102 East Spring Street, Covington, Ohio 45318 (937) 473-2226 info@jrclarkelibrary.org

Fines and Fees

  • Overdue fees for books, magazines, cassettes and CDs are 5 cents per day per item.
  • Overdue fees for DVDs and cake pans are $1.00 per day per item.
  • Damaged and/or lost items must be paid for or replaced with the identical item by the patron.
  • An excess of fines and/or fees will result in the loss of borrowing privileges until payment is made.

Internet Access Policy

The Internet is available free of charge through the J. R. Clarke Public Library. Patrons wanting to use the Internet must read, sign and comply with our Internet Policy. This policy will be given to first time users when they request to use the Internet. It should be noted that:

  • The library is not responsible for any content available on the Internet.
  • Patrons must sign in at the desk each time they wish to use the Internet.
  • Children 11 and under must have a parent or legal guardian with them when using the Internet.
  • A time limit of 30 minutes will be enforced if others are waiting to use the Internet.
  • The library reserves the right to prohibit patrons from using the Internet if the information retrieved is offensive to other patrons.

Lending Policy

  • All patrons must have a library card to check out materials.
  • Children may be issued their own cards when they are in kindergarten.
  • Parents must sign a child’s application card if the child is under 18 years of age.
  • Books circulate for 14 days, magazines, cassettes, CDs, and cake pans for 7 days, DVDs for 3 days.
  • Overdue charges for books, magazines, cassettes and CDs are 5 cents per day.
  • Overdue charges for DVDs and cake pans are $1.00 per day.
  • After fines reach a maximum of $5.00 patrons will not be able to check out more materials until partial or total payment is made on the fine.
  • Patrons must be 18 years or older to check out DVDs. There is a limit of 2 DVDs per household until a good return habit has been established by the patron. After that 5 DVDs may be checked out per household.
  • The library assumes NO responsibility or financial liability for any possible damage to any player or recorder by any library material.
  • There is a Library Return on the south side (Spring Street) of the building. We ask you to please put DVDs and audio books in the media side of the drop.
  • You may renew most materials if there is not a reserve on the item. You may do this in person, over the phone, or through our website using your online account. DVDs may be renewed one time unless there is a hold placed on the item.
  • You may request an item be placed on reserve for you if it is not in. You will be called, emailed or text messaged when the item becomes available for pick up.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse borrowing privileges to any patron who is delinquent in returning materials or paying fines.

Library Card Requirements

  • To apply for a library card, a patron must show a form of photo ID that has their current name and address. If their current name and address is not on their photo ID the patron must bring in a check, piece of mail or bill that does have their current information.
  • If a patron is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the application.
  • The application requests the patron’s name, current address, telephone number, work phone number, driver’s license number and grade if a student.
  • Emails are appreciated.
  • All information on the application is strictly confidential.

Loan Periods

Library materials may be checked out for the following length of time.

  • Children and adult books – 14 days
  • Magazines – 7 days
  • Cassettes – 7 days
  • CDs – 7 days
  • Cake Pans – 7 days
  • DVDs – 3 days

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