Cindy Seim, supervisor of the circulation department, said that by circulating books, library users are made to be more responsible.
"It does keep things moving, it does keep people responsible," she said. "It keeps them responsible for items that they check out."
Seim said that a borrower is able to renew a book up to five times and that it creates a lengthy amount of time for the book to be in the possession of one person.
"That's a long span of time to have a book in your possession. That's 15 weeks, as long as nobody's waiting for it. If somebody's waiting for it, they will stop the requests."
Oftentimes what happens, Seim said, is that the book gets circulated amongst friends while it is checked out.
"People would loan it to their friends and it would go around a friend group rather than circulating with other patrons who are sitting and waiting for it," she said.
Seim said that many people also take out more than one book so they should be aware of the overdue fees.
The library does offer a one-day grace period where the fee will not increase on the first day, Seim said, and books dropped off in the drop box will be backdated to having been returned on the day before.
If one chooses, Naylor said, they cook keep the book longer, if for instance they were working on a paper for school and needed the book a bit longer to complete the project.
But they would then be responsible for the overdue fee.
"You could keep it a week longer and pay $1.40," he said. "But we'd really rather have people bring it back. It depends on the situation."
There are several options for renewing your books to avoid overdue fees. You could stop in the library and ask if the book has been reserved for another patron and if not, renew it; you can renew over the telephone; and you can also renew the book online by clicking on "My Account" on the Library's Web site, www.colonie.org/library. The site will ask you to enter your pin. If you are not sure what your pin is, contact the library at 458-9274.
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