Library Policies

The following policies have been approved by the Germantown Community Library Board:


Library Card Registration

Individuals wishing to check out materials from the Germantown Community Library must have a valid public library card from a library within the Monarch Library System (libraries in Washington, Dodge, Sheboygan & Ozaukee counties).   Any patron will be eligible to obtain a Germantown Community Library card and will be subject to all policies and
procedures outlined in the Circulation Policy.  Patrons may hold only one valid library card from the libraries participating in the Monarch
System.  Children who wish to register for a library card must be at least 5 years of age.

Adults (age 18 and over) and custodial parents of minors are required to present some form of photo identification indicating their current address when applying for a new library card.

Individuals may apply for a library card online through the Monarch Catalog.   Instant access will be given to allow patrons to place holds and access digital material through Overdrive/Libby.  Patrons will have 28 days to pick up their physical card which will allow them to checkout physical material and access all of our digital material & databases.


Material Loans, Limits & Fines

Materials may be checked out for:

  • 4 weeks (Adult &children’s general fiction & non-fiction; audiobooks)
  • 2 weeks (Non-fiction & TV series DVDs; new adult fiction; CDs; magazines)
  • 1 week (feature film DVDs)

Loan periods for materials include:

  • 100 (Children’s & adult books combined)
  • 25 CDs, Magazines & Audiobooks
  • 10 DVDs (total)
  • 5 DVDs (new)

Overdue fines are charged on materials that are not returned on time. The fine rate is $ .10 per item per day for most materials. Overdue fines for DVDs are $ .50 per item per day. At no time shall the amount of the fine exceed $7.50. Fines are accumulated on scheduled days of operation.