Amherst County Public Library

Library Policies

The following policies govern how we use our library.

Computer/Internet Acceptable Use

Code of Conduct

Safe Child Policy

Card Eligibility and Registration Policy

Community Meeting Room Rules

Fines and Fees Policy

Damaged or Lost Materials

Hotspot Lending Policy

Book Signings and Author Appearances

Collection Development Policy

Distribution of Literature Policy


Volunteer Policy: Community Service (Court-ordered)

Volunteer Policy and Application

Public Bulletin Board and Display of Materials Policy


Returns may be made to the circulation desk of either library or placed in book drops outside either library after regular hours. Items returned before the opening of the library will be credited as returned the last day the library was open.

Loan Policies

There is no limit on the number of library materials that may be checked out by a patron, with the exception of materials in heavy demand.

The use of the Library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return books or materials or failure to pay penalties, destruction of books or other library property, disturbance of patrons or any other objectionable conduct on library premises. (Amherst County Code, Section 6-9c.)

Patrons are blocked from further circulation when they owe $5.00 or more in any type of fines or fees.

State Set-Off Debt

The library system may send the record of patrons who owe $25.00 or more in library charges and/or have been issued a third overdue notice to the Virginia State Tax Set-Off Debt program. Payment due the library system is then withheld from the patron’s state tax refund or lottery winnings.

Use of Library Grounds Policy

The property and grounds surrounding the two Amherst County Public Library buildings may be used only for and by the library, the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library Groups, and local government for appropriate activities. Use of library grounds is not permitted by other groups unless they are partnering with the library or one of the groups approved to use library grounds.

Individual library users and citizens may use the grounds as they would a local park for reading, picnics, or other activities, but the grounds are not available for organized activities by formal or informal groups of people.

  • Amherst Library
    434.946.9488, ext. 1

    382 South Main Street
    P.O. Box 370
    Amherst, VA 24521

    Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-6pm
    Tues 10am-8pm
    Sat 10am-2pm

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  • Madison Heights Library
    434.946.9488, ext. 2

    200 River James Shopping Center
    Madison Heights, VA 24572

    Mon 10am-8pm
    Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-6pm
    Sat 10am-2pm

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