Gilbert Public Library Video Game Policy

Collection Development Policy for Video Games

The library is pleased to offer video games for circulation to our patrons.  This collection will help serve the community's information and entertainment needs. Games will be carried in formats to accommodate a variety of consoles.

We are currently collecting games that have the following ESRB ratings:

·         EC (Early Childhood)

·         E (Everyone)

·         E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)

·         T (Teen)

The collection does not contain games with a rating of M (Mature) or AO (Adults Only).  All materials in the collection were selected based on ratings and feedback from the community.  We welcome suggestions for items we do not have, and are open to the possibility of expanding the collection in the future.


Circulation Policies

·         Only Arrowhead Library System cardholders in good standing may borrow games. Good standing is defined as having a library card for a minimum of 30 days, and having fines and fees of less than $5.

·         Games may be checked out for 7 days with an adult library card only. 

·         Borrowers will be asked to sign an agreement regarding the loss or damage of a game and the replacement cost will be assessed at retail value.

·         Users are limited to one game per week.

·         No holds or renewals.

·         Games must be checked out and returned to the circulation desk to insure that the game is undamaged and the instruction manual is present so that you are not charged a replacement fee.

·         Overdue fines for games are $2.00 per day with a maximum $30 per item.

·         Patrons under the age of 14 must have parents check out video games. A parent or guardian must authorize use of video games. Parental permission includes any signature that we currently accept for obtaining a library card, for example grandparents, caregivers, etc.

·         The Gilbert Public Library charges the cardholder the full retail price for lost, damaged, or unreturned video games. The Gilbert Public Library considers video games to be damaged if any part of the case, original cover, disc, original manual or other original accompanying material is lost or damaged beyond normal use.


Borrowing Rules and Fees for Video Games

·         Patron households may borrow a maximum of one video game per week.

·         Loan period: all games circulate for 7 days without renewals or holds.

·         Adults (18 and over) may borrow games from the entire collection.

·         Overdue fines = $2.00/day ($30 maximum)

·         Overdue fines will apply if items are deposited in the book return. All games must be returned to the circulation desk in person during operational hours.

·         Lost games result in a charge for the full retail price of the item plus a $3.00 replacement fee.

·         Lost instruction manuals will result in a charge of $2.00 to copy a new manual.


Presently, approximately 10 games for one platform are owned by the library.  We ARE accepting donations.  If you have older games which might work on (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, or any other current gaming platform) and which are in good shape, Nicole Miller at 748-2230 to discuss donations.

We're also interested in learning what additional games we should purchase when funds allow. If you have suggestions, please let us know!