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Membership Terms And Conditions

ON-LINE MEMBERSHIP

The Connect4Books library provides the unique services of door delivery and pickup of books to its ONLINE Patrons, booked by them online. Enrolment for such services and the rule and regulations governing such services are set out below:

  1. Enrollment and Eligibility for Online Patrons:

1.1 Eligibility: Any adult resident of Chennai who has completed 18 years of age, and who has applied for such services, may be granted non transferable privilege as an Online Member (referred to hereinafter for the sake of brevity as ‘the Patron’), for borrowing books, publications and other borrowable material (hereinafter, for the sake of brevity, collectively referred to as “Books”) from the Connect4Books library. The management of Connect4Books library (referred to hereinafter for the sake of brevity as ‘the management’) reserves its right to grant or refuse to grant the privilege as an Online Patron to any person

1.2     Application: Eligible persons can make an application through the online registration form available from the website to the management of Connect4Books library, along with the required payment mentioned in Clause 2 and 4 below.

1.3     Identity: For identity verification, all applicants should produce any of the following:-  Passport, Driver’s License, Voter ID, Postal Card, Ration Card, Aadhaar (UID) Card. No other identification will be accepted. The original should be produced for verification and return. Copies will be retained by the management.

1.4     Non Transferable: The privileges, as Online patron is not transferable.

1.5 Minors will not be granted privileges of Patrons but may borrow book if they are included in their Parent’s Library card.


2. Plan Upgrade
: Patrons may opt to upgrade their usage plan anytime. Plans can only be upgraded and not downgraded. Plan upgrades cannot be combined with any other offers.

3.
Enrolment fees and Security deposit: Patrons admitted to the privileges of borrowing shall pay a one time Enrolment Fee and a refundable non-interest bearing Security Deposit based on their usage plan, which shall be as fixed from time to time by the management.

4. Usage Plans:

4.1 The Connect4Books library has different usage plans to suit different needs of Patrons. Patrons may opt for any of the usage plan, available on request with the Management. The usage charges are based on the length of the Usage Plan Period (UPP), number and type of book that Patrons will be allowed to borrow during the UPP and the capital costs of special books. On each borrowable, the usage charges will be debited from the Plan Usage Fees paid in advance by the Patron.  Patrons expressly consent to be bound by such usage charges as fixed from time to time by the management.

4.2 Once a Patron chooses a usage plan, the plan maybe upgraded but not down graded during the current UPP.

4.3 Usage plan fee shall be payable in advance for the duration of the UPP and shall not be refundable. The Usage Plan shall be renewed before the end of the UPP or on the Patron’s Plan Usage Fees account showing nil/ debit balance, failing which the Patron shall not be entitled to borrow books. If a Patron renews the Usage plan within a grace period of two weeks from the end of the UPP by paying the applicable usage charges, the credit balance in the Patron’s account at the end of the expired UPP will be added to the Patron’s account and the Patron can take advantage of the same during the renewed UPP.

4.4 If a patron fails to receive or refuse the books at the time of door deliver, the applicable charges for tendering the books at the patron’s door step for borrowable shall be debited to the Patron’s account and shall be recoverable as a debt due to the management. The patron will not be allowed further borrowable privileges unless all such charges and the cost of recovery is paid by the Parton.

5. New Services
: The Management may from time to time introduce other services and it shall be open to a patron to opt for a different plan for borrowing books, provided that the Patron satisfies the conditions and pays the appropriate enrolment fees and usage charges that maybe be fixed from time to time by the management.

6. Library Card
: On admission, Online Patrons are issued a library card with an Unique Membership Identity (UMI) number. When placing request for borrowing books, Patrons are required to mention their membership number and also produce the card while taking delivery of books. Library cards are not transferable and may be used only by the Patron or the Paton’s immediate family members who’s names have been included in the Library Card. However the ultimate responsibility of the books borrowed and for payment of all fees and charges to the library lies with the patron.  Lost library cards will be replaced on payment of a fee of Rs. 50/-

7. Rules of Borrowal
:

7.1 Online Patrons are given the privilege of logging in to the library’s website www.Connect4Books.com using their UMI number, user name and password, browsing the Library Catalogue and placing online requests for borrowable books, based on their usage plan.  To facilitate such online browsing, the Management has made available access to proprietary catalogues, some of which are prepared by third parties, with description and extracts from the books.  Such description and extracts are only for the purpose of selecting the books to be borrowed.  Patrons shall not download such catalogues, reproduce either with or without alterations, any of the contents, in violation of the Copy Right and other Intellectual Property Right of such third parties and of the Management.  Any attempt to download, make screenshots or copy the contents will be logged by the system and used as evidence of such copyright violations. Any violation of the Copy right shall attract the penal provisions of law and in addition expose the violator to liability for compensation.

7.2 The library maintains a catalogue on the library’s website www.Connect4Books.com. Online Patrons may place request for door delivery of books, which are on the online library catalogue  or by:

7.2.1 Logging in to the Library’s Website www.Connect4Books.comon, using the UMI number, user name and assigned password, browsing the online catalogues and placing online request for borrowal, as per instructions given on the website or

7.2.2 Sending SMS quoting the UMI number, based on usage plan. At the time of delivery the library card shall be shown to the delivery person

7.3 On registering the request for reservation, Patrons will receive a confirmation by SMS or Email about the probable time when the books will be delivered or if it is not possible.  Books will be delivered based on availability, after prior intimation to the patrons about the books that will be delivered and the date and time of delivery. Once the patron consents to the selection of books that are to be delivered them, they shall pay be debited the applicable charges and shall not refuse to receive the books or any one or more of the books.  In case of refusal to accept books delivered for borrowable, the patron will be debited delivery charges as applicable and upon intimation of such debit shall become payable by them.

7.4 Only Patrons and their authorized family members shall have the right to access the online Library Catalogue for the purpose of placing requests for borrowing books, subject to clause 6.

7.5 The number of books that Patrons may borrow is based on their usage plan.

7.6 Once books are borrowed, the book cannot be swapped/ exchanged for another book. Any such swapping/ exchange will be debited against the usage charges as applicable for a new borrowal.

7.7 Books are lent for a period of 30 days. It shall be the responsibility of the patron to return the books on time to the personnel of the library who calls on the patron at the end of the borrowable period. In case Patrons want to renew the books for a further period of 30 days, they may do so if the books have not been reserved by any other patron and subject to payment of the borrowable charges as applicable for the first 30 days. If on the other hand the books have already been reserved, the patron shall immediately return the books, failing which applicable late fee shall be payable by the patron.

7.8 Patrons will be charged late fees if they fail to return the books on the date of scheduled return date. If the books are not returned for period of 3 months, the patron shall be liable to pay the full replacement cost of the books, in addition to the cost of postage and delivery.

7.9 The replacement cost of lost books charged from a Patron may be refunded provided the books are returned within 60 days of the date of making the payment and are in good condition, to the satisfaction of the Management.

7.10 If a book or its cover is damaged or lost, the cost of the book, the jacket, or any other expenses including registered notice charges incurred in endeavoring to secure the return of the book or the recovery of the cost shall be paid by the patron, unless in the opinion of the management the books are reparable, in which case Patrons shall be liable to pay the cost of restoration, lamination and rebinding. Patrons shall have no right to claim the damaged book. Any liabilities incurred by a patron in the retention of a book must be discharged before the patron is allowed to  borrow more books.  If one book of a set is damaged or lost, the patron concerned shall be liable to replace the whole set.

7.11 Patrons are not allowed to sub-lend the books of the Library or transfer the use of the privileges of their library card.

7.12 Patrons are expected to maintain a good track record of not damaging/losing books. Repeated negligence will lead to termination of borrowable rights.

7.13 Patrons are expected to verify entries at the time of borrowing and returning books.

8. Cancellation/Closing of Relationship
: Patrons desirous of terminating their relationnship and borrowing previledges shall surrender their Library card and that of their  family members, upon which they shall be refunded the security deposit, after deduction of unpaid dues such as usage charges, late fees, damages, and other charges, if any.  In case of cancellation within 3 months of joining, a cancellation fee of Rs.50/- shall also be deducted from the Security deposit. Plan usage charges and enrolment fee are non-refundable.

9.
The privileges conferred on Patrons cannot be claimed by them as a matter of right.

10.  General:

10.1 All amounts due by a Patron shall become payable immediately on the patron being debited the amount and being intimated of such debits. An Additional charge to cover the cost of postage shall be levied if the amount due from a defaulter is not paid until a legal notice is sent. The legal notice shall in the first instance, be sent under certificate of posting and if there is no response from the defaulter a registered notice will be sent for which an additional charge to cover the cost of postal registration shall be added to the Library dues.. This charge shall be levied for each registered notice that is required to be sent.

10.2 Patrons shall:

10.2.1 Inform the management of any changes in contact details (address, phone, mobile, email, etc.)

10.2.2 Accept to receive SMS/Email alerts which will be sent to all patrons regarding reminders, new arrivals, offers, discounts, etc.

10.2.3 Connect4Books reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

10.2.4 Terms and conditions are subject to change and the management reserves the right, with or without notice, to change them with sole and absolute discretion.

10.2.5 Connect4Books library is not a books seller. However If a patron would like to buy a particular book, Connect4Books will assist the patron in procuring the book for an additional fee of Rs. 25/- as service charges, over and above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of the book and shipping costs, if any.

DECLARATION

I have read the above terms and conditions as also the Usage plan and  I accept all the terms and condition as binding on me.



Signature of The Member

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