Benson Memorial Library Borrowing Policy


Our borrowing policy is in agreement with state and county system policies, and is compatible with our county wide computer network.  As with all libraries, the purpose of a borrowing policy is to ensure the continued availability of materials to our users.

Library Cards

Residents of the Crawford County Federated Library System’s direct service areas are issued borrower cards free of charge.  Presentation of a valid identification showing current address is required.  (Please notify the library of any subsequent change of address.)

Non-residents may obtain a card for an annual fee of $15.00, per person.  One card may be used as a family card.

Residents of temporary addresses in the direct service areas, (e.g., Saint James House, students of the University of Pittsburgh Titusville, traveling missionaries, etc.) are eligible for a free library card with accompanying paperwork stating their temporary residence.  One card per family will be issued.  The card will expire 6 months from issue date.  The card will have a limit of two DVDs/video games/videos per checkout. 

Children old enough to write their names may obtain cards.  Signature and I.D. of a parent are necessary on all applications for children’s cards up to age 15.

Library cards must be presented to borrow materials. 

An unexpired lost card may be replaced for a fee of $5.00.

Loans and Returns

Your library card may be used to borrow from any of the nine libraries in the Crawford County System, and at libraries participating in the statewide ACCESS PA program.  Books may also be returned to any of these libraries.  

We ask that all other types of materials be returned directly to the lending library.

Most books are loaned for a two-week period.  Other items have varying loan periods.  We offer a two-time renewal on any two-week item, and we will accept phone renewals as long as they are not overdue.  Other materials are not renewable. 

Overdue books are not renewable.  A book is considered overdue when the stamped due date has passed.  Patrons will be unable to check out additional materials if holding overdue items.

A bookdrop is provided for the return of books when the library is closed.  Please return audiovisuals to the circulation desk during regular hours.  There is a fine for placing videos, DVDs, and video games in the bookdrop, as they are damaged in this way.

Overdues and Fines

If materials are returned late, the following will be in effect.

The library offers a five-day grace period when fines do not accumulate.  This is not to be treated as extra loan time, and overdue books may not be renewed during this period.  Once the grace period is over, fines begin to accumulate at 20 cents per day (videos and DVDs excepted).  The maximum fine on each item is $6.00.  Fines of $3.00 or more must be paid before additional materials may be borrowed.

Please note that videos, DVDs and video games are the exception to the above.  The grace period does not apply to videos, DVDs and video games, and they are not renewable.  The overdue fine is $1.00 per day.  Fines accumulate up to $10.00 each.

If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, the current replacement price will be charged.

Information Services

The staff is very willing to help you find the materials you want.  If you cannot locate your title or subject, please ask at the desk.

Revised and approved 1/2014