Policies

General Services

  1. Public access to the Internet is provided. (For our full Internet policy, click here.) A periodicals database provides access to thousands of periodicals and trade and professional journals.
  2. Copy-machine service is available for 15 cents per page. Copies may be enlarged or reduced.
  3. FAX service is also available: $1 per page to send; 50 cents per page to receive.
  4. Requests for materials we do not own may be made through interlibrary loan with the Electronic Information Network.

Membership

  1. Library membership is free to all Allegheny County residents.
  2. Residents of Westmoreland, Butler and other counties beyond Allegheny County may become members and check out materials at no charge, providing that a valid library card with a Pennsylvania Access sticker is shown.
  3. Non-resident fees, for non-Allegheny County residents without an Access sticker or for out-of-county residents desiring Internet access, are $25 for a personal membership and $30 for a family membership.

Borrowing Policy

  1. Most books are loaned for three weeks.
  2. Videotapes, audiotapes, new bestseller fiction, and high-demand nonfiction are loaned for one week.
  3. Current and back issues of magazines may be borrowed for one week.
  4. Newspapers do not circulate and must be used in the library.
  5. Seven-day nonfiction books are high-demand books and may not be renewed.
  6. Books with a waiting list may not be renewed.
  7. Fines on books, audiotapes, and magazines are 15 cents per item per day overdue.
  8. Fines on videos and DVDs are 50 cents per movie per day overdue.

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