Borrowing Policies
Posted by:rjf on 12/09/2008 7:01 PM
Books and materials may be borrowed from the Law Library in accordance with the following rules adopted by the Board of Trustees:

1. Persons and institutions who may borrow materials are:

a. Attorney Borrower: Any member in good standing of the State Bar of California, who resides in, or has a law office in, Santa Cruz County, and out-of-county attorneys who are in trial here.

b. Judicial Borrower: Any judge, commissioner or referee of a Santa Cruz County court.

c. Resident Borrower: Any resident of Santa Cruz County, or any non-resident who is a pro per litigant within the county

d. Government Borrower: Any person who is employed by the County of Santa Cruz.

e. Library Borrower: Libraries may borrow materials in accordance with the provisions of the inter-library loan policies established by the American Libraries Association and other national and international agreements.

2. Messengers. A Borrower may obtain books or materials by employing a messenger or messenger service authorized in writing by the Borrower to take possession of the books or materials.

3. Loan Period. Books and materials fall into 3 loan categories:  7 calendar days, 24 hours, which is from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m the next business day, or a 2 hour loan to make copies.

a. Renewals. 7-day books and materials may be renewed for one additional loan period either in person or by telephone, unless the material has been requested by another patron. 24 hour and 2 hour loans may not be renewed.

b. Reserving materials. For material already in circulation, a patron should request a "hold" in order to be notified when the material is returned to the library.

4. Books and Materials Loaned. Digests, indexes, and citators do not circulate. Selected "reserve" and "reference" books may circulate overnight . No borrower may have a quantity of books or materials at any one time that appears in the judgment of the Law Librarian to be excessive. Books and materials ordinarily subject to borrowing may be withdrawn from borrowing privileges under condition and for periodsdetermined by the Law Librarian.

MATERIALS NOT READILY REPLACEABLE MAY NOT BE LOANED TO A RESIDENT OR LIBRARY BORROWER.

5. Fines, Charges and Deposits.

a. Fines. All materials: one dollar ($1) per day for the first two days and five dollars ($5) per day thereafter, provided that no fine shall exceed the replacement cost of the book or materials, plus five dollars ($5). If the overdue period exceeds 30 days, the book or materials shall be deemed lost.

b. Charges. All borrowers shall be charged for the replacement cost or the value of the book or material lost, plus five dollars ($5). A book or item substantially damaged or defaced shall also be deemed lost, unless it may be suitably repaired, in which case a charge equal to the cost of making such repairs shall be made against the borrower.

There is a borrower's fee of ten-dollars ($10) or fifteen ($15) per title for MCLE self-study tapes (see fee schedule).

c. Deposits. Resident Borrowers must post a cash security deposit of fifty dollars ($50) per item borrowed. All deposits will be refunded upon return of materials to the Law Library. 

6. Payment of Fines and Charges. Resident Borrower fines and charges are deducted from the cash deposit. All other fines and charges are due and payable upon receipt of written notice to the borrower. Unless the borrower pays the amount due within 30 days of the mailing of the notice, the right to borrow books or materials shall be suspended. Privileges shall be reinstated upon payment of the amount due.

7 Suspensions and Terminations.

a. Borrowing privileges cease when a borrower no longer qualifies under Rule 1.

b. A borrower who flagrantly or persistently violates the borrowing rules shall have his/her borrowing privileges suspended or terminated by the Board of Law Library Trustees. If a borrowers' privileges are suspended or terminated, he/she may not qualify as another type of borrower until suspension or termination has been rescinded.

Adopted February 25, 1981
Amended October 30, 1985
Amended February 24, 1998
Amended November 25, 2008

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