Borrowing Privileges:

Patrons are required to present their library card each time material is borrowed. Patrons are required to sign an application card.

 

Eligibility:

To get a library card: 1. Proof of current address if Driver's License is not correct 2. Two phone numbers (Home number, work number or a secondary point of contact) 3. Driver's License/Picture ID Non residents of Marshall County must pay a one-time fee of $5.00 In comments field list: Children's names, ages and school references, relationship and phone numbers. A child may obtain a library card without the parents having a card. The child must have a parent present with his/her library card or driver's license for proof of address. The only exceptions are with the librarian's or Director's permission. If the person requests an exception, the staff member should accompany the patron to discuss the matter with the librarian or Director. Since fifteen minutes are required to obtain a library card, patrons must come to the circulation desk at least fifteen minutes before closing to obtain a library card or replacement card. Replacement library cards: $2.00 New Card: 3 items (3 books OR 2 books & 1 video OR 1 book & 1 video & 1 audio) After that, 10 items per card Audio’s (4 per card) and Music CD’s (4 per card) Videos- 2 per household Audio’s, Music CD’s and Videos must be checked out on adults card.

 

Responsibilities of borrowers:

All library patrons are responsible for any materials they use or check out. Materials must be returned in the same condition in which they were borrowed or a fee paid for damage. All borrowers must agree to pay for materials lost or for those which can no longer be used. Library patron records are confidential and will not be shared with anyone.

 

Circulation

I. Length of loans:

Books, Audio and Music CD’s 2 weeks Video 2 weeks Audio Visual Equip. Decided at time of loan

II. Number of items loaned:

10 per patron with library card.

VI. Lost or damaged materials:

Lost books must be paid for per cost in the computer. Damaged materials that can not be returned to the shelf are considered lost. Damaged books that can be returned to the shelf will be assessed by staff for up to half the cost of the book.

VII. Interlibrary Loan:

Any patron with a library card in good standing may request materials not available in this library and that are not published in the current year. Two weeks is the average time to receive these materials. Only four requests may be made at a time per patron. These materials must be returned in satisfactory condition and on time for return to the owning library.

 

Fines and Fees

Overdues:

Inter Library Loan $.25 Books $.10 Audios $.25 Music CD’s $.25 Videos $2.00 (per day per item, not counting days we are closed).

New Library Card

First one free (if City or County resident, $5.00 if not) Replacement card $2.00 Damaged/not rewound or videos put in book drop $1.00 – up to ½ the price of the item

Lost/Replace:

Book - price of book Audio – price of audio Video – price of video Copies: All $.25 *** THESE FEES ARE APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL.

Computer Use

Computer users must have an Arab Public Library card and be in good standing. Visitors who wish to use a computer must present a valid picture ID. In order to use the computers available to the public at the Arab Public Library the patron must read and agree to the following guidelines by signing a consent form. Use of the computers is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. All users of electronic information resources are expected to use these items in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided and to follow these policies and regulations. Responsible and ethical use of such resources include the following:

1. Using Internet resources for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only. These computer terminals are not to be used for illegal or criminal purposes.

2. Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.

3. Respecting the privacy of others using these terminals at the Arab Public Library by not interfering with their use.

4. NO tampering with or changing computer hardware or software.

5. Time limits: Set by time management software. Can extend time if all computers are not in use. Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities. Patrons must be willing to pay for all copies.

Internet Access

Children under the age of 18 must have parental permission to use the Internet. The Arab Public Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children. The Library uses CyberPatrol, an Internet filtering device, on all computers. However, it is not possible for library staff to control specific information children or young adults may find on the Internet. Therefore, parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children's use of the Internet. Parents are required to sign an Internet Consent Form before children under the age of 18 are allowed to access the Internet. The signature on this form is legally binding and indicates the party has read the terms and conditions of the Arab Public Library Internet Use Policy and understands their significance. The misuse or abuse of the Internet access computer will result in the suspension of Internet access privileges. Persons using this equipment agree not to make any changes to the setup or configuration of the software or hardware. Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but may not be familiar with every application that a person might wish to use. Due to scheduling constraints, there may not be an Internet trained librarian on duty at all times. Reference staff are always available to assist patrons in locating books and periodical articles about the Internet. Because of the many different Internet applications available, we cannot provide complete technical support.

Rules:

1. Terminals may not be used for profit making activities (i.e. advertising). 2. Computer users shall avoid the sending, receiving, and displaying of text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene and offensive by library staff. 3. Obey the laws and regulations of their application to copyright, licensed software and data. 4. No more than TWO at each work station. 5. The computer station is a QUIET area. No running, crying, or loud talk, please. The Director has the right to change or add to this policy as it applies to the Arab Public Library, subject to Board approval.

 

Wireless Internet Access

Arab Public Library will provide free Internet access for users with laptop computers during normal library business hours. This will allow users to access the Internet from their laptop computers when sitting in range of the wireless signal. Library staff will provide general information on the settings necessary to access the Internet via these connections, but are not responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings and cannot guarantee your hardware will work with our wireless connection. If a user has problems accessing the Internet over these connections, staff will verify the Library’s connections are up and running, but they cannot assist in making changes to the user’s network settings or perform any troubleshooting on the user’s own computer. Please refer to your owner’s manual or other support services offered by your device manufacturer. As with most public wireless “hotspots”, the Library’s wireless connection is not secure. There can be unscrupulous parties between you and anyone you communicate with, and any information being sent or received could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should choose not to transmit their credit card information, passwords and any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless “hot spot”. Please take appropriate precautions when using this service. The Library will not be responsible for any information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses of hacking. All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices. Printers are not available via the wireless connection. If you need to print, please save your work to a floppy disk or email files to yourself, then login to a wired library workstation and send jobs to the public printer. Use of wireless internet is governed by our Computer Use/Internet Policy. All users are expected to use the Library’s wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the education and informational purposes for which it is provided. Users may not violate federal, state or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud or downloading copyrighted materials.

 

Bulletin Board Restrictions

Displays, Exhibits, Bulletin Board: All items to be displayed and posted must be approved by the Director. Ordinarily, any community event can have bulletin board space, providing the poster is not too large. Glass enclosed displays are welcome if suitable in space, and without conflict with other displays. Signs, posters, displays and decorations may be put up as long as they are removed promptly after the program or event is over. No political or religious materials. No business ads.

 

Exam Proctoring Policy

The Library may proctor exams for any student, subject to availability of authorized staff. A minimum of one week advance notice is required before any test will be proctored. In addition, all test taking requirements must be received from the issuing educational institution before any tests are taken. If you would like to arrange for the Library to proctor an exam, please call 256-586-3366. The Library charges $1.00 per page for any items to be faxed.

 

Safe-Child Policy

Parents and Guardians: We are glad to have you and your child as library users. We hope the wide variety of materials and services that we provide will meet your library needs. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18 or older) at ALL times while in the library. Responsible adult must be present inside the library. All patrons will be expected to display appropriate behavior, conductive to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere while in the building. PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, NOT THE LIBRARY STAFF, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN VISITING THE LIBRARY.

 

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones must be silenced in the Library. Use of cell phones by library patrons while inside the Library is prohibited.