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Video Game Collection Policy and Procedure

Collection Development Policy for Video Games

The library is pleased to offer video games to our patrons to be circulated from the Audio-Visual Department of the Main Library.  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),
  •  M (Mature).

The collection does not contain games with a rating of 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.


Games may be checked out for7 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 shall be allowed. 

Games must be checked out and returned to the Main Library Audio-Visual desk to insure that the game is returned undamaged, so that you are not charged a replacement fee.

Overdue fines for video games are $1.50 a day with a maximum fine of $30.00.

Late fee of $1.50/item per day for each video game applies if these items are not returned by closing time on their due date.

Customers under the age of 16 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.

Borrowing Rules and Fees for Video Games

  • Patrons may borrow a maximum of one video game per week.
  • The Circulation Fee for All Games is $4.00/game
  • Loan Period: All games circulate for 7 days
  • Adults (16 and over) may borrow games from the entire collection.
  • Overdue Fines:  $1.50/day ($30.00 maximum)

Late fees will apply if the items are returned to any location other than the Main Library and if they are deposited in the book return.  All games must be returned to the Audio Visual department desk of the Main Library and given to a library worker, (915 Monroe St.  Huntsville, AL. 35801)

There will be no Branch Run on Video Games.

Game Collection Development

Presently, approximately 70 games for four platforms are own 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, contact Breneidra Johnson (256-532-5948) to discuss donations.

We're also interested in learning what additional games we should purchase when funds allow. If you have suggestions, please visit the libraries' materials request form on our website to recommend a game.


Upon initiation of the circulation of games, all games will be circulated for a fee of $4.00.