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Orange County Public Library Kindle Policy


Lending Guidelines

The Kindles will be treated similar to print books with some differences:

  • Patron must be 18 years or older, have a current library card and valid photo ID, be a resident of Orange County, and be in good standing with the library
  • Loan period of 3 weeks
  • Late fee of $1/day
  • Holds are allowed
  • Kindles are held for 7 days
  • Patron must sign a user agreement
  • Kindles must be checked out and returned to a staff member at the Information Desk located on the 2nd floor at the Main Library at least 30 minutes before closing
  • Fines/fees will be paid at the Circulation Desk
  • All components of the Kindle must be present upon return for the library to consider the item checked in
  • Because a Kindle is fragile, if a Kindle is found returned in the book drop, the user will be charged a $25 fine.

Note: The procedure for checking in and checking out a Kindle is lengthy. Please allow 30 minutes to complete your transaction. You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing to begin this process.

Replacement costs:

The maximum replacement cost for all components, including the Kindle, cover, case, and charger, is $150.

User Agreement

Orange County Public Library Kindle User Agreement

In order to borrow the Kindle, you must meet the following guidelines:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a current library card and be in good standing with the library
  • Have your driver’s license/ID number recorded
  • Be a resident of Orange County

Your signature indicates your agreement to the following:

  • I accept full responsibility for the Kindle while it is checked out to me.
  • I will not alter any settings, remove or add any items from the Kindle.
  • I will return the Kindle in person to a library staff member at the Information Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.
  • I will pay a late fee of $1/day if I do not return the Kindle by the due date.
  • I accept full financial responsibility for the Kindle and agree to pay all costs associated with damage to or loss of the Kindle and/or the Kindle accessories while checked out to me. (Maximum replacement costs for all components, including the Kindle, cover/case, and charger/adapter: $150.)
  • I understand the library may use any appropriate means to collect the amount owed by me for fees, damages, or loss.
  • If I encounter any problem with the Kindle, I will return the Kindle to the Main Library immediately.

I. Check Out Procedures

When checking out a Kindle:

  • Verify that patron’s account information is current
  • Complete the user agreement form—record the patron’s driver’s license/ID number, review user guidelines, and have patron sign form
  • Verify and confirm that the unit is functional
  • Check that the unit is de-registered/deactivated
  • Check that wireless is OFF
  • Give patron a basic orientation and/or assistance with using the Kindle as needed

II. Check In Procedures

When checking in a Kindle:

  • While the patron is present, turn on the unit and confirm that it operates
  • If the Kindle does not function properly or appears damaged, follow procedures on handling damaged material
  • Verify that all parts are accounted for, including the cover, charger, and user guide
  • If an accessory is missing, do not check in the item
  • If Kindle is in proper working order, check in the item
  • Perform staff maintenance:
    • Sync for new titles
    • De-register/deactivate the device
    • Turn off wireless
    • Charge the Kindle

III. Collection Development


A. Initial purchase of content for the Kindle will focus on fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.

B. Patron requests will be filled at staff’s discretion.

C. Patrons will request Kindle titles the same way they request print titles, by filling out a Purchase Request Form.

IV. Acquisitions


A. Content for the Kindle will be selected and purchased through the library’s usual acquisitions process.

B. The only time the library’s account should be activated on the Kindle is for purchasing and downloading content. The Kindle account should be de-registered/deactivated at all other times, especially when the Kindle is out on loan, to ensure patrons cannot download content and charge it to the library’s account.


V. Cataloging

The Kindle should be cataloged in such a way that patrons can conduct an easy title or author search. Search results should then indicate the various formats in which the title is available for check out (ex., book, audiobook, Kindle).

Technical Services should decide the most effective way to catalog materials.