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GETTING A LIBRARY CARD

Upon proof of residence, any Westford resident may register for a Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) library card, which may be used at the J. V. Fletcher Library or any of the other 34 MVLC libraries. There is no minimum age requirement.

Residents in good standing of other cities and towns in the MVLC network may use their home town's card at the J. V. Fletcher Library.

Residents outside of the MVLC Network may register for a Westford card by presenting a valid library card from their home town/city library. (Note: library cards compatible with our scanner may be directly registered into our MVLC database, eliminating the need for an additional MVLC card.)

Lost or worn library cards may be replaced at a cost of $1.00 each.




IDENTIFICATION

To register, patrons must present an acceptable form of identification showing name and current legal address.Acceptable ID includes a driver's license, tax bill, a checkbook with current address, or a utility bill.




LOAN PERIODS

In general, patrons may take out as many items as they wish, (with a limit of 3 books on any one subject) for a period of 3 weeks. The exceptions to this policy are:


Best Sellers
2 Weeks
Rental Books*
1 Week
Videocassettes**
1 Week
Audio/Visual Equipment
1 Week
Best Seller Videocassettes
3 Days
Museum Passes
1 Day

*Rental books are charged out at $0.25 per day with a maximum charge of $1 per week (additional loan at the same rate).

**The videocassette collection is maintained by the Friends of the Library, Inc., and tapes are available for a rental fee of $1.00 each.

During the summer months, older adult fiction and paperbacks are loaned out until mid-September.




TEACHER LOANS

Teachers in the Town of Westford School System are encouraged to contact either Kathy Hutchins  (pre-school through middle-school) or Kristina Worcester (high school) regarding a special teacher's library card and to arrange for deposit collections (for use in school) and special reserve collections (for use by students in the J. V. Fletcher Library).




RENEWALS, RESERVES, AND INTER-LIBRARY LOANS

Library materials may be renewed unless requested by another patron. When renewing by telephone, patrons must provide both the barcode number on their library card, and the barcode numbers of the items to be renewed.

Circulating items may be reserved in person or by telephone at any Public Service Desk.

Patrons may request items from other libraries through our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service. ILL requests from within the MVLC Network generally arrive within a week to 10 days.




FEES AND FINES

The J. V. Fletcher Library is interested in having materials returned, not in collecting fines. Unlike many libraries, we do NOT charge fines for overdue books, magazines, records, and compact discs. We are pleased that our patrons generally respect this privilege, and return their materials promptly.




PRIVACY STATEMENT

By state law, all patron card activity is confidential - this is even true for very young children. A child essentially experiences his or her first equal "adult" status in the act of acquiring a personal library card and is afforded the same privacy as adults. Thus, overdue notices and print-outs of books checked out are mailed directly to youngsters (even though parents may be legally responsible for the actions of the minors in their household). Parents are encouraged to weigh the child's delight in the first libary card with the knowledge that according to state law, parents may not have direct access to a child's borrowing record.




MUSEUM PASSES

Certain Museums charge a minimal entrance fee along with the library Museum pass. Inquire for more information at the Fine Arts Desk.




OVERDUE NOTICES

If materials are held past their due date, a series of reminder notices are sent by mail. Patrons will also be notified when checking out at a Public Service Desk of materials that are still outstanding on their card. The "amount due" listed on a reminder notice is the replacement cost if the materials are not returned.




MERRIMACK VALLEY LIBRARY CONSORTIUM (MVLC)

Your library card is good at all 35 MVLC network libraries!


Amesbury
Andover
Billerica
Boxford
Burlington
Carlisle
Chelmsford
Dracut
Essex
Hamilton
Haverhill
Ipswich
Lawrence
Littleton
Lowell
Manchester
Methuen
Newbury
Newburyport
North Andover
North Reading
Rockport
Salisbury
Tewksbury
Topsfield
Wenham
West Newbury
Westford
Wilmington
 



HOURS

J. V. Fletcher Library
50 Main St.
Westford, MA 01886
Ph. (978) 692-5555


Monday
1 PM - 9 PM
Tuesday - Thursday
10 AM - 9 PM
Friday
1 PM - 5 PM
Saturday (Open Labor Day - June)
10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday (Open January - April)
2 PM - 5 PM



PUBLIC SERVICE DESKS:


Circulation
First floor
Fine Arts (music and videos)
Ground floor
Children's
First floor
Reference/Information Service
First floor

J.V. Fletcher Library | 50 Main Street | Westford, MA 01886-2599
978-692-5555 | www.westfordlibrary.org