Lending

Serres Public Central Library has created a rich collection of printed and audiovisual material, which is at the public’s disposal. The automated system of the program ABEKT 5.6 is used for book lending and circulation of the material.

Only registered members of the Library have the right to borrow books. All those interested can be registered by showing their own or their guardians’ identity card and electricity or telephone bills for their home addresses. After they fill in a form with their personal data, their membership card, which they can use for book lending, is issued.

Library members have access to the entire collection. The Library lends the biggest part of its material to all the members, except for:

bullet Informative material i.e.: encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, maps, reference books and voluminous works.
bullet Rare books, old publications and books withdrawn from circulation.
bullet Magazines, newspapers and CD-ROMs.

 

In the reading-room anyone can use the material that is not lent, regardless of whether s/he is member of the Library. Visitors can also photocopy texts in which they are interested as long as the material is not rare.

23.000 members are registered in our Library. Each member has got his/her own card with which they can lend up to five (5) books for twenty (20) days. Loans can be renewed twice, for ten days each time.

Members have the right to reserve items which have already been lent. They are notified as soon as the particular book is returned to come and get it. A new system will soon be available for members to be able to make reservations or borrow items using Internet, through a simple and easy process.

The automated system ABEKT 5.6 for book lending gives us the opportunity to know:
  

bullet Whether the item we are looking for is lent
bullet Who has borrowed it
bullet When it will be returned
bullet How many books have been lent to each member
bullet Which and how many books are delayed
bullet Statistical data containing information regarding the lending department, which reflect the operation of the Library.