Circulation Policies

The library has established the following rules governing the loan of library materials.

LOAN PERIODS (for Mark Twain Library materials)

four days (three nights)

NEW Adult DVDs


Museum Passes



one week



Children’s “JVR” DVDs and videotapes



two weeks

NEW Fiction and Non-Fiction Books: Adult, Children’s, & YA


NEW Audio Books: Adult & Children’s


NEW Adult Music CDs


DVD in Series


Adult Non-fiction VHS & DVDs


Encyclopedias and College Material


Nutmeg & Summer Reading books





three weeks

OLDER Fiction and Non-Fiction Books: Adult, Children’s, & YA


OLDER Audio Books: Adult & Children’s


OLDER Adult Music CDs


Children’s Music CDs


Adult Foreign Language Audios



LOAN PERIODS (for materials from other libraries in the Bibliomation consortium)

Library materials requested from other libraries in the consortium are circulated according to the rules of the home library. Loan periods may be different from those of the Mark Twain Library.


All Mark Twain Library materials may be renewed twice, except for new DVDs, which cannot be renewed at all, and all other movies which can be renewed once.

An item cannot be renewed if another Mark Twain Library patron has placed a request for it.

Items may be renewed by calling or visiting the library. Items can be renewed online as well, but if the “renewal limit” has been met or the patron has an overdue fine of $10.00 or more, the system will block the renewal request.


All Mark Twain Library materials incur an overdue fine of $.20/day, except for the following: Children’s and Young Adult materials are $.10/day, theatrical-release DVDs are $2.00/day, and museum passes have overdue fines of $5.00/day. There is a maximum of $5.00 in fines on all Children’s items and $10.00 in fines on Adult items (which include all theatrical-release DVDs). Museum passes incur $5.00 per day fines until the day of return.

Once a patron has incurred a total of $10.00 or more in unpaid fines on his account, he is blocked from borrowing additional library materials until the total amount of fines on the account has been reduced to less than $10.00. This restriction includes fines from all member Bibliomation libraries, and affects borrowing privileges at all member Bibliomation libraries. Outstanding fines can be paid at any Bibliomation library; it does not matter at which library the fines originated. Parents are responsible for fines on their children’s accounts (for children up to age 16).

The library now helps patrons to avoid overdue materials by sending “courtesy reminders” by email 3 days before the items are due. Courtesy reminders are not sent for new DVDs which have a 3 day circulation period.


If a library item is returned to the library in non-circulating condition, or if a patron has lost or never returned a borrowed item, the patron is responsible for paying the cost of replacement of the item as determined by the library. The patron’s borrowing privileges (at all Bibliomation libraries) are suspended until this cost is paid.