Free access to information found in a variety of formats is essential to the library’s mission, but there are limits to what the library can provide free of charge. Fees are charged to recoup the costs associated with providing alternative, enhanced, or special services which tend to benefit one library user at the exclusion of others, or which prevent the re-use of the information or material provided. Non-traditional services include, but are not limited to, meeting room use, copies from microfiche and microfilm, photocopies, computer printouts, scanning services, faxing and other forms of delivery, image reproductions, shipping and insurance, and research services.
Other than self-service photocopying and/or microform and computer printouts, all requests for such services must be submitted in writing (via postal service or email) well in advance of the date such services or materials are needed. Due to limited staff time available, we cannot accept rush orders. Requests will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.
Cost recovery fees are based on any or all of the following: Average staff time associated with the service, cost of materials consumed, and overhead costs. The following services are charged the stated fee:
- Library card:
- Free to Massachusetts residents and those who work or go to school in Massachusetts
- Out of state & temporary users: $20 per year per family
- Short term temporary: $20 (refundable with clean borrowing record)
- Replacement card: $2
- Computer use – free with library card or photo ID (see policy)
- Microform printout by researcher: $0.15 each
- Photocopies and/or computer printouts: $0.15 each for black and white $0.30 color
- Faxing Services: $1 per page
- Single quick lookup, such as a single obituary with date given: $3 inclusive for one printout/or scanned file
- Additional research: $24 per hour or $6 per 15 min. research time
- Scanned images or pages: $0.15 each copy
- Interlibrary loan postage (if applicable): actual cost
Should any requested items be reproduced in print, video, electronic or other format, user must request permission in writing from the Reference Librarian. See our Permission to Publish form.
Checks in payment of fees should be made out to the North Adams Public Library and sent to the attention of the North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St., North Adams, MA 01247.