Press Release- In an effort to increase area residents' ability to access its materials, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will change its overdue fine policy and will implement a new Non-Resident Library Card beginning September 1, 2010.
On this date, fines for overdue materials will be 25 cents per day, per item. The maximum fine of $5.00 per item will remain the same, as will the $50.00 limit on customer accounts.
In addition, patrons who do not reside in the Libraries' service area (Muscogee, Cusseta-Chattahoochee, Marion, and Stewart Counties) will be able to purchase an annual Non-resident Library Card to check out materials and use computers. The cost will be $35.00. Non-residents from surrounding counties who currently have a library card will be allowed to use it until its expiration date, at which time they may renew by paying the annual fee.
Those non-residents who own property or a business in the service area will be eligible to receive a Resident Library Card, as will students who attend local colleges or universities.
Guest Smart Cards, which allow 7 days of access to the Libraries' computers for non-residents, may still be purchased for $5.00.
"Reductions in funding mean that we have had to reduce our materials expenditures by 11%," says Claudya Muller, Director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries. "We are implementing these policies to ensure that those whose property taxes support our libraries have the best chance to find the materials they need."