You Have Questions.....We Have Answers!
Who can get a library card? And, How do I apply for One?
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.
First time borrowers are limited to 3 items.
Any patron who has to be called for overdue items repeatedly may have their card limited. Patrons with chronic over-dues may have their borrowing privileges curtailed further or revoked permanently.
Can Non-Residents Get a Card?
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.
Is there a fee for a lost library card?
Yes, there is $2.00 fee to cover costs of new card.
Do I have to have my card with me to check out materials?
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. If you chronically forget your card, a note may be put on your account that alerts staff you need to purchase a new library card. You may also have your photo added to your account so staff can ID you in that manner. Our cards have a key tag card so you always have your card with you.
Are fines charged on late library materials? What if I lose an item?
Books, Magazines, audio books, and puppets: .10/per day (Maximum Fine of $6.00 per item) 21 Day Loan (May be renewed 2 times)
DVD: $1.00/per day (Maximum Fine of $10.00 per item) 7 Day Loan (May be Renewed Once)
Equipment: $1.00/per day (Maximum Fine of $25.00) 14 Day Loan (No Renewal)
Video Games: $1.00/per day (Maximum fine of $10.00) 21 Day Loan (May be Renewed Once)
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.
Can I still access the free download site with outstanding fines, lost items, or an expired card?
No, you must clear these items before the system will allow use of your library card number to download materials. Family cards are linked, so fines or lost items on one members card may effect download capabilities for the entire family. Cards expire bi-annually, so just call and update your information to stay active in our system.
Can I pay my fines by credit or debit card?
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. 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.
Are there limits on the number of items I can check out?
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.
How do I renew 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 pin is your library card number. Pins may be changed by the patron. If the patron forgets the PIN it must be reset by a staff member.
Is there a fee to use the public computers or wireless connection?
No. All access if free to the public, including visitors to Barrington. You simply need to read and accept our acceptable use policy and then you get 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.
Is there a fee to print copies?
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 using a print code and come out at our copy machine. The copier is also available for public use at the same rates.
Can I fax or Scan an item from your library?
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.
Do you have tax forms available?
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.
2015 Tax Instruction Booklets:
1040 Tax Table
Can I reserve items?
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 number of items listed as "in" which you want, 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 a large number of patrons. Please give staff 24 hours to pull reserved "on shelf" items, and please keep the request of "on shelf" items to a maximum of three.
Do you have notary services?
Yes, we have notary on staff. Normal notary service hours are weekdays between 1pm to close but please call ahead to make sure this staffer 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.
What programs does the library offer?
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 and teens.
Can you deliver books to me if I am home bound?
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 Amy to set up a card and delivery schedule.
What resources does the library have?
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 3,900 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, CD-ROM and console Video games for WII, PS2, XBox, and X360. We also carry magazines for check out. We have FREE Wi-fi and and many devices, such as Kindles and IPads to check out.
What local items do you have for sale? Do You have a book sale?
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 ($20.00).
Is there a fee for inter-library loan?
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.
Can I Have An Exam Proctored at the Library?
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.