There are two options for receiving library notices: email and text. The default notification is email, though patrons can chose to receive text message notifications when they sign up for a card, by asking at the Circulation Desk, or by logging into their account online and changing their notification settings there.
The library dos not mail notices, with the exception of warnings for long overdue items; but patrons who do not have an email address in their record and have not opted for text notifications will receive a phone call when their reserves are ready for pick up.
We highly encourage patrons to keep their email addresses and phone numbers up to date so as to receive prompt notices.
The library automatically sends a reminder notice by email 3 days before an item is due. The library cannot guarantee delivery of this reminder, since incorrect email addresses, spam blockers, server errors, full inboxes, and other contingencies can always disrupt email service. The patron is still responsible for returning or renewing borrowed materials on time.
Spam blocking programs may label library email notices as junk mail and send them to a junk mail folder or delete them altogether. You can call the Circulation Desk at 703-248-5031 if you are having trouble receiving library emails.
Worried about getting junk mail or spam? The library considers all patron information to be confidential. The library does not divulge an individual's email address or any other personal information to outside parties. The library will not use your email address for any purpose other than sending notices.