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Policies

Membership

Membership of the library is free. Join online by completing an online application. Two forms of identification with your name and current address must be shown when collecting your Library card. There is no minimum age for joining, but those under the age of 18 years require their parent or legal guardian to be present (with identification) when collecting their Library card.

Please look after your library card as it costs $5.00 for a replacement, or free on the STOCARD app on your smart phone:

Your Phone = Your Library Card

Borrowing / Loans

You may borrow up to 30 books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and kits for up to 21 days (2 renewals are possible for most items).

You may borrow up to 8 eBooks or eAudiobooks at a time for 21 days (2 renewals are possible).

You may borrow as many eMagazines as you like and keep them for as long as you like!

Returns

Items can be returned to any Bayside Library.

Renewals

Library items will automatically be renewed on the due date as long as:

  • the item is not an interlibrary loan
  • the item hasn’t been renewed twice already
  • no one else has requested the item
  • we have your email address
  • You can renew your loans online at any time here.

    Overdues

    Reminder notices are only sent by email.

    Overdue fines are calculated on a weekly basis. An initial fine of $2.00 per item is charged, increasing by $1.00 per week for each overdue item.

    An additional $15.00 per borrower is charged when items are over 45 days overdue or outstanding fines have not been paid and your account is referred to a debt recovery service.

    Fines are applied automatically to overdue items. You may not be notified when a fine is added to your account as fines are not linked to overdue notices.

    Reservations

    Reservations may be placed on items that are on loan or on order. You will be emailed when the item is ready for collection.

    You may be contacted by phone if you don't have an email address recorded. You can also check the status of your reserve by logging into the catalogue.

    The reservation limit at any one time is 20.

    Printing and Photocopying

    Printing and Photocopying is available for Library members in black and white for 20 cents per side A4 or 40 cents per side A3 and colour for $1.00 per side A4 or $2.00 per side A3.

    Collection Development Policy

    Collection Development Policy 2014