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Tigard Public Library

Borrow, Renew and Return

Most Library materials circulate for 21 days except:
  • Best-sellers (including books, CDs, books on CD) — 14 days
  • Best-seller e-readers — 14 days
  • Best-seller pink label Blu-rays and DVDs — 7 days
  • Reference Materials — Cannot be checked out
  • Cultural Pass — 1 day
You may renew most items up to four times. Best-sellers and items reserved by another patron cannot be renewed. Exceptions to the above are clearly marked on the item. If you have a question about how long something may be loaned, please ask us.

Renewal Options:
  • In person: 13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR
  • Renewal phone line: 503-846-3245
  • Online renewal
Please have your card number and password available when requesting renewals. Items overdue at the time of renewal will accrue fines.

Borrowing Limits:

Regular cardholders may have 100 total items checked out on their account at any given time. However, certain types of materials have special limits.*

  • Admission Passes (Cultural passes)—2 separate passesBooks
  • Audiobooks (Books on CD, Books on Tape)—100
  • Blu-rays—25
  • Books—100
  • Compact discs—100
  • DVDs—50
  • E-readers—1
  • Games—10
  • Inter-Library Loans** Please call 503-684-6537 for information.
  • Tote bags—2
* There may be exceptions for special types of patron cards.
** For items from libraries outside of Washington County.

Bestseller collections (DVDs, Blu-rays, Books on CD, Music CDs, Books) are limited to three on a patron’s account at any given time.  
 

Fines

Materials are due back on the date printed on the receipt. Materials that are not returned by their due date will accrue fines at the following rates:
 
  • Children's items - no fines
  • Adult and Young Adult Materials, including DVDs and Blu-Rays - 25¢ per day per item

Maximun fine accruals are $5 per item. Patrons are responsible for replacement fees for ALL materials that are lost, damaged or never returned.

If an account has more than $10 in fines, a patron cannot check out additional items until the fines are under $10. Fines begin to accumulate on the first day after the items are due. There is no grace period. The library accepts cash, checks, debit or credit cards for payment.
 

Return Your Items

AMH System at TPLTry out our automated check-in system. It’s like a conveyor belt, only smarter. The new system will check in up to 2,500 items per hour. You can use it inside the library or at the new walk-up return outside at the southeast end.

The machine reads the identification tag on the items and sorts them in the correct bin. Patrons have expressed concern about the lag time between the time they return items and the time they are removed from their records. This system will remove the items from patrons’ records faster. They can be reshelved quicker so that other patrons can check them out. 

Tigard is the third library in Washington County to install the system. Watch the video! So far library users of all ages who have used the machines have reacted with one word: “Cool!

Check Out a Portable Hotspot at the Library

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Check Out a Portable Hotspot at the Library
A portable hotspot provides Wi-Fi access to the internet by connecting with a cellular network. You can hook it up to your laptop, tablet, game console or other devices. Now, you can check out a hotspot at the library for two weeks. You can reserve them just like most other items.

They will work in areas that have Sprint 4G LTE cellular coverage. They must be checked out and returned only at the Tigard Library. Tigard is the first library in Washington County to offer these handy devices.

Mobile hotspots come in handy for many things. They can bring the internet to homes that don’t have internet service. Travelers can use hotspots to hook up to the internet between destinations. New residents can access the internet using the hotspots until their service begins.

To check out a hotspot device, go to the Bestseller section on the first floor and take a video box labeled Wi-Fi hotspot to the check-out desk. They can open up a whole new world of research, access and fun.

Reserve Items from other Washington County Libraries

Tigard Library patrons can access most of the books and materials in all Washington County Public Libraries because it is a member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS). The online library catalog lists all materials at member libraries. Most of these items can be reserved by Tigard Library cardholders.

Patrons may request items from another WCCLS library. At times there is a waiting list for popular titles. You may place a hold online from home, at the Public Access terminals in the Library, over the phone or at the Reference Desk.

You may pick up most items at any WCCLS library. When they arrive at the library, patrons will be notified by e-mail or phone. Items will be held for seven days. Patrons
may pick up reserved items from the holds shelves on the first floor. We keep some reserved items such as Interlibrary Loans, E-Readers and other electronic devices behind the check-out counter
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In order to pick up reserved items, patrons must bring the card or card number of the person who placed the hold, even if it is a family member. When using a card number only, patrons must be able to verify registration information for security purposes.

If you do not find the item you are looking for in the WCCLS system, you can make a request through interlibrary loan or suggest a purchase.

Hold Limits
Certain types of materials have limits on how many items may be reserved at any time.
 
  • Audiobooks (ex. Books on CD, Books on Tape)—50
  • Blu-rays—25
  • Books—50
  • Compact Discs—50
  • DVDs—50
  • E-readers—5
  • Inter-Library Loans—5 **
** For items from libraries outside of Washington County.

Most of these limits apply to all libraries in Washington County. A few are specific to Tigard. If you have questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at 503-684-6537.

Interlibrary Loan: Borrow from outside libraries

Need a book or article that we don't own? Let us try to get it for you!

Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) you can request materials that are not owned by libraries in Washington County. Interlibrary Loans come from other libraries around the country. Please allow a few weeks for processing and mailing.

Submit ILL requests online, in person at the Reference desk, by phone at 503-718-2517, or by email to ill@tigard-or.gov with the subject line "ILL REQUEST" and include your full name, library card number and home phone number. Note: Service is available to all patrons holding a valid WCCLS library card.

For quicker service, please provide complete and accurate information about the requested item, if possible, including: Complete title, author, book number (ISBN), publisher, date of publication, source of information, journal article citation - date, pages, volume, etc.

What can you borrow? Material such as books, videos, DVDs, CDs, microfilm, musical scores, newspaper and journal articles. Console video games (Wii, PlayStation, Xbox, etc.) are not available through interlibrary loan.

  • We will notify you when your items arrive. There is a limit of five active requests per patron.
  • Interlibrary loans requested at the Tigard Public Library can only be picked up at, and returned here.
  • Requests for materials published this calendar year should be submitted as a suggestion for purchase, rather than interlibrary loan requests.
  • Most ILL requests can be filled at no charge. If a lending library charges fees to borrow their materials, we would notify you before proceeding.
     
 Contact Us
 Phone:
  Voice: 503-684-6537
  Renewal Line: 503-846-3245
 Address:
  13500 SW Hall Blvd. 
  Tigard, OR 97223
Email: TPLcomments@tigard-or.gov
The Ears Have It!Borrow Headphones at the Library
With help from the Friends of the Library, we now have headphones to enhance your library experience even more.  

We have several options:

CHECK OUT

  • You can check out some cool noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones on your card to use in the library. In the Teen Scene room, get a dummy case labeled “Headphones (In-Library Use Only) off the shelf next to the YA video games and take it to the Checkout Desk. You can sync with up to four other people, so you can all listen to the same thing at the same time without disturbing other patrons.     
  • On the second floor, ask at the Reference Desk and you can check out other cool Bluetooth headphones to use in the library. They also cancel noise, but they do not sync.

LEND 

  • You can also get some no-frills headphones at any of the Reference Desks to use in the library. No need to check them out. Please just return them to the desk before you leave.

BUY 

  • Or you can purchase a pair of headphones for $2.50 at the Checkout Desk to use here and take with you. 

Cheers for your ears….and everyone else’s, too!




 
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