BPL - Books & More  


       More than a great selection of books awaits you at Bledsoe County Public Library. Information is available on video, audio and microfilm. Five computers may be used by the public for word processing or to access the Internet.
        If the library does not have the material you are looking for, you may order it through the state-wide interlibrary loan system. Any patron with a valid library card may request materials on interlibrary loan.

        Books and other materials may be renewed, reserved or requested by telephone, fax or e-mail.

        Any resident of Bledsoe County is eligible to apply for a library card in order to borrow materials. The first card is free, but a $5 fee is charged for lost or damaged card replacements. Applicants must provide their name, signature, current address and phone number. (Proof of address is required.) Children and youth under 18 must have the signature of their parent or legal guardian. First-time borrowers are restricted to two items.

        The loan period is 14 days. Books usually may be renewed twice, but some restrictions may apply. A late fee of 10 cents per day, not to exceed the price of the book, will be charged.
        Should a book be lost or damaged, the borrower will be responsible to pay the replacement price plus a $10 processing fee.
        Reference books are available for use at the library but do not circulate.

        Three videos per household may be borrowed for a loan period of 3 days. Videos are not to be returned using the book drop; they must be returned inside at the Librarianís Desk.
        A fine of $1 per day will be charged as a late fee, with a maximum of $5.

        The loan period for audiotapes is 14 days. The late fine is 25 cents per day, with a $5 per tape maximum.

        Locally-owned microfilm is available for use in the library but does not circulate.

        The microfilm reader and reader/printer is for in-library use only. There are to be no more than two users at a time, with a one-hour limit if someone else is waiting. Each copy is 15 cents.

        The library has five computers available for word processing and/or Internet use. Computer time is assigned in one-hour blocks; a patron may be granted an additional 30 minutes if no one else is waiting. Instruction in computer use is not provided; however, assistance may be requested if a library staff member is available.
        Anyone under 17 must have signed permission from a parent or legal guardian before accessing the Internet on a library computer.
        No more than two people may use the same computer at the same time, and patrons are responsible for any damage to the hardware they are using. Downloading to the libraryís hard drive is prohibited; work not saved on disk will be lost. Users may access personal e-mail accounts, but chat rooms and instant messaging are not allowed. Also prohibited are accessing or distributing materials or on-line games considered to be obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors.
        Black and white printing is 10 cents per page; if color printing is available, the charge is $1 per page. (Students working on an assignment may print the first 10 black and white pages free.)

        Copies may be made on the libraryís photocopier for 25 cents per page. (Students working on a school assignment get the first 5 pages free.)

        A fee of 10 cents per page is charged for the public access printer. (Students working on a school assignment get the first 10 pages free.)


        Faxes sent long-distance cost $1 per page, plus 25 cents for a confirmation receipt. The fee to receive a fax at the library is 25 cents per page.


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