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Library Policies

POLICIES and RULES

The following policies and sets of rules have been adopted by the Olney Community Library Board with the approval of  school personnel.  They are essential to the fair and and efficient operation of this library.  Any comments or suggestions may be made in writing to the Library Director to be directed to the Library Board at its regular monthly meeting.

1.  AV Materials

2. Confidentiality of Patron Records

3.  Gamer Rules

4.  Library Rules for Faculty

5.  Material Selection Policy

6.  Meeting Room Policy

7. Photocopying

8.  Public Access Computer Station

9.  Protection of Copyright

10. Temporary Patron Borrowing

11. TexShare Library Card Program

12. Unattended Minors Policy

 

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POLICY:  AV Materials 

  • DVD and videocassette movies may be checked out by adults only and in person.  Ratings are the responsibility of parents.
  • No check-outs on another patron’s library account without their express written consent on file in the library.
  • Adult patrons are limited to two (2) video items per household, regardless of format.
  • Check out period will be four (4) days.  A due date which falls on a Sunday or scheduled holiday changes to the next day the library is open.
  • A fine of $2.00 per day, per item, will be charged for each item kept past the due date.
  • A maximum of $10.00 in fines per patron, per instance, will be enforced.
  • Lost or intentionally damaged movies may be replaced with an exact copy rather that paying the original purchase or replacement cost.
  • Outstanding fines will result in restrictions from checking out computers and other library materials.
  • Due to constant demand for videos, renewals or holds will not be granted except in exceptional cases as deemed necessary by the librarians.
  • Staff and teachers should use regular checkout periods unless the movie is for classroom use.
  • Music CDs, multimedia kits, and audio books have three-week checkouts, but must be returned and cared for in same manner as movies.  They may be renewed and will not be fined for overdue checkouts.
  • A fine of $2.00 will be assessed for other AV materials returned in the outdoor book drop.  Successive occurrences will lead to restrictions.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER—ALL FINES GO TOWARD BUYING NEW MOVIES FOR THE LIBRARY!  Try your best to be a fair borrower and not to blame the library for your forgetfulness.  We will try to keep our movie collection current and available for you to enjoy.

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Policy:  Confidentiality of Patron Records

          

            The Olney Community Library and Arts Center supports every patron’s right to have his or her library records remain confidential.  Library records include patron registration data, circulation records, overdue and reserve records, participation in library sponsored programs, record of library visits, and/or any data that contain information that links a specific patron to specific materials or services used.  Each patron may ask a circulation librarian to access his or her borrower’s card to access information about the borrower’s current circulation record.  Except during the actual period of transaction (circulation, maintenance of record on unpaid fines, reservation of materials), the library will not maintain a record of transactions.  When no longer needed for library administration purposes, records will be expunged.

            In compliance with Local Government Records Act, no information will be released to any person, agency, or organization, except in response to a valid court order or subpoena, properly presented the library administrator.

            Nothing in this policy shall prevent authorized library personnel from using library records in the administration of their regular duties.  By separate action, the Olney Community Library Board, Inc. has endorsed the recommendations of the American Library Association’s Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records and the Texas State Library’s “Statement on Intellectual Freedom.”

Approved by Olney Community Library Board on April 18, 2006

 

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Gamer Rules      (Adopted October 26, 2009)

The computer lab and children’s computers at the library will be open to students wishing to play allowable internet games and to browse network approved sites under the following conditions:

  1. The computers in the library may be used for recreational purposes only during afterschool, holiday, and summer hours.
  2.  Junior High and High School students may use computers #9-18 in the lab area.  Elementary students may use computers #1-3 in the children’s area.  The remaining computers will be reserved for adult patrons or parents sitting with their children.
  3. Only one student per computer will be allowed unless working on a group project doing homework. Extra students may not congregate in the lab and need to find somewhere to sit quietly while in the library, otherwise they will be asked to leave the building.
  4. Priority will be given to any students needing computers for homework.  First, then subsequent, gamers or recreational users on list will be asked to relinquish their spot if needed.
  5. Students who appear on the six weeks failure lists will not be allowed to use computers for anything but homework.  A written assignment or note from a teacher must be presented to the librarian at checkout.  A passing progress report will restore privileges.  Failure to follow this rule will result in losing computer privileges for the entire six weeks.
  6. Time limits will be enforced.  *1 hour during school year, 2 hours during summer.

I have read and understand the rules listed above.  My name is recorded at the beginning of each school year and my computer privileges will be granted as long as I abide by the rules set forth by the Olney Community Library. 

 

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LIBRARY RULES for FACULTY

  1.  Do not send more than 5 students to the library at one time.  Always send a signed pass with them.  A teacher must accompany any more than 5 students.  Most principals do not want substitute teachers bringing classes, so please ask.  Also be aware that school bells do not ring in the library, so your students must keep track of their own time.
  2. Teachers may schedule time for their classes in the library (see attached questionnaire for scheduling time).  We can accommodate several classes at one time, but to avoid conflict, please call us before you come.  Computers are especially in high demand.
  3. No eating or drinking in the library except in the meeting room, including teachers.
  4. Students (Grades 6-12) may check out 5 items at one time.  Grades K-5 may check out 2 books at one time.  No overdue fines are charged on book items.  Book items are checked out for a 3-week period of time.  If any student, or other library patron, has an overdue item, they may not check out anything (including computers) until their overdue item is returned.
  5. All discipline problems that we feel need further attention will be sent to the teacher or building principal, or the campus SR officer will be called.
  6. Only adults may check out movies.  Teachers may use faculty accounts for longer check-out periods when movies are to be used in the classroom.  Remember that copyright law is honored by the library, and movies from the library have no public performance contracts at this time.  Use in the classroom must adhere to fair use practices for educational purposes.  There are no fines on faculty’s late movies.
  7. To avoid complications and hard feelings, teachers please do not send your own children to select and check out movies on your card, even with a phone call or note.  If you must use a student for delivery, please call or e-mail ahead and have the library check out the title you need and it will be waiting for them.  Otherwise, a library aide will deliver items to your school mail box or room at the next opportunity.
  8. No elementary students are allowed in the adult section of the library until after school is dismissed, except by special permission.  This pertains to the Cubs’ Den, a computer designated area.
  9. No junior high or high school student is allowed in the children’s section until after school is dismissed, except by special permission.  This pertains to the children’s computer area also.
  10. The Internet Acceptable Use Agreement pertains to the library as well.  No social networking or games are allowed during school hours.  If students are sent over with a pass, please state whether they are to use the Internet or not.  High School students now have network wireless coverage in the library for their laptops and printing is available.

 Brazos Internet does provide one computer station in the library that is not on the school network.  It is dedicated to sending and using e-mails and other social networking sites that may be blocked by the school network.  It is for adult public patrons and teachers only, and may not be used by students.  It is limited to fifteen minute checkouts.  Wireless connection to Brazos is also password protected and reserved for adult patrons only.

 

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Material Selection Policy

“To serve the learning and enrichment needs of the community”

 

     The mission of the Olney Community Library and Arts Center is:  A)  to provide for the entire community—public, school, and pre-school—a central depository for materials for learning, for enrichment, and for the recreational, vocational, and cultural aspects of the community;  B)  to pursue actively those courses which will be supportive of all the learning endeavors within the community;  C)  to initiate programs which will maximize the use of the central depository resources; and D) to be ever alert to the potentials for service and to the need for learning within the community.

The Olney Community Library and Arts Center was established to provide the best possible library service to the citizens of Olney.  The library’s objectives reflect this goal.

—To create and maintain a unique and innovative delivery of library services that combines the collection and functions of the school libraries and the public library and efficiently meets the library needs of all citizens of Olney.

—To provide an institution designed to encourage intellectual, cultural, creative, and spiritual stimulation to the members of the total community.

—To stimulate and guide the young in all phases of reading and to encourage increasing enjoyment and satisfaction so as to assist in the personal development and social well-being of the individual.

—To provide materials and programs designed to enrich the leisure activities of all citizens of Olney.

—To provide materials useful in stimulating student interests in the wide variety of specific subjects available in the school curriculum, and to support faculty requirements for out of class study.

—To provide an atmosphere suitable for use in vocational guidance, and to provide for continuing improvement and advancement in one’s vocational skills.

—To preserve and to provide for community use the written and oral records of the history and development of the city of Olney and the surrounding area.

—To create opportunities for community citizens of differing ages and of differing occupational, ethnic, and educational backgrounds to interact in a mutually beneficial and socially enriching manner.

 

—To provide access to modern technology for efficient use of library management, for patron use, for student education, and for reference information.

 

The Olney Community Library and Arts Center objectives are stated here because the library board believes that the material selection policy of a library should be determined by its objectives.

        I.  General factors influencing material selection

             A.  Censorship     The Olney Community Library and Arts Center Board endorses the Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read as adopted by the American Library Association.

             B.  Library Users     The library provides for both actual and potential users and is always striving to increase the number of actual users by attempting to ascertain the interests and anticipate the demand of the potential users.

            C.  Balance of Collection     The collection should be built up according to a definite plan on a broad general foundation.  Its development must be flexible, but constant attention must be paid to the maintaining of just proportions as a whole, so that certain classes will not be overemphasized and others neglected.  The needs of the library exist and should be met, as well as the needs of the patrons.

            D.  Criteria Used in Selection     Materials acquired should meet high standards of quality in content, expression, and format.   It is the policy of the library to secure any materials, print and non-print, that the library can use to advantage for knowledge and information, for power and inspiration, and for amusement and recreation, either now or in the future.  The library will always aim at getting the best on any subject, but will not hesitate to purchase a mediocre item that will be used in preference to a superior one that will not be.

       II.  Specific factors influencing material selection policy

            A.  Controversial Issues     There should be the fullest practical provision of material presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times, international, national and local, including unpopular and unorthodox positions.  In selecting political material, judgment will be based on the accuracy, integrity, and authority of the author.  Religious materials should be general in nature, and the collection should be balanced, with materials representing all religions and all denominations.

            B.  Popular Materials and Fiction     The complete fiction collection of the library will be available to all patrons including students in the junior high and high school.  The librarian and the faculties of the junior high school will guide the student’s assigned reading.  It is the responsibility of each parent to provide whatever restrictions he or she deems necessary in his or her child’s recreational reading.  In selection, judgment will be based on the total effect of the piece of material and not on the presence of words, phrases, or situations which in themselves might be objectionable.

            C.  Nonfiction and Reference Materials     The library will purchase nonfiction and reference materials to meet the informational needs of both students and the community as a whole.  In selecting these materials, special attention will be paid to the curriculum needs of the faculties of the three public schools and to the special information needs of the various community organizations.

            D.  Children’s Collection     All books for children should be authentic in fact and feeling, straightforward in presentation, unbiased in point of view, and within a child’s ability to comprehend.  The books selected for the children’s collection should meet the criteria of excellence required in the rest of the library’s collection.

            E.  Non-book Materials     Non-book materials should be an integral part of the collection within the limits of availability and usefulness.  Non-book materials should meet high standards of physical and technical excellence, to be judged by such criteria as quality of photography, sound, and format.  Due to constant changes in technology, non-print materials are in a constant flux of change; therefore, as new technology provides items such as e-books, attention will be paid to adding these items to the collection.

            F.  Local History     It is the policy of the library to purchase all materials relating to local and state history that meet the library’s basic standards of selection.  The local history collection of the library is of prime importance.  Every effort will be made to purchase or receive as a donation all types of materials, including pamphlets and photographs that would pertain to our local history.

            G.  Gifts     Gifts to the library will be judged on the same basis as purchased materials.  The library reserves the right to refuse to accept any gift.  The librarian will prepare an acknowledgement for the donor to use for tax purposes.

    III.  Administration of Material Selection

            A.  Weeding     Systematic removal of materials from the collection is essential to maintaining the purpose and quality of resources.  When weeding, Wilson’s Catalogs will serve as a guide.  The collection will be weeded as needed on an ongoing basis.  The different collections and sections (non-fiction, biography, etc.) will be weeded on a rotating basis.

            B.  Administration     Selection must be an orderly process.  Materials should be received and evaluated on an ongoing basis with selection being made each month.  Selection should be on the basis of the criteria established above and on the basis of the money budgeted for books and materials.

Collection development and selection will be the responsibility of the Library Coordinator and the Children’s Librarian.  The basic Selection tools used to review and to evaluate materials will be The Wilson Standard Catalogs, the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and BookList.  Publisher’s catalogs may also be considered along with Internet sources that provide library materials such as online book companies and other databases.  Patron requests for materials and award winning books will be considered if deemed appropriate for the collection.  Lists and collection aids from the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, and the Texas State Library will be consulted along with University Presses.

    IV.  Complaint Procedure  

Since opinions may differ in a democracy, the following procedures will be observed in recognizing those differences in an impartial and factual manner.  Citizens may direct their criticism of the material selection policy or specific materials in the collection to the Library Coordinator first, then to the Olney Community Library and Arts Center Board if further action is needed.

 

All criticism must be in writing.  The statement must include specific information such as the author, title, or publisher, and contain a complete statement of objection to the book.  The statement must be signed and dated with identification given that will allow a proper reply to be made.

 

Olney Community Library and Arts Center Board meetings are open to the public, and patrons are welcome to attend.  The times for monthly meetings of the board are scheduled in July at the board’s yearly reorganizational meeting.  If a patron wishes to address the board, then the patron should contact the Library Coordinator at least five days prior to a scheduled board meeting in order to be put on the board’s agenda.  More information can be obtained by contacting the Library Coordinator.

 

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Meeting Room Policy and Application

POLICY

The Olney Community Library and Arts Center meeting room is available for use by civic, educational, service, or cultural groups.  It is not to be used for fund-raising or commercial activities.  Any variance from this policy must be approved on an individual case basis by the Olney Community Library Board, Inc.  Any appeal of the Library Coordinator’s decision in any matter concerning use of the room must be made to the Library Board in writing.

 

Except under special circumstances, in which case special permission of the Library Board is necessary, no admission is to be charged and no money whatsoever (other than dues of the organization) may be collected in the Library by the organization.  This specifically includes solicitation or collection of funds for any purpose, regardless of intention.

By signature below, responsibility for damages to the room or its contents (including the restrooms and hallway connecting them) is accepted by the sponsor, who also agrees to see that the room is cleaned up after the meeting.

Sponsors are particularly warned of their responsibility to insure that no damages (including food or drink stains) are incurred.  The sponsor is asked to notify the library staff when he or she is no longer sponsoring the meeting in the library; otherwise his or her liability remains.

The sponsor is responsible for informing library staff personnel upon returning the key or completing the meeting (if the library is not closed) the number of person in attendance at the meeting.

Children’s and young people’s meetings must be sponsored by an adult over 21 years of age.

The fact that a group is permitted to meet in the library in no way constitutes an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the Board or Staff.

Scheduling will be done on a first come basis and no more than two meeting a week may be scheduled by one group.  Regular meetings which are monthly or less may be booked twelve (12) months in advance.  Regular meetings which are more frequent than monthly may be booked two (2) weeks in advance.

The key will be issued to persons living in Olney, Texas.  Failure to return the key the following day may cause the Library to cancel privileges of use of the room.

The room will be reserved only after this application is signed by the sponsor

 

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Policy:  Photocopying

            The Olney Community Library and Arts Center provides a photocopier for public use, primarily to facilitate using non-circulating materials such as reference books, magazines, newspapers, and local history material. Fees for the copier are established by the board and reviewed annually.  As a deterrent against mutilation and theft of library materials, students and faculty may make necessary copies from non-circulating materials by using the library’s pass through key.  Coin-operation is available for public patrons and student/faculty non-school use.

            Photocopiers are self-service and, with the exception of assisting disabled patrons, staff is not available to make copies.  Staff will not knowingly violate copyright law when assisting with the copier.  Patrons using the photocopier must adhere to the U.S. Copyright Law when copying materials subject to copyright.

            The library attempts to maintain its equipment in good working order, however the library is not a print or copy shop.  Copies are for convenience only, and those seeking print quality copies (such as for resumes, business correspondence, etc.) will be directed to local printing businesses.  The library will reimburse only for the first copier malfunction or poor quality copy.  At the discretion of the staff, patrons may be permitted to take materials to a nearby copy center if the copier is out-of-order.  Decisions will be made based on the immediacy of need, the type of material, and anticipated length of time that the copier will be out of service.

Approved by the Olney Community Library Board on April 18, 2006

 

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Policy:  Public Access Computer Station

To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, The Olney Community Library, in association with Brazos Internet, provides access to Internet resources.  The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information.  However, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals.  A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found.

Choosing and Evaluating Sources     The Internet is a series of communication linkages leading to a highly diverse array of information content.  Library patrons use it at their own risk.  The Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.

Rules Governing Use     The Library staff may set limits on use of large files of still or moving images or sound.  Downloading files in any medium to the hard drive is not possible.  The Library also reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual user can devote to a single session.  Other computer stations within the Library are available for more lengthy searches and document composition.  The public must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including laws governing the transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the Internet, and with all Library policies and procedures.

Users may not:

  • Use the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational informational or communication services or resources.
  • Distribute unsolicited advertising.
  • Invade the privacy of others.
  • Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
  • Engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
  • Use the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties.
  • Post messages or access materials that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

Violations may result in loss of access.  Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Public Users’ Security     Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities.  However, The Olney Community Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.

Compliance     The Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to insure compliance with this policy.

Guidelines on Access to Information     The Olney Community Library is guided by the following American Library Association statements on access to information:

  • The Library Bill of Rights
  • Freedom to Read Statement
  • Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights:  Free Access to Libraries for Minors and Access to Electronic information Services and Resources

Guidelines may be read from the American Library Association online resources at www.ala.org.

In general, the Library is guided by a commitment to access to information policies that provide appropriate protections to its patrons while being consistent with the Library’s longstanding commitment to the principles of free expression as set forth in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Adopted by Olney Community Library Board on April 18, 2006; Reviewed and revised August 17, 2010.

 

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Policy:  Protection of Copyright

            It is the intent of the Olney Community Library and Arts Center to comply with Title 17 of the United States Code, titled “Copyrights,” and other federal legislation related to the duplication, retention, and use of copyrighted materials.  A notice of copyright will be prominently placed on the photocopier and any other library equipment, such as computer printers, scanners, cassette recorders, and overhead projectors, which are capable of duplicating or reproducing copyrighted materials.

            Library staff will refuse to duplicate any materials if doing so would violate copyright restrictions.  Interlibrary loan requests will be accepted subject to copyright restrictions (see also, “Interlibrary Loan”) and staff will refuse any request that would violate copyright regulations.

            Audiovisual materials for which the library has purchased public performance rights will be so labeled.  Items without public performance rights are for personal and home use only.  Library staff will follow copyright law in selecting and using materials for public performance.  Original or copyright-free art will be used to produce library publicity items or for creating displays and decorations.

Approved by Olney Community Library Board on April 18, 2006

 

 

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Temporary Patron Borrowing Policy

In an effort to provide library service for non-resident, temporary patrons who seek to use library services for a period of less than six months, the Olney Community Library offers the following conditions.  The person must present a TexShare borrower’s card from their home library or meet all conditions below which allow limited borrowing.

 

ELGI BILITY

The Olney Community Library will offer temporary library services and materials to any non-residents who own property, who are employed, who temporarily reside with an Olney or area citizen (elder care, hospital, etc.), or who attend school within the local tax area.  Said person must be age 14 or over.  Children must use their parent or guardian’s privileges and be accompanied by them at the Library.

 

PROOF OF ADDRESS

All eligible persons over age 14 requesting a borrower’s card from the Olney Community Library must provide the following information before becoming a registered temporary borrower.

  1. Complete name
  2. Permanent address
  3. Temporary address in the immediate area
  4. Telephone number at local address
  5. Cell phone and/or permanent home phone
  6. Driver’s license number, military ID, student ID, or copy of a bill addressed to their temporary address—any two forms

COMPUTERS and INTERNET

Any temporary patron may use the computers after signing an acceptable use policy.  Only adult patrons may use the off-network e-mail station.  No children may use the computers without their parent or guardian present.

 

MATERIALS and CHECKOUT LIMITS

            BOOKS:  Temporary patrons will be limited to two book checkouts with a period of three weeks and one renewal limit.  Materials overdue after eight weeks will be considered lost and full replacement value will be charged.

            AUDIO VISUAL MATERIALS:  A refundable deposit of $15.00 will be assessed for temporary patrons to use any movie format or audio book format.  A limit of one movie may be checked out for the standard four-day limit or one audio book for the standard three-week limit.  The deposit will be returned when the patron requests it either in person or by mail and if the temporary patron is found to be in good standing with the Library.

            RESTRICTED MATERIALS:  No temporary patron may check out reference materials, periodicals, microfilm, local history items, or selected materials from special collections with the Library.

            INTERLIBRARY LOAN:  A TexShare borrower’s card from temporary patron’s home library must be presented to use Interlibrary Loan.  (Amendment 1)

August 15, 2006; Amended February 19, 2008; Reviewed and updated August 17, 2010

 

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Policy:  TexShare Library Card Program

LIAISON NAME:

           Lori Cox, Library Director

            807 W. Hamilton St.      PO Box 67     Olney, TX   76374

            940   564-5513 --  Phone

            940   564-3453 --  Fax

           lcox@olneyisd.net

TexShare Cardholders Visiting Olney Community Library

BORROWING PRIVILEGES:

A maximum of 3 circulating items may be checked out at one time to any TexShare cardholder.  TexShare patrons may also use Internet stations in the library.  Borrower must have a current TexShare card and valid photo ID showing permanent address, and both must be presented to check out materials.  Borrowing privileges will be restricted if items are overdue.  In order to track circulation, TexShare patrons are entered into Follett Patron Management when they present a valid card at their first library visit.

NON-CIRCULATING ITEMS:

The Olney Community Library chooses to class reference, periodicals, any AV materials, local history collection items, and some Texas and World War II special collection items as non-circulating items which may not be borrowed by TexShare patrons.

LOAN PERIOD AND RENEWALS:

Loan period for TexShare borrowers is for three weeks, with one (3 week) renewal allowed.

Renewals may be done either in person, by e-mail, or by phone.

OVERDUE REMINDERS:

Borrowers will be reminded of overdue items 2 times by mail, phone, or e-mail.  If material is not returned in a timely manner, it will be considered to be lost and borrower must pay full replacement cost.

FINES AND FEES:

No fines are charged for late items if returned within two weeks of due date.  Any items kept later than that time period will be considered to be lost.

 

RETURNS:

Library materials may be returned to the circulation desk, outside book drop, by US Mail or UPS/FedEx Mail and should be postmarked by the due date.

            Mail returns:  Olney Community Library   PO Box 67  Olney, TX  76374

            UPS/FedEx:  Olney Community Library   807 W. Hamilton St.  Olney, TX  76374

RECALLS:

The borrower may be notified by phone, mail, or email if an item needs to be recalled.  Borrower will be asked to return the item sooner than due date as a courtesy.

 

Olney Community Library Patrons Applying for a TexShare Card

ELIGIBILITY:

Borrower must be 18 or over to receive a TexShare card.  Application may be made in person at the Circulation Desk.  TexShare cards will only be issued to patrons with a six-month checkout history (with no overdue items or fines) and are in good standing at the Olney Library.  Temporary Patrons are not eligible.

CHECK-OUT CARD AVAILABILITY:

Borrowing privileges and card applications are available during regular library hours.  TexShare cards issued at Olney Community Library and Arts Center expire 6 months from date of issuance.  Renewal must be made in person.

FINES, FEES and LOST ITEMS:

Patron is responsible for any charges made while visiting other libraries.  The Olney Community Library is not liable for any fines, fees, or replacement costs which are accrued by patrons holding a TexShare card issued by the Olney library.  Failure to comply results in losing TexShare card privileges and may be blocked across the state.

RETURNING LIBRARY MATERIALS:

Patrons may return their materials to other libraries by paying library rate postal expenses through the Olney Community Library.  They must provide the correct address of the lending library when returning materials through the Olney library.

Policy adopted May 15, 2001; Amended Aug.22, 2006; Amended Aug.17, 2010

 

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Unattended Minors Policy

In order to provide a pleasant and safe environment for all library patrons, parents and guardians of young children will be advised to monitor their children’s behavior each time they come to the library.  Children may not be left unattended either in the library or on the library grounds.

  • No food or drinks are allowed in the building (except bottles for infants)
  • No running or jumping on furniture or in children’s reading pit area
  • Elementary children may not use computers without a parent or guardian present and aware

The following “after-school” rules are established and endorsed by both library and school authorities:

  • Do not use the phone without permission from a librarian and only in limited emergency situations
  • School dress codes and codes of conduct remain in place after school hours.
  • Students may use the library for library purposes only—including reference work, research, typing reports, and for selecting pleasure reading materials.  Prolonged social gatherings will be discouraged.
  • Students may not check out movies or any materials not considered age-appropriate on a parent’s account.  A parent or legal guardian must make these decisions and take responsibility.
  • Small group meetings and study groups must remain on task while in the library.
  • Credit recovery stations will be monitored by library staff.
  • AR testing access is cut off after school hours.
  • No student may use the public access, unfiltered computer station.
  • Network-filtered computer use will be allowed as follows:

All Students:  

  • Must abide by posted rules for computer use in each area
  • Computers will be primarily checked out for school uses             
  • Any recreational use will be limited to availability and time limits.  School use supersedes recreational use.
  • Printing charges apply unless student has teacher documentation for assignment.
  • Work may be saved to personal network drive accounts but not on hard drives of library computers.
  • Do not try to change computer set-up, home page, or desktop by downloading additional programs.  Tampering with computer security will be considered an act of vandalism.
  • Failure to comply with library after-school rules will result in losing all after-school library privileges.

Elementary:    

  • Internet use must be supervised by an adult (parent, guardian, or teacher) at all times.
  • Independent internet gaming may be enjoyed only on safe sites using screen icons.

Adopted by Olney Community Library Board of Directors and Endorsed by OISD Officials on August 21, 2007;  Reviewed and revised August 17, 2010

 

 

 

Olney ISD809 Hamilton StreetOlney, TX  76374

p. 940.564.3519f. 940.564.5205

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