The Ritter Public Library makes services and a variety of materials in various formats available to all persons on an equal basis.

The library promotes the use of new technologies throughout the library when doing so supports the library’s mission, provides greater opportunities for the public to access information and entertainment material, and is cost-effective.

To provide for equitable availability and circulation of materials, the library has established the following policies regarding borrowing eligibility, length of loan for various materials, limits on the number of items that can be borrowed, renewals, reserves, interlibrary loans, overdue and lost-materials charges and damage and replacement assessments.

The library uses the automated circulation component of the Cleveland Public Library (CLEVNET) to maintain, monitor and report circulation statistics, generate overdue notices and final bills, and provide a series of ongoing lists for purposes of replacing lost titles.

Borrower Cards

Borrower cards are issued free of charge to individuals who are Ohio residents or who pay property taxes. Companies, agencies and organizations, which are located in Ohio, are also eligible cardholders. To receive a card, you must apply in person and present proof of current address, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. The cardholder (individual or corporation), or parent or guardian for those under 18, is responsible for all use of the card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported to the library as soon as possible. There will be a charge for replacement of lost cards.

Borrowers are expected to bring their card with them any time they wish to borrow materials and present their card to use equipment (including computers) and software in the building. If a cardholder does not have their card with them, materials may be checked out using a photo ID.

Loan Policy

There is no charge to borrow materials from the Ritter Public Library, provided they are returned in good condition and on time. You are expected to show your library card to check out items or if you do not have your card with you, a photo ID will be accepted. You may borrow: 50 items (adult card) and 25 items (juvenile card) at a time.

Damage and Replacement Charges

Borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out, and are liable for any damages beyond normal wear and tear, which may occur to library materials. Fees assessed for damaged materials may include minor repair to the item or packaging, rebinding of books or actual item replacement if extent of the damage is such that the item cannot be repaired. The head of circulation evaluates damaged materials, determines appropriate repair or replacement and notifies the borrower. All damage charges are attached to the borrower’s record until paid.

Reserves and Interlibrary Loans

Reserves may be placed on books, books on tape, and CDs. Customers may request a total of ten items on reserve at one time. An item not available through CLEVNET may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. There may be charges involved, which the customer will pay for at the time the material is checked out at the library.

Adopted by:
The Ritter Public Library Board of Trustees
March 14, 2000