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Borrowing Policy

Borrowing Overview

 

Card Valid

# of Items Out

# of Holds

Borrowing Period and Limitations

Privileges suspended at

Digital Resources

Discovery Cards

Youth

0-18

50

50

28 days

20 overdue

Yes

Adult

18+

50

50

28 days

20 overdue

 

Yes

Non-Resident Cards

Youth

0-18

50

50

28 days

20 overdue

Yes

Adult

18+

50

50

28 days

20 overdue

Yes

Inspire Cards

Youth

0-18

5

5

28 days

3 overdue

Yes

Adult

18+

5

5

28 days

3 overdue

Yes

Reciprocal Cards

Youth

0-18

8

2

28 days

4 overdue

Yes

Adult

18+

8

2

28 days

4 overdue

Yes

Adult

18+

8

2

28 days

4 overdue

Yes

Community Cards

 

200

99

90 days

Manager approval required for media, no games or serials

25 overdue

Yes

 

*Loan periods vary when borrowing Makerspace items or technology equipment.

Definitions

Discovery cards have full borrowing privileges and are issued to individuals who live, work, attend school or own property in Hamilton, or has a Six Nations address in Ontario, and have appropriate identification.

Youth is the term used for library users up to the age of seventeen (17). Staff may refer to this library card as a Youth card.

Non-residents are those who live outside Hamilton and do not qualify for a Discovery card.

Inspire cards are designed for individuals who have limited identification. These cards have limited borrowing privileges and other parameters.

Reciprocal borrowing is a service coordinated, by formal agreement, with surrounding library systems.

Community cards are available to Hamilton daycare centres, institutions, schools, corporations, businesses, government agencies, associations, charitable and non-profit organizations or group homes.