Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Library Hours are Now In Effect

Now through Labor Day weekend, the library will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  To check your library account details or renew books during hours that the library is closed, please access your account through our online catalog, or call our 24-hour automated renewal line at (586) 203-8725.


Joe said...

I just left the library with my neice. She wanted to check out a book. When asking about obtaining a library card, she was told that she has to have a parent or legal guardian or be 18 years of age. Why is this? When did this start? And what is the purpose of this policy? What is the rationale behind it? I had a library card when I was 15 years of age, along with many millions of other U.S. citizens. What's going on with this? My niece does have a card by the way, but she reported to me that it got lost when she moved to another location. Why couldn't she just get another card? I'd like to know why she wasn't encouraged to get a card with or without a parent or guardian? Isn't that part of the education experience?

Mount Clemens Public Library said...

Parents or legal guardians must apply for a library card on behalf of a minor child because under law, minors cannot enter into binding legal contracts by themselves. A parent or legal guardian must sign for the library card because it is a legal contract which makes the cardholder (or parent/guardian of the cardholder in case of a minor) financially responsible for all charges accrued on the card. Outstanding balances on a minor's card can have repercussions for the parent, (for example, the library uses a collection agency service to collect outstanding accounts) so it is not possible for the library to issue a card to a minor without the parent's full knowledge and authorizing signature.