In February, Live Oak Public Libraries joins the PINES network of public libraries in Georgia.
In preparation for being part of the PINES network, Live Oak Public Libraries will offer fine forgiveness for any library materials that are currently overdue. All overdue fees and fines will be waived from now until February 20, 2018.
PINES serves residents of Georgia through an automation and lending network of public libraries and service outlets throughout the state. With the addition of Live Oak Public Libraries in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties, the PINES member network now includes more than 300 public libraries across 145 counties.
Highlighting the importance of this statewide collaboration, Julie Walker, State Librarian for Georgia Public Library Service, states, “PINES started in 1999, when 98 libraries came together to collaborate and share materials in a brand new way. Over the years, we’ve had several libraries join PINES, and I’m so proud to see PINES expand to include the Live Oak Public Libraries. I’m confident that Live Oak’s patrons will be delighted with the ability to access and borrow library resources easily via the expansive PINES network.”
With a PINES library card, Live Oak Public Libraries patrons will gain access to 11 million books and other items from public libraries across Georgia. Library users will benefit from being able to obtain materials beyond what is available locally and having items delivered to their home library branch free of charge. In addition, PINES cardholders can travel to any of the 54 partner library systems in the state to check out and return materials.
PINES Program Director, Elizabeth McKinney, adds, “As per the PINES Mission Statement, all member libraries agree to a common set of policies and procedures so that patrons have a consistent experience at any PINES library. The PINES card can be used at any member library across the state. That’s over 300 locations statewide.”
Through service at other library systems in Georgia, Live Oak Public Libraries administration and technical services staff have more than 30 years of combined experience with PINES. On joining PINES, Live Oak Public Libraries Executive Director, Trent Reynolds, says, “We are very excited about joining the PINES network and partnering with other great library systems throughout Georgia. When it came down to weighing our options for a new integrated library system for Live Oak Public Libraries, the benefits to our library customers, support from the Georgia Public Library Service and local cost savings made PINES the obvious choice.”
The timeline for implementation of PINES across the Live Oak Public Libraries System includes the following key dates:
January 16 – February 20: Fine forgiveness begins January 16. Overdue fees and fines will be waived until February 20. Patrons are encouraged to return all overdue materials to Live Oak Public Libraries. Patrons will not be able to place holds on items and current holds will expire February 20. Check-outs will be limited to 10 items per library card. Old library cards will expire February 20. Patrons are encouraged to use any cash remaining on library cards.
February 1 (and beyond): Patrons can apply for a new PINES library card. PINES cards may be used at other member library systems immediately and used at Live Oak Public Libraries starting February 20.
February 20 (and beyond): The PINES system will go live at all Live Oak Public Libraries branch locations on February 20. Patrons must obtain a PINES library card to access services. Old library cards expire.