Borrowing Materials

 Patrons with library cards in good standing may borrow materials from the Library collection.

Different Types of materials have different circulation rules

Loan Periods and Fines

Material Type Loan Period
Books and Magazines 3 weeks, 1 renewal
DVDs (limit of 5 dvds) 1 week, 1 renewal
Audiobooks(limit of 5) 3 weeks, 1 renewal

Library materials may be renewed for the original loan period.

Fines

Late items .10 / day (max of $3.00)

Avoid fines! Click here to email us and sign up for our courtesy notices; you will receive an e-mail reminder three days before your items are due.  Courtesy notices are not available for museum passes.

Patrons utilize library materials at their own risk.

Parks and Museum Passes

    • The Rockingham Free Public Library offers cardholders passes to museums, parks, and institutions throughout the state and in nearby communities.

Passes can be reserved a month in advance and provide free or greatly reduced admission. Each pass can be checked out by Library cardholders age 18 and older for three days at a time.

    • For details about borrowing a Park or Museum pass, or to make a reservation, please contact the Library.
    • Current passes available include:

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
ILL items circulate for different lengths which are set by the lending library we’re borrowing the materials from; when you receive an ILL there will be a piece of paper letting you know when the item is due. Depending on the lending library we may or may not be able to renew your ILL materials. If you need to renew the book, contact the Rockingham Library at 463-4270. Patrons are limited to borrowing three ILL items at a time.

Reference Books
Reference books are available at all times in the Library; these books do not circulate.

Newspapers
Current newspapers are available to read in the Library; these do not circulate. Newspapers available include: Boston Globe, Brattleboro Reformer, Rutland Herald, Eagle Times, The Compass, The Commons, Sunday New York Times, The Message, The Shopper, The Green Mountain Outlook, and the Westminster Gazette.

Managing Your Account Online

In order to manage your account online you will need to have created a PIN when you signed up for your Library card. If you didn’t assign yourself a PIN when you registered or you’ve forgotten your PIN, you can reset it by visiting the Library or click here to request a new one.

Checking on Due Dates and renewing items

Please note there are renewal limits on items.

There are several ways to get information about the materials you currently have out and renewing them:

Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Items

Overdue materials accrue a fine of .10 per day per item and will stop accruing fines at a max of $3.00.  For example: if you had a book overdue a few years and were able to bring it back in the same condition it was checked out in, you would only owe a fine of $3.00.

Patrons with long overdues (90 days or more) will be billed the cost of replacing the item in the collection.

If a library item is damaged or lost, the patron that checked it out will be billed the replacement cost.

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