Circulation Policy

A Mansfield Public Library (MPL) card is available to Mansfield residents free of charge. Proof of identity and current address is required. All UConn students currently residing in Mansfield, with the appropriate identification, are eligible to receive a Mansfield Library card. Patrons under sixteen must have their registration forms signed by a parent or legal guardian in the presence of a staff person. A lost MPL card will be replaced for a fee of $1.50. Old, worn out cards are replaced free of charge. Patrons are responsible for all items checked out on their card. Information about patron registration and borrowing habits are protected by law and all information will remain confidential. All materials are freely available without restriction to all library patrons.

LOAN PERIODS:

  • BOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, MUSIC CDS, STORY KITS: 3 weeks
  • DVD MULTIDISK SETS, NONFICTION DVDs, NEW BOOKS, NEW AUDIOBOOKS, MAGAZINES: 2 weeks
  • VIDEOS, NEW DVDs of all types: 1 week
  • MUSEUM PASS: varies

NOTE: Most items may be reserved and sent through the interlibrary loan system. However, the library may refuse to allow holds on particular items or send certain items through the inter-library delivery, at the discretion of the director.

NOTE: While we do not limit the number of books or magazines which may be borrowed, please be considerate of other patrons. We do reserve the right to limit in periods of high demand.

RENEWALS AND RESERVATIONS (HOLDS): All items (except feature films, new nonfiction & series DVDs) may be renewed once unless they are on reserve for another patron. Holds may be placed on all circulating items. Mansfield residents may place holds on new items, after 6 months other patrons may place holds.

OVERDUE FINES: DVDS, and MUSEUM PASSES are subject to the following fine: $1.00 per day. All other materials: $0.05 per day. Maximum overdue fines: $10.00 per item. The library must follow the fine policy of the lending library for materials borrowed through the library system.

NOTE: It is Bibliomation policy that any card holder with fines of $5.00 and over will have their borrowing privileges suspended until such fine is brought under $5.00.

BOOK DROP: All items, excepting STORY KITS, may be returned in the Book Drop when the library is closed. Items returned in the book drop when the library is open may not be checked in until the following day.

LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS: Any library items that have been lost or irreparably damaged will be charged to the borrower at the replacement cost. Please do not attempt to repair damaged items – we have special materials and ways of dealing with things – thanks! Replacement copies are not accepted. Payments for lost items will be refunded if the item is returned, under the following conditions: 1. the item is in good condition; 2. return is within two weeks of payment; 3. presentation of the payment receipt.

LIBRARY CLOSINGS: Sometimes during inclement weather the library closes for the safety of our patrons and staff. No fines accrue when the library is closed due to bad weather.