Using Your Library Card

Your Responsibilities 
Borrowers are responsible for all materials borrowed on their cards. Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for materials borrowed on their children’s cards. Change of address or lost/stolen cards must be reported immediately to the library. Materials borrowed on an unreported lost/stolen card are the responsibility of the cardholder.

Where You Can Use Your Card
A Liverpool Public Library card may be used at any library in the Onondaga County Public Library system. This includes the Central Library, city branches and satellites, as well as the 20 member libraries.

Number of Items Checked Out 
Customers may have up to 50 total items checked out at one time from the library including both Juvenile & Adult. See below for specific limits on each format:

 

Books

Up to 50 per library card

 

Magazines

Up to 50 per library card

 

Audiobooks

10 per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.

 

DVDs & Blu-Rays

10 per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.

 

Electronic Games

3 per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.

These limits are consistent with those at other libraries within the OCPL system and will increase the number of books and items that are available for other library patrons to check out.

Loan Periods 
Most library materials are loaned for three weeks. 

Exceptions include new feature films, Lucky Day items, and special displays, which are loaned for seven days. Park passes and other Library of Things items may have different loan periods.

Renewals 
Most library materials can be renewed two times if there are no other requests. Lucky Day items have a one 7-day renewal. Materials can be renewed in person or by accessing our website. When renewing materials through our website, a Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required. PINs can be obtained by visiting the library.

Returning Materials 
Most library materials borrowed from one library may be returned to another library within the OCPL system (with the exception of Lucky Day items and kits.) Information on other exceptions, such as audio visual equipment, will be posted where applicable. Book drops may be used for the return of most library materials.

Confidentiality 
Information on the status of any adult card is available upon request to the cardholder only. New York State confidentiality law prevents us from disclosing information concerning a child’s library card without the permission of the child.

Email Notification 
Registering your email address enables you to receive hold notices, “soon to be overdue” notices, and overdue notices. You may register your email by visiting the library or online at lpl.org. Due to blocks and filters provided by mail service providers, you will need to add (unblock) the following library address in your address book: Mailpers@ocpl.lib.ny.us

Overdue Charges
For most items there is a one-day free day during which no fines are charged. Each item returned late will be subject to a per day charge capped at the maximum late return rate:

Books

$.25 per day. $5 maximum

Magazines

$.25 per day. $5 maximum

Audiobooks $.25 per day. $5 maximum

DVDs & Blu-Rays

$.25 per day. $5 maximum

Children's Materials

$.10 per day. $10 maximun
Kits, Library of Things

$5 per day

Borrowers will be charged for long-overdue, lost,or stolen items. The library sends overdue notices but no bills for fines or charges under $50. Liverpool Public Library accepts MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Visa.

Borrowers may use their cards as long as they owe less than $5 for adults and $10 for children and have no long-overdue materials. 

Liverpool Public Library charges a $10 fee for any returned checks.

Veterans or Active Duty Personnel
Overdue fines for late items will be waived for all veterans or active military personnel who present identification at the checkout desk. It does not include other library fees, such as unreturned, lost or damaged book charges.

Unpaid Fees – $50 or more
All Onondaga County public libraries including Liverpool Public Library participate in a materials recovery agency program. Patrons owing $50 or more in unpaid fines or charges for items not yet returned, will be contacted by an outside agency, Unique Management Collections, asking for payment and return of library materials. An additional $10 fee is added to the account of borrowers contacted by Unique Management Collections.

Lost or Damaged Items
With the exception of regular wear and tear, damaged library material should be reported to the Customer Service Desk prior to checkout. If an item is lost or returned in damaged condition, you will be charged for actual cost of replacement. Please contact the Circulation Dept at 315-457-0310 x100 for information on paying for or replacing the item.