FAQ


Library Cards

Library cards are free to all patrons!

How do I get a library card?

  1. Bring a piece of recent mail with your name and current address – canceled by the United States Post Office (mail you received).
  2. Come to the library and fill out an application card.

Child Cards

Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult to obtain a card. That adult must present his or her own identification and agree to be responsible for any fines or any materials damaged or lost by the child.

Materials limits (the number if items you check out) are applied by household/address.

Getting more cards will not increase those limits; however, there is a 15 item limit per card on Overdrive (our free ebooks & audiobooks). Having a separate card does give each family member their own holds list and suggestions on the Libby app.

Guest Cards

New residents unable to provide a piece of recent mail are eligible for a library guest card. With this card, they can checkout one item. Guest cards are temporary and will be changed to regular cards once the patron brings in proof of address.

Lost/Replacement cards

Patrons must pay a $5 fee to obtain a new card. Your barcode number (on the back if the card) will change. If you use Overdrive for ebooks, your old account/barcode will no longer be usable.


Checking Out Books

How many books / DVDs can I check out?

The first time you use your card, you can check out only 2 items.

After that, you may check out up to 20 items. Materials limits (the number if items you check out) are applied by household/address.

How long can I keep library materials?

All materials are due 2 weeks after the check out date. You can call us and renew your books during our business hours.

The following limits apply to your 20 item total: only 2 non-fiction books on one subject, 3 books by the same author, 2 books about the same person, 10 magazines, 8 DVDs, and 10 audiobooks.


Fines & Fees

How much do late fees cost?

We Went Fine Free!

As of March 15, 2022, the Sequatchie County Public Library is a fine free library. We will no longer charger late fees for materials returned after their due date, and all past fines are forgiven.

There are no more late fees on materials (books, DVDs, audiobooks).

There is ONE exception!

Books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan belong to another library. We are responsible for their timely return to that lending library, and patrons will be responsible for any late fees that lending library charges if the interlibrary loan books are not returned on time.

Fees on Lost or Damaged Materials

If an item is returned damaged or has been lost by a patron, the patron will be charged replacing that item.


Computer Use

Wifi

Free public WiFi is available throughout the library during normal business hours. No password is required. It is not a secured network.

Library Computer Use

Computers with internet access are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

There is no fee for using a library computer.

Computer time is limited to one session per day – 45 minutes in length. Please note when our Computer Room closes: Mondays at 6:30pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 3:30 PM. Any session started 45 or less before our Computer Room’s scheduled closing time for that day will be shorter.

Our Computer Room is a quiet room. No talking, listening to music without phones, or cellphone use is allowed to insure that patrons can work undisturbed by others.

Only 1 person may use each computer in quiet room at a time. If a patron has brought someone to assist them with using the computer, a computer in the Family Room may be available for their use.

Instruction in computer use and external storage devices will not be provided by the library. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own USB storage devices to save their work; our computers reset after each use. Any saved documents or downloads will be deleted and cannot be recovered.

Printing & Copies

Printed pages cost 25¢ per page and are only printed in black and white. Limit of 20 pages per day, per patron.

Copied pages cost 10¢ per page and are only copied in black and white. Limit of 10 pages per day, per patron.

At this time, we cannot accept card or online payments.

Library Computers have word processing applications and internet access.

Wireless printing is not currently available.

Scanning & Faxing

At this time, the library cannot provide faxing services.

Scanning pages cost 10¢ per page. We will only scan loose pages – no books or catalogs. Limit of 20 pages per day, per patron.

We cannot email scanned pages. Our staff will scan the page to a library usb drive, copy that file onto a public computer, and patrons are responsible to save a copy of that pdf either to their own usb or email. After each use, all files on the library’s usb drive will be erased.

Children Using Computers

Due to COVID, only one of our children’s computers is available in the Family Room. The AWE Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. Parents must remain in the Family Room with their children while they use the AWE Station.


Interlibrary Loan

How do I request a book that the library doesn’t own?

If we do not have a book in our collection, some titles may be available online in ebook or audiobook format. Call or come by the library to speak to our staff for more details on either borrowing the title from another library or adding the book to our collection.


Other Questions

We are currently accepting all donations at the drop box at the Senior Citizen Center in the Fair Building located at 103 Heard St, Dunlap, TN 37327.

How can I volunteer at the library?

Call or come by to speak with our Director about volunteer opportunities.