[Libs-Or] Library cards for homeless/those without permanent address

Cheryl Spangler CSpangler at ci.harrisburg.or.us
Tue Jul 10 13:39:36 PDT 2012

I don't always collect fines, especially if I know families just forget not on a regular basis, or if it's a kid bringing a book back.  But in our library, part of the budget is the fines. We don't make much on them, but the City Administration looks to see it is coming in.

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Sarah Jesudason
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:24 AM
To: Buzzy Nielsen; libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Library cards for homeless/those without permanent address

That sounds Utopian, but I'm wondering if they really mean the counties/districts that have reciprocal agreements with FVRL.

Eligibility for a library card
The following categories of individuals with adequate identification are eligible to register for library cards:

  *   All residents of the Library District.
  *   Non-residents of the Library District who pay taxes to support the Library District. This includes individuals who own a business or property located within the Library District but live elsewhere.
  *   Residents of other tax-supported public library jurisdictions such as individuals known as "Reciprocal Borrowers."
  *   Residents of areas where there is no tax-supported public library may register for a card after paying a household non-resident fee.
Otherwise, it is interesting that they are explicit in granting cards to nonresidents who are still part of the tax base. They are also limiting this to property/business owners - not those who are employed in the District, but live in a non-reciprocal area. That makes me think that they really intend the third clause to mean pre-arranged reciprocal areas.


Sarah Jesudason
Adult Services Supervisor
Tigard Public Library

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us]<mailto:[mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us]> On Behalf Of Buzzy Nielsen
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To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Library cards for homeless/those without permanent address

Check out our neighbors to the north at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District for a different model: They don't charge fines, and they give a free card to anyone who lives within the jurisdiction of a tax-supported public library anywhere in the country.


Buzzy Nielsen

Library Director
Hood River County Library District
502 State St
Hood River, OR 97031
On 07/10/2012 10:15 AM, Diedre Conkling wrote:

Actually what happens without fines is that items get returned at the same rate as in libraries with fines.   The down side might be that the returns come in a bit later, it is not that the items aren't returned.  The major up side is the reduction of stress on staff.  Yes, there has been research done on this. I am, however, unable to point anyone to the research today but probably could later in the week.  Oh, the research is on return rates and not staff stress levels. That is just a comment from my personal experience.
On Jul 10, 2012 9:30 AM, "Kyle Banerjee" <banerjek at orbiscascade.org<mailto:banerjek at orbiscascade.org>> wrote:


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