Books & Things

For how long can I borrow a book?
I’m going away for the summer – can I still take out books from the library?
What else, besides books, can I borrow?
How many books can I take out at a time?
Can I renew my books?
Can I renew my books more than once?
Can I renew online?
How get I get a book that you don’t have in your collection?
How do I reserve books from home?
Can I reserve magazines from home?
Can I be notified by email?
How can I look up new books?
How can I look up new DVDs?
My child is doing a school report – is there a limit to the number of books I can take out for this?
If I call for information about my account, do I need my card?
Does the library have a book drop? If so, when is it open and what can I put in it?
When does the library empty the book drop?
What is Rapid Read?
Do I have to return books at the library I took them out from?
Do you accept donations of books?
What do you do with book donations?
Can I get books in languages other than English?
If I return books late, is there a fine?
I found a really overdue book when I was cleaning and I’m afraid to return it because the fines will be too high.
What should I do if I lose a book?
What if I damage a book?

 

For how long can I borrow a book?

Most books can be borrowed for three weeks and renewed once for an additional three weeks if there are no holds. Some books, Rapid Read, can be borrowed for one week. Reserves and renewals are not allowed on Rapid Read.

I’m going away for the summer – can I still take out books from the library?

If you’ll be out of town during the summer for an extended period, you can still take free reading material with you. Books that are older than 6 months are eligible for Summer Loan. Sorry, but no media and no school summer reading.

What else, besides books, can I borrow?

Magazines, audio books on CD, audio books on MP3 CD, DVDs, Playaways, music CDs and large print books are all available for borrowing. Additionally, you can access databases from home and download audio books from home with two different services.

How many books can I take out at a time?

There’s no limit to the number of books or other materials that you can take out at any given time. We ask that you take good care of them and return them on time to avoid overdue fees and replacement fines. Can’t find what you need?  You can also place reserves on books in other libraries in the Mid-Hudson service area.

Can I renew my books?

Anything you borrow from the library may be renewed once as long as there are no reserves on that item. The renewal period is identical to the initial borrowing period, so if it’s a DVD that is borrowed for one week, the renewal period is also one week.

Can I renew my books more than once?

One renewal is the limit at the East Fishkill Library. For a standard book, that will give you six weeks. After the renewal period is over, the book has to come back to the library for at least 24 hours before it goes out to the same patron again. This is allows library resources to be available to everyone on an equitable basis.

Can I renew online?

Yes. Just go to “Log Into My Record” from the online catalog and you can renew items once if no one else has placed a reserve on that item.

How get I get a book that you don’t have in your collection?

You can place a reserve on almost any item in the catalog. If we don’t own it, one of the libraries that does will send it to us and we’ll contact you when it gets here. If no other library in the system has the item, let us know and we’ll look into buying it.

How do I reserve books from home?

You can reserve books, DVDs, music, audio books and more from home. Go to “Log Into My Record” from the online catalog and follow the instructions. You won’t be able to place a hold if you owe more than $10 in fines, however, you can pay online using a credit card. This will clear your record and allow you to place your hold. If you dispute the charge, please contact the library.

Can I reserve magazines from home?

Unfortunately, no; you can’t place a reserve on a specific magazine issue from home. However, you can ask a librarian to do that for you. If you’re looking for a specific article, you can check the databases to see if the full text or image is available online.

Can I be notified by email?

You can choose to be notified by email, snail mail or phone. Just let us know your preference or, you can log into your account and change the notification preference yourself.

How can I look up new books?

You can create very specific searches by using “Advanced Search”. Instructions are available on the first page of the catalog directly under “Catalog Help”. The search feature of the catalog is a very powerful tool and it takes some practice to master it. If you run into any problems, call us and we’ll help you.

How can I look up new DVDs?

Type an asterisk in the search box. From the pull down menu on material type, choose “DVD”. If you only want DVDs from East Fishkill, choose East Fishkill from the pull down menu called “Location.” Type 2007 (or the year of your choosing) in the box that’s labeled “Year; After”. Hit the submit button.

My child is doing a school report – is there a limit to the number of books I can take out for this?

There’s no limit to how many books you or your child can take out on a specific topic.  If all of the books on your topic are in use, we can borrow what you need from other libraries in the MHLS service area.

If I call for information about my account, do I need my card?

In order to protect your privacy, we will always ask you for your library card number. We take your privacy very seriously and go to great lengths to protect your right to read anything without anyone else knowing specifics. This even extends to your family members.

Does the library have a book drop? If so, when is it open and what can I put in it?

The East Fishkill Community Library has a drive-up book drop in front of the south entrance. The book drop is always open because we understand that sometimes you just need to get your errands done as quickly and conveniently as possible. Every type of library material can be deposited into the book drop, including materials from other Mid-Hudson libraries.

When do you empty the book drop?

We empty the book drop every morning, but we always back date the return. So, for example, if your book is due Wednesday and you return it in the book drop on Wednesday, it will be on time even though we don’t check your book back in until Thursday morning. Everything that we check in from the book drop on Thursday morning is back dated to Wednesday.

What is Rapid Read?

We buy duplicate copies of the newest best sellers with the longest reserves list and put them out on to the shelves as Rapid Read; no reserves, no renewals, no waiting.

Do I have to return books at the library I took them out from?

No and yes.  You can return most materials to any library in the system.  But sometimes, specific items, such as Kindles or American Girl dolls, must be returned to the library from which you borrowed them.  These are clearly labeled.

Do you accept donations of books?

We accept fiction and non-fiction, adult and children’s, books, DVDs and CDs in good condition. We ask that you do not bring any VHS, condensed books, text books, encyclopedias or magazines. Also, we ask that the books you donate be in good to excellent condition – no handwritten notes in the margins and so forth and no musty smell.

What do you do with book donations?

We look for additions to our collection and replacements for some of the more popular books that get worn out. Everything else goes into our book sale. We sell donated and discarded items all year from our Book Nook and hold two big book sale each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Can I get books in languages other than English?

East Fishkill Community Library doesn’t carry books in other languages, except for foreign language dictionaries and tutorials. However, by using the “Advanced Search” feature in the catalog you can limit your search to specific languages that are held in the collection of other MHLS member libraries. You can then place a reserve on the items that interest you.

If I return books late, is there a fine?

Most libraries charge a daily fine if your item is returned after the due date. The amount of the fine may vary from library to library. If the item is just a few days late and you know that you can’t make it to the library for a few more days, the best thing to do is to renew the item (assuming that you haven’t already renewed it.) While this won’t make the fines go away, it will keep more from accruing. If you can’t renew the item, return it as soon as possible. Remember, at East Fishkill, our book drop is always open, so if you’re short on time you don’t even have to leave your car. Just drive up and drop the item in.

I found a really overdue book when I was cleaning and I’m afraid to return it because the fines will be too high.

We cap all of our fines. If you’ve located a book that’s really overdue, you won’t owe more than $10 in fines. If your total fines are more than you can pay at once, talk to us. We can arrange a payback structure that you can fit into your budget.

What should I do if I lose a book?

Let us know as soon as possible that you may have lost or damaged a book. If it’s lost, we’ll extend the due date to give you additional time to try to locate it. If it turns up, you’ll only owe the library the overdue fine amount, if there is any. Once a book is lost, we will ask you to pay for it as well as some additional processing fees.

What if I damage a book?

If you damage a book our first approach will be to see if we can repair it. If not, we’ll ask you to pay for the book as well as some additional processing fees.