating Cybrarium items may be placed on hold. When the item requested is available, the patron is notified that the material will be held for 7 days. Patrons may place up to 25 holds per account.
    4. Suspension or revocation of borrowing privileges: The Director may suspend or revoke borrowing privileges when fines are not paid, Cybrarium material is not returned, or Cybrarium policies are not followed.
    5. Equipment malfunctions: The Cybrarium is not responsible if a patron’s equipment malfunctions when playing media borrowed from the Cybrarium.
    6. Cybrarium Staff: Cybrarium staff will check out all materials for personal use through circulation channels in accordance with the policies established for all Cybrarium patrons.
  2. CYBRARIUM CARD GUIDELINES
    Every resident of Homestead is eligible for a free Cybrarium card account regardless of age. Those who own property, own a business, work, or attend school in Homestead are also eligible.

    Miami-Dade County residents are eligible for a Cybrarium card account.

    Non‐Miami‐Dade County residents or those that do not qualify for a free Cybrarium card may obtain cards for an annual fee of $65.

    The Cybrarium respects its patrons’ privacy by keeping gathered information confidential. Florida Statute 257.261 provides that all registration and circulation records of every public library shall be confidential information.

    1. Photo identification and proof of current physical/employment address (such as a utility bill, paystub or other piece of USPS delivered mail) are required.
    2. Acceptable forms of identification include:
      • Driver’s license
      • Federal, state or local government ID card
      • Passport
      • School ID card
      • U.S. Military card
      • Permanent Resident Card / Alien Registration Receipt Card / Consulate ID
    3. Patrons must present a current ID to obtain a Cybrarium card and accounts must be in good standing (i.e. not delinquent) before a card is renewed. Cybrarium cards must be renewed every 3 years.
    4. Cards for Children:
      • There is no minimum age for obtaining a Cybrarium card.
      • A parent or legal guardian must present his/her photo identification and proof of current address for cards issued to children under the age of 18.
      • Parents or legal guardians are responsible for items checked out by their minor children.
  3. FINES AND FEES
    All cardholders are responsible for materials borrowed on their card. No overdue fines are charged. The Cybrarium may impose and collect lost item fees for the infringement of the established rules and regulations and may suspend or revoke the borrowing of any book or other material by a cardholder who has failed or refused to pay any fee or to return any book or other material by the due date set by the Cybrarium.

    Email reminders, for materials due, are a courtesy of the Cybrarium. Patrons are obligated to return their materials on time, even in the event reminder notifications are not received. If overdue items have not been returned within seven days of the due date, the patron will receive an email reminder notice. A second courtesy reminder notice will be sent 14 days after the due date. The patron’s account will be billed for the overdue material 30 days after the due date and a billing notice will be sent to the patron.

  4. FINES AND FEES
    1. A Cybrarium card becomes delinquent when the charges on the account reaches $25.00. Borrowing privileges are suspended until the total charges owed are less than $25.00.
    2. Staff have the option of waiving or reducing a charge if they feel extenuating circumstances so warrant.
    3. All Cybrarium debts are discharged when listed in a patron’s bankruptcy.
    4. A police report (filed within 60 days of items being due) is necessary for the Cybrarium to waive related fees and replacement costs on items stolen from the patron or checked out on a lost/stolen Cybrarium card. Processing fees are non-refundable.

Adopted: January 12, 2021

 

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