In an effort to streamline library services and access to materials, the Naperville Library Board of Trustees Wednesday night approved a change in its loan period policy which will allow patrons to keep materials for an extended period of time.
The new rules will allow patrons, pending demand, to take out materials without having to renew them a maximum of three times as previously required.
Library Executive Director Julie Rothenfluh explained that the change in policy resulted from the loan policy being up for review as a part of the normal review cycle, as well as from input she received recently in March at the Public Library Association Conference held in Indianapolis.
“People at other libraries were discussing their own renewal policies, and it seemed like putting a limit of the number of renewals was adding another hurdle for patrons to jump through,” Rothenfluh explained. “We think eliminating the three-time renewal rule makes our services more customer friendly, and unless someone hasn’t requested that particular item and placed it on reserve, we won’t limit the number of renewals any longer.”
Rothenfluh added that all library policies are reviewed periodically and the loan policy was up for re-evaluation at this time.
Trustees also agreed to streamline copier and printer services at all three library branches by converting to a single service contract as well as eliminating a number of machines throughout the system.
“We’re reducing the total number of machines from 116 down to 70 as well as updating some of the machines,” Rothenfluh said. “We see this as something that will make things easier for our IT staff to manage as well as making things more efficient.”
Rothenfluh told trustees the new streamlined program will save the library $20,000 a year, thanks to a new service agreement with Genesis Technologies. The library will be adding six new copiers and 13 multi-function units. Due to the new cost savings plan, the cost of the new machines is expected to be recovered in 15 months.