Policies

Rules of Conduct

As a condition for the use of Library premises, Library patrons, employees, visitors and other licensees and invitees who enter upon or remain at the Library facilities, agree that they shall be subject to these rules and regulations.  Failure to comply with the same shall constitute grounds for the immediate ejection as a trespasser, suspension of library borrowing privileges and revocation of rights to enter upon library premises.

The following activities are not permitted in the Library:

  • Eating, drinking (unless container has a cover), the consumption of alcohol, or soliciting.
  • Playing of audio equipment so that others can hear it.
  • Smoking.
  • Carrying a weapon into the Library.
  • Bringing animals into the Library except those needed to assist a patron with a disability.
  • Misusing the restrooms (using as a laundry or personal washing facility).
  • Leaving a child under the age of 6 unattended in the Library.
  • Talking loudly, making noise, or engaging in other disruptive conduct.
  • Interfering with another person’s use of the Library.
  • Interfering with Library personnel’s performance of their duties.
  • Sleeping.

The following activities may incur legal action:

  • Damaging Library property.
  • Stealing Library materials.
  • Physically harming staff or patrons.

In addition:

  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times within the Library.
  • All children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Library Cards

Library cards may be obtained at the Circulation Desk by residents of School District #17.  Two proofs of residency must be shown.  For additional information, and a list of appropriate identification, see the “My Account” tab on the homepage.

 

Circulation Policy

Library cards can be obtained at the Circulation Desk by residents of School District #17 after two proof of residency is provided.

  • Books (Adult and Children): Most books may be borrowed for 3 weeks (21 days) and are available for any patron from any library.  Some popular new books may only be borrowed for 2 weeks (14 days).  7-day books may only be borrowed by Franklin Square Public Library patrons and cannot be renewed.  All books (with the exception of 7-day books) may be renewed 2 times provided there are no reserves on the item.  There is no limit to the number of books borrowed at one time by a single patron, however, he/she may not borrow more than 4 books on a given subject or by a single author (other exceptions may apply).
  • Magazines: The most recent edition of a magazine may not be borrowed, only read within the Library.  Older editions may be borrowed for a period of 3 weeks (21 days).
  • DVDs: DVDs may only be borrowed in the presence of an adult on said adult’s library card (18 years or older).  A teen (ages 15-17 years), however, may borrow DVDs on his/her library card provided his/her parent has signed a permission form (available at the Circulation Desk).  New feature films (those in our collection for less than 6 months) may be borrowed for a period of 2 days.  Older feature films (those found on the open shelves) may be borrowed for a period of one week.  Television series and mini-series may be borrowed for a period of 1 to 2 weeks depending on the item.  Documentary, self help, travel, and other non feature film DVDs may be borrowed for a period of 1 week.  Patrons may not borrow more than 4 DVDs at a time.  Patrons from other libraries may only borrow feature film DVDs that have been in our collection for longer than 6 months.  DVDs may not be renewed.  There is no charge to borrow DVDs.
  • Music CDs: Borrower must be over 14 years of age to take out any (adult or children) CDs.  CDs with a parental advisory sticker may only be borrowed on a card belonging to someone over the age of 18 years.  Each patron may not borrow more than 6 CDs at a time.  CDs are checked out for 2 weeks (14 days) and cannot be renewed.
  • Books on CD: Adult Books on CD may be borrowed for 2 weeks (14 days).  All children’s Books on CD may be borrowed for 3 weeks (21 days).
  • E-Readers:  Borrowers must be over the age of 18 years and possess a current Franklin Square library card in good standing.  They must also show additional identification (ie driver’s license).  E-readers are borrowed for 2 weeks (14 days) and cannot be reserved, held, or renewed.  Multiple e-readers may not be borrowed by the same person/family at the same time.  Borrowers may not change any settings on the e-readers including, though not limited to, adding/deleting titles, registering the device, or charging it using a computer.

 

Overdues

Overdue fines are not charged for Sundays and holidays in which the Library is closed.  Excessive fines will result in the suspension of the patron’s borrowing privileges until these fines are paid.

Adult Items

  • 3-week books:  10 cents a day
  • 2-week books:  10 cents a day
  • 7-day books:  25 cents a day
  • Magazines:  10 cents a day
  • DVD:  $2.00 a day
  • Books on CD:  10 cents a day
  • CDs (music):  10 cents a day
  • CD ROM:  10 cents a day
  • Museum Passes:  $2.00 a day
  • E-Readers:  $5.00 a day

Children’s Items:

  • 3-week books:  10 cents a day
  • DVD:  $2.00 a day
  • Books on CD:  10 cents a day
  • CDs (music):  10 cents a day
  • CD ROM:  10 cents a day

 

Lost and Damaged Items

If a patron loses or damages an item, the patron will be charged the list price of said item.  If a patron returns a lost item that has already been paid for, the Library will refund the price of the item, less 50% penalty charge.  No refunds will be made for items that list for less than $5 or are returned more than six months after the date of payment.

 

Meeting Room Policy

The Board of Library Trustees allows the use of its meeting rooms by individuals and groups for civic, educational, philanthropic and recreational purposes. Meeting room use is permitted to individuals and groups regardless of their beliefs or affiliations. Authorization to use the Library’s facilities does not reflect endorsement by the Library of the general or particular program, position, or purpose of any persons or organizations. Scheduling of the meeting rooms for Library purposes takes precedence over other issues. The Library’s meeting rooms shall not be used for entrepreneurial or commercial purposes, for the solicitation of business, for profit, or for fundraising. No goods or services shall be promoted, sold, or exchanged upon the premises, or by sample, pictures, or descriptions. Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Library Board of Trustees as it deems in the interests of the Library and the community. Failure to comply with Library directives outlined in this policy may result in canceling future use.

The library meeting rooms are available upon written request to the Board of Trustees under the following conditions:

  1. The request is from a non-profit organization or community group located in the Library District.
  1. The person requesting the use of the room must be a resident of the Library District.
  1. At least 50% of the organization or group must be local residents.

These conditions may be waived in part or in whole with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

The meeting rooms may not be used for partisan political activity, including campaigning for public office, except in the event that the Library schedules a political forum, inviting members of multiple political candidates to address the public. In addition it may not be used for religious, proprietary, or fund raising events.

All meetings must be open to the general public and no admission fees charged. Due to fire district regulations the maximum number of people allowed is 75.

No signs, posters, displays, etc., promoting a meeting or program by an organization or group may be placed anywhere in the library or on its premises without the express approval of the Library Director or his/her designee. Any such items will be removed by the Library and destroyed.

Scheduling of meetings depends upon the availability of the room and must be arranged with the approval of the Library Director. No meeting shall begin sooner than 15 minutes after the Library opens for business or end later than 15 minutes prior to closing.

All initial requests for use of the meeting rooms must be approved by the Board of Trustees. Subsequent usage may be approved by the Library Director. If the meeting rooms are not used by the organization or group for a period of 18 months following the initials request then a new request must be made in writing and approved by the Board of Trustees. Any group or organization denied use of the meeting rooms may appeal to the Board of Trustees.

 

Internet Policy and Rules

I. Policy Statement

  • The Franklin Square Public Library provides Internet access as a logical extension of the traditional reference and informational services offered by the Library.  However, the Library has no control over the information accessed on this network and assumes no responsibility for its content, quality, accuracy or currency.
  • The Library is a forum for all points of view and endorses the principles of intellectual freedom.  Some sites on the Internet may be considered controversial or offensive to some individuals.  Users are responsible for the choices of sites they visit.
  • Access by minors under the age of 18 is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian, and is permitted only with their signed permission.  This will be kept on file.  As with other materials, parent or legal guardians should guide their children in the use of the Internet and monitor their selections.

II. Rules and Regulations

  • The Franklin Square Public Library provides open access to the Internet to patrons who have signed and completed the Internet user form.
  • Parents or legal guardians of minors between the ages of 15 and 17 must submit a Permission for Young Adults to Use the Internet form.  The parent or guardian does not need to be present to sign this form.  The young adult must also show two proofs of I.D. (school ID and library card).
  • Parents or legal guardians of minors under 15 must sign, in person, the Internet user agreement form giving permission for their children to access the Internet at the Library.
  • Users are prohibited from engaging in inappropriate network usage including hacking and other unlawful activities and must comply with all State and Federal laws including all U.S. copyright regulations.
  • Library computers shall not be used to display, print, transmit or distribute threatening material; expressions of bigotry, racism or hate; obscene or sexually explicit material; or material protected by trade secret.  Viewing of certain materials in the Library may be considered unlawful.  Without wishing to censor access, the Library reserves the right to prohibit material that is unlawful for viewing in public areas or in violation of Library policy.
  • No more than two persons at a time may use an Internet computer, and both must have signed the user’s agreement.
  • The Library reserves the right to limit search time on the Internet to one hour.
  • Users may print out search results at a fee set by the Library.
  • Users may not alter or damage the Library’s computer equipment or software and will be held financially responsible for damage.
  • Librarians will try to assist you in operating the machinery or in recommending appropriate search techniques for your research.  They cannot, however, provide extended assistance or instruction.  Users may wish to take one of the many courses available at nearby schools or colleges to learn how to use this valuable tool.
  • The Franklin Square Public Library cannot be held responsible for any loss of privacy, fees incurred and/or personal harm caused to patrons due to disclosing of personal information over the Internet.  Patrons, especially minors, should exercise extreme caution before giving their names, telephone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers or other personal information out over the Internet, since it is not known who is receiving and for what purpose it is being used.

Failure to comply with Library’s rules and regulations will result in the termination of the user’s Internet access privileges PERMANENTLY.  Appeals by library patrons relating to the revocation of Internet privileges shall be made to the Board of Trustees in writing in accordance with the procedure set forth in the Library’s Maintenance of Public Order Policy.

The Library reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

 

Selection Policy

The Board of Trustees adopts the following as its policy regarding the selection of books and other materials:

It is the objective of the Franklin Square Public Library to select, organize, and to make freely and easily accessible to all the people of our community printed and other materials which will aid them in their pursuit of education, information, recreation, and the creative use of leisure time. The Library actively seeks to stimulate and expand the reading and cultural interests of both children and adults. It serves as a resource for the continuing education of all members of our community.

It is the responsibility of the Library to satisfy the diverse needs and interests of our community within the limitations of space and budget. The Library recognizes its obligation to provide materials, as far as possible, which reflects all points of view.

In its selection of books and other materials, the Franklin Square Library subscribes fully to the principles adopted by the American Library Association in the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View Statement. The Franklin Square Library, therefore, incorporates these three documents as part of its book selection policy.

The Library Director is responsible for the selection of materials and development of the collection in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Trustees.