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Frequently Asked Questions


ITEM
LOAN
PERIOD
DAILY
LATE FEE
MAXIMUM
LATE FEE
Books, magazines, pamphlets, CDs, audio books, playaways 14 days 10 cents $3
Juvenile materials 14 days 10 cents $1
DVDs (Adult and Juvenile) 7 days $1.00 $3
Rental books and DVDs ($1.00 per week) 7 days 25 cents $3
Museum Passes 2 days $5.00 $25
Virtual Catalog 28 days $1.00 $10
Interlibrary Loan varies $1.00 $10

Late fees are charged when items are kept beyond the loan period. This is to encourage prompt return of the items so that someone else may use it.

May I renew books?
Most items can be renewed three times if no one is waiting for them. The renewal period is the same length as the original loan period (see chart above). Material may be renewed in person, by phone or online using the My Account feature. Note: Interlibrary Loans and Virtual Catalog items may not be renewed.

Where may I return items I borrow?
Items may be returned to any Falmouth Public Library location or any other CLAMS library. The bookdrops are open at all times. When possible, it is requested that items be brought to the service desks during open hours. This prevents wear and tear to the library's materials. Items from any CLAMS library may be returned through Falmouth Public Library.

What may I borrow, and is there a limit to the number of items I may borrow?
Books, audiotapes, videotapes, DVDs, compact discs and magazines may all be borrowed. The most current issue of a magazine title may not be borrowed until the next issue becomes available. The limit to the number of items borrowed is fifty. The only exceptions are that six DVDs, videocassettes, audiobooks and magazines may be checked out on your record.

What forms of payment does the Library accept?
The Library accepts cash or checks. We cannot accept credit or debit cards at this time.

Vacation Loans
If you know you will need items for an extended period, ask a librarian for a vacation loan. Note: Vacation loans are not available on items with holds or on Interlibrary Loans.