Important dates for library patrons

In preparation for closing all our libraries at the end of the business day on April 6, the Jackson County Library System has imposed the following changes to regular procedure:

March 1: Total number of items that a patron may have checked out is limited to 30 items.

March 16: All items checked out after this date will have a final due date of April 6. This means that items will no longer be checked out for a three week period. For instance, if an item is checked out on March 23, it will be due on April 6 (2 weeks), if an item is checked out on March 30, it will be due on April 6 (1 week).

March 21: No more hold requests may be placed after this date. Any hold request remaining on a patron's record on April 6 will be deleted. Patrons may wish to make a record of their current request list so that requests can be replaced if the library reopens.

March 28: Items may no longer be renewed.

April 5: Items may be checked out until closing time on April 5, but any items checked out will be due the next day.

April 6: Final day; all materials due. Libraries will be open for in-house use and to receive returning materials. No items will be checked out on April 6. Materials returned after April 6 will incur fines at the rate of 20 cents per day.

Materials still overdue as of May 18 will be assumed to be lost, and patrons will be billed for overdue fines and replacement costs. Unpaid bills in excess of $25 will be sent to a materials recovery (collection) agency. Payments and questions about patron accounts may be directed to: Central Library Circulation Department, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501, 774-8690.

April 27: Book drops in all branches except the Central Library will be closed on April 27. Patrons with items to return after April 27 will need to return the items to the Central Library in person or by mail.

May 2: The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will take public comment regarding funding for libraries at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the County Courthouse auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

Keep your library card. It will be valid if the libraries reopen in the future.

Meghan O'Flaherty is headquarters library manager for Jackson County Library Services.

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