The purpose of the Botetourt County Libraries is to meet the needs of the County’s residents for information, education and recreation. The library meets these needs by offering collections of books and media for loan to the general public as well as providing programs and other services for children and adults.
- Provide all community members with access to resources, services and programs meeting their informational, educational and recreational needs
- Ensure a safe, neutral means and environment for the free exploration of a broad range of ideas
- Provide encouragement and opportunities for all community members to enrich their lives through reading and lifelong learning
- Support citizens’ well-informed decision-making and participation in a democratic society by providing access to reliable, current information representing a wide variety of viewpoints
- Foster an inclusive, innovative community by encouraging the free and civil exchange of ideas and information through personal connections and relationships
- Contribute to and support educational, cultural and civic activities in Botetourt County
Using the Library
The Botetourt County Libraries are part of the Roanoke Valley Library Consortium which share a common borrower’s card and online catalog. Botetourt patrons may also obtain books and other materials from the collections of the Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem libraries at no charge. Any resident of Virginia may apply for a free borrower’s card. Minors require a parent or guardian’s signature. Proof of permanent address, such as a driver’s license, bill, check, or a letter addressed to the applicant is required.
Loan periods vary by type of material. Most books and audiobooks may be borrowed for a period of four weeks but some new and high-demand items may be borrowed for only two weeks. Magazines may be borrowed for two weeks, video games and music CDs may be borrowed for seven days, and most movies circulate for seven days. Most items can be renewed twice if there is no one else waiting for them. Renewals may be done via the library’s online catalog (www.rvl.info), by calling, or by coming to the library in person. Any item that has a hold on it may not be renewed.
The fine for overdue books is 20 cents per day up to a maximum of $5.00 per item. Fines for overdue DVDs and videos are $1.00 per day up to a maximum of $5.00 per item. The amount of fines a patron can carry before being blocked from checking out more items is $10.00.
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