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When borrowing items from the library, please show your library card or photo ID (i.e. driver's license). Parents or legal guardians may show ID to borrow on a child's card, but not on a spouse's card.

All items qualify for one (1) renewal EXCEPT items on hold, fishing equipment, Bookclub in a Bag kits, and items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

See Summary of Borrowing Guidelines below:

Physical Items Check Out Period Limit*
Books 3 weeks 50
DVDs & Blu-rays 3 weeks 10
Comics & Graphic Novels 3 weeks 50
Audiobooks on CD 3 weeks 50
Magazines 3 weeks 50
Fishing Pole and Tackle Box 1 week 2
Bookclub in a Bag 6 weeks 1 kit
*Borrowing is limited to a maximum of 50 items in total.

Libby Check Out Period Limit*
eBooks and Audiobooks 3 weeks 10
eMagazines 2 weeks 10
Streaming Videos (Overdrive Only) 7 days 10
*Borrowing is limited to a maximum of 10 items in total.

Hoopla Check Out Period Limit*
Movies and TV Shows 3 days 5
Music 7 days 5
Audiobooks, Comics & eBooks 21 days 5
*Hoopla permits a combined 5 checkouts or borrows per month.
  (See Hoopla Page)

Library Circulation Policy; Board Approved 12-3-2018

Automatic Renewal

PBMLD is unveiling a new feature that makes manually renewing books, CDs, and DVDs a thing of the past. As of February 7, 2020, any non-digital item checked out from Poplar Bluff Library will be renewed automatically at the end of its lending period.

You still can renew items manually by using My Account or by calling the library.

There are a few exceptions. Items won’t be renewed if:

  • Another person places a hold on that item
  • The item has reached its maximum number of renewals (1 for most items)
  • Your account has an outstanding balance
  • The item is not renewable
  • Your library card has been blocked
  • It’s a digital item, such as an eBook

You will be notified by email and/or text message when your item has been automatically renewed. If you do not receive emails or text messages from the library, you will not be notified. However, you can login to My Account to find due dates and check to see if your items have automatically renewed, if you have questions.

Fishing Poles

The library has joined the Missouri Department of Conservation "Rod and Reel Loaner" program. The mission of this program is to put rods and reels into the hands of library patrons - Missouri residents - and encourage them to get out and fish. Perhaps a family can’t afford fishing gear for the entire family. This program allows patrons to check out rods through the library with hooks, sinkers and related tackle.

Holds

You are welcome to place unlimited holds on circulating items. Items are held for seven days once the hold is available for pick­up.

Overdues & Fines

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library operates on the principle that our patrons can be trusted to return materials in a timely manner. Currently, we do not charge fines for overdue materials. Any overdue fines accrued up to the implementation of this policy are forgiven.

Library cards are blocked from checking out additional items if there are current overdue materials on the account or if there is money owed for lost or damaged items including processing fees.

Lost Items

If an item is not returned within forty­-five days of becoming overdue, it is considered lost. The library card account will be charged for the full replacement cost of the item plus a $10 nonrefundable processing fee. Library accounts with items more than sixty days past due will be sent to collections. Lost items will be removed from the library catalog after six months, but all charges pertaining to the lost item will remain on the library card account.

Some items returned after the forty­-five day period may be accepted at the discretion of the library. Should the returned item be accepted, the lost materials charge will be refunded via check. If the item is returned after having been billed and/or deleted, and is deemed acceptable, the library will simply void the replacement cost bill. In either case, the processing fee will remain and must be paid.

Damaged Items

Items are considered damaged at the discretion and evaluation of library staff. If an item is damaged, it is charged at the replacement cost of the item, plus a $10 nonrefundable processing fee. In the case of damages, neither of these fees are refundable. Upon payment for the damaged item and processing fees, you may keep the item.

If an Interlibrary Loan item is damaged or lost, a minimum $50 fee will be charged, plus the required $10 nonrefundable processing fee. Additional charges are at the discretion of the lending library.

Library accounts with unpaid damaged items totaling $25 or greater will be sent to collections. Damaged items are retained for up to six months depending on the condition of the item. After six months, the item is discarded. All damaged item charges remain on the library card account until paid.

Computers & WiFi

Computers are available for persons of all ages. The library also provides WiFi access, see WiFi below for further details.

In using library computers and WiFi, you agree to comply with the Library's Acceptable Use Policy.

A current library card in good standing is required to access a computer. Visitors, or those persons who are not eligible for a free library card, may provide appropriate identification to receive a guest pass to use a computer.

Due to high demand, computer time is limited to 2 hours per day.

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wi-Fi

Library WiFi is free and unlimited during normal business hours.

To use our WiFi, navigate to your devices WiFi Settings. Under availble connections you should see "Library Wi-Fi". Tap or click to connect. You will be asked to sign in. Open up a browser and our Acceptable Use Policy will be displayed. At the bottom of the page, tap or click to "Continue to Internet".

If you need help getting connected, staff at the main desk will be glad to assist you and make sure your are connected to our WiFi.

Children & Teen Computers

Children 17 and under can use the public computers in the Children's and Young Adult Library.

Computer Programs & Classes

Programs available on public computers include:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer 11 (for compatibility)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Adobe Reader

Public computers have USB ports for saving your work. USB devices that use an auto-run encryption/ password launcher do not work on the public computers. You cannot write to the CD-ROM drive. You can open a document using the CD-ROM drive, if it uses one of the programs listed above.

Public computers also have built in cameras for school and work needs.

The library offers many computer classes, which you can find by visitng the Computer Classes page.

Copy & Print

Copies

A self service public copier is available for black & white or color 8 1/2 " x 11 " Letter size copies
Cost per copy: 20¢ for black & white, 50¢ for color

Print from Library Computers

$0.20 per page for black and white
$0.50 per page for color
FREE homework prints for students K-12

Accepted Forms of Payment :
Debit/Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, Discover
Cash: $10, $5, $1, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢
Coin: 20¢ for black & white, 50¢ for color

Mobile and Wireless Printing
(Print from your laptop, phone or tablet)

Ask about printing@poplarbluff.org. Staff will assist you with printing from your mobile device. Prints are 20¢/page for black & white and 50¢/page for color.



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