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Library Policies

Your library card enables you to borrow books, periodicals, videos, CDs, DVDs and audio books, and use of the library's facilities to access the Internet and other electronic resources.
You may borrow an unlimited number of books, for two weeks.  Patrons may borrow a maximum of 10 CDs and 10 DVDs (system-wide). All materials may be renewed twice, either by phone, in person or online, unless they are reserved for other library patrons.  A late fee of 15 cents a day is charged for all items kept overdue, except DVDs which are $1 a day.  Overdue notices are mailed to patrons to remind them to return materials and settle their accounts.  After 60 overdue days have passed, all accounts with a balance of $40 or more will be turned over to Unique Management Services, Inc., a collection agency specializing in library materials recovery, and an additional $10 service charge will be added to you account.  For your convenience our Main Branch in downtown Harrisonburg accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa for fine payments as well as cash or check.  All other branches accept cash or check only.  We appreciate the timely return of materials so that others may enjoy them.  Items that are not returned must be replaced at the library's expense, thereby limiting our budget and ability to purchase new materials for our community.
If a book is not on the shelf, it may be reserved and you will be notified by phone or email when it is available. Please provide a local telephone or cell phone number, or an email address so we may contact you. 
Cardholders may also review their records, renew items and place holds online. Stop by any branch to receive your PIN in person for online account access.

Internet Service

Internet access is available at the Main Library and each branch library. Patrons may sign up for one hour and must have a library card in good standing (no outstanding fees or fines). Visitors and patrons without their library cards with them must present a valid driver's license when they sign up and will be charged a $1 use fee per person, per location, per day.  There is a 25 cents per page charge for printing black and white copies, and 50 cents per page for color copies. See Internet Use Policy.

Collection Development Policy 

MRL’s collections are intended to meet the life-long informational, educational and recreational needs of the citizens of Page and Rockingham Counties and the City of Harrisonburg. The scope of the collection is sufficiently broad to offer a choice of format, treatment, and level of difficulty so that the library needs of most individuals can be met. The collection, with the exception of the Genealogy/Local History collection, is not intended to be archival or for deep research; it is reviewed and revised on a continuous basis to meet contemporary, on-going needs.

MRL encourages and accepts gifts with the understanding that all gifts of materials become the property of the library whether or not they are added to the collection.  Gifts added to the collection are handled according to the same guidelines as any other materials belonging to the library:  if added they are available to all library patrons; they may be housed at any branch in the system and they may be withdrawn in accordance with the library’s weeding guidelines.  Materials donated to MRL should be reviewed according to the same criteria for adding new material. Materials not chosen for the library collection are disposed of to the library’s best advantage, such as the Friends of the Library’s book sales.

Check out the full text, including selection guidelines, of the Collection Development Policy.

Patron Responsibility and Conduct

The Massanutten Regional Library is a non-profit organization supported by funds from Rockingham County, Page County, the City of Harrisonburg, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The residents of these localities expect each of our facilities to be a clean, comfortable, and safe place for reading, research, study, meetings, and leisure. Everyone has an equal right to access library services and facilities; no person has the right to interfere with the ability of others to use and enjoy library resources, facilities, and services.

To this end the library has established rules and guidelines of conduct to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and to preserve and protect the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. For a complete listing of these guidelines, please click here.

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