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1. Card Eligibility

  1. Library cards are free to all patrons. Patrons must show a current/valid picture ID to receive a library card.
  2. Parents may obtain a card for their children under the age of 18.  A parent or guardian must sign their child's registration card and must present the signed card in person to a staff member at the Check-Out desk.  Parents must show a current/valid picture ID.  Parents or guardians are responsible for all materials checked out by their children.
  3. If address on ID is incorrect patron is required to show some form of official proof of residency that includes both their name and address.  For example, auto insurance card, bank statement, utility bill, lease agreement, passport and etc.
  4. Patrons may have a delay up to 48 hours to receive their new library card.


2. Checking Out Materials

  1. All patrons must present a library card or picture ID to check-out materials.


3. Check-Out Limits

  1. New patrons may not have more than five items checked out during the two week probationary period.
  2. After the two week probationary period, a maximum of 15 items may be checked out on one library account.
  3. After the two week probationary period, a maximum of 10 items may be checked out for patrons who reside outside Bastrop County.


4. Reserves

  1. Individuals may reserve materials from the circulating collection in person or online at www.bastroplibrary.org.
  2. Materials that have been put on reserve for one patron cannot be renewed by another patron.
  3. Patrons are restricted from placing material on reserve if their materials are overdue or library card is expired.
  4. Reserves are held for three days after notification that materials are in and ready for pick-up. After three days, materials are returned to the collection.
  5. There is no limit on how many reserves that can be placed by a patron. Warning: If you have a combination of checked-out items and reserves that exceeds 25 items, the Apollo software will drop your reserved items.


5. Returning Materials

  1. Materials may be returned inside the library during business hours.
  2. After normal business hours, please drop materials into our drive-through book drop.
  3. Materials may be mailed to the Bastrop Public Library at P.O. Box 670, Bastrop, Texas 78602.


6. Fines and Fees

  1. Fines for all materials are $.10 per day per item.
  2. Replacement library cards are $1.00.
  3. Parents are responsible for all fines and replacement costs for lost or damaged materials checked-out by their children.
  4. Patrons who have fines will lose their borrowing privileges until their total fine balance is paid.
  5. If one family member has a balance on their account, other members of the immediate family are restricted to borrowing materials until their family member’ s balance is paid.


7. Lost or Damaged Items

  1. Patrons must pay replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee for each lost or damaged item.
  2. Patrons will lose borrowing privileges until lost items are found and returned or paid for.
  3. Patrons will lose their borrowing privileges until damaged items are paid for.
  4. Fees paid for lost or damaged items are nonrefundable.


8. United States Military Personnel

  1. Military personnel are eligible to apply for a library card.
  2. Individuals must present a picture ID, current orders, an address and telephone number.


Rev. 06/23/10 Library Board Approval: 07/06/10 Bastrop City Council approval: 08/10/10

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