Policy: Circulation

The Board of Trustees of the White Plains Public Library is dedicated to establishing policies that make the Library’s resources available to the broadest number of cardholders for borrowing. Library cards are required of all patrons who wish to borrow materials.

Persons who live or own property in White Plains may apply for a White Plains Library Card. Two forms of ID, one with the person’s name and current address, are required. Property owners must provide proof of property ownership. The White Plains card is honored at all Westchester public libraries and at the Westchester Community College Library.

Persons who live outside of Westchester County, but work or go to school in White Plains, may apply for a White Plains Library card. Two forms of ID are required at sign up, one with the person’s name and current address, and one with a current White Plains work or school address.

For persons who live, work, go to school, or own property elsewhere in Westchester County:

  • Library cards from other Westchester County libraries are honored at White Plains;
  • Others may obtain a 30-day temporary registration. White Plains will send the application to the home library for processing.1 Two forms of ID are required, one with the person’s name and current address, and one as proof that the person lives, works, goes to school or owns property in Westchester County.

Guest privileges are available to those residing temporarily in White Plains. Guest borrowers are limited to three items. Persons who do not live, work, go to school or own property in Westchester County may purchase a card from the Westchester Library System (WLS) for an annual registration fee. Application forms are available at our Checkout desk, which must be sent directly to WLS with payment. The card will be mailed directly from WLS and is honored at all Westchester public libraries. Non-resident registration is valid for one year.

Library cards expire every three years. Two forms of ID, one with the person’s name and current address, are required to renew the card. If a patron forgets their card, a photo ID is required to borrow materials, preferably a driver’s license or other government-issued ID.

Patrons are responsible for materials borrowed. Patrons should report lost cards immediately. Library privileges may be suspended until the borrower meets financial obligations, or if library materials are overdue. A replacement fee is $5 for adult cards and $2 for children’s cards.

Patrons may borrow only on their own cards. Patrons may not use another person’s card, even that of an immediate family member.

*Mount Vernon Library requires residents to apply for a library card in person.

Overdue fines are assessed for late materials and vary based on the type of material borrowed, as follows:

Extended Use Fees

Type of Material Per Day Maximum
Adult Books, Audiobooks, Playaways, Music CDs $0.25 $10.00
Adult and Teen Paperbacks $0.25 $5.00
DVDs and CD-ROMS $1.00 $10.00
Children’s Books and Playaways $0.10 $5.00
Children’s Paperbacks and small books $0.10 $1.00
Children’s Bag-A-Tales $2.00 $20.00
Patrons may request reconsideration of fines by completing a Circulation Report, available from the check out desk or online. Patrons should attach any supporting information such as overdue notices, date due slips, etc. to the form to support their explanation or concerns.

Patrons will receive a copy of the Borrower’s Guidelines at the time of registration, which provides a list of fines and other relevant circulation procedures.

Adopted by the White Plains Library Board of Trustees on 12/11/13.

PDF Version: Circulation-Policy.pdf