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Policies

How Can I get a Library Card?
Sign up online or go to any of the six libraries in the Lycoming County Library System, the Links locations, or the Bookmobile. Cards are issued free to Lycoming County residents. There is a small charge for replacing lost cards. Pennsylvania borrowers from outside Lycoming County may receive Guest Cards by presenting their home library card with an Access Pennsylvania sticker on it. Pennsylvania residents from outside Lycoming County without a home library may purchase a card for $25 annually.

How Many Items Can I Borrow?
There are a few restrictions on the number of items you can borrow:

  • DVDs are limited to 8 (eight) adult and 6 (six) children’s titles.
  • 1 (one) Video Game per Adult card.
  • Music CDs are limited to 6. Audio books are limited to 10.
  • Tweens are limited to children’s DVDs, 3 juvenile VHS, and 6 music cds.

There may be restrictions placed on materials on certain subjects in connection with school assignments but usually you may borrow as many books as you like.

How Much Does it Cost to Check out Items?
Most library items check out to you for free. However, due to budget cuts, all DVDs cost 25 cents plus tax to borrow. Loan times range between 2 days and 2 weeks. We also provide BONUS copies of new release DVDs and Bestselling books to rent for $1.00.

How Long Do Materials Circulate?

  • All adult books check out for 3 weeks except for “New” Items/Bonus Books for which are 2 weeks.
  • All adult audio books on CD or Cassette check out for 3 week except for “New” Items are 2 weeks.
  • Video games check out for 7 days and can be renewed one time. Only one video game per adult account.
  • All juvenile and Young Adult books, including new juvenile Books check out for 3 weeks.
  • All juvenile and Young Adult Books on CD or cassette check out for 3 weeks.
  • Children’s DVDs now check out for the same amount of time as adult. (2 day for new / 7 day for older)
  • All DVD nonfiction checks out for 2 weeks.

Don’t forget that you have access to your library account and when items are due with the My Account link on every page.

How Much are the Fines for Overdue Materials?
Overdue fines are 25¢ per day for adults and teens. DVD and Video overdue fines are $2 per day per movie. $5 is the limit on library cards for checking out materials. Card privileges suspended until payment is received.

Services

What Computer Services are Available at Our Libraries
Every library in the Lycoming County Library System offers free internet and wireless WiFi access and computers for public use. The Brown Library also sponsors a SeniorNet Learning Center. It is located on the fourth floor of the Library. Check their web site for current class schedule and activities.

VHS to DVD Memory Keeper Service
The Brown Library offers VHS Video to DVD conversion service. Do you have tapes of weddings, birthdays, recitals, plays, ball games, family events and other memories that you would like to preserve for the future? We convert those tapes to a DVD so that your memories will be preserved. A small fee of $10 per videotape is charged for up to 120 Minutes.

DVD, CD, Video Game Restoration Service
Do you have scratched or dirty DVDs that skip or break up on the screen? For only $2 per disc the James V. Brown Library staff will clean and polish your DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks on CD or video games. Please stop at the Information Service Desk for complete information. Note: Cracked or broken items can’t be repaired.

Do I Need to Come to the Library to do Research?
You can take advantage of a virtual library available to you online. You can use any of our online premium subscription resources from our eBranch. Here is a listing of all our online resources. Login using your Library Card.

Fast facts like addresses, phone numbers, correct spellings, dates and basic informational questions can be handled over the telephone 326-0536 by the reference staff or by live chat or e-mail. Try Ask Here PA for an immediate answer from a professional librarian using our Live Chat feature.

An item I want is at another Lycoming County Library. Should I go there to get it?
N0. The Lycoming County Library System has a shuttle service that picks up and returns items to all county libraries. Request and return library items, except DVDs and videos, from one library at any of the other county libraries it will be delivered and returned for you. Use the Can’t find what you need? form link on any Catalog page or use the form here Get it from another library.

What Services Exist for Special Needs Borrowers?
Readers who are no longer physically able to come to the library themselves may join the BRAVO program. BRAVO volunteers will select and deliver library materials to readers in nursing homes, private residences or retirement communities. BRAVO also serves the short term disabled reader. Anyone interested in Bravo may Contact the libraryThe Library provides bookmobile services to area retirement and nursing homes and senior centers, as well as to daycare and latchkey programs.

Free WiFi – Hotspots

The James V. Brown Library offers FREE wireless access for library users for use with their own personal laptops and other mobile devices.

Q. How can I use wireless Internet at the Library?
A. Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the Library and turn it on. The computer or device will automatically recognize the wireless network.

Q. Is my information safe while using wireless?
A. Your information is NOT protected while using wireless, unless you are connected to a web page that employs encryption “https” (stores, banks, etc.) Keep this in mind if you are accessing sensitive business or personal information.

Q. Are there any restrictions on my use of the Internet?
A. Wireless users agree to abide by the the Library’s “Internet Acceptable Use Policy” which prohibits abusive or illegal activity while using the Library’s Internet service.

Q. Can I print while using wireless?
A. Printing is not available with wireless. If you need to print, please save your work to disk or e-mail files to yourself, then login to a library workstation and send print jobs to a printer.