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Balch Springs Library-Learning Center

Circulation Policy

Circulation Policy for the Balch Springs Library – Learning Center


Patrons must have a valid Texas picture I.D. or a Mexico Matricular Consular ID Card plus mail that has patron’s current address on it.  New card holders may only check out two books the first day with no audio visual materials.  After returning borrowed items on time, patrons may then check out up to10 items per person.  A fee will be charged for lost cards. Library cards are required for checking out library material or using the internet.


Books are loaned out for 2 weeks and may be renewed once.  Late items will be charged .15 cents per day that they are not returned.  A book drop is available for night returns. 


AV materials (video’s, DVD’s, and music CD’s) may be checked out to adults only.  The loan period is 1 week.  A charge of $1.00 per day will be applied to late AV materials. The following are the circulation rules for audiovisual material:

Per check out:

·        10 Items Total

·        2 Books on the same subject

·        2 DVD’s, 4 VHS’s

·        2 Music CD’s

·        3 Books on tape

·        3 Read-alongs

·        2 Encyclopedias

Note:  Only older encyclopedias will be allowed to be checked out.  Please ask a librarian for assistance.


If you have long overdue items over 90 days your name may be turned over to the municipal court and added fees and court costs will apply to the total due.


Circulation fines are as follows:

  • Books: $ .15 per day
  • DVD’s, VHS’s, Music: $1.00 per day
  • Book CD’s and Cassettes: $ .15 per day
  • After maximum fine has been reached, items will be charged 150% of the cost of the item.

A fine cannot be owed by any family member in order to check out new materials.  ALL FAMILY MEMBERS MUST BE CLEARED.


Lost books or AV materials must be paid if the materials are lost or damaged.  No swap or trade will be allowed. For a lost book patron will pay the replacement cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee. If the maximum fine has been applied and is more than the cost of the book plus processing fee, the maximum fine will be paid.


Library material that has been damaged must be paid in full. For a damaged book, patron will pay the replacement cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee.   If there is minor damage, costs will be as follows:

  • Damaged book: cost of book + $5.00 processing fee
  • Barcode removed - $5.00
  • Torn dust jacket - $5.00
  • Broken DVD/VHS case - $5.00


Patrons who lose their cards must replace them.  A picture ID may be used one time only if the card is misplaced. Cost of a replacement card is $2.50.