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Ordering Books

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      You may choose specific titles you want:

      • Complete order forms from catalogs, Talking Book Topics, or Braille Book Review
      • Write a list on plain paper
      • Call in short lists by phone
      • Select books through the on-line public access catalog (OPAC), and have them sent to yourself

      Orders may be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed. Include the title ID, if available. Try to keep a list of fifty or more titles on file to increase the likelihood of your choices being available.

      You may have the Library select books for you by creating a profile:

      • Favorite authors
      • Subject areas
      • Exclusions (no violence, no strong language, no descriptions of sex)
      • Preferences (narrator gender, accents, book size, binding, length)
      • Quantity and frequency of books sent

      You may subscribe to series and receive them in order.
      Many authors write books in series, with continuing characters and stories. You can identify the particular series you want, such as Louis L’Amour’s Sackett series, and the individual titles will be sent in order as they are available.

      Reserving Books
      When you reserve a book, it will be sent to you immediately if a copy is on the shelf; otherwise, it will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available. If several people have reserved the same book, the person who reserved it first will receive it first.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What if I am not receiving enough books?
      You can let us know that you want to have more books checked out to you. Remember that you can control the flow of books by regularly returning the ones you have finished.

      What if I do not want a book sent to me each time I return one?
      You can have books sent to you only when you request them. Just call, write, or e-mail to give us your list.

      How long can I keep a book?
      The standard loan period for a book is eight weeks. You may keep a book longer than eight weeks, as long as it is not needed by another patron. The library will ask you to return it if someone else needs the book. Returning books regularly and promptly assures a constant flow of reading material to you. Holding books for longer periods of time or neglecting to return them will interrupt your service. It will decrease or stop the flow of books to you and deny the same titles to other borrowers.

      How many books can I check out at one time?
      You can check out as many books as you want at a time. We usually try to keep a set number of books checked out to borrowers who want books sent to them on a continuing basis. You can change that number at any time.

      Does the library charge fines for overdue or damaged books?
      The library does not charge overdue fines. There is also no charge for a book that is damaged during normal use. If books are damaged, simply send them back. Braille books can be damaged through normal use. If a book is defective when you receive it, or if it is damaged while you are reading it, notify the library. You will be sent another copy of the book if it is available or as soon thereafter as possible. You should return the damaged book to the library in its container. Do not attach a string to the outside of the containers. The strings tend to jam postal equipment.