How to Borrow

Your library card entitles you to unlimited checkouts.

Library materials may be borrowed for the following lengths of time:

Material Type Loan Period
Books, Recorded Books, Playaways, CDs, Magazines, CDroms, kits, puppets 2 weeks
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Material 3 weeks
DVDs/Videos Entertainment - 2 days, Instructional - 7 days
 

 

When are materials considered late?

All library materials must be returned on or before their due date.  Initial due dates are listed on receipts received at checkout.  Due dates extended through the renewal of eligible materials are available by accessing your library account for renewals performed online or by phone or through new receipts issued for in-person checkout transactions.

Overdue materials may be subject to late fines.  

Borrowing privileges are suspended for users who have received a third overdue notice for any currently checked out item.

Where can I return Library materials?

Library materials including books, audiobooks, videos, CDs, DVDs, kits (with the exception of the trunk doll kits and oversize kits), and magazines may be returned in the outside bookdrop when the library is closed. During library hours, we ask patrons to kindly return materials inside the library. The bookdrop is emptied daily by 8am.

I think I have returned an item, but it's still attached to my record?

Patrons are responsible for any library materials borrowed on their card until they are checked in and cleared from their list of checked out items.  If you believe you have returned an item, you must call or visit the library to claim it returned. 

If the item is not found, you will have until the end of the Library's billing cycle to locate it and return it before a replacement charge is applied to your record.  Until the item is found or replacement charges are paid, you will continue to receive overdue notices and the item will appear on your record with its status changed to that of a Claimed Returned/Disputed Item.  This status will also be applied in cases where an item appears on your record that you do not recall checking out and the same notice and billing cycle apply.

The surest way to know that an item is no longer checked out to you is to request a return receipt at check-in.

Downloading from our digital collections

Cardholders have access to downloadable books through online resources and other digital collections.  For additional information, visit eLibrary.

Accessing Library databases

The Franklin Township Library offers access to many electronic databases on a variety of topics from the arts and humanities to science and technology available both in the library and at home.  Many of these databases include full-text articles, audio and video content, and resources in languages other than English.

Please note that many databases that can be accessed from outside the library will still require you to enter your library card number.