Library Card Fees as of January 1, 2010 are as follows:
Non-resident Annual Fee: $50.00
Non-resident 6 months Fee: $30.00
Non-resident 3 months Fee: $20.00
Library Cards are available for patrons of all ages. Residents and Non-Resident Taxpayers to the Town of Wolfeboro may receive cards at no charge. Proof of residency such as a driver's license, tax bill, rental agreement or utility bill should be presented when applying for a card. Non-Residents may receive a card for a fee of $50.00 per family per year. Children who do not live in Wolfeboro, but are eligible to attend any of the Governor Wentworth School District schools located in Wolfeboro may receive cards at no charge. Children may receive cards upon the request of a parent.
In New Hampshire there are laws protecting the confidentiality of each library patron’s records. This law applies to all, regardless of age. The library record of a child has the same confidentiality protection under law as that of any other patron. Because of this we would like you to consider carefully before you register your child for his or her own library card.
The law states that with each library card comes the right to privacy about what is checked out. It does not specify age. Everyone with a library card can expect borrowing information to remain private. This means that when we call about an item that has been reserved or about overdue material, we do not reveal the title except to the patron upon whose card it was borrowed (even though the parent/guardian may be legally responsible for the actions of the minor in their household).
Some parents choose to use their own card or have a family card that is used by adults and young children, in which case all members of the immediate family, whose names are associated with that patron record, have access to the information on it. If you decide not to register your child for their own card, remember that the child can apply for an individual card when he/she reaches the age of 14 and no longer needs a parent’s signature.
Before a parent/guardian signs his or her child’s library card application, thought should be given to everything that signature means. Parents/guardians are encouraged to weigh the child’s delight in their first library card against the knowledge that, according to state law, you may not have direct access to that child’s borrowing record.
It is all about choices, and we are pleased that you, as a parent/guardian are encouraging your child to explore the educational and entertaining experiences available at the library. We provide a wide variety of information sources. It is not the library’s policy to decide what ideas your child should be exposed to; therefore we hope you will continue to participate in the learning processes by helping your children select material and by sharing them at home.
Please be aware of all these issues and choose a course of action appropriate for your children and your family.