Library Services

Circulation Policy

The library has a number of materials to borrow, including books, movies, cds, video games, magazines, and more! Below is our Circulation Policy:

  • Most library materials circulate for 2 weeks and may be renewed once by calling the library.
  • DVDs and video games are limited to 5 per patron and can be checked out for 1 week (TV seasons have a loan period of 2 weeks).
  • Newer materials that are in demand may not be renewed.
  • Current issues of magazines and newspapers can be read in the library and may not be checked out.
  • Museum passes can be checked out for 3 days.
  • Late items may be subject to late fees (5¢ a day). Damaged or missing items may be subject to replacement fees (the cost of the lost or damaged item). A library patron with too many late or damaged/missing items may not be allowed to check out additional library materials until their account is cleared.
Reserving Library Materials

Is there a book, movie or other item that you really want but isn’t available yet or is checked out to another patron? You can reserve library materials by calling the library at 413-245-3518, emailing us at library@brimfieldma.org, or asking at the Circulation Desk during your next visit.

Signing Up For a Library Card

Signing up for your own library card is easy! Just stop into the library to fill out a card and bring a photo ID with proof of your current address. We keep library cards here, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring in your library card during your next visit.

People under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the card for them and be responsible for any late or missing items.

Interlibrary Loans

We have a lot of great things in the Brimfield Public Library, but unfortunately we can’t have everything here! Since we are an affiliate member of C/W MARS, we are able to borrow materials from other libraries and have them delivered right here in Brimfield for you to pick up! If there is a book, movie or other item that you want but we don’t have, please ask us to order it for you through interlibrary loan by asking at the Circulation Desk, calling us at 413-245-3518, or e-mailing us at library@brimfieldma.org.

You can browse the C/W MARS catalog yourself, but all interlibrary loans must first be placed through us, even if you have your own separate C/W MARS account.

Museum Passes

We have a limited number of museum passes available for registered patrons of the Brimfield Public Library to check out which offer free or discounted admission. More information may be found on our Museum Passes page.

Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

We have two computers available for library visitors to use. Below is our Computer Use and Internet Access Policy:

  1. The Brimfield Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.
  2. Staff will be available to assist with online searches as time and workload permits, and to ensure that equipment is being used properly.
  3. Any registered borrower shall have access to electronic resources.  Children age 13 and under must be supervised by a parent/guardian, and also must have the permission of the librarians.
  4. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  5. There are certain time limits for the use of the computer.  Please be courteous – if another individual is waiting, time is restricted to 15 minutes.  Please make note that the computers will be shut off 10 minutes before the library closes.
  6. Wireless internet is available without time limits when the library is open. Internet access through our wireless network is not secure, and the use of it is at the risk of the user. The user is responsible for antivirus and security protection of their personal devices.
  7. Prohibited use of the library’s computers or wireless network includes:
    • Using the Internet computers for any illegal or criminal purpose.
    • Using the Internet in violation of the Massachusetts General Law 272 Section 31, the
      Harmful to Minors statute.
    • Viewing pornographic materials and other graphic images that may reasonably be
      considered obscene in a public setting.
    • Vandalizing computers in any way.
    • Installing software without prior approval from a librarian.
    • Modifying computer or network settings that are currently in place.
    • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material in any format.
    • Transmitting threatening, harassing, defamatory, or obscene materials.
  8. Use of electronic resources shall be offered free of charge. See below for information on printing charges.
  9. The Brimfield Public Library cannot load or test user software – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  10. If a program is not functioning, do NOT attempt to correct the program yourself.  Please contact one of the librarians for assistance.
  11. Misuse of the computer will result in a loss of computer privileges.
Printing

A printer is available for use. There is a 20¢ charge per black & white page and 35¢ charge per color page for print-outs.  Even mistakes will be charged.

Photocopies

The library has a photocopier for library visitors. There is a 10¢ charge per page for photocopies. Even mistakes will be charged.

Faxing

We have a fax machine available for our visitors to use. The first page is $1.00; every other page after that is 10¢ per page.

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