Our Circulation Desk
As you enter the library, our circulation desk is to the left. This desk is where you can get a library card, check out items, renew items, get account information, pick up items you have on hold, and make item donations for our book sales. If you are returning items or need to pay a fine, you will go to this desk.
To reach the Circulation Desk, call (585) 784-5300 and select option #3.
Library Card Information and Circulation Policies
How Do I Get a Library Card?
Library cards are used to access library computers and databases, and for borrowing materials. You may use your card the same day that you register for one.
Adults who live in Monroe County will be asked to supply a photo ID and proof of current address, such as a current driver's license. If you have recently moved, you will be asked to present mail that has been sent to your new address.
If you reside outside Monroe County, you can get a renewable non-Monroe County resident card for $25 per year.
Children under the age of 12 can only be registered by a parent or guardian who will need to supply the documents listed above.
Teens will need to bring a student ID and proof of their address (mail or school report card, etc.). Those who do not have a student ID will need to bring two pieces of mail/proof of address.
Those attending a local institution of higher education can register for a card by providing proof of a temporary local address, proof of permanent address, and a student ID with a photo. The card will be valid for one year.
What Are My Responsibilities as a Cardholder?
As the holder of a card issued by any library in the Monroe County Library System, you are entitled to borrow items free of charge at this library. By signing your card, you agree to be responsible for the materials borrowed on your card and to abide by the rules of the member libraries. Since New York State law protects the confidentiality of library and financial records, each patron must use his/her own card. Account information needs to be updated yearly through the notification of an automated expiration date. If your card had passed the expiration date and you have moved within the last year, you will need to update your account information in person at any Monroe County Library. For your protection, missing or stolen cards should be reported immediately.
How Do I Replace My Library Card?
If you have lost or damaged your library card, there is a $1 replacement fee. You will need to provide identification to replace a card.
How Many Items Can I Borrow?
For most items, there are no limits at BML.
The following items do have limits:
DVDS - limit of 25 per card (countywide)
Magazines - limit of 5 issues per card of a title from the last 12 months
Video Games- limit of 5 per card
Brighton Memorial Library reserves the right to limit the number of items borrowed during high demand periods or when our computers are down.
What If Brighton Memorial Library Doesn't Have the Item I Want?
If you wish to have an eligible item from another MCLS library sent to BML for pickup, or if you want to be notified when an item is available for borrowing, there is currently a charge of $.50 for each item to be paid at the time of checkout (this fee is being eliminated in 2023). This charge helps in part to defray delivery costs. If an item is currently on the shelf at another library and you would like to pick it up at that location, our Information Center staff can contact the owning library and ask that the item be set aside for you at no charge. If you are not in the library, holds can be placed via the catalog or by one of our reference librarians; call (585) 784-5300 and choose option #2 when prompted.
If no library in MCLS owns an item you are looking for (non-paperback and non-bestseller only), you may request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at the Reference Desk. There is a $5 non-refundable processing fee for each item due at the time the request is made. Depending on where the item is coming from, it can take 3-6 weeks for an item to arrive. In addition, the owning libraries may not wish to send items out, and your request may go unfulfilled.
How Long May I Borrow Items?
Books and CDs (except those marked "express") - 3 weeks*
DVDs and Video Games - 1 week; 2 weeks for DVDs with multiple discs
Special loan periods for vacations or extraordinary circumstances may be granted at the discretion of the librarians.
When you check out your items, you will be given a due date receipt that will tell you when your items must be returned to avoid a late fee. If you provided an email address or cell phone number when you set up your account, you will normally receive a courtesy email or text reminder three days before your items are coming due. Because you are given a due date slip when the items are checked out, fines will not be waived if, for any reason, you did not receive a courtesy email or text. Your account can be accessed from our homepage.
Most items may be returned to any library in Monroe County, to our Circulation Desk, or through our drive-up AV/book drop on the northwest corner of our building near the Town playground (open 24 hours a day).
Fines and Fees
Overdue fines on most Brighton Library materials are $.35 per day. Exceptions to this are Early Literacy Kits, Parenting Kits, and Kindles, which are $2 per day, and software, which is $1 per day (additional rules may apply).
Please note: Each library in Monroe County sets its own fees/fines. An item that is owned by another library may be subject to the fine amount set by that library.
Certain items, such as Express Books and Quick Flicks DVDs, must be returned directly to Brighton Memorial Library or the borrower will incur an additional fine.These items are marked clearly on the cover stating that they must be returned directly to the owning library.
Maximum fees (per item) that can be assessed:
Adult books, DVDs, and Wii Games - $7
Young Adult Books and Adult Audio CDs - $5
Children's books, Children's Audio CDs, Playaways, Leap Pads, and all Magazines - $3
Children's Early Literacy Kits and Parenting Kits - $12
Learning Lab Homeschool Kits - $10
Software - $24
Kindles - $14 (additional rules apply)
If fines or charges reach $20, borrowing privileges will be blocked until the amount is reduced. If fines and fees reach $35, your account will be referred to a collection agency, and a $20 service fee will be added to your account.
Many of the items in the library can be renewed up to two times, if no one has placed a hold on them.
The following items are NOT renewable:
Early Literacy Kits
Required Reading Collection Books
For assistance with renewing items, please call BML at (585) 784-5300 and choose #3 when prompted.