Library Policies and Frequently Asked Questions
- How long can I check out books and other library materials?
- How can I use a meeting room?
- How often can I renew materials?
- What are your overdue charges?
- Do you have a copier and how much do copies cost?
- Do you have color copiers or color printers?
- How do I get a library card?
- What if I want a library card, but I don't live in one of the counties you listed?
Can I sign up to use the Internet?
(Or just use your wi-fi compatible computer at any of our branches!)
- How do I find out what journals and magazines you have?
Q. How long can I check out books and other library materials?
A. Books, books on tape, CD-ROMs for computers, most magazines, cassettes and music CDs are loaned for two weeks. Videos and DVDs circulate for one week. You may renew them by calling us to extend the loan or by using the online catalog.
Q. How can I use a meeting room?
A. The Library is pleased to make our meeting rooms available to the public. You can find out more about the number and size of meeting rooms at each branch. Meeting rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended for programs that are free and open to the public. Call your branch for the details on booking a room and if a room is available for your program.
Q. How often can I renew materials?
A. You can renew items a number of times. However, if another patron has put the title on reserve, you will be asked to return the item. If you would like to borrow the item again, you may place a reserve on it.
Q. What are your overdue charges?
A. Most materials, with the exception of the videos, have overdue fines of 10 cents per day up to $2.00 The overdue fines for videos and DVDs are $1.00 per day up to $5.00 per item. That's it. The good news is that the most you will ever pay for five or more items overdue is $10.00. We will waive any overdue fine that exceeds this amount. What we really want is for you to return the materials in a timely manner so that other people can use them, too.
Q. Do you have a copier and how much do copies cost?
A. We have copiers at each branch. Copies cost 15 cents a page and the proceeds go to the Friends of the Library to support our library system.
Q. Do you have color copiers or color printers?
A. We don't have color copiers or printers at this time, but our Reference librarians can help you find an office store where you can make color copies for a fee.
Q. How do I get a library card?
A. Library cards are free to residents of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland counties. We also have reciprocal agreements with the counties of Prince William, Fauquier, Culpeper, and Orange so if you have library card at one of those libraries, just show it to us to get your free card with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. You can apply for a library card at any of our branches or online.
Q. What if I want a library card, but I don't live in one of the counties you listed?
A. You can get an out-of-region card good for one year. This costs $30 for your entire family, and you enjoy all the benefits of the library as well as access to our extensive collection of online databases. The annual cost for senior citizens is $15.
Q. Can I sign up to use the Internet?
A. Free public-access computers are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis by reservation at all of our facilities. You may reserve a one-hour time slot by contacting any of our Reference Desks. Also, all of our branches are set up with free wi-fi access. In addition to the Internet, you can use a number of online databases or computer applications. You might also want to view our Use of Computer Resources Policy.
Q. How do I find out what journals and magazines you have?
A. For our print magazines, you can access our library catalog online. If you choose to search the catalog by subject, say for education journals, then type in "education periodicals" (without the quotes!). You will obtain a listing of our holdings in journals/magazines about education. You can also search by the specific journal title you need.
We also have a collection of downloadable digital magazines, offered to library cardholders. Click here to see a list of the hundreds of titles available.
Perhaps a richer resource would be our full-text online magazine and newpaper databases. Click here for the online databases and log in with your 14-digit library card number. You will be given a selection of databases to search, including some with full-text articles from hundreds of different journals...you can limit your search by publication title if you wish.