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Policies: Courtesy Patrons (Library users not affiliated with KU)

Courtesy Patrons

Circulation and Computer Use Policy for Courtesy Patrons

  • Policy Statement: The library provides limited borrowing privileges and limited Windows computer access to adult residents of Pennsylvania who are not Kutztown University students or employees.
  • Regulations:
    • Courtesy patrons must be registered at the library and present their library card when borrowing materials.
    • In order to register, a person must be an adult (18 years of age or older) and present one form of photo identification (driver’s license, ID card, etc.) and proof of address.
    • High school students:
      • High school students can receive a courtesy card for borrowing books only. They must fill out the High School Student Registration form, and return it with a parent’s or guardian’s signature.
      • High school students cannot receive a Windows password. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (17 USC 1701-1741) requires Internet filter programs be installed on public access computers used by minor-age children to protect them from “adult” content. KU does not have internet filters.
    • Loan period: 28 days.
    • Renewals: None.
    • Holds & recalls: None.
    • Maximum number of books at one time: 25.
    • Overdue fines: Ten cents per day per item up to a maximum of $10.00. Overdue fees are waived if a patron pays to replace an item, or provides a new copy of a lost item.
    • Fees for lost items: Standard fee for type of item borrowed; no processing fee; borrowing privileges suspended indefinitely when the patron owes lost item fees.
    • Fees for printing: Ten cents per page.
    • Audiovisual materials: Courtesy Patrons are not allowed to borrow audiovisual equipment or media items.
    • Interlibrary loan & Document delivery: Courtesy patrons are not eligible for interlibrary loan or document delivery. Refer courtesy patrons who need to use interlibrary loan or document delivery to their local public library for assistance.
  • Procedures:
    • Registering a person for a Courtesy Library Card:
      • Person must present a photo ID, such as a driver’s license and proof of address.
      • Check to make sure patron is not already registered in circulation.
      • Add or edit the patron information and issue a gold Rohrbach Library Card.
      • Set the expiration date for one year from today; the purge date for two years from today.
      • Give the patron a copy of the “Welcome, you are now a Courtesy patron at the Rohrbach Library” handout.
    • Windows computer ID and password:
      • A generic username and password can be obtained at the Information desk.
      • Courtesy patrons are restricted to using only the computers specifically designated for Courtesy Patrons in the Information Commons Area on the first floor.
    • Printing from computers for Courtesy Patrons:
      • Printing from the Courtesy Patron computers will be directed to the staff printer in the Information Commons Area.
      • Patrons will need to see a permanent staff member at the Information Commons counter to claim and pay for their print jobs.
      • Courtesy patrons will be charged 10 cents for each usable page.
      • All fees must be paid using Bear Bucks; no cash is behind the counter.

      Approved by the Dean of Library Services 07/2008