Changes on the books at library


Changes in regards to check out periods, library accounts and fees are now in effect at Cedar Park Public Library.

According to Cedar Park Library Director Julia Mitschke, every two years the library staff conducts a benchmark study to make sure their facility is in line with other local libraries. Over the summer, the staff sent out a community engagement survey to collect feedback from library patrons.

“We received over 500 responses on our community engagement survey over the summer,” Mitschke told Cedar Park council members at an August meeting. “They showed a significant interest in longer membership periods and longer loan periods for books.” 

Because of this feedback, Cedar Park Public Library users can now check out books, magazines, music and audiobooks for three weeks, allowing patrons an extra week with these materials. Due to high demand, the check out period for DVDs will remain one week per item.

Additionally, a resident library account will now be valid for two years before having to be renewed, rather than having to renew memberships annually. If an account holder does not have changes with their address or bills on their account, the library account can now be renewed via phone, as well as in person. 

As of this month, non-residents are now able to purchase a three-month membership for $10, as well as a six-month membership for $20 or a one-year membership for $35.

The overdue fee for books, magazines, music, audiobooks, and DVDs has been changed to 25 cents per day across the board. This is a slight increase for book and magazine overdue fees, and a decrease for music, audiobook and DVD overdue fees, which used to be $1 per day. 

“Rather than having a different fee for books versus media, they will have one fee to remember,” Mitschke said. 

The printing fees are decreasing from 25 cents per page to 10 cents per page for black/white copies, and from $1 per page to 50 cents per page for color copies.

The threshold for when a library account will be blocked from activity, including checking out materials or using the Library’s computers, will increase from $5 to $10 in fines and fees. The threshold for when a library account will be eligible to be sent to an independent collection agency will increase from $25 to $50 or more in fines and fees after 60 days.