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Borrowing Periods

All items in the Wadsworth Public Library’s circulating collection may be borrowed for a period of 14 days with the exception of the following: 

  • Best Seller Express (current “in-demand” titles) – 7 days 
  • VHS/DVD Items – 7 days

Items checked out from other Search Ohio libraries circulate for the following periods:

  • Print items – 21 days
  • Media items – 7 days

Items checked out from OhioLINK libraries circulate for the following periods:

  • Print items – 21 days
  • Media items -- 7 days 

Wadsworth Public Library items may be renewed up to five times, as long as there is no outstanding reserve on the item.

  • Items may be renewed at the Customer Service Desk, by telephone or via the Library’s web site 
  • Interlibrary loan items from non-SearchOhio libraries may not be renewed unless specifically permitted by the lending library. 

Items from other SearchOhio libraries may be renewed for the following time periods:

  • Print items – three renewals if there is no reserve on the item
  • Media items – three renewals if there is no reserve on the item

Items from OhioLINK libraries may be renewed for the following time periods:

  • Print items – one renewal if there is no reserve on the item
  • Media items – no renewals

Fines - Wadsworth Public Library

Fines will be charged for all days the Library is open. The Library’s after-hours book drops are available whenever the Library building is closed. Items placed in the Library’s after-hours book drops are considered as having been returned on the day that the Library building was last open.

Wadsworth Public Library overdue fines are as follows:

  • All materials except DVD and Laptops – 10 cents per day 
  • DVD - 50 cents per day
  • Technology Equipment - $10.00 per day
  • The maximum fine per item is the original purchase cost; the replacement cost; or an assigned default value, depending on the information available for the item.

Personal card holders owing five dollars ($5.00) or more in fines [and/or charges] will be prohibited from borrowing. The limit for family card holders is $15.00.

If a customer receives an overdue notice for an item that he/she returned, the Library will annotate the item in the customer’s account as “claimed returned.” An account may have only three claimed returned items on it at any one time.


Fines—Search Ohio and OhioLINK Library materials

Overdue fines for materials borrowed from other Search Ohio libraries are as follows:

  • All materials 25 cents per day
  • Maximum overdue fine is $5.00

Overdue fines for materials borrowed from OhioLink libraries are as follows:

  • All materials 50 cents per day
  • Maximum overdue fine is $15.00

Lost Materials - Wadsworth Public Library

If a customer cannot locate an item at the time it is due to be returned, the customer may formally report it “lost,” thereby stopping the further accumulation of fines.

A customer will be charged a “lost item fee” to replace a lost item. This fee includes the replacement cost of the item and a $2.00 processing charge per item. If the lost item is found and returned, the Library will refund the replacement cost, if the following criteria are met:

  • The item is found and returned less than thirty (30) days after the “lost item fee” was paid.
  • The item is in good condition – defined as able to be circulated.
  • The customer brings the “lost item fee” receipt with the item(s) when it is returned.
  • The item belongs to the Wadsworth Public Library. (No refund can be made if the item is owned by another Search Ohio library or other lending agency.) 
  • There is a three-refund limit per customer every two years.

No refund will be paid in cash. Lost materials and related fees paid by cash or check will be refunded by check and mailed to the customer. This process may take up to four weeks to complete. If paid by credit card, the Library is required to refund the credit card account used to make the payment; existing regulations prohibit making a refund by cash or check when payment was made by credit card. Please allow two to four weeks for your credit card refund to be processed. If you do not receive your refund within the stipulated time periods stated above, please contact the Business Office at 330-335-1297 or 330-335-2606.


Lost Materials - Search Ohio Library materials

A replacement fee of $25.00 will be billed for any Search Ohio item not returned within 30 days of the due date.


Damaged Materials

When items are no longer able to be circulated; need excessive cleaning and repair; or when pieces of an item are lost or in need of replacement, a fee will be assessed.

These fees will vary depending on the type of problem and format of the damaged item.

If a damaged item needs to be replaced, the customer will be charged the replacement cost of the item, plus a $2.00 processing charge per item.

Damage to a laptop and/or its peripherals will result in full repair and/or replacement costs. Lost, stolen, or unreturned laptops will be assessed a $1,000 replacement charge and a $15.00 service fee (for in-Library laptops) or a $1,500 replacement charge and a $15.00 service fee for home use. Damage to other technology equipment and/or its peripherals will result in full repair and/or replacement costs.

Non-Wadsworth Public Library materials that are damaged will be sent back to the owning library which will determine the damage charge for the item.