- Loan Periods
- Fines & Overdue Books
- Reserves & Interlibrary Loans
- Self-Check Out
Look here for answers to all your borrowing questions and start checking out books, movies and more!
Most books, music CDs and audiobooks circulate for three weeks.
The following items are in heavy demand and circulate for seven days only:
- Books with a Buzz (Fiction and Nonfiction)
- DVDs (Rental and Nonfiction)
- Magazines (other than the current issue, which cannot be checked out)
- Children’s holiday books, some adult holiday books and holiday CDs
- Video games
Newspapers and reference materials never circulate. Items that are not allowed to be checked out are designated in the catalog as “Library Use Only”.
Beebe Library does not charge fines for any of its overdue materials. If you wish, you are invited to make donations to the Friends of the Library. A donation jar is available at the Circulation Desk.
If you have provided an email, you will receive an email two days before an item is due to be returned.
You will receive an overdue notice (either by email or phone) when an item is one month overdue. After six weeks, you will receive a bill for any items still outstanding.
Other libraries in our area may charge overdue fines, and if you return materials there you will be charged according to their overdue fine rate.
Because of our cooperative obligations to other libraries, you may be denied borrowing privileges at the Beebe Library if you have fines or overdue materials elsewhere.
Credit and debit card payments for fines and lost books are accepted by the libraries of NOBLE through online library accounts. After logging in to their library account, library users owing fines or overdue items can select items to be paid, and by clicking the “pay” button will be able to enter their credit or debit card information. Once completed, the NOBLE system will immediately clear the charges from their account. Credit cards will not be accepted at library service desks, only directly entered by users online at home or in the library through their secure personal account. Credit and debit cards accepted are MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
You may renew items in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone (781-246-6334) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org/. For faster service, please have handy both the bar code from the back of your library card and from the item you wish to renew.
You can also do your own renewals online from home, office or in the library. To do this you will need to get a PIN number from any public service desk in the library. For security reasons we cannot give out PINs by phone or e-mail.
All materials may be renewed twice unless there is a hold placed by another patron. In this case, library staff will request that you return the item promptly. If you need the material again, we will be happy to place your name on the reserve list for that item.
Commonwealth Catalog and other non-NOBLE interlibrary loans cannot be renewed.
The Rental Collection was established by the Friends of Beebe Library to provide feature films DVDs. The small rental fee for these items is dedicated entirely to replenishing the collections.
Rental items circulate at a cost of $1.00 per week. Renewals cost an additional dollar. The first dollar is paid when you first check out the item. We use the honor system for our rentals, so when returning rental items you’ve kept longer than one circulation period, please tell the staff so we can calculate the appropriate charge.
If an item in our collection is checked out, we can reserve it for you using your library card. When the item is returned, we will call or email you and hold it on our reserve shelf for one week. You can also reserve materials we have on order, but have not yet received.
If another library owns the book you need, we can borrow it for you via interlibrary loan. From most nearby libraries this only takes about three business days. Again, we will call you when the book arrives and hold it for you on our reserve shelf.
You can also request items and place holds yourself online. When viewing a specific item in the catalog, you can request the title by clicking the Place Hold button. You will be prompted for your library card number and PIN number if you are not already logged in, and you will need to designate a pickup location. If there is a copy available at any of the NOBLE libraries, it will be sent to the pickup location you specified, and you will be notified when the item is ready for pickup. If all copies of the book are circulating, you will be placed in a hold queue, and notified when a copy becomes available. The NOBLE network has more information on how this service works on their web site.
If you need an item sooner, you are welcome to go directly to that library to borrow the book using your Wakefield library card. Check out the NOBLE web site for hours and directions to other NOBLE libraries. It is highly advisable to call that library before going to confirm that they actually have the book on shelf. We are happy to call for you if you’d like.
There is no charge for reserves or interlibrary loans.
During the hours that the Library is open, please return your materials to the Circulation Desk. Book drops are open, however, all day.
When the Library is closed evenings, weekends, and holidays, please place materials in one of the four book drops located at the Avon Street entrance. One of these is reserved for the return of audiovisual materials.
If you have a small number of items to borrow and your library card on hand, our self-check station, located directly across from the circulation desk, can be a quick way to check out your own materials. Ask a librarian for help if you would like assistance the first time you try it out.
How does it work?
Install the app of your choice and follow the instructions for adding a new card. When you’re ready to check out, open the app and select your library card to display your barcode. Our barcode scanners at the Circulation Desk and the Self-Check Out Kiosk will read the barcode on your phone the same way they read your physical library card!
Key Ring, Stocard, and Cardstar are just three of the many loyalty card apps available for both Android and iOS devices. Feel free to give some other apps a try!