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Borrow Items

Present your Minuteman Library Network library card to borrow items from the Woburn Public Library. Please note: The following are Woburn Public Library’s policies, other Minuteman libraries have their own policies.

Loan Periods, Limits & Fines

Videos and DVDs

You may take up to 7 videos or DVDs for 1 week; videos and DVDs may be renewed once. There is a $1.00 per day fine for each overdue Video or DVD.

Audio Tapes and CDs

You may take up to 5 Audio Tapes or CDs for 3 weeks, Audio Tapes and CDs may be renewed twice. There is a $.05 per day fine for each overdue Audio Tape or CD.

New Fiction

There is no limit on New Fiction, which may be borrowed for 2 weeks; New Fiction may not be renewed. There is a $.10 per day fine for each overdue New Fiction item.

Fiction

There is no limit on regular Fiction items, which may be borrowed for 3 weeks. Fiction may be renewed twice. There is a $.05 per day fine for each overdue Fiction item.

Non-Fiction Books

You may take up to 3 books per subject (1 book per subject in the children’s room), which may be borrowed for 3 weeks; Non-Fiction Books may be renewed twice. There is a $.05 per day fine for each overdue Non-Fiction Book.

Magazines

You may borrow up to 5 Magazines for 2 weeks, Magazines can not be renewed. There is a $.05 per day fine for each overdue Magazine.

Virtual Catalog Items and other Interlibrary Loan Items

There is no current limit on Virtual Catalog Items, which circulate for 28 days. There is no current limit on other Interlibrary Loan Items, which circulate for 14 days. Virtual Catalog Items and other Interlibrary Loan Items can not be renewed. The is a $2.00 per day fine for each overdue Virtual Catalog Items and other Interlibrary Loan Items.

Renewals

To renew items you have checked out, you may call the Woburn Public Library’s circulation desk at 781-933-0148. For Children’s items you may call the Children’s Room at 781-937-0405. Please have the items you want renewed with you and also have your library card number handy. You may also renew items online while logged into the catalog under “My Account”.

Reserves

You may reserve library materials in person, by phone or through the online catalog. When the items you request come in, we will notify you by telephone or email. To receive email notification, stop by the circulation desk and we’ll set that up. Items not available through Woburn Public Library or any Minuteman Network library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Patrons may place interlibrary loan requests online, using the Virtual Catalog or  by placing a written request with a librarian.

Returns

All borrowed items may be returned to the circulation desks in the Library. There is a book drop located near the back entrance. There is a book drop located at the end of the front walkway by Abbot St. Only BOOKS should be returned in the two outside book drops. There is a $2.00 per item charge for any Magazine, Video, DVD, CD, or Audio Book returned in a book drop.
No items should ever be placed in an overly full book drop.

To avoid damaging library property, do not attempt to jam items into the book drop or leave items outside it.  If returned items are found outside the box or are jammed into an already full book drop, you will be fined for those items.

Please note:

It is Minuteman’s policy to accept all materials returning to other member libraries. However, our delivery system is now overwhelmed with items checked out at one library, but returned to another. If it would be convenient, please return your materials to the library where you checked them out.

Lost Material

If a library item is lost or damaged, patrons are required to pay the full replacement cost of the item, plus processing fee. In kind replacements are not accepted. If a lost item is paid for and then found by the patron, within 30 days only, a refund may be made. The receipt should be kept for that reason, as refunds will not be issued without a receipt.