Director John Helling has announced that the library will be joining the Evergreen Indiana project Sept. 10 and he says it's going to mean a lot of changes for library patrons.
"Evergreen Indiana is a cooperative of public libraries. This is a statewide cooperative that has 32 members right now and will have 50 by the end of the year. We're excited to be a part of Evergreen Indiana," said Helling, adding it will bring several changes to the library's circulation policies and practices.
Patrons of Evergreen Indiana libraries are able to view the catalogs of all of the member libraries and borrow materials from the other member libraries using their Evergreen Indiana library card.
Helling said when the library goes live onto the new system, all patrons will be given a new free Evergreen card.
"The Evergreen card can be used at any Evergreen Indiana library in the state, the exact same way that it can be used in Bloomfield. Our patrons will also be able to place holds on items from other Evergreen Indiana libraries. This will greatly increase the amount of materials available to our patrons," said Helling.
Joining the Evergreen Indiana consortium also means some changes in the length of time materials can be checked out, and how much the fine will be if not returned on time.
Effective Sept. 10, the library will adopt the Evergreen Indiana circulation policies.
"Right now overdue fines are 10 cents per day for books and a dollar per day for a DVD. On September 10, the overdue fee for all items will be 25 cents per day across the board," said Helling. "This means our book fines will go up, but our video fines will go down.
"Books circulate right now for 14 days and DVDs for two, but on September 10, books may be checked out for 21 days and DVDs will circulate for seven days."
Helling and other personnel at the library are ready to answer questions about the new system and policies, or for more information about Evergreen Indiana, visit their Web site: http://www.in.gov/library/evergreen.htm