Southsea Sling Library Terms and Conditions

1. Loan Form
A Loan From must be completed for each carrier you borrow with your full name, home address    
and contact  details, loan charges, deposit values, return method and due date.
Your personal details will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will only   
be used to contact you in relation to your library loan.

2. Loan Cost and Duration
Only one carrier may be borrowed at a time (unless by prior arrangement). Once a carrier is   returned another carrier may be borrowed.
The standard loan period is 4 weeks. At the discretion of Sophy Yildirim or Elizabeth Cahill,  and with prior arrangement, you may borrow a carrier for a shorter or longer period (e.g. for a special event or holiday).
Each carrier loan costs £10 for up to 4 weeks from the drop in service and £15 out of drop in service hours. Per week there is a £3 charge from the drop in sessions or £8 outside library hours.

3. Deposit
A fully refundable deposit is required for each loan, this should be paid by cash or cheque.   The deposit is based on the sale value for each carrier or accessory being hired and will be returned in full following the timely return of the carrier or accessory undamaged with all instructions and any additional accessories.  The deposit can also be used to make a purchase.
The replacement of any lost carriers, accessories or instructions will be paid for out of the deposit, and any further loss incurred will be pursued by Southea Sling Library against the borrower.  Failure to return items within the loan period without communication will be treated as theft and reported to the police authorities.
Charges for damage beyond normal wear and tear will be judged on an individual basis by library staff.

4. Payment Methods
a.    Loan costs are payable by cash.

5. Late Returns
For any days overdue we will charge £2 per day late fees.
Under adverse or unforeseen circumstances, we may reduce or waive fines for late returns as long
as the late period is less than 3 days and has been fully agreed by us before the end of the loan period (allowing for postage delays).
If you are unable to return your carrier by the agreed date due to Library staff illness or holidays, we will extend your loan period for free and agree a new returns due date with you.

6. Returning and Posting Carriers
Returns can be made during Library opening hours or, in certain circumstances, by prior  arrangement at a mutually convenient time and location. If this is not possible the carrier may be returned by post.
Carriers should be returned to the address specified on the hard copy of your hire terms and conditions.
Should you need to return a carrier by post you must do so at your own cost and risk. We advise that you use Recorded or Special Delivery depending on the value of the carrier, and retain proof of  postage. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for the carrier to arrive by its return due date.
Please ensure that the carrier, instructions and any accessories are packaged appropriately – We would prefer that you ‘double-bag’ the carrier and write both our address and your return addresson both layers.

7. Condition of the Carrier
a.   All carriers are checked before lending to ensure that they are in good condition and  working order. The borrower should check the condition of the carrier prior to the start of the loan and must confirm on the loan form that it is in working order.
It is the borrower’s responsibility to check over the carrier before every use. Check all  buckles, hems and seams, ensuring that there are no tears, breaks, cracks or holes. If any damage is discovered, please stop using the carrier immediately and contact us.

8. Safe Use of Carriers
a.   All carriers are provided with manufacturer’s instructions for safe use. If, for any reason they  
are not supplied, it is the borrowers’ responsibility to ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s    
instructions. On occasion, we may only be able to provide you with an online link to    
manufacturer’s instructions; in this case, we will also give you printed instructions for a   
similar carrier.

b.   The borrower must read all safety, use and care instructions provided prior to using the  carrier. Carriers must only be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All carriers are extremely safe when used properly; however, misuse can cause injury to  yourself or child. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the carrier correctly and that your baby is safe at all times. The Southsea Sling Library cannot be held responsible for any accident that results in injury or death whilst the carrier is in your care.

I advise that after familiarising yourself with the instructions provided, you then practice using the carrier with a doll/teddy or cushion/pillow so that you get used to the tying/fastening/adjusting methods.
Always ensure that you seat your child correctly in the carrier and check any knots regularly as children do not stay still and straps and wrap passes can move or become loosened.
If you feel any pain while carrying your child, change the carrying position or remove the carrier.
If you are unsure about anything you read in the instructions, are not sure what you are doing or are at all concerned, please ask us. We can point you in the direction of lots of helpful sites to give you tips to make sure you are getting the best out of the carrier and using it safely. We also offer in depth consultations for which we charge a fee.

9. Care of Carriers
a.   Under no circumstances is it permitted to smoke whilst wearing or holding the carrier.
Please inform us if you are a smoker, or if there is a smoker in your home as we will need to  
carefully launder the carrier after it is returned. Smoking is known to increase the risk of cot  
death for babies, and these risks have also been linked to babies being in close contact with     
clothing or objects contaminated with smoke particles.

b.   Do not wash the carrier. We clean all carriers regularly. If you feel it is necessary that the    
carrier is cleaned while on loan to you, please contact us first for advice as some carriers have  very specific washing instructions that must be followed.
We cannot guarantee that there are no marks or hairs on the carriers we lend. Carriers are spotcleaned and only laundered if necessary as freshly washed carriers will not be as soft or flexible and in some cases, more difficult to use.
We cannot guarantee that there are no animal hairs on the carriers, but we I ask that all carriers are kept away from pets to minimise this possibility. If you are very allergic to animal hairs, please request that the carrier be laundered before you borrow it to help reduce any potential reaction.
Food and posset marks are expected when carrying children, but please keep the sling away from anything that may stain more permanently (oil, paint, pens, etc.), or anything that might damage it (scissors, Velcro, keys in your bag, fire, etc.).

10.  All slings, carriers, instructions and accessories remain the property of Southsea Slings    
Ltd, Sophy Yildirim or Elizabeth Cahill at all times. All loans are subject to availability and at    
our discretion.