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No More Overdue Fines PDF Print

No one likes library fines. Not you, not us: no one. And they are not, in fact, the reason people return their materials on time. So we got rid of them. We are no longer collecting a per-day fine for overdue items checked out from the Vernon Area Public Library.

How will the library get items back?

"No overdue fines" does not mean "no responsibility." Due dates still apply. We send reminders and notices, and expect things back in a timely manner. At 14 days after the due date, materials not returned or renewed are assumed lost and the borrower is billed for their replacement. Until those materials are paid for or returned, that person will be unable to check out anything else.

Reminders & Notices Schedule
  • 2 days before due date: email reminder
  • 3 days after due date: email or paper overdue notice
  • 7 days after due date: email and paper overdue notice
  • 14 days after due date: library card suspended from further use; bill for item replacement
Log in to your library account to add or update your email address. You'll need your library card number and your PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your telephone number).

Doesn't the library need fines to operate?

It is a common misconception that we rely on fines for our funding. Overdue fines represent a tiny fraction of our annual budget: just six-tenths of one percent (0.6%). And collecting all those nickels and dimes costs money! We save on staff time and service costs by eliminating those transactions.

What happens if I return an item after I received a bill for it?

Return the item, and in most cases, we can remove the charges from your account. If you are more than 35 days overdue and have received a collections notice, you will still owe a $10 collection fee. 

What about items I check out from another library?

The new policy applies only to items checked out from the Vernon Area Public Library. Items checked out from another library are subject to that library's overdue policies.

What loan periods and renewal options are available?

To make it easier for borrowers to enjoy their materials and still return them on time, we adjusted loan periods and renewals to more closely match actual use and to get lost or latent materials back into circulation more quickly. The loan period for TV Show DVD sets was increased from 1 week to 2 weeks in response to feedback that one week was not long enough to watch all the episodes. The loan period for Popular Picks books was updated, too: the first checkout was reduced from 3 weeks to 2 weeks and an option to renew once was added. Speedy readers are encouraged to return the book as soon as they are finished, while allowing extra time for those who need it a bit longer. Finally, the maximum number of renewals for most items has been reduced from 4 renewals to 2. Why? Our research showed that items not returned within 2 renewals typically were not returned at all. Limiting the number of renewals allows us to start the replacement process for those items much more quickly.

  Loan Period Renewals Allowed Maximum length of checkout
Books, audiobooks 3 weeks 2 9 weeks
Popular Picks Books 2 weeks 1 4 weeks
Movies 1 week 1 2 weeks
Popular Picks Movies 1 week none 1 week
TV Show DVD sets 2 weeks 1 4 weeks
Video Games 1 week 1 2 weeks
Puzzles, Grab-and-Grow Packs, and most other items 3 weeks 2 9 weeks

 

 
MyMediaMall replacement

Readers who use our OverDrive e-book will notice shorter waits as the result of a move from MyMediaMall — an e-book collection shared among 60 libraries — to one that is exclusively for Vernon Area Public Library cardholders.

Access our new, improved OverDrive service at overdrive.vapld.info. To speed access on a mobile device, add "Vernon Area Public Library District" to your list of favorite libraries in your OverDrive mobile app.

If you had e-books on hold in the old OverDrive/MyMediaMall service, you should find the same books on hold for you under the new service -- and you'll likely notice a big jump toward the front of the line! If we missed one, and you notice that we no longer own a title that you have on hold or had checked out, please use our suggest a purchase form. We will do our best to square things up for you. The new OverDrive site has a very limited number of downloadable audiobooks. For the best offering of e-audiobooks, please familiarize yourself with our 3M Cloud Library or hoopla digital services, which include e-audiobooks, e-books, streaming music and video.

1. Back out of MyMediaMall 2 Find Vernon Area Public Library 3 Select 4 Stat to make a Favorite 5 Success - access the new VAPLD-only ebook collection

 
Online continuing education with your library card

Log in to Gale Courses Hundreds of college-level, professional development, and personal enrichment courses are accessible online, 24/7, when you log in to Gale Courses with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Gale Courses are not prerecorded webinars. They are highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Participants spend two to four hours each week for six weeks completing lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you’ll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas. New sessions start every month, so you can sign up anytime. Upon completing a course with a passing score, you’ll get a certificate of completion from your learning institution.

Choices available in the extensive course catalog include:

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Certificate in End of Life Care
  • A-Z Grant Writing
  • Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  • Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Grammar for ESL
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Creating Wordpress Websites 
  • and many more topics. 

As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Visit Premium Resources > Gale Courses on our website to get started.

 
New Vernon Library app

vernonlibraryapp.jpgWant to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There's an app for that. Download an e-book? Find information fast? There's an app for that, too: the new Vernon Library app, available for free in any app store. 

From any smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet, you can instantly tap into library resources--anytime, anywhere. Search the library catalog, check your account, contact a librarian, find library events and more.

The app also includes a feature called "BookLook" that allows you to scan any book's ISBN barcode to find out if it is available at the library and to place a hold on it. 

To download the new app, search for "Vernon Library" in your mobile device's app store or visit http://vernon.boopsie.com

 
Volunteer at the library PDF Print

Volunteer opportunities are currently available in a variety of areas and we are recruiting now for our upcoming training sessions. Check the calendar for the next monthly orientation for new and prospective volunteers. If you are considering sharing your time and talent as a volunteer at the library, please come an orientation to find out more, or fill out a Volunteer Application, available in the library at the checkout desk or online here

RSVP TO VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION »     ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION »

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On-demand movies, TV & streaming music PDF Print

New! We're pleased to announce a great new benefit for Vernon Area Public Library cardholders: free, on-demand feature films, documentaries, fitness videos, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks! 24/7. No waiting, ever. No late fees, ever.

Our new partnership with hoopla digital provides access to tens of thousands of movies, TV shows and music albums from NBCUniversal, MGM Studios, National Geographic, BBC America, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Music Group and eOne Music. Stream now or download to your smartphone or tablet for offline use. Many of the video titles are not currently available on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.

Look for the hoopla app in the App Store or Google Play, or visit http://www.hoopladigital.com/register to get started.

hoopla digital

 
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300 Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Telephone 847-634-3650
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Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
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