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POLICY FOR LIBRARY REGISTRATION AND USE
This policy governs library use in the New River Public Library Cooperative comprised of libraries in Baker, Bradford, and Union Counties, FL. Policies are intended to insure consistent patron and library responsibility throughout the Cooperative.
- All persons seeking to borrow library materials and use materials outside of the library building must register in the library system.
• Picture identification with current address or old identification with official mail with current address.
• Persons seeking to borrow library materials must sign the application form.
• Parent/legal guardian must register for minors under 16 years of age. Child should be present when registering and must be at least five years old.
- The New River Public Library Cooperative recognizes that some of its patrons who are aged 16 or older, may have one or more disabilities that render them incapable of registering under this Policy. In such an event, the parents, spouses, and legal guardians of these disabled patrons, shall be permitted to register on their behalves, as set forth above.
- Fees for temporary (six consecutive months) cards are $6.00.
- Persons who do not live in a county with which the Cooperative or County has a reciprocal borrowing agreement must pay an out-of county fee of $12.00 per year per card.
- Most library materials are loaned for three weeks. Most items can be renewed one time.
New materials and best sellers may have different loan periods.
- Fines for overdue materials are 10 cents per day per item.
- Persons who have accumulated more than $10.00 in outstanding fines will be prohibited from borrowing other materials until the fines are less than $10.00.
- Persons who have any item held past the due date may be prohibited from borrowing other materials until the item is returned.
- Items that are lost or damaged must be paid for before additional materials can be borrowed.
- All overdue fines, lost materials fees and other charges must be paid in full before renewing library privileges.
- Some counties may choose to send long term overdue accounts to a collection agency for further resolution.
Approved Governing Board New River Public Library Cooperative
INTERNET ACCESS/COMPUTER USE POLICY/INTERNET SAFETY POLICY AND DISCLAIMER
The New River Public Library Cooperative and its member libraries provide computers and internet access, both wired and wireless, to the public equally and without charge for internet access. This furthers our mission of ‘providing …materials and resources that encourage individual growth.’ Service is provided as funds permit; there may be time limits on use of computers. New River Public Library Cooperative and its member libraries provide filtered access to the Internet on all computers for the staff and public. Websense software or router level filtering is used as the Technology Protection Measure in order to comply with Child Internet Protection Act (47 USC224 (h) and FCC Final Rule 47 CFR Part 54 and FCC Second CIPA Order (FCC 03-188). Categories that are blocked may include adult material, illegal drugs, gambling, extremists, hate and racism sites, violence and weapons site. Some sites providing downloads of streaming media are also blocked due to limited bandwidth. Free downloads of software, etc are blocked as a security measure. Unfiltered access can be provided to adults as requested by disabling the technology protection measure. See the library director or his/her designee. Users can also request reconsideration of a blocked site. All staff and public users of library computers must comply with Federal , State and/or local laws, Library Code of Conduct, other library rules and policies, and terms of any contracts such as software licenses. Examples of applicable laws include the Florida Computer Crimes Act (FS815); Florida Statutes governing pornography and obscenity (FS 847) Electronic Communications Privacy Act (U.S. Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 119); the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (U.S. Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 47, §1030). These laws prohibit ‘hacking,’ ‘cracking,’ and similar activities. Users must not use computing resources to gain unauthorized access to local or remote computers or to impair or damage the operations of computers, networks, or peripherals of New River Public Library Cooperative or its member libraries or networks. Deliberate attempts to circumvent data protection and security measures are not allowed. Violations of computer resources, rules of use, code of conduct, and/or applicable local, state or federal law may be subject to prosecution by relevant authorities. Parents or guardians who allow minors to use the library and internet without parental supervision are responsible for their children’s decisions. Parents and children are strongly encouraged to take part in Internet Safety training provided by the library, or view materials on their own. The library uses interactive materials and online videos from www.netsmartz.org/Parents Computer users in the library found violating the above rules will be barred from further computer use for a period of thirty (30) days. Users may appeal this decision in writing to the library director within 48 hours. An appeal to the director’s decision may be made to the County Administrator or Board of County Commissioners.
INTERNET ACCESS DISCLAIMERS
Provision of this service does not constitute any endorsement of resources by New River Public Library Cooperative, its member libraries or governing boards. The New River Public Library Cooperative , member libraries, or its governing boards shall have no liability for any direct and/or indirect damages relating from the use of computers or information accessed on the Internet from library computers. Internet users are also reminded that:
- Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users must be good information consumers.
- Filtering software or other technology protection measures do not block all materials users might find offensive.
- Public library computers are not private or secure. Users are strongly cautioned against providing personal information.
Sources for internet safety information
http://www.safeflorida.net/ http://www.netsmartz.org/ Sources for Florida Statutes: Source for U.S. Code & Information on CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act)
Policies and Procedures
Using the Library…
- Baker, Bradford and Union Counties have joined together to form one library system with the same policies and procedures.
- To register for library service you will need a photo ID that shows your current address or your old ID with an official piece of mail.
- Parents/legal guardians must register for children 5-16 years.
- You can use your library card in any library or bookmobile in Baker, Bradford. or Union Counties.
- You are responsible for all materials borrowed and all fines and bills accrued while using this card.
- There is a $1.00 fee to replace lost cards.
- Because of reciprocal borrowing agreements you can register for library service free of charge in Alachua, Columbia and Nassau counties.
- In addition, Bradford County residents can register for library service in Putnam and Clay Counties.
- Santa Fe College students can register for service in Bradford County.
- Residents from other counties can register for library service for a fee of $12.00 per year.
Borrowing and Returning Materials…
- Your personal library card is needed when borrowing materials from the library.
- Items are loaned for three weeks and may be renewed one time unless someone else is waiting for that item. You can renew your items in person, by phone or online.
- Your account must be current with no over-due items or excessive fines accrued in order to borrow library materials or to use library computers.
- Your library card account must be paid in full of all charges in order to renew your borrowing privilege each year.
- First time borrowers are limited to five items.
- After return of those items there is a limit of 25 items per registration. Bookmobile limits will vary.
- Please return your borrowed items promptly.
- Items can be returned to any library or bookmobile in Baker, Bradford and Union Counties.
- All libraries have book drops that are open 24 hours a day /7 days a week.
- If you cannot return your items on time you will be charged $0.10 per day per item until the materials are returned.
- Library accounts with long overdue materials will be turned over to a collection agency.
- Library materials lost or damaged beyond repair will be billed to you at the replacement cost of the item.
- Sign up for reminders of items due by email, RSS, or text at libraryelf.org. You will need your library card number and PIN.
- Obtain your PIN from the library.
- Books, regular and large print books
- Audio books on CD
- Computer use for the public
- Your library card or photo ID is required to use library computers.
- Policies for computer use are the same as borrowing of library materials: account must be current with no overdue items or excessive fines.
- Storytimes for preschool children
- Summer library programs for children
- Programs for adults
- Computer classes
- Bookmobiles Ask for a schedule of bookmobile stops. The schedule and a map of stops are available on our webpage (newriverlibrary.org).
- Online Information is available at the library or from your home computer through our webpage (newriverlibrary.org).
- Through our webpage
- (newriverlibrary.org) you can check on item availability, request that an item be reserved for you, renew library items and download ebooks. Your account must be current with no overdue items or excessive fines.
- Pay fines and fees by credit or debit card with SmartPay on our webpage.
- You will need your library card number and PIN. Obtain your PIN from the library.
Friends of the Library
Please talk to the library director about the Friends of the Library group.