Borrowing Materials

Getting a Library Card

You will need a current photo ID and proof of your current address in order to get a card. Children under age 16 must be guaranteed by a parent or legal guardian to received a card. The following documents can be used as proof of address:
  • Your ID, if it is up-to-date
  • A lease, rental, or housing agreement
  • A utility bill
  • A piece of mail addressed to your name
  • A current check or bank statement

If you don't have any of the above, we can send a postcard to your home that you can then use as proof of address. Just ask at the circulation desk! 

Please note:  Staff stops issuing new Library cards thirty minutes before closing.

Loan Periods

Movies and video games, circulate for 7 days; all other circulating material have a 21-day loan period. Some reference and local history materials may only be used in the library.

Keeping Track of Due Dates

Each time you check out materials, you have the option to receive a receipt that shows what you checked out and when it is due. Keep that receipt handy and you’ll have an easy way to know when your books and videos are due. You can also check your account online at http://catalog.nexpresslibrary.org/  with your library card number and your PIN.

Renewals

Everything except new fiction, magazines, and interlibrary loan materials can be renewed twice, as long as someone else hasn’t requested it. You may renew on the library catalog on the Internet, on the phone, at one of the online catalog stations, or at the Checkout Desk.

Requests

If an item you want is already checked out, you may ask to have it held for you when it is returned. This is called a “request.” You can make a request yourself online, or at one of the library’s catalog workstations – or a staff member can help you place a request by phone or in person. When more than one person requests a particular item, requests are filled in the order in which they were received.

Getting and Using Your PIN

A PIN (personal identification number) is issued with your library card. You may select a PIN consisting of 4 digits. To safeguard access to your account, you can change your PIN yourself at one of the online catalog stations in the library or from the library website. You’ll need your PIN when you want to view your library account, or reserve or renew items at one of the online catalog stations inside the library or from the library web catalog.

Accessing Your Account Online

You can look at what you have checked out, renew materials and request items using “My Account” at http://catalog.nexpresslibrary.org/.  You will need both your library card number and your PIN to log in.

Overdue Charges

Daily overdue fines are 10 cents per day for all overdue materials returned, with the exception for movies and video games.  Movies and video games are fined at 50 cents per day.   The maximum fine per item is $3.00 when returned.  As always, materials returned by the date they are due will incur no overdue fines.

Notices

The library will inform borrowers by mail, email or phone that items they have requested are available, that items are overdue, and that overdue charges have been incurred. If you wish to receive your notices by email, postcard or phone, you may sign up for this service at the Checkout Desk. E-mail recipients also receive a notice three days before their items are due. Always contact the library if you receive a notice for an item that you think you have returned.

Lost Items

Materials that have not been returned at 30 days past the due date are considered lost, and a bill is sent for replacement and processing fees. If the item is returned, the maximum overdue fine ($3.00 per item) is charged instead of the replacement cost. All pieces missing from multiple item sets must be returned within 60 days in order for the bill to be reduced. A borrower won’t be charged both an overdue charge and a replacement fee on the same item.

Confidentiality

What you check out on your library card is confidential. Patron registration and circulation records are exempt from disclosure through the Kansas Open Records Act and will only be released upon receipt of a valid court order or subpoena authorized under federal, state, or local law.

Using Your Library Card

Bring your library card each time you come to the library to check out materials or access an Internet or word processing computer. You can also use it from home to view your account, renew materials, reserve materials, and gain access to premium online resources on the library’s website.

Does My Card Expire?

Your card will “expire” annually just so we can verify your address. When that happens, you can reactivate your account with a picture I.D. showing your current address.  Any fines on your card at that time will need to be payed before your card can be renewed.