Who Can Get a Card?

You can obtain a Ransom Library card if you live in our library district. Our library district includes the City of Plainwell,  Gun Plain Township in Allegan County, or a portion of Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County that is within the Plainwell, Otsego, or Gull Lake School Districts. (Those who live within the Parchment School District in Cooper Township are in the Parchment Library District.)


What do I need to get a card?

When applying for a card you must present proof of identification.  Proof of identification is usually a valid Michigan driver's license that shows your current name and address. We can also accept property tax receipts and Michigan State i.d. cards.
 


Michicard

The Michicard program includes most of the public and academic libraries in the state of Michigan. (Not all the libraries in the state have chosen to participate, however!)  You must present both your Michicard library card and your Michigan driver's license when you register for a reciprocal library card.
 
The Michicard program ended December 31, 2013. As anticipated for some time now, Michicard has been eclipsed in terms of service and convenience by the Michigan eLibrary Catalog and Resource Sharing system (MeLCat).


Original Article:

Michicard Program Ending

Stating that “Michicard has been eclipsed in terms of service and convenience by MELCAT,” the Library of Michigan has announced that the program will end as of December 31, 2013. Michicard is a program by which anyone who holds a valid library card in a participating Michigan library may borrow from any other participating library. However, through MELCAT, library patrons can secure books, movies, CDs and more from libraries all over the state through their local libraries without actually going elsewhere.

Ransom Library, however, has patrons who have depended on Michicard to use the services of the library. Library Director Katie Bell Moore states that, “We’re trying to adapt to this new situation and cause as little disruption as possible to anyone who is already a patron.” To do this, the library has signed reciprocal borrowing agreements with the Parchment, Kalamazoo, Portage, Otsego, and Allegan libraries, and is currently pursuing such agreements with Delton, Richland and Martin libraries. These agreements will allow people who live in any of these areas to circulate materials from Ransom without paying the $50 non-resident fee. It will also allow Ransom card holders to visit any of the other libraries and access their materials. Rules for borrowing remain the same and will be enforced by all of the libraries.




What is Reciprocal Borrowing?

Reciprocal borrowing agreements between libraries allow patrons from one library to obtain a library card from another library. You must present both the library card from your home library and your Michigan driver's license when you register for a library card.
 
Ransom Library has a borrowing agreement with:
 
Kalamazoo Public Library

Portage District Library

Allegan Public Library

Otsego District Library

Parchment Community Library



Membership Cards

In rare instances, a person wishes to obtain a library card from us who isn't in our library district, or in the district of any of the above libraries. In this case the person may purchase a one-year non-resident library card for $55.00.



Circulation Policy
 
DUE DATES
3 weeks: Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, and Playaways.
1 week: DVDs/VHS, CDs & 7-day (high-demand) books.

LIMITS
No limits on any item!
 
OVERDUES
5 cents per day per item, all items except DVDs/VHS and CDs.
25 cents per day per item for DVDs/VHS and CDs.

Fines will not be assessed for the first day an item is overdue.

OVERDUE NOTICES
1st notice sent out when items are 2 weeks overdue.
2nd notice sent out when items are 4 weeks overdue.
Final notice sent out when items are 8 weeks overdue.
Patron's card will be restricted until materials are returned or paid for.

CHECKOUT
You must present your current and unrestricted library card every time you wish to check out materials.

RETURNS
All items may be returned at the front desk or in the outside book drop, located next to the ramp on the west side of the building. Please return DVDS/VHS and CDs inside.

 


Loan Periods, Fines, & Overdue Materials

Material
Loan
Period
Renewal
Period
Late Fee Maximum
Late Fee
Limits
7 Day Books*
7
Renewal Not
Allowed
$0.05 per day
$2 per Item
1
Adult Books
21
21
$0.05 per day
$2 per Item
Unlimited
Teen Books
21
21
$0.05 per day
$2 per Item
Unlimited
Juvenile Books
21
21
$0.05 per day
$2 per Item
Unlimited
Audiobooks, Playaways,
& Readalongs
21
21
$0.05 per day
$2 per Item
Unlimited
CDs, DVDs, & VHS
7
Renewal Not Allowed
$0.25 per day
$2 per Item
Unlimited
All Magazines
21
21
$0.05 per day
$2 per item
Unlimited
Story Time Kits
21
21
$0.05 per day
$2 per item
1
Book Kits
56
Renewal Not
Allowed
$1.00 per day
$100 per item
1

*7 Day Books:
Books that are in high demand will be temporarily placed in the 7 Day Book status. The book is distigunished as a 7 Day Book by a "7 Day Loan" sticker. If you are unsure if your book is a 7 Day Book please ask library staff, review your due date receipt, or check your library account online for the due date.

Overdue Notices and Fines:
If you keep materials beyond the due date, a daily fine will occur for each item. The library will attempt to contact you by email (if applicable), phone, and mail. You will receive only ONE mail notice. However, the mail notice is considered your THIRD notification as the first two notifications are email/phone calls. The maximum late fee will be charged for each item when they are returned.

Borrowers with $10 or more in late fees will not be allowed to check out any more material.

Damaged or Lost Materials:
Borrowers will be charged for damaged or lost materials. This charge will include a $4 processing fee (for each item), plus the amount needed to replace the lost or damaged item.

Collections:
Ten days after the mail notice is sent to a patron the account may be sent to a collection agency.



MELCAT (Interlibrary Loan)


Through MELCAT (Michigan Electronic Library Catalog), patrons can request materials from other libraries that are not available at Ransom. MEL, the Michigan Electronic Library, allows patrons access to 170+ statewide libraries. The Mel Catalog (MelCat), includes most items held in participating libraries including millions of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials. Once ordered patrons may pick up and return those items at Ransom.
 
Visit www.mel.org today and browse MelCat. Or log in to your MEL Account via MyMel to check for due dates, renew your MEL materials, and see the status of your requests. Just select your library (Ransom District Library) from the drop down list and login with your name and library card number.

If you are unable to locate the title you need or do not have access to a computer to order books through MEL, please contact us at 685-8024. In the case of newly released titles, we may be able to purchase the title to add to the Library's collection.



Reserves, Renewals, Requests

RESERVES
:
You may place a reserve on any item which is checked out to another patron, or which is on order. You must have a valid Ransom Library card in order to place a reserve. Just stop by the library, or call us at 685-8024, and tell us which title(s) you wish to reserve. You may even place a reserve yourself using our card catalogs at the library. Ask any staff member to show you how!

RENEWALS:
You may renew each item once, and you may renew items by phone on online.
If an item is on reserve for another patron, it may not be renewed.

If you have an InterLibrary Loan item you would like to renew, call us at least five days in advance of the due date, and we will check with the lending library to see if a renewal is possible. Or you may renew your InterLibrary Loan item yourself online through
MyMel. Just select your library (Ransom District Library) from the drop down list and login with your name and library card number.

REQUESTS:
You can suggest titles for the library to purchase. Use the forms at the Suggestion Box on the front desk or fill out the
Suggest A Book.  Of course, we can't guarantee we'll order every request. If we do not order your request, we'll try to obtain it for you via InterLibrary Loan.