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250 Route 25A, Shoreham, NY

Mon.-Thurs.: 9:30 am - 9 pm

Fri. & Sat.: 9:30 am - 5 pm

Sunday: Closed

North Shore Publich Library

Circulation Policy

Patrons must have their library card in order to check out materials.  Library cards must be renewed and updated every two years. At the time of library card renewal, patrons must present proof of physical address and a NSPL key tag or library card. Parents must sign their child’s registration card and indicate the privileges they permit for their child. Parents or guardians who sign are responsible for any fines or materials borrowed by the child.


In all cases – proof of residency and one official form of photo identification must be provided. Any questions regarding acceptable identification can be referred to the Head of Circulation or the Director.

Adults (18 & Older)

Photo ID: Any ONE of the following:

  1. NYS Driver’s License or NYS ID Card **(this is all that is required if the ID has current street address)**
  2. Current Government issued picture ID with name and address
  3. Current Passport
  4. Country Card or Consular ID Card

Additional Acceptable Proofs of Residency: **(Current/dated within past 90 days)**

-Deed     -Utility bill     -Lease     -Car registration/insurance      -Voter Registration Card     -Tax bill      -Bank Statement       -Cancelled Check      -Credit Card Stmt.

*If a patron has photo I.D., but does not have any of the above, they may fill out a postcard (provided by the library). When the patron receives the post card in the mail, it can be brought to the library (with photo I.D.) to receive their NSPL library card.

Children (17 & Under)

-School identification such as library card or school photo I.D.    -Letter from school office stating student’s name and address.    -Parent can serve as identification if they are present and have a card and valid I.D. with them.



An NSPL cardholder can obtain a replacement library card and/or key tag by showing proper identification and their full-size library card or library key tag. There is a $5.00 charge for a lost/replacement card.

If a NSPL patron does not have their library card, they have the following options:

  • Staff can hold materials on the hold shelf for three days so that patron can return to check the items out with their library card
  • Patron can buy a replacement card for $5.00, which includes both key tag and full-size card
  • Patron may use the library for the day on a temporary basis by fulfilling the following requirements:
  1. Patron must present acceptable identification (see acceptable identification section).
  2. Patron must be a North Shore Public Library Patron and have a current/active library card on file with no fines over $5.00.
  3. Patron must pay a $1.00 service fee.



Renewals – Patrons must present library card in order to renew materials at the circulation desk. Material on reserve for another patron may not be renewed. Patrons may renew an overdue item at the circulation desk, at the self-check, by phone, or online. Patrons may renew and add the overdue fine to their card at the circulation desk.

Auto Renewal – All items (excluding new Blu Rays and DVDs) will be renewed automatically as long as there are no holds placed on the item and as long as they have not gone over their allowed maximum renewal amount.

Telephone Renewal – Patrons may call the library or leave their name and phone numbers on voice mailbox and a staff member will call patrons at home. Materials must not be overdue to use this service.

Online Renewal – Patrons may renew items while away from the library on their online library account.

Inter-library loans – Loan period for inter-library loan materials is at the discretion of the lending library.

Reserves – Patrons may reserve library materials. In addition to placing a reserve at the public services desks with a librarian’s help, patrons may reserve materials using terminals in the library, by phone, or online.



Full Service Cardholders of other Suffolk County libraries who are in good standing with their home library may refer to the attached Circulation Fees and Loan Scale chart to see which items they are able to check out. Items available to them will be listed as All Patrons under the Eligible Patrons column.

Fine Scale and Loan Rules

Patrons will be charged list price for replacement of lost or damaged materials.

Items become lost and are billed to the patron’s account after 35 days. Overdue Notices are sent as follows: first notice is sent 14 days after item is due, second notice is sent again14 days after that, and third notice is sent 7 days after that. Upon the third notice the item is lost and billed (Total of 35 days). The borrower is charged full replacement fee as well as the maximum fine. Items brought back after 6 months are not returnable.

Non-compliance with library policies such as long overdue materials and outstanding fines (over $5.00) incur suspension of borrowing privileges.

*See attached Circulation Fees and Loan Scale chart. Please ask a Circulation Clerk about any type of material not included on the list.

Any further questions will be referred to the Head of Circulation, or the Director.

Circulation Fees and Loan Scale

Item Type Eligible Patrons Loan Period (Days) # of Renewals Fine/Day Max Fine
Read To Me Books NSPL Adult, NSPL Luo 14 0 $1.00 $10.00 (Replacement Cost $60.00
Sewing Machine NSPL Adult 14 $5.00 $50.00 (Replacement Cost $300)
Hot Spots (WIFI) NSPL Adult 14 0 $5.00 $50.00 (Replacement Cost $150)
New DVD/Blu-Ray All Patrons (NSPL J if Consent) 3 1 $1.00 $10.00
Video Game NSPL Patrons 7 6 $1.00 $10.00
Nintendo Switch NSPL Patrons 7 6 $1.00 $10.00 (Replacement Cost $60.00
Turntables NSPL Patrons 14 0 $5.00 $50.00 (Replacement Cost $200)
Vinyl LP’s NSPL Patrons 14 1 $1.00 $10.00
New J DVD/Blu-Ray NSPL Patrons 14 6 $1.00 $10.00
Entertainment Video/DVD/Blu-Ray All Patrons (NSPL J if Consent) 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
Non-Fiction Video/DVD All Patrons (NSPL J if Consent) 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
All Music CD ALL Patrons 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
New Books All Patrons 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
Playaway NSPL Patrons 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
Test Books NSPL Patrons 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
J Holiday ALL Patrons 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
Special Collection NSPL Patrons 14 6 $0.05 $5.00
New Audio Books CD NSPL Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
Audio Books CD All Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
J Book on CD NSPL Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
J Playaway NSPL Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
Nooks (ebooks)/Nexus NSPL Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
J New Books NSPL Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
Fiction/Non-Fiction Books All Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
Paperbacks All Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
Magazines All Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00
J Magazines All Patrons 28 6 $0.05 $5.00

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