Borrowing, Returning & Fees
Borrowing Patron Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of the patron to prove residency. Patrons accept responsibility for materials borrowed from Cooperative libraries and agree to abide by the rules of each library, to pay all fines and damages charged to the patron or to their dependents, and to immediately report a change of address and the loss or theft of the card.
Reciprocal Borrowing patrons MUST bring in their card from their home library, and their valid Florida driver license or Florida identification card with their current address. If the picture identification does not indicate the patron's current address, one of the following must also be presented:
- a current TRIM notice or tax bill
- a current utility bill (electric, water, cable)
- a printed long-term lease
- a deed to property
- a vehicle/mobile home registration or title (for the current year)
- a homestead exemption form
- a voter's registration card
A PPLC library card will not be issued to reciprocal patrons. The barcode from the patron's home library card will be entered into Largo's database.
Patrons who have Indian Rocks Beach library cards AND live in Indian Rocks Beach are considered reciprocal borrowers and their IRB cards may be registered in Largo's database. If they have a library card from Indian Rocks Beach but live in Indian Shores, they are not considered reciprocal borrowers and must pay for a $100 PPLC Annual Fee card.
Libraries participating in Reciprocal Borrowing with PPLC:
- Hernando: Hernando County Public Library System
- Highlands/DeSoto/Glades/Hardee/Highlands/Okeechobee: Heartland Library Cooperative - DeSoto County Library, Glades, Hardee County Public Library Highlands County Library System, Okeechobee County Public Library
- Hillsborough: Argosy University, Bruton Memorial Library, Everest University - Tampa Campus, South University, Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library
- Manatee: Manatee County Public Library, State College of Florida- Manatee-Sarasota
- Pasco: Pasco County Library System, New Port Richey Public Library, Trinity College
- Polk: Polk County Library Cooperative - Auburndale Public Library, Bartow Public Library, Dr. C.C. Pearce Municipal Library, Dundee Public Library, Eagle Lake Public Library, Fort Meade Public Library, Haines City Public Library, Haines City Public Library, Lake Alfred Public Library, Lake Wales Public Library Lakeland Public Library, Latt Maxcy Memorial Library, Polk City Community Library
- Sarasota: Argosy University, Sarasota County Library System
- Sumter: Sumter County Library System
Loan Periods, Checkout Limits, Renewal Limits and Request Limits
Based upon patron usage and collection size, the Library may place limits on the number of certain types of items and the total number of library items that an individual patron may have checked out at a given moment. Likewise, the Largo Public Library determines and regulates the loan periods and renewals of library materials.
- 1-Week Period: DVDs, Blu-Ray, Electronic Games (Wii), Computer Games
- 2-Week Period: New Books, New Large Print, Music CDs, Magazines
- 4-Week Period: Books, Educational Toys, Audiobooks
- 6-Month Period: Puzzles
A total of 50 items may be borrowed, of the following limits:
- 25 DVDs
- 25 Blu-Ray
- 25 Music CDs
- 25 Audiobooks
- 2 Electronic Games (Wii)
- 3 time renewal limit on all items
- No renewal if item is request by other patron(s)
- 25 total requests
- 8 DVD requests and 6 Blu-Ray requests
- 2 Electronic Games (Wii)
Largo Public Library offers a full-service drive through window.
- This window is staffed by a library employee during regular library hours.
- Patrons may return items, pick up holds, and pay library fines at this window.
- Patrons may only pick up hold requests at the drive through if they have specifically requested them to be sent there or if they have phoned in advance to request that the items be transferred to the drive through.
- If the patron does not select drive-through as the pick up location, staff member may not leave drive-through to get holds from front hold shelf.
After Hours Item Return
After the Library closes the Drive Through functions as an overnight book drop. Items placed in the book drop after hours are checked in the next morning.
- One free day is allotted at check-in to allow for items returned after hours.
- Any type of item may be returned in the book drop, including DVD's, and items from other libraries.
- Exceptions are any item that bears a notice specifically asking for it NOT to be returned in the book drop, or asking for it to be returned to a specific service desk.
Renewing an Item
There are four different methods that patrons can use to renew library material:
- In person at the library (item does not need to be present)
- Call the library at: 727-587-6715 during library operating hours.
- Through the online catalog with their account
- Automated Telephone System by calling 727-286-6894 or 727-587-6715 option #3. This service is available 24-hours per day, 7 days per week.
Renewals performed in any manner have the following conditions:
Three renewals per item, as long as item is NOT requested by another patron.
If an item is requested by another patron, the item cannot be renewed.
Overdue Notice Schedule
- "Almost overdue" reminder notice: sent out two (2) days before item(s) are due if the patron has email as their notification option.
- First Overdue notice: sent seven (7) days after item(s) become overdue. Notices are sent per the patron's notification option selection: Telephone (call is considered successful if the automated system is answered by machine, child, etc. If iTiva is unable to complete phone call after 3 tries, a paper notice is generated), Email, Text, or Mail.
- Second Overdue notice: sent 14 days after the First overdue notice.
- Third Overdue notice: sent 30 days after the First overdue notice.
- Billing notice: sent 49 days after the item(s) became overdue. This notice includes the price of the item and a $5 processing charge. This is always mailed. The billing notice reads: THIS IS A BILL. Your account has been charged for the failure to return the listed item(s). If the item(s) are lost, please remit the costs as described below. If the item is returned in good condition you will only be charged an overdue fine. If your account is not cleared within 14 days, some libraries may report your account status to the library's collection agency, with an additional $10 service charge added to your account. Please contact the billing library for additional information.
- Once the account is sent to the collection agency, Unique Management Services, Inc., the $10 collection fee cannot be waived.
- PPLC Annual Fee Library Card, $100.00
- PPLC Visitor Fee Library Card, $25 (3-month), $50 (6-month)
- Overdue fines: DVDs/Blu-Ray/Video Games: $0.50 per day up to $5.00 per item. All other items: $0.20 per day up to $5.00 per item
- Lost Library Cards (not expired): $1.00
- Lost or Damaged Library Materials, LIST PRICE +$5.00 processing fee
- Missing Audio CD, $8.00
- Missing DVD Box, $2.00
- Damaged or removed RFID Tag, $2.00
- Missing Plastic Cover, $2.50
- Read and Play Kits, $5 per book, $15 per non-book item, $50 per kit
- Faxing, $1.00 per page, cover sheet free. Continental US only. Cannot receive fax
- Printing/Photocopying, $0.10 for black/white, $0.50 for color
- USB Drives, $5.00
- Earbuds, $1.00
- Blank CD-RW Discs, $1.00
- Library Tote Bags, $1.75
Suspension of Library Use and Borrowing Privileges
The use of the library or its services may be limited for due cause. The following will result in the loss of borrowing privileges:
- failure to return library materials,
- unpaid fines totaling over $10, or
- destruction of library materials.
Extensive or repeated damage to library materials may result in suspension of borrowing privileges. Parents/guardians are responsible for materials checked out on their minor children's cards.
Lost or Damaged Materials
When an item is lost, the patron must pay for it. As set forth in the City of Largo Fee Ordinance, the amount charged is determined by one of the following methods:
- the list price as stated in the bibliographic database,
- the current retail price, or
- the price determined by the librarian (usually in the case of an item that is part of a set or is out of print).
A $5 processing fee will be added.
Patrons may not purchase replacements or substitutions from outside vendors.
Largo Public Library does not issue refunds once an item is paid for. If the patron finds the paid for item, they may keep it or give it back to the library to add back into the collection.
- Damage is assessed by library staff and a determination is made as to whether the materials can be repaired or must be replaced.
- Written notice is sent to the patron stating the damage done and advising the patron as to the price to repair or replace.
- These items will be held for twenty-eight (28) days for the patron to view.
- Patrons can obtain damaged materials if the full replacement cost is paid.
- If there is no response to this notice, the item will be discarded.
When cooperative materials are lost or damaged, the library to which the materials were returned may accept replacement/damage fines on materials and return fines to the owning library. The owning library will be contacted first to determine additional charges.