Most materials found on the Library's shelves can be checked out, with a few exceptions: Reference materials (marked REF on the label) and the latest issues of magazines (marked with a red dot on the cover) cannot be checked out.
For detailed information about our Circulation Services, please view our Library Policies to download the Library's Circulation Policy in pdf format.
Fines: The Library does not charge fines for overdue items except for DVDs. If an item is overdue on your card for more than 30 days, or if you have a fine on your account, your card is suspended and you will not be able to check out or renew any materials. Suspended accounts are cleared as soon as all overdue items are returned, fines are paid, and/or lost items are paid for.
Reserves: When an item you want is not available you can place that item on reserve. When the item is returned, it will be held for you and you will be notified by e-mail, text message, or a phone call.
Any of the items you check out can be renewed unless the item is on reserve for another patron, or if it is a DVD that is already overdue. To see if an item can be renewed, call the Library or e-mail email@example.com.
Interlibrary Loan: We participate in the NHU-PAC statewide resource sharing system in order to provide interlibrary loan service to our patrons. Items that are published within the last six months are not available via interlibrary loan. To use this service, visit our Request and Item page or call the Library.
Purchase Suggestions: We accept suggestions for book purchases. Please submit the form on the Request an Item page to make a suggestion. Purchase decisions are made using a number of criteria, including professional review journals and online sources. Not all suggestions will be purchased for the Library. Please contact the Library Director with specific purchasing questions.
SERVICES IN THE LIBRARY
Printing, Photocopying, Faxing, and Scanning: For black and white photocopies, the charge is 10 cents per page. To print using the public Internet computers, the charge is 10 cents per page for black/white, $1 per page for color. Please note that default printer is the black/white printer. To receive or send a fax, the fee is $2 for the first page, with additional pages at $1 each. The library will provide you with a confirmation receipt for all faxes sent. The photocopier also serves as a scanner, which can be used without charge.
Meeting Rooms: The Library has several meeting rooms available for use by groups that include at least one Bow resident. For more information, please visit our Meeting Room Reservation Page.
Programming: The Library offers a wide variety of programming for children, teens and adults. For detailed information about ongoing and upcoming programs, please visit the Library Calendar. Programs that require registration will appear with a "writing hand" icon beneath them.
*Public Computers: The Library has four computers dedicated to word processing and Internet access. To access our Internet computers, all patrons must have a valid Baker Free Library Card, and must read and sign the Library's Internet Access policy. Children under the age of 10 must have a parent sign a permission form for Internet access, and a parent must be present during the child's time on the computer. Children between the ages of 11 and 18 must have an Internet permission form signed by a parent on file with the Library before Internet access will be allowed. All Internet users are required to sign up at the Circulation Desk for a computer before use. If all four Internet computer are occupied, use is restricted to 60 minutes. Please visit the Library Policies Page to download the Library's Internet Policy in pdf format.
*Due to our phased Reopening, we are limiting public computer use to 1 hour per patron. Patrons must schedule an appointment to use public computers
WiFi Access: The Library offers wireless Internet access for laptops and handheld devices that contain a wireless network interface card. If you decide to use this wireless network, you are accepting the Library's Internet Policy. Please visit the Library Policies Page to download and read the Library's Internet Policy in pdf format. The wireless Internet access offered is unfiltered and not secure. Information sent to and from your device using the wireless network may be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software. The wireless network is available throughout most of the first floor of the Library, although dead spots do occur. There are no printing services available through our wireless network.
Book Delivery Service:
Residents of the Town of Bow who are unable to visit the Library due to a temporary or permanent illness or disability can take advantage of our free book delivery service. This service, staffed by volunteers, provides weekly pick up and drop off services. Please call the Library or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to take advantage of this service.