Thank you for becoming a member of the Library. We are a private, non-profit organization that relies on membership fees, donations, and grants to maintain our day-to-day activities and programs. These membership Terms and Conditions help ensure that all who use the Library have an enjoyable experience. If you need clarification, please ask a staff member at the Member Services desk.
Your Library card is necessary in order to access the Library and its resources; members must badge in each time the Library is accessed. Cards are nominative and non- transferable and may only be used by the person to whom they have been issued. Cardholders are responsible for late fees or losses incurred for materials borrowed on their cards. At the time of renewal, all fines must be paid in full, all claims must be resolved, and lost books returned or paid. Borrowing privileges will be suspended for late fees in excess of 5€ or five or more claims. There is a 5€ charge to replace a lost or damaged card. Upon presentation of a police report no charge will be incurred for the replacement of a stolen card.
Borrowing, Renewals, Returns, and Late Fees
The loan period for all materials is three weeks. Items will be renewed once automatically for an additional three weeks provided the item has not been reserved. Senior members are granted an additional renewal (for the second renewal, contact the Library). Materials may be renewed online at americanlibraryinparis.org by clicking on “My Account” under the “Using the Library” heading. Overdue materials may be renewed by email, by phone, or in person; accrued fines will be applied. Materials may only be returned during opening hours. Materials returned after the due date will be charged a 0,20€ fee per item per Library working day.
Lost or Damaged Materials and Facility Use
Please treat our materials and facility with care. Refrain from folding down the corners, writing in the margins, highlighting, or underlining passages in materials. Take care to avoid marring or damaging furnishings and equipment. The person responsible for damage incurred will be held liable for any repair or replacement fees. Members are responsible for returning items to the Library in the same condition in which they were borrowed and for informing staff members of any existing damage to materials at the time of borrowing. Members will be charged the cost of replacement plus an 8€ processing fee for lost or damaged items. Damage that may require replacement includes, but is not limited to, markings, tears, stains, and water damage. Members must not attempt to repair materials. We cannot accept replacement or substitute material.
Members may have up to 5 item requests on their account at one time. You will be notified by e-mail when the item becomes available and it will be held for 10 working days.
All users are expected to use the Library’s internet access in a legal and responsible manner consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Public computer use is limited to two hours per member per day.
Children in the Library
Parents and legal guardians are responsible for their children while in the Library and must accompany them at all times. Any restriction of minors’ access to materials or the Internet is the sole responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
Code of Conduct
Honoring these simple rules will help everyone enjoy the Library:
- Talking on cell phones is prohibited in the Library, except in the designated area in the Members’ Lounge, at a low volume appropriate to a library environment.
- Food and beverages other than water may only be consumed in the Members’ Lounge. Bottled water is permitted throughout the Library.
- Please allow others to enjoy our books by refraining from writing in the margins, highlighting, or underlining passages.
- Please leave your scooters at the front of the Library. Strollers should be left at the entrance to the children’s section.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets other than service animals.
- Causing a disturbance or engaging in any behavior that interferes with Library activities will not be tolerated. Proscribed behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or use of “fighting words” to harass any person, whether a patron, staff, or volunteer at the Library, as well as impinging upon other members’ comfort, health, safety, or enjoyment of the facilities. Any member committing such an offense is subject to sanctions, including being asked to leave Library premises and/or having membership revoked.
By completing a Membership Application Form, members certify that the information they provide is true and correct, and that they will respect the rules and regulations detailed on this form. The Library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone not complying with these rules.