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Borrowing Policies

Fine-Free Summer Reading

We understand that summers are busy for parents and kids. That’s why when you visit our libraries from June 1st – September 8th, if you borrow children’s items (holds, too!) we will not charge you late fees if you forget to bring them back right away. You can return items to any library, but we can only waive fees if they were checked out at our libraries. We still have to charge for lost/damaged items.

Fine-Free Details

Any item designated as a “Juvenile” item in the Westchester Library System catalog that is checked out at the Halperin Building or West Harrison Branch from June 1, 2018 – September 8, 2018, whether from the Harrison Public Library collection or intra-library loans from other libraries, will not accumulate fines until the items are designated “assumed lost” at approximately 60 days overdue. Patrons will be charged the list price as designated in the Westchester Library System catalog for lost or damaged items.

Items may be returned to any library in the Westchester Library System, however only items checked out at the Halperin Building or West Harrison Branch will not accumulate fines. Any Halperin Building or West Harrison Branch items that are reserved and picked up at other libraries will be subject to the fine policy of that library, even if returned to the Halperin Building or West Harrison Branch.

Loan Periods & Overdue Fines

Item Daily Fine Maximum Fine Limits Loan Period
Adult – Fiction $.25
$10.00
None 21 days
Adult – Nonfiction $.25 $10.00 None 21 days
Adult – New Books $.25 $10.00 None 14 days
Quick Reads $.25 $10.00 No Reserves – No Renewals 7 days
Adult – Audio Books & Playaways $.25 $10.00 10 Per Card 21 days
Adult – Music CDs $.25 $10.00 10 Per Card 21 days
Adult – Magazines $.25 $5.00 None 7 days
Adult – Express DVDs $.25 $10.00 No Reserves – No Renewals 3 days
DVDs – Adult & Children $.25 $10.00 10 Per Card 7 days
Videos – Adult & Children $.25 $10.00 10 Per Card 7 days
Children – Fiction None None None 21 days
Children – Nonfiction None None None 21 days
Children – Audio Books & Playaways None None 10 Per Card 21 days
Children – Magazines None None None 7 days
Children – Music CDs None None 10 Per Card 21 days
Children – Kits None None 10 Per Card 21 days
Other limits may be imposed at the discretion of the librarian

Pay Bills Online

You can now pay bills online. Please note a $2.50 convenience fee is added to the transaction.

Renewals

Items checked out from the Halperin Building and West Harrison Branch will renew automatically if they are eligible for renewal three days before the due date. If your account is set to receive email notifications you will receive a notice when items are renewed. To change how you receive notifications call the library (914) 835-0324 or login to your account.

You may also renew items:

Your library card number is required to renew items.

Returns

When we are closed, please return items to our book deposits or to any other public library in Westchester County.

Lost Materials

The Library charges patrons a fee for a lost item. An item is considered lost when a patron reports the item lost or when the item is more than 30 days overdue. The fee for a lost item is the original retail price of the item as recorded in the Library’s circulation system.

If a lost CD is part of an audio book set the patron is charged $8.00 for the lost CD. The Library will charge $5.00 for a lost Kit bag.

Requesting Materials

With your Harrison Public Library card you can request items from any library in Westchester County and pick them up at the Harrison Public Library.

You can search for items in the catalog. You can also call the library (914-835-0324, 914-948-2092) or ask a librarian.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service

Books not available from the collections of Westchester Library System member libraries may be borrowed from an outside library. Requests can be made at the Adult Reference Desk, by calling (914)835-0324, or online. Please be advised that ILL materials have a four-week loan period with no renewals. The overdue fine is $2.00 per day. Other ILL policies apply and are listed on the Westchester Library System web site at http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/ill-services/.

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