Reciprocal Borrowing

In accordance with the State’s Minimum Standard for Public Library Service (Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 78, Section 19B 1 & 6) the Lunenburg Public Library extends reciprocal borrowing privileges to the residents of the Commonwealth who reside in towns who also meet the standards.  Such reciprocity is not possible when a library ceases to provide services or reduces its hours below a reasonable level for the size of the community it serves.  It is therefore the policy of the Lunenburg Public Library to discontinue borrowing privileges to residents of communities who terminate library service or reduce hours of opening to below a reasonable level for the size of that community as determined by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, except when such action is taken for a cause beyond the community’s control such as fire and other natural disasters.  The Library Board of Trustees, the Selectmen or City Council, and individuals from the affected community who are registered borrowers of the Lunenburg Public Library will be notified in writing by the Lunenburg Public Library Board of Trustees whenever the Board votes to implement the above policy. The Lunenburg Public Library Board of Trustees agrees to provide reinstatement of borrowing privileges to all affected borrowers once a library is recertified. Residents of communities with decertified libraries are welcome to use Lunenburg Public Library resources within the library building.