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The Mission of the Oswego Public Library is to be the learning center for the Greater Oswego area and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. Community needs drive our services. We believe that library services should be delivered in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner.

120 East 2nd Street
Oswego, NY 13126

Carol Ferlito, Director
Edward Elsner, Librarian
Karen Swartz, Children's Services Coordinator
Mike Redding, Volunteer Coordinator
Rosemary Scullin, Secretary/Account Clerk
Diane Collins, Clerk
Mary Ann Donahue, Clerk
Deb Dubord, Clerk
Melanie MacLean, Clerk
Donalee Murray, Clerk
Kathy Nalle, Clerk
Eileen Sprague, Library Aide
Crystal Wilcox, Library Learning Center


 Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Policies

The following are rules and regulations of the Oswego Public Library. These are effective October 18, 2014 as adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Oswego Public Library.

New Cardholders:

  • Complete a registration form and provide identification. Primary identification to be used is identification with a picture (preferably a Driver’s License) which has the individual’s current address. If the address information on the picture ID is not current, then another form of identification must be presented which verifies the individual’s current address (ie. a piece of mail or bill). Individuals who do not possess a valid picture ID must present two documents that verify their current address.
  • Patrons who have been in good standing may update their information without proof of address.
  • Children 12 and under must apply with a parent or guardian and that adult’s signature is required on their registration form.
  • There will be a $1.00 charge to replace a lost or damaged library card.

Overall Policy:

  • Users must present their library card to check out materials. 
  • There is an overall limit of (20) items at one time on a library card.
  • Library cards must be renewed every year.

Loan Periods:

  • Adult fiction & non-fiction, Large Print, YA fiction & non-fiction, Juvenile fiction & non-fiction, and Easy books are loaned out for 4 weeks.
  • All new items are loaned out for a period of 2 weeks.
  • All videos, VHS, DVD, & Blu-ray format, are loaned out for 1 week.  Patrons must be 18 or older to check out videos. 
  • All audios, cassette and CD format, are loaned out for 2 weeks.
  • Magazines except for the current issue are loaned out for 2 weeks.


  • Materials will be available for pickup for 1 week after they are processed.
  • Holds may be placed either in person, by phone, or online.
  • There is a limit of 10 holds per patron.

Renewal Policy:

  • All items may be renewed once if there are no holds.
  • Renewals are not allowed for items with holds.
  • Renewals may be done over the phone or in person or online.

Overdues and Fines:

  • All items have a grace period of 1 day.
  • Users are fined $.20 per day for each book, audio, or magazine with a maximum fine of $5.00 per library card.
  • Users are fined $1.00 per day for each video with a maximum fine of $5.00 per library card.
  • Library users will lose borrowing & computer privileges when fines total $5.00.
  • Borrowing privileges & computer use will be suspended if user has 5 or more overdue items, or one item more than 1 week late, and will not be restored until such materials are either returned, paid for, or fines have been paid.
  • Overdue materials that have reached the maximum fine of $5.00 may not be renewed until the fine is paid in full.
  • In extenuating circumstances, arrangements can be made with the director in lieu of the fine.
  • The $5.00 maximum fine does not include lost or damaged materials.

Damaged Materials:

  • If a book or other material is damaged beyond repair, the borrower is required to pay the billed amount (The total not to exceed the current replacement cost & processing charge).
  • Until the damaged item is paid for, the user may not borrow any items.


  • Library records that are deemed confidential are covered by New York State Law signed on June 13, 1988 (I CPLR 4509). 
  • These records are related to the circulation of library materials that contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems, of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records.  These records shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed upon the request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.  
  • The Oswego Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its users.

Interlibrary Loan: 

  • The Interlibrary loan service supports the mission of the library by providing expanded access to library materials and information. The purpose of interlibrary loan is to obtain materials not available in the library. The library affirms that interlibrary loan is an adjunct to, not a substitute for, the library's collection. In meeting patron needs, the library will exhaust local resources first, before requesting items on interlibrary loan.  
  • Definition:  An Interlibrary Loan request is defined as a request for library materials made on behalf of a library patron through the NCLS, ICEPAC or OCLC systems. 

Patron Status:

  • Patrons must have a library card in good standing to use the Interlibrary Loan service. A patron status of "Blocked" will deny ILL service.

  • Interlibrary Loan requests will not be processed for patrons with overdue Interlibrary Loan materials.

Borrowing Rules:

  • Ten active requests are permitted at any one time per patron. A request is active from the time it is initiated until the item has been returned and checked in at the lending library and the record has cleared.

  • Materials will be available for pickup for one week after they are processed. If an item was not picked up, it will not be requested again.

  • Interlibrary Loan materials are checked out for 14 days, unless specified otherwise by lending library

  • Interlibrary Loans may be renewed once only if the lending library permits renewals.


  • The library does not charge fees for the Interlibrary Loan service.

  • The library is responsible for the shipping charges incurred in the transfer of loans.

  • The library always attempts to borrow from libraries who lend free of charge. However, if an item is only available from a library which charges a fee for loans, the item will be requested only if the patron agrees to pay the fee.

  • The patron is responsible for overdue fees, repair or replacement costs. The library will make an effort to collect any such charges from the patron who received the materials.

Adopted: October 18, 2014


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