The Georgia PINES Executive Committee, which is part of the system which oversees Paulding’s libraries, approved July 1 as the first day of the new rule.
“Statewide, library patrons will be restricted to a maximum of 15 of each of these items per library card,” according to a news release from West Georgia Regional Library System.
The previous limit was 50 items, said Martha Goodson, the system’s assistant director.
“It has been an issue for several years now,” she said.
Cherry Waddell, Paulding County Library services coordinator, said county library directors have seen residents check out 50 items at one time.
“That can hurt your circulation,” she said. “That’s really a lot to watch in a seven-day period.”
Those items are only available for checkout one week at a time, she said.
The purpose of the limit is to make sure there is a variety for residents to choose from instead of having everything checked out at one time. Some libraries in Georgia have thousands of DVDs, VHS and games, but some only have hundreds, Goodson said.
Ora Stuckey, branch manager at Maude P. Ragsdale Library in Hiram, said library workers have had posters in place since about a week before July 1 to let patrons know of the change.
“For us here at Hiram I don’t think it is going to be a big deal going from 50 to 15,” she said.
Stuckey said families who share a card will probably be the only ones to hit the 15-item limit.
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