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When materials have no more automatic renewals and are overdue by 2 to 4 weeks (depending on the format) they enter “Lost” status in our circulation system, and your account is charged a replacement fee. This may block your ability to request items from other libraries, or borrow items from Jones Library. When materials are returned and checked in, the “Lost” status is cleared from your account and no fines will remain for that item.
There is no data showing that library fines deter patrons from returning library materials on or before the due date. Studies have shown that 95% of items are returned within one week of their due date. Studies also show the only way fines serve as a deterrent is by imposing steep fines. We will continue to maintain our collection and replace lost items in accordance with our Collection Development Policy.
No. The library will still charge patrons to replace lost or damaged items. However, if a library item enters “lost” status and is subsequently returned in good condition, no fines or fees will be associated with the item.
So far, we have not seen a change in our circulation statistics as a result of eliminating fines. The number of reminders we send out for books that are 60 to 90 days late has not changed. The number of adult AV items specifically that become “Lost” each week has not changed. This data affirms our belief that holds will continue to be fulfilled in a timely manner and our collection will remain robust.
By law, overdue fines have always been turned over to the Town of Amherst. With automatic renewals and increased usage of electronic items, the amount we receive in overdue fines continues to decrease exponentially every year. Although the amount we receive in overdue fines has been a source of revenue for the town in the past, the staff and Trustees feel that overdue fines do more harm than good.
All materials returned through the Jones Library System will be checked in without fines, even if they belong to another library. Overdue fines stay at the library where the patron is paying them, so the owning library loses that revenue anyway. We have made this policy decision based on what we feel is best for our patrons.
Thank you! We have collection boxes at our circulation desks and are grateful to accept donations in lieu of fines. Donations can also be made online. These donations will continue to support library services and collections.
Please contact Director Sharon Sharry at email@example.com.
Renewable items will renew automatically! See Renewing for details.
As of August 2019, no overdue fines accrue on Jones Library and its branches' materials. However, having overdue items on your account may restrict further borrowing and access to digital collections. Please see When You Have Overdue Items for details.
Yes, you can pay your fines online with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, by logging into My Account.
See Borrowing for details.
Yes! We have several free apps for accessing our collections and services. See Library Apps for details.
Two meeting rooms at the Jones Library may be reserved for use in advance. See Meeting Rooms for details. To reserve the hall or the downstairs room at the Munson Memorial Library, please call the Town of Amherst at 413-259-3002.
Yes! Our collection of instruments includes a banjo, a doumbek drum, a dulcimer, an electronic keyboard, glockenspiels, guitars (including a student size / short scale guitar), a lap harp, a rainstick, and ukuleles. See the complete list. If an instrument is available, you can check it out at the Jones Library Circulation Desk. If not, you can place a hold.
Yes! See Wi-Fi Hotspots for details.
Town libraries close when other Town offices – not the schools – close due to hazardous winter weather. Announcements regarding library closings are made after 6:30 a.m. via TV stations WWLP Channel 22 and WGGB Channel 40, as well as via the library closure line at 413-259-3094. You can also sign up to receive news alerts by email or text message.
All three of the large academic libraries in Amherst allow unaffiliated local residents to apply for a library card and borrow items at no cost. Residents of Massachusetts are eligible to apply for a card at the UMass Du Bois Library. "Adult residents of Hampshire County or one of the four immediately adjacent counties" are eligible to apply for a card at Amherst College's Frost Library. "Area residents" are eligible to apply for a card at Hampshire College's Harold F. Johnson Library.
You can borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot at the Jones Library Reference Desk or at the Circulation Desk at either branch. If the library you visit doesn't have a hotspot available, you can place a hold on one and we'll contact you when it's ready for pick up.
You must be at least 18 years old and have a CW MARS library card in good standing to borrow a hotspot. Limited to one hotspot per household.
Yes. You can place a hold through our catalog using your library card and PIN. Please note that hotspots can only be picked up and returned to the Jones Library and branches.
Wi-Fi hotspots check out for 14 days and there are no renewals. If a hotspot isn't returned by its due date, the wireless service to the hotspot will be remotely turned off.
We expect our hotspots to be popular, so we ask that you please return it by its due date.
No. Wi-Fi hotspots are not renewable. But you may place a hold on another hotspot.
The hotspots connect to the T-Mobile network. See the T-Mobile coverage area.
A User's Manual is included with the hotspot. You can also view it on the T-Mobile website (PDF).
TO GET STARTED:
If the hotspot's battery indicator flashes red, it needs to be charged. You can plug the hotspot into a wall outlet using the USB cable and AC adapter. Or you can plug the hotspot into a computer using the USB cable. It may take 3 to 4 hours for the battery to fully charge, but it can be used while it is charging.
Need help? Call T-Mobile at 1-800-375-1126.
Data usage is unlimited and internet content is NOT filtered. The library does not track internet usage. By borrowing and using the hotspot, you are agreeing not to engage in illegal activity. The library is not responsible for any files, data, or personal information accessed or transmitted using the Wi-Fi hotspot.
Hotspots can be used inside the continental U.S. and in Puerto Rico. There is no international data or roaming available. See the T-Mobile coverage area for further details.
If you lose or damage a hotspot you will be charged a replacement fee, as described below: