Everyone is welcome at BVCL, but to borrow an item you’ll need to be a member. Beacon Villages Community Library is run by the community but is supported by Buckinghamshire County Council – which means that as a member you benefit from being able to use all the other libraries in the county. You can borrow or return books from any library in Bucks. You can also order in any item in the Bucks catalogue.
Members’ library cards also allow them access to a huge range of online information sources for free. Some, such as family research website Ancestry and consumer advice site Which? are available only on library premises. But others, including the Times and Financial Times newspaper archives, driving theory test simulator Theory Test Pro, and the Who’s Who directory of noteworthy people from the past and present.
Joining is free – you simply need to provide proof of your name, current address and signature, such as a driving licence, allowance book or bank statement, and fill in a registration form. If you are under 16 your parent or guardian will need to sign your registration form, and provide proof of their identity.
If you come in to BVCL to join you will be issued with a special BVCL designed library card, available only from us. But you may also join at any other Bucks library or online.
You can also take the quick online route – this will allow you to begin reserving immediately, but you will need to upgrade to full membership by bringing in some identification to the library.
Fees and charges
To reserve an item from Bucks libraries stock costs 50p per item.
You can also reserve items from other libraries – ask in the library or get in contact for up to date charges: 01296 387890 or email@example.com.
Overdue items are charged at the following rates:
Children’s books 5p each, up to a maximum of £1.05
DVDs 45p, up to £9.45
Adult books 20p, up to £4.20
Under 18s, over 65s and some other groups are exempt from reservation charges. For full details, get in contact: 01296 387890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The days of stamping the due date in the front of the book have long since pasted with new technology. Today, when we issue you with a book or DVD you’ll receive a receipt giving the due date. You might wish to make a note in pencil on the book plate or in your diary, and keep the receipt in the book.
But there are also lots of other ways to ensure you return or renew your items on time and avoid a fine. If you prefer, you may opt to have your due date automatically emailed to you when you borrow a book instead of receiving the receipt – simply ask the library assistant at the counter.
You can view your loans and renew your items online via the Bucks County Council Spydus system. The first time you use the site you will need to register your library card number (printed on the card) and set a password. If you provide your email address, the system will alert you when items are overdue.
However, we also recommend that you keep tabs on your items by registering with the Library Elf website – registration is simple and the service will automatically email you BEFORE your book so due so that you have time to renew or return it without incurring a fine. You can also log in to browse your account to see when your items are coming up for renewal. The service can be found online at www.libraryelf.com and is also available as an app for use on your iPhone or smart phone – just search for “Library Elf” in your app store. To register you will need your library card number (printed on the card) and your Spydus login details.