PATRON GUIDELINES

Area adult residents are welcome to apply for a free patron card. Applications by area minors must be signed by a parent or guardian who will accept responsibility for library materials loaned. Proper identification will be required for all applicants.

HOURS

Falkville Public Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. We are closed for major holidays, and we close daily from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch. A through the wall drop box is located on the north wall of the library for after-hours book deposits. Please bring non-print items inside to our circulation desk for return.

BOOKS

Books are loaned for a three week period, renewals allowed. New patrons are limited to three books for the first loan, then are allowed up to 50 books per patron per loan period. Recorded books follow the same regulations.

DVDs or VHS tapes

Falkville Public Library offers hundreds of titles, covering both educational and entertainment titles. Patrons are limited to one title per household with no renewals except as deemed necessary by staff. DVD and VHS movies are loaned for 1 week.

FINES

Late fees for books are $0.25 per day, and DVDs or VHS late fees are $1.00 per day. Borrower must pay listed price plus $7.00 processing for lost items or items damaged beyond repair. Recognized legal holidays are considered when setting due date. Borrower will be responsible for late fees, damages to library materials, or losses of library materials borrowed. Borrower will also be responsible for any legal fees or punitive damages relating to damages, injury, or loss of library materials borrowed. Outstanding fines must be cleared before further loans can be made. Replacement costs for lost cards are $5.00 per card.

PUBLIC USE COMPUTERS

We currently offer your choice of 14 public use computers with high-speed internet access. Patrons age 14 and over are free to use them for periods up to one hour. Children under 14 must have a signed consent form on file to use computers. Children 10 and under must be continually attended by responsible care-giver to use computers. Patrons must bring a memory device to save any work on, because computers are set to erase any changes or files added upon sign-off and all work will be lost. We offer filtered internet services which restrict access to offensive sites. Misuse or abuse of computer equipment will result in termination of privileges. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Local, state and federal laws prohibit accessing or displaying offensive materials. Violators will be prosecuted and usage privileges will be permanently terminated.

CHILD SAFETY

Parent/guardian is solely responsible for the safety of underage or mentally impaired patrons.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

In the event of emergency weather situations, such as tornado watches, severe thunderstorm watches, ice storm watches, etc, Falkville Public Library will remain open and monitor the latest weather developments. Should weather warnings occur, we will close for the safety of our patrons and staff.