Policies (Library Card, Computers, Weather, Public Record)

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Circulation Policies

Borrowing Policies

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library welcomes you to enjoy the benefits of its services and resources. Listed below are the Library's policies and procedures on borrowing.

Loan Periods

Magazines - 7 days (Currently displayed magazines do not circulate)
Music CDs - 28 days
Books on Compact Disc-28 day
DVD and Blu-Ray- 7 days (Must have parent or guardian signature if under 18)
Books - 28 days / eBooks-21 days (you may choose a shorter loan period)
Browsing items cannot be renewed and have special loan periods.  Limit 50 items

The Book drop is available to patrons at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and the Arlington Branch. Both book drops are located at the front entrances.

Reference material, including our Local and Family History collection do not circulate. These items are kept in the library for the use of all patrons at all times.

Library cards
Patrons are required to comply with all rules and regulations and are responsible for all material checked out on their card.
Everyone under the age of 18 is required to have a parent's signature when applying for a library card. Anyone who presents two forms of identification, one of which shows their current mailing address, may apply for a free library card.

Reserving Materials
If the item you want is not on the shelf, you may wish to place a hold on it. You may place the hold yourself at any public terminal. You will be notified when the item is available. Once the item comes in, you have seven days in which to pick it up.

Renewing Materials
All materials may be renewed four times if they are not on hold for someone else. Items may be renewed in person or by telephone at: 422-1712.  Items may also be renewed online. 

Statement of Responsibility
By acceptance of your library card you agree to be responsible for all library materials borrowed with your card.
Immediately notify the Library in the event of loss, theft, or possible unauthorized use of the card. If the card is issued to a person under 18, the parent or guardian agrees to be responsible for the person's selection, use and return of library materials.

Interlibrary loan
Items not owned by the Findlay-Hancock County Library system can often be borrowed from another library. Check at the Reference desk for further details.

Fees for Overdue, Lost or Damaged Materials
The following rates apply to adult, young adult, and juvenile materials.

Overdue Rates
 Books, magazines, compact discs, computer software, books on CD - $ .10 per day
 DVDs and Blu-Rays - $ .10 per day
(You are encouraged to return your overdue materials even if you cannot pay for them at that time. The computer will record your outstanding charges.)

Lost or Damaged Items
 · Lost or damaged materials - Cost of the item
 · Missing or defaced bar code - $.50
 · Damaged AV container - $1.00
 · Media bag - $2.00
 · Missing Insert--$1.00






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Computer Usage Guidelines


1. Patrons must sign in each time they use an Internet station. 
2. “Visitors” to the library may present valid form of identification, i.e. a driver’s license. 
3. Patrons may access their own e-mail account through the library’s Internet stations. 
4. Patrons may print information from the Internet workstations for 10 cents per page. 
5. If a patron is under 18 a parent or guardian must sign an Internet permission form in person and present it at the Circulation desk. 
1. The Internet computers will be used for educational, informational and recreational purposes only. 
2. The Internet computers cannot be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.  Patrons may not send or receive or display text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed to be obscene. 
3. The databases available through the Internet cover a highly diverse range of subjects.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.  Databases may be limited to a particular institution, have changed addresses or closed down. Patrons use the Internet at their own risk. 
4. As with other library materials, it is the parents or legal guardian of minor children who assume responsibility for supervising access to Internet resources in the library. 
Misuse of the library’s computers or Internet Policies and Acceptable Use Guidelines will result in the loss of computer privileges.


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Public Record Policy

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Severe Weather Policy

The library will follow the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department’s Road Warning Level’s for closing during inclimate weather.  Local media will be informed whenever library hours are altered.   Weather Advisories may be obtained by calling 419-421-8888 ext. 2424.  

Level 1 Alert – The Library is open. The Bookmobile may not operate.

Level 2 Advisory – The Library is open at 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The Bookmobile will not operate.

Level 3 Emergency – The Library is closed. The Bookmobile will not operate.

Please listen to your local radio stations for closing announcements due to inclement weather conditions.

WFIN/WKXA Weather Delays/Alerts

Blanchard River Water Level Link

Library Status






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