Service Policy: Circulation
The goal of the Fargo Public Library is to have citizens use the collection as much as they need and want. In support of this goal, the Fargo Public Library does not charge late fees on overdue materials. To facilitate equitable access to circulating materials for all library users, the Fargo Public Library does have specific loan periods for items in its collection.
In return for the privilege of borrowing materials from the Fargo Public Library card holders agree:
• To present their card or acceptable picture identification per the registration policy when borrowing materials.
• To be responsible for all materials borrowed on their card and to reimburse the library for lost or damaged materials.
• To return library materials on time.
• To recognize that the library retains the right to suspend borrowing privileges.
• To notify the library promptly of a change in name, address or telephone number, or the loss of their library card.
• To recognize that the library will refer accounts of fees and charges due over $125.00 to a collection agency.
3 weeks, 2 renewals. New, in demand, or seasonal books may have a special 1 week circulation period.
3 weeks, 2 renewals. Current issues and periodicals from closed stacks do not circulate.
• Audiobooks, Readalongs, CDs, Video Games, Equipment Kits, and Children’s Kits:
3 weeks, 2 renewals
• DVDs and Blu-rays:
1 week, 2 renewals
• State Park Pass:
1 week, 2 renewals
• Metro Arts Pass:
3 weeks, no renewal
• Interlibrary Loans:
4 weeks, no renewal
• Book Club in a Bag Kits:
6 weeks, no renewal
• Day Use Items:
1 day, no renewal, no holds
Renewable items may be renewed in person, by telephone, or online for up to 2 additional loan periods if there are no holds. The renewal period begins the day the renewal transaction is entered.
A library user may have up to 50 items checked out at any time.
Within the entire Fargo Public Library collection, there may be specific limits on the number of checkouts by type of item or sub-collection due to high demand, item cost, size of sub-collection, limitations specified by participating partners, or other factors.
Hoopla Digital access is limited to Fargo residents and Fargo property owners only due to Hoopla’s fee-per-use model.
Fees and charges:
The Fargo Public Library does not charge for overdue items. Items which are lost or damaged will be assessed fees per policy. Borrowers who have more than $15.00 in outstanding fees on their account may not check out materials. Borrowing may resume when fees are reduced below the $15.00 maximum by return of the item(s) or by payment of fees.
Materials returned with damage judged to be above normal wear and tear will be assessed damage fees. Materials that can no longer be circulated will be removed from the collection and assessed the full replacement cost. Missing or damaged items from multi-part sets or kits will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The replacement cost of an item is billed to the borrower when it is 30 days overdue. This cost will be removed from the borrower’s account when the item is returned.
The library will not accept replacement item(s) in lieu of payment of lost item fees or damage fees.
The names of delinquent borrowers who have over $125.00 in fees may be referred to a collection agency. Delinquent borrowers are responsible for any fees charged by collection agencies or small claims court in addition to fees and payment for lost items. The Fargo Public Library will provide a refund if the item is returned within 1 year of payment.