Circulation Policies

Welcome to the Gulfport Public Library! We invite you to visit often and to let us assist you in making full use of nearly 70,000 books, magazines, audios, and videos in our collection, plus access to a wide variety of informational services, including the Internet. Every staff member of the Library strives for excellence in service, through a total commitment to the needs of our customers, and a total commitment to the continuous improvement of all our services and endeavors. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome.

Library cards:

A library card is required to borrow any material from the Library and may be required to receive certain services. Materials borrowed at Gulfport may be returned at any of the member libraries of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative (PPLC), and vice versa.

Borrowers with valid PPLC cards may use them to borrow materials from any PPLC library. Proof of residency is required when applying for a library card, and changes of address or lost cards should be reported as soon as possible.

All permanent residents of member cities and unincorporated areas of Pinellas County may register for a free PPLC card, which is valid for three years from date of registration. A permanent resident is anyone who either owns property in Pinellas County, or lives in Pinellas County for more than six months each year.,

Pinellas County residents who live in non-member cities must pay an annual fee of $100.00 per household for a PPLC card, which is valid for one year from date of registration. Most non-member cities offer reimbursement.

Currently, these non-member cities are: Bellair Beach, Bellair Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City and South Pasadena. (The City of South Pasadena currently provides payment of the $100 annual card fee for its residents, providing the individual resident first makes application at the South Pasadena City Hall and pays $15 towards the total payment.)

Borrowers with PPLC cards may be required to register their card numbers at Pinellas County libraries which are not on the same automated system as Gulfport. Holders of valid PPLC cards are eligible for reciprocal borrowing privileges at participating public libraries in Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Manatee, Okeechobee and Pasco counties, and at the campus libraries of St. Petersburg College. The borrower must present his/her PPLC card in person to register as a reciprocal borrower at these libraries.

Temporary (buff paper) cards may be issued to visitors or short-term residents (less than 6 months). There is no fee for temporary cards, which are valid for six months or less, depending on length of stay. Temporary cards issued by the Gulfport Public Library are valid only at Gulfport. Non-resident patrons who want full access will have to pay PPLC rates( &100/year. $50/6 mos. $25/ 3mos.)

Lending Policies:
New Fiction: 14 days
Books (print): 28 days
Entertainment DVDs: 7 days
Instructional DVDs: 7 days
VHS Tapes: 28 days
Music CDs: 14 days
Reference Books: In-library use only
CD-Books: 28 days
DVDs: Limit of 16 per card
Outstanding overdues: No more than $10
Maximum value of items checked out at one time: $400.00

Borrowers are expected to handle books and other materials carefully and return them by the due date in reusable condition. The individual in whose name the card is issued is responsible for all materials charged to his/her card. Lost cards and chagnes of address should be reported as soon as possilbe. The Library will attempt to notify borrowers regarding overdue materials. If materials are not returned within 30 days after the due date, the borrower will be issued a bill for the replacement cost of the material.

Damage or loss must be reported as soon as possible. Borrowing privileges may be suspended by the Library if the borrower fails to return materials or clear outstanding delinquent accounts.

Requests (Holds):

Borrowers may request that holds be placed on items listed in the Library’s catalog, but not currently available. There is a maximum of 25 requests at any one time per borrower. Individuals may place their own requests directly, using the automated public catalog terminals or Internet computers in the Library, or through a reference librarian. Requests placed on the automated system remain active for one year or until filled, whichever comes first.

Fines and Fees:

(Overdue fines) Books and audios$.20 per day; $5.00 max
(Overdue fines) DVDs$ .50 per day; $5.00 max
Replacement of lost card$1.00
Photocopies$.10 per copy .50 color
Computer Printouts$.10 per printed page
Local Fax$1.10 per page
Long Distance Fax (sending)$3.30 for first page, $1.10 each additional page
Receiving Fax$1.10 per page
International FaxNot Available
Use of Meeting Room (During Library Hours)No Charge
Use of Meeting Room (Before/After Library Hours)$25.00 per hour