Kayak Loan Program – How It Works


Shutesbury residents ( and their immediate family) with a valid C/W MARS library card, in good standing (over due items returned, fines under $10), can borrow or use Kayaks. (For residents with an Amherst address, we will cross-check the address with the official town street listing.)

You must be 18 or older to borrow a kayak. Parents and legal guardians may borrow on behalf of their children, ages five and up.

Each time you borrow a kayak, you must read and sign the borrowing policy and release.

The policy and release are available at the library and printable files are at the bottom of this message.         If you choose to print the policy and release, be sure to print, read and sign both documents.

Kayaks cannot be used by anyone other than the person(s) who completed the appropriate paperwork and borrowed the kayak(s). Kayaks may be used by children, ages five and up with a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must complete the appropriate paperwork and borrow the kayak and related equipment on behalf of the child.

Every person must wear a Coast Guard Approved personal flotation device at all times while using a kayak. You may use your own personal flotation device, but it must be Coast Guard Approved.

When you borrow a kayak from the M.N. Spear Memorial Library, the loan includes the kayak, a paddle (two paddles for the tandem kayak), a key to unlock the boat from the rack, a paddle leash, and a whistle. Coast Guard Approved personal flotation devices are loaned on a separate barcode).

You must return kayaks to the library rack at the boat landing and secure it with the provided lock after use. Use care to ensure that the appropriate lock is attached to the correct kayak, i.e.; lock #1 for kayak #1.

Kayaks must only be enjoyed on Lake Wyola.

Return the paddle(s), personal flotation device(s), key, and whistle to the library, during open hours, on or before the due date. The loan period is two days.

Kayaks and related equipment cannot be renewed.

The fine for late return is $10 per day, $50 maximum.

Kayak loans are first come/first served.

You can call the library during public service hours to reserve a kayak for the same day, but you must pick it up before the start of the last hour of business or the reservation is cancelled. You may not reserve kayaks for future dates.

If items are lost or not returned, you will be billed for the cost of the item : Single kayak $300 ~ Tandem Kayak $700 ~Key $25 ~Whistle $5 ~ Paddle ~ $95 ~ Paddle leash $20 ~ Personal flotation device $50

Thank you for participating in the M.N. Spear Memorial Library kayak loan program, and enjoy Lake Wyola!

Mary Anne Antonellis,
Apr 4, 2018, 7:36 AM
Mary Anne Antonellis,
May 13, 2016, 11:12 AM