The Bellaire Public Library accepts donated items for their collections with the understanding that these items must meet the same standards as purchased materials. Criteria of relevancy to the library’s mission, content appropriateness, and cost analysis of processing and maintenance of the items are carefully considered during the evaluation process.
Once accepted, these items become the exclusive property of the library and are handled in the same manner consistent with established library procedures. Accepted items are cataloged; a nameplate is affixed to the item in the donator’s honor or in memoriam of a person(s) named and an acknowledgement letter is sent. A pre-written inventory/bibliography of your gifted items is appreciated. The library cannot, however, perform an appraisal on any donated item. Items not accepted may be discarded, sold via book sale or given to another library, museum or archives. All monetary gifts to the library are encouraged.
If gifts are of intrinsic/archival value, a Deed of Gift is completed and signed by the Donor or Donor’s Agent as well as the Library Director or Library Agent.
Donated items considered for inclusion
Items not considered
First edition books
Books in good, clean condition
Local history items
Paperbacks (for book sales only)
Videocassettes (for book sales only)
Newspapers and journals
Material in poor or dirty condition
All patrons should have their library cards with them when checking out items. Because our library system is statewide, the percentage of errors increases significantly when patrons do not have their library cards. The possibilities of ‘same names’ exist throughout the state. Patrons could accidently be charged with items that they had never checked out. Subsequently, fees could inadvertently be accumulated into their library accounts.
Bellaire Public Library patrons, who have no form of I.D., can check out items if two (2) or more staff members know them. When the system is down, “holds” can still be manually created for these Bellaire patrons as well as those who have their library cards. To help eliminate errors, however, no “holds” are created for unfamiliar patrons without library cards or any other kind of I.D. when the system is down.
Patrons can request renewal of items via phone even without their library cards. However, if patrons want to place “holds” on items over the phone, they should have their library cards available so that their information can be correctly and readily pulled up. If patrons do not have their library cards when requesting “holds”, then staff members should prompt them for additional information such as correct spelling of names, birthdates, addresses, or phone numbers. Staff should explain that the information is needed so that item(s) is/are not on “hold” in someone else’s similar name.
A receipt showing the date due back for each item is printed and given to the patron upon check-out.
No fines are charged to materials returned on time. Also, fines may be charged differently on items borrowed from other libraries depending on the lending library's fine policy.
On all Bellaire Public Library materials checked out with a Bellaire library card:
On materials borrowed from other libraries:
On Inter-Library Loans:
On materials checked out on another library's card:
NOTE: An additional processing fee may be charged if it becomes necessary to send you a bill for the items checked out. Also, a $10.00 pick-up fee will be charged if we need to come and get the books from you.
THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
The books in our library are grouped according to the Dewey Decimal System.
000 - Generalities
800 - Literature
Also, through our e-catalog and website, free access to e-books, streaming videos, e-magazines, music and e-reference material is available.
Your library card
It's easy to get a Bellaire library card. Just fill out an application and present two forms of identification, one of which shows your current mailing address. (You must have a permanent address to apply - we cannot issue cards to those who have a temporary address.)
When you apply for a card for the first time, you will be unable to check out materials until your card is mailed to you. New library cards must be mailed out before it can be used to check out library materials. We will be glad to hold any materials at the desk for you until you receive your card in the mail.
New borrowers are limited to a maximum of four (4) items checked out at any given time during the first 90 days of using their library card. Also, new borrowers may place one (1) hold/reserve on items not available at Bellaire Public Library during that same time.
Children and Library Cards:
Children can get library cards with a parent or guardian's signature instead of ID. They must be around six years old and able to write their own name (first and last) on their application, but they can get help with their address and phone number if necessary.
IF WE HAVE A RECORD OF YOUR LIBRARY CARD ON FILE:
If you have had a card at our library before, and we still have record of it on file, we can issue you a new card without mailing it to you. If your card number has expired, we will issue you a new card at no charge. If you still have a valid (current) card number, we will consider this a replacement card and issue you a new card for a 50¢ charge.
Lost or Stolen Cards:
If your card is ever lost or stolen, please notify the library immediately. You are responsible for ALL materials checked out on your library card even if someone else used the card. If you let us know that your card has been lost or stolen, we can put a "stop" on that card and issue you a new card with a new number. The missing card then will no longer be a valid card, and you will not be held responsible for anything checked out on it after that date.
IF YOU HAVE A VALID, BARCODED LIBRARY CARD FROM ANOTHER LOCAL OHIO LIBRARY:
If you have a valid library card from any of the local Ohio libraries including Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville, Barnesville, Shadyside, Powhatan, Monroe County, Steubenville, and many others, you may use that library card here. You must present the card when checking out library materials.