Lending Policy

To borrow items at the Watkins Glen Public Library, patrons must have an active library card with any of the 48 Southern Tier Library System Member Libraries. This includes public libraries in Alleghany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties. Your library card should be in good standing, meaning it has no fines or lost items on the account. Accidents happen! If your circumstances have changed or you have an issue replacing an item, please speak with the Director.

All materials must be checked out from the Circulation Desk and charged to the account of the patron. The patron must be present in order to have materials charged to their card, except in the instance of illness then the patron must call or authorize in writing another to use their card to bring them materials. In the event the patron is not personally known to library personnel we may require identification.

Loan Periods for WGPL Materials

New Books                                                14 days

Non-New Books                                        21 days

Audiobooks                                              21 days

Inter-library Loan (TC3)                             Varies

Rotating Collection Books                      21 days

New DVDs                                                  7 days

Non-New DVDs 14 days

Music CDs                                                  14 days

How many items can I check out at one time?

Books, audio, music cds Up to 50 total

New DVDs 5

Non-New DVDs 10

**NOTE: This means that patrons can check out a TOTAL of 10 DVDs at any one time, but only 5 can be NEW. For example, you can check out 5 New DVDs, 3 Kids DVDs, and 2 Documentaries totaling 10.

Renewing Your Items

The WGPL participates in an automatic renewal program. Your materials will be renewed twice (2x) automatically as long as there are no holds on them by other patrons. If there is a hold on an item, you are expected to return it at your earliest convenience. We are fine free but we ask that you honor these rules to ensure everybody has a chance to enjoy library materials.

In the event you do need to renew, you may call the owning library of the book directly. This means that even if you use the Watkins Glen Public Library, to renew your materials more than twice, you will have to call the library listed on the checkout barcode for permission. We are happy to locate a phone number for you if you call us.

Returning Materials

Materials may be returned to any library in the Southern Tier Library System. To return in-person, bring items to the Circulation Desk during open hours or use the outside drop box (the silver mailbox in front of the parking lot entrance).