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Any individual owning or renting property in the Town of Barrington may have a free library card. Proof of residency & a photo ID are required. A letter with your Barrington address, a bill to that address, or a tax bill are all acceptable should your license have a previous address printed on it. We also offer free cards to anyone working as a Barrington town employee or as a teacher in the Barrington school system, proof of town or school employment is required.
Patrons with chronic over-dues may have their borrowing privileges reduced or revoked permanently.
The Barrington Public Library follows state laws concerning the privacy of all Library borrowing records. Titles of items on loan will only be disclosed to the card holder. Parents need to be aware that children have the same privacy rights as adults, and title names will not be given to parents. If you choose, you can take items out on your card for your child until you feel they are ready for the responsibility. Please note: if your child comes to the Library by themselves, they must use their own library card and their privacy rights will be protected. Signing off on your child's library card makes you financially responsible for lost, damaged, or late items on their card but it does not give you legal access to their private borrowing records. Children may access their accounts online just like adults, using their library card number and last name as their username/pin.
Yes, there is a $60.00 per year fee to get a family card for non-residents. Summer renters/campers may pay $20.00 for a card from June-August. Cash and Check is preferred. There will be a $2.00 service charge for payments done by Credit Card.
Yes, there is $2.00 fee to cover costs of new card.
Yes, we do require a card at check out to ensure accuracy. If you do forget your
card, we can use your license as ID. You may also have your photo added to your account for identification.
Books, Magazines, audio books, and puppets are 21 day loans per check out and may be renewed 2 times: Fines - .10/per day (Maximum Fine of $6.00 per item)
DVDs are 7 day loans per check out and may be renewed once: Fines - $1.00/per day (Maximum Fine of $10.00 per item)
Equipment may be checked out for 14 days. There is no renewal: Fines - $1.00/per day (Maximum Fine of $25.00)
Video Gamesmay be checked out for 21 days and may be renewed once: Fines - $1.00/per day (Maximum fine of $10.00)
SILC Coop: DVDs and Audiobooks may not be renewed and are fined like similar materials.
Inter-library Loan Materials: May only be renewed by phone if the loaning Library agrees to extend the loan period. There is .25 per day/per item overdue fee on ILL items.
Any items lost or damaged by a patron will be charged at the cost to purchase a replacement plus a $2.00 processing fee to cover new bar codes, covers, audio book cases, etc., as well as any fines accrued up to the date the issue was resolved. If the patron wishes, they may purchase a brand new copy of the item to replace the one lost and pay only the $2.00 processing fee. No used items will be accepted as replacements. You can have us set up your card so you get e-mails or text messages reminding you of due dates...this is a great way to avoid late fees! Fines are not waived due to missed e-mails or texts.
In order to use many of our online services your account must be clear these items. Family cards are linked, so fines or lost items on one members card may effect download capabilities for the entire family. Cards expire every 2 years, so just call and update your information to stay active in our system.
The Library can't afford the fees associated with credit card purchases so we have set up a PayPal account in which patrons can use their existing credit or debit card to pay online. Cash or check is preferred as we still have to pay fees to take in funds using PayPal. The Online fine payment option should not be used for fines under $2.00. The payment button can be accessed by logging into your account via our website, clicking your fines owed, and choosing PayPal. All fines are removed from your account by the system once the transaction is processed. The fine listed will include all fines from any family members whose card are linked.
Yes, we have a limit of 20 items per card. This is extended for parents checking out materials for the entire family at staff discretion. A limit of 10 DVD per family (2 new). 10 audiobooks, 10 Music CD's, 5 CD-Rom, 5 puppets, 2 Video games & 10 Magazines per card not to exceed 20 items.
You can renew items in person, over the phone during open hours, or, you can access your account online HERE. Remember that you must renew items BEFORE they become overdue in our online system. If they are already past due, you'll need to call the Library at 664-9715 to complete this task. Your username is your last name and your password is your library card number. Passwords may be changed by the patron but if the patrons forget their Passwords, Library staff must reset it.
All access if free to the public. There is a 1-hour time limit on public PCs (unlimited time for wireless access). Time may be extended if no other patrons are waiting to use a computer terminal.
Yes, there is a .10 cent per page fee for black and white copies and a .25 cent per page fee for color copies. Black and white double sided copies are .15 cents and color doubles are .35 cents. Print jobs are released by a staff member at the front desk. We prefer cash or check for payment. If you must use a credit/debit card, you will be charged a minimum $2.00 fee.
Yes, you may have a staff member fax an item for you at the cost of $1.00 a page for the first 5 pages, and .50 for each page over 5, for outgoing. Incoming faxes are charged just the 10 cents per page for the paper. If you are having a fax sent here for you, please call ahead to alert the staff. Scans can be done to a USB stick. We prefer cash or check for payment. If you must use a credit/debit card, you will be charged a minimum $2.00 fee.
Due to the fact that we have limited instruction booklets for check out, you can download the PDF versions on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. The Library will provide the first copy of Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ – you can make additional copies for .10/page or .15/double-sided page. The IRS has cut back on sending forms to libraries.
Yes, you can reserve items in person, by phone, or from our online card catalog. You can even create a "watch list" in the catalog by adding authors or subjects to your list... when a new item is cataloged with that watch term, you'll get an e-mail alerting you of it's arrival so you can then go and reserve it! When reserving online, we ask that you use this function primarily for items that are currently out to another patron. If there are a large number of items (3 or more) listed as "in", we suggest a visit to the Library to pick out the items. We do not have enough staff to be pulling multiple "on shelf" items for patrons. Please give staff 24 hours to pull reserves.
Yes, we have notary on staff. Please call ahead to make sure a notary is scheduled before coming down. You will need a photo ID and documents must NOT be pre-signed. There is no fee; we ask that patrons make a donation to the Library in place of a set fee if they can afford to do so.
The Library offers many programs for children, teens, and adults. Details can be found in our current calendar of events. We have story times for children ages 1-6, special events like singers, puppeteers, book groups, magicians, storytellers, Chautauqua performers, educational talks and slide shows, and computer and technology classes. Patrons can also sign up to have their collections or artwork displayed at the Library. We run monthly book groups for adults.
Yes, the Library will deliver books to any Barrington resident who is unable to come to the Library due to illness or lack of transportation. We do ask that patrons look to family and friends first as a way to meet this need, but we are happy to deliver if alternate methods can not be found. Simply call 664-0193 and ask for Melissa to set up a card and delivery schedule.
The Library has a collection of over 42,000 items ranging from picture books, to fiction, to non-fiction and reference items. We also house a portion of the Historical Society Collection. We have over 4,200 DVDs, including educational, classics and current releases. We also offer audio books on CD for all ages, music CD's, puppets to check out, activity kits for children, and console Video games for WII, WiiU, PS2, PS3, PS4, XBox360, XBoxOne. We also carry magazines for check out. We have FREE Wi-fi and and many devices, such as Kindles and IPads to check out.
Yes, we have an ongoing book sale in our computer room. Items will be sold on a donation basis with a minimum donation of 25 cents. We also sell copies of the local Barrington histories (Wiggin $18 and Emhardt $20) and the Graveyards of Barrington book ($20).
There is no fee for items we can locate within New Hampshire. If you wish to search out of state for an item, a minimum $4.00 fee will be charged and any fees the lending Library charges will be your responsibility. We always inform you of charges before processing an out of state request.
Yes. You must call ahead to schedule a time with staff. Any costs associated with forwarding the test via mail, fax, or any other method must be paid by the customer taking the test.