Designee Authorization Form – just the form
Designee and Homebound authorizations will follow the same process and use the same authorization form. Whenever the authorized person comes to pick up materials they must bring the patron’s library card or a valid form of government issued personal identification.
Designee authorization allows patrons the ability to designate other individuals to check out materials for them. There is no limit to the number of designees a patron may authorize. The process is described below. There are no changes to the Patron code in Polaris.
Homebound cards are intended for BPL customers who are unable to visit the library due to illness, injury, or disability (this includes the frail elderly) and designate another person (caretaker, family member, etc.) to pick up library materials for them. The Patron code in Polaris is Homebound for these individuals.
- Homebound cards are available to all Massachusetts residents.
- Material loan periods are the same as for all other cardholders, although waiving fines is often a reasonable accommodation for homebound patrons and should be granted as needed. Homebound cardholders are responsible for paying for any lost materials on their cards.