Borrowing Policy

Library Cards

A library card is free to anyone who lives, works, owns property, attends school, or is retired from employment in Nashua. Spouses and children of Nashua employees (or retired employees) and property-owners are also eligible for free cards.

Residents of Nashua must present one of the following:

  • a photo ID showing their name and residential address (usually a driver’s license) or
  • a photo ID showing their name (but wrong address or no address) plus one alternate form of ID showing their name and residential address (checkbook, rent receipt, car registration, phone bill, mail delivered by the post office, etc.) or
  • two alternate forms of ID showing their name and residential address (checkbook, rent receipt, car registration, phone bill, mail delivered by the post office, etc.).

Employees in Nashua must present a photo ID (or two alternate forms of ID) along with business cards, pay-check stubs, or letters from the employer which show their name and workplace. (Those retired from employment must bring in a letter from the past employer.)

Property owners in Nashua must present a photo ID (or two alternate forms of ID) and tax-bills showing their name and property address.

Students (adult) enrolled in Nashua must present either a school photo ID, or a non-school photo ID plus a tuition bill or letter from the teacher/headmaster/administration.

Spouses/children of Nashua employees (or retired employees) and property-owners must be present with the taxpayer to whom they are related (and spouses must present ID).

Those who do not qualify for any of the above may purchase non-resident library cards for an annual fee of $60. They must present a photo ID (or two alternative forms of ID) showing their name and address.

Those who reside in shelters or temporary housing in Nashua may obtain cards. They must present something in writing which indicates they reside at the temporary housing.

Children

Children (ages 5-11) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to obtain a card. The parent/legal guardian must sign for the child and assume financial responsibility for materials borrowed on the card. The parents/guardians must present ID (as above).

Teens

Young Adults (ages 12-17) assume financial responsibility for materials borrowed on their cards. They must present either a photo ID, class schedule, paystub/bill/mail, or student ID form filled out by the school.

Computer Cards

Those who do not qualify for free library cards and wish to have computer access without borrowing material may obtain a special computer card. Proof of residency is not required, but a photo ID (or two alternate pieces of ID) is required of adults. See above (teens) for ID required of young adults.

A computer card may be upgraded to a regular borrower card when the customer meets the requirements and proper ID (per above) is presented.

There is a $3.00 replacement fee for lost or damaged library cards.

Responsibilities

Cardholders must use their own library card to borrow material and are responsible for all material borrowed on their cards. The only exception is customers under the age of 12, for whom a parent or legal guardian is responsible. All fines for late material as well as replacement fees for lost or damaged material must be paid for by the cardholder or parent/legal guardian.

 

Loan periods and overdue fines

Most items circulate for a 3-week loan period with a 20 ¢ per day late fee per item and 2 renewals permitted. Renewals are not permitted on items that others have placed on hold. The following exceptions apply:

Item
Loan Period
Item Limit
FineOverdue
Fines
RenewRenewals

Books: “Hot Copies”
1 week
1
60¢
0

Books by Mail
4 weeks
2
None
1

DVDs
1 week
10
60¢
1

DVDs “Hot”
2 days
2
60¢
0

DVDs “Hot Requestable”
2 days
2
60¢
0

Videogames
1 week
2
60¢
0

Audiobooks
3 weeks
10
20¢
1

Music Cds
3 weeks
10
20¢
1

eBooks
2 weeks
3
None
0

Downloadable Audiobooks
2 weeks
3
None
0

 

Bookdrops/Media-drops

We have book and media drop boxes on Court St. and in the main parking lot that you can use to return material when the library is closed.