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Will checkout periods and fines change for library items?

FAQ: Will checkout periods and fines change for library items?

Answer:

Loan periods are standard across South Central Library System (SCLS) libraries, but member libraries can adjust their loan periods to best serve their own patrons. If we join that system, most of MCPL’s loan periods will stay the same, and some would change to the benefit of our patrons!

For example, new adult fiction and new children’s fiction and picture books will still have a 14-day checkout, but new nonfiction for children and adults could increase from 14 days to a 28-day loan period. Also, all feature films would still have a 7-day loan period, TV series could still be checked out for 14 days, but loan periods for educational and instructional videos (including all of the documentaries in SCLS) for children and adults could increase from 7 days to a 28-day loan period. If that’s something you’d prefer, please let us know!

Each library in SCLS sets their own fine amounts, and MCPL has no plans to change what patrons are charged for late, lost or damaged items.




On January 25, 2021, the Library Board voted to approve a motion for the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) to join the South Central Library System (SCLS). The 4-3 vote was preceded by a year-long analysis by the Library System Task Force, which was formed in January 2020 to thoroughly examine the cost and benefits of joining SCLS. In December 2020, the Task Force’s final recommendation was that MCPL join SCLS ... (read more)