Borrowing Items

Library Cards

  • In order to obtain a library card, a valid picture ID must be shown. If your ID does not have your current address, proof of residence must be shown such as a utility bill or printed check. A Wisconsin Driver's License or state ID number is needed when you register.
  • Anyone under 16 years of age will need a parent or guardian to show the proper ID and sign a statement of responsibility before a card will be given.
  • The minimum age for a card is 3.
  • Minnesota residents are charged $25 a year for a card.

Lost Cards

A patron who loses their card should notify the library as soon as possible to prevent misuse of the card. A replacement card may be obtained for $1.

Returning Materials

  • When the library is open, you can return materials to the help desk or outside drop.
  • When the library is closed, you will need to return materials in the outside drop at the north side of the library.
  • Please check materials to make sure that you have not left anything important in books and magazines and that the dvds are the ones that you checked out.

Reserves

  • If a book is not on the shelf, check with the librarians. They can tell you if it is checked out or missing.
  • If the book is checked out, a reserve can be placed. If you have Internet access at home, you may place your own reserves using the MORE catalog.
  • There is a reserve limit of 50 items per card at any one time.
  • When the book comes in you will be notified.
  • If the book is missing, the staff can request an interlibrary loan. When a book is requested through interlibrary loan, you will be notified when it arrives.

Renewals

  • You may renew by phone, in person or use the online catalog. Go under "My Account" on the upper left side of the page.
  • It is not necessary to bring the materials to the library.
  • There is a limit of two renewals on most items.
  • Materials on reserve may not be renewed.

Loan Periods

  • Most materials may be checked out for three weeks. Some libraries may limit new materials to 14 days.
  • DVDs and magazines (with the exception of current issues and the reference copy of Consumer's Reports) may be checked out for 7 days. Television series generally have a loan period of 14 days.
  • There is a limit of 100 items checked out per card at any one time.

Overdue Charges

  • Hudson-owned adult materials (except dvds) have a rate of $.25/day/item (maximum $5.00/item).
  • Hudson-owned children's materials (except dvds) are fined $.10/day/item (maximum $5.00/item).
  • All dvds have a $1.00/day/item overdue charge ($5.00 maximum).

Book Discussion Kits

Book Discussion Kit Guidelines for Hudson owned kits:

  • Book discussion kits may be checked out for eight weeks. They may not be renewed.

  • Kits are checked out to one person. Members of the group should get their copies from the person who checked out the kit. Kits come as a set. Individual items from the kit may not be checked out.

  • The individual who checks out the kit is responsible for the return of the complete kit.

  • Overdue book discussion kits will be fined $1 per day per kit, with a maximum fine of $20 per kit.

  • All materials in each kit must be returned together; a library staff member will inventory the kit upon return.

The entire book discussion kit collection in the catalog can be viewed by clicking Book Kit Collection.