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Borrowing Policies

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There are two types of memberships available:

  • RESIDENTS OF PORT WASHINGTON: Residents of the Port Washington School District may fill out the application form online or at the library. The application is processed and a card mailed to the resident at his/her home address. There is no fee for this card.
  • EMPLOYED IN PORT WASHINGTON: A person employed in Port Washington must enter his/her place of employment, employer’s address, and telephone number as indicated on the application form. The library verifies the employment, processes the card, and mails it to the employee’s home address. There is no fee for this card. This card must be updated yearly upon verification of employment. This card may only be used at PWPL and cannot be used for direct access borrowing at other libraries.

Library Borrowing Policies

Port Washington Public Library cardholders (resident, employed in Port Washington, paying non-resident, and summer resident) have full borrowing privileges. Cardholders from other Nassau Library System member libraries (Direct Access borrowers) may use their cards at any library in the system to borrow books and other materials (varies depending on library). Cardholders may also ask their home libraries to obtain materials from us via interloan.

Fines and Fees Schedule

The Port Washington Public Library does not charge overdue late fines for any circulating materials.

The Library does assess some fees for lost or damaged materials. Patrons are responsible for returning or renewing items they check out before the due date. Items are declared lost after they have been overdue for 30 days and a replacement fee will be charged to the patron’s account. Borrowing privileges may be suspended for patrons until a replacement fee has been paid or the overdue material/s have been returned.