Circulation Policy

Shoals Public Library

404 High Street – P.O. Box 909

Shoals, Indiana 47581



Circulation policy



Borrowing Materials


  • First time library card borrowers may check out the maximum of five books.
  • Library borrowers aged six through 17 in good standing may borrow a combination of books, audio cassettes, and compact disks not to exceed the total maximum of 25 items.
  • Library borrowers over age 17 in good standing may borrow any combination of books, audio cassettes, and compact discs not to exceed the total of 30 items.



Loan Period and Renewals


DVDs may be borrowed for 7 days. All other materials may be borrowed for 21 days, and if not requested by other borrowers, may be renewed. Renewals can be performed at any Evergreen Library Circulation desk, on the Library’s website at My Account or by Telephone Renewal (812-247-3838).



Requesting Material



Materials may be requested in person or in the Online Catalog. There is a maximum of 25 requests per borrower at any given time. The library will not send notices through standard mail when requested material is available for pickup, but borrowers may sign up to be notified by email or telephone.


Returning Material


All material may be returned at the Circulation desk or in the drop box at any Evergreen Library location. All material returned in the drop box before opening will be checked in as though returned the previous day.




Charges for Overdue Material


The Library charges a rate of $.25 per day per item for overdue materials. Once a borrower’s account has reached the maximum $10.00 limit; checkouts will be prohibited.



Notification of Overdue Materials and/or Fines


The receipt provided at the time of checkout serves as the official notice to the borrower of when materials are due.  As a courtesy, the library will also attempt to notify the borrower when materials become overdue.


Reminder Notices

Only borrowers who sign up for e-mail notifications will receive reminder notices. These messages are sent 3 days before an item is due, on the actual due date, and again 5 days after an item’s due date.


Overdue Notices

Borrowers who sign up for either e-mail or automated telephone notices will receive an overdue notice. If a borrower has not signed up for either notification method, no overdue notice will be sent.

After an item is 40 days overdue, it is considered lost and a user fee for lost materials is automatically charged to the borrower’s account.


Billing Notices

Borrowers with e-mail or telephone notifications will receive billing notices in the manner they have selected. Borrowers who have not signed up for either method will not receive billing notices through standard mail.


Library Fee Schedule


Lost or Damaged Material

The cost of the specific item at the price listed in our catalog record, or a patron may provide an approved, new replacement copy of the same item plus a restocking fee of $5.00.


Insufficient Funds Check

Will be determined by the Banking Institution approved by the Library Board of Trustees


Card Replacement (Regular library card only)



Non-resident Library Card

As set annually by Indiana State Library



Public Library Access Card (PLAC)

As set annually by Indiana State Library


Public Copies from Photocopier or Computer

$.20 per one sided page, $.25 per two-sided page, $.30 color copies


Expired Library Cards


Non-resident and PLAC library cards expire after one (1) year. All other library cards expire after three (3) years. Library cards must be renewed in person. All fines or fees must be paid in full at the time of renewal.




The Circulation Policy was reviewed and approved by the Shoals Public Library Board of Trustees at a regular meeting.

Adopted: January 13, 2014