Borrowing Periods and Limits
Loan Periods - How Long Can I Have Them?
Loan periods are determined by the Library Director in cooperation with the Pioneer Library System. They are set to maximize the public's use of library collections and also take into consideration the demand for the type of material and the appropriateness of its use or value.
Presently, loan periods are as follows.
Material Type Loan Period
New Books 2 Weeks
Books 3 Weeks
Audio Books 3 Weeks
Videos 1 Week/3 weeks for TV shows
Music 3 Weeks
Magazines 3 Weeks
Videogames 2 Weeks
HotSpots 4 Weeks
Renewing Materials - Having Them Longer
Items may be renewed once or twice, depending on the material type, and are renewed for the same length of time as the original loan period starting from the date the item is renewed.
As long as an item is not needed elsewhere(when a hold has been placed on the item) this process will happen automatically when the original borrowing period date occurs. However, items can be renewed manually by calling your library or accessing your account through the OWWL catalog.
Checkout Limits - How Many Can I Take?
In accordance with the Library's Circulation Policy, every library patron is able to have the following number of items checked out to their account at one time:
These limits include items sent to Geneva for checkout from other libraries within the OWWL system. It does not affect items checked out at other libraries within the system
Confidentiality of Loans
The Geneva Public Library complies with New York State law regarding the confidentiality of patron records. The law states “Records related to the circulation of library materials which contain names or other personally identifying details... shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.”
Under no circumstances will a library staff member discuss a person's record of loans, holds, or renewals with anyone other than the person him or herself, or with other library staff members to the extent necessary for efficient and effective service to the public.