Library fines can be a barrier toward a community developing a love of reading and literacy.
And as a step to providing readers with their best possible library experience, the Pioneer Library System has instituted a new autorenewal service for checkouts to help alleviate the issue that pesky library fines can cause.
The service, which went into effect August 6, is intended to help customers to manage their materials without incurring minor, unnecessary fines. Customers are still always encouraged to return items before their due date so they can be available for other readers.
Items that are eligible will be automatically renewed up to three times for customers in good standing. For most books that means the 21-day checkout period is extended an extra 21 days, up to three times.
Customers who have a current email address and have signed up for email notifications will receive a verification email when an item is renewed. Those without a current email still will have items automatically renewed but will not be notified. Email addresses can be updated by visiting or contacting any of the system’s 12 libraries in Cleveland, McClain or Pottawatomie counties.
There are a few limitations to the service. Items on hold for another customer cannot be renewed, and the service only applies to physical items in the library collection and not Overdrive materials, eBooks or materials from database vendors. Also, book discussion kits, interlibrary loan items and “sizzlers,” which are high-demand new books, are among items that will not be automatically renewed.
Libraries such as the Topeka and Shawnee County Library Systems in Kansas, Fort Worth Public Libraries in Texas and the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis have instituted similar policies and report successes.
The Pioneer Library System and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum are partnering to give access to the museum for library card holders.
Each of the 12 libraries in the Pioneer Library System will have a pass that can be checked out for seven days at a time, and the pass will gain general admission for up to five people to the museum, located at 1700 NE 63rd St. in Oklahoma City.
Any PLS cardholder age 18 or up may check out one pass from any PLS location, and the passes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each pass must be checked out from and returned to the individual library where it originated. Due to high demand, passes may not be renewed.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. More information is available through the museum’s website.
As part of its “Museum Experiences” initiative, PLS also has a similar partnership with the Oklahoma Museum Network for a general admission pass to the five facilities that are part of the OMN – the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole; Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid; Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton; Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab; and Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.
Find out more by visiting any of the 12 PLS libraries in Cleveland, McClain or Pottawatomie counties, or by going online to the PLS website, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org.