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Policies & Procedures

LIBRARY CARD

Your FREE library card entitles you to sign out library materials or use public access computers.  You are responsible for all materials checked out on your card. For those patrons under the age of 14, ultimate responsibility lies with the parent/guardian who has signed the card. It is advisable to report lost or stolen library cards.

To obtain your library card, please present a valid piece of identification when registering. A library card with limitations is available for those who are unable to present ID.

COMPUTER USE

Anyone wishing to use a library computer is required to register at the circulation desk.   Users are responsible for acquainting themselves with the “Procedures and Policies for Using Computer Equipment” and the “Internet Code of Ethics” which are posted at each work station.   Also please see our Social Networking Policy.

LOAN PERIOD

Library materials are signed out for a 3 week period*. Renewals are permitted on most material provided there is no other patron waiting for that item.
* Exceptions may include specially-requested material borrowed from another library, dvds, or material for which there is a waiting list.

OVERDUE FEES

Overdue fines are applied to library materials returned after the due date.

Adult & Young Adult Materials - 25¢ per library open day, maximum of $3.50 per item
Children’s Materials - 10¢ per library open day, maximum of $1.50 per item
Interlibrary Loans - $1.00 per library open day, maximum of $10.00 per item
All dvds/videos - 25¢ per library open day, maximum of $5 per item

LOST & UNRETURNED MATERIAL

The card holder to whom library material is issued is responsible for the return of any material assigned to his/her card.

Fees are charged for lost/unreturned library materials as follows:

Adult & Young Adult Fiction Books - $25
Adult & Young Adult Non-Fiction Books - $30
Paperbacks*, Adult & Young Adult - $10
Children’s Books - $20
Paperbacks*, Children’s - $5
Dvds (singles) - $25  --(multiples at replacement costs)
Audio Books - $25
Music cds - $15
Magazines - $5

$20 is the maximum balance owing before losing library privileges.

*Paperbacks & paper editions with detailed cataloguing fall into the other price categories.

In lieu of the lost fees, the library will accept a new copy of the exact title and edition lost.  When material borrowed from outside our library system is lost, the fees are set by the owning library and the AVRL price list and the replacement rule does not apply.

DAMAGED MATERIAL

The card holder to whom library material is issued is responsible for damages incurred to the material.

Charges will be assessed at the circulation desk or by library administration.  In cases where the item is severely damaged, the lost price list may apply.

PETS IN THE LIBRARY

The Pets in the Library Policy prohibits pets inside the library, except for service animals.

SUPERVISION OF USERS

General Use of the Library: Children age 7 and younger* must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver when using the library facilities. It is expected that a library user, of any age, requiring supervision will be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. See our Safe Child Policy for further details.
*For Supervised Programs: Programs targeted at the pre-school age group require that a parent/caregiver be present.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Disruptive or inappropriate behaviour that may affect other library users, staff, library materials, or equipment is not acceptable in any part of the library.  If behaviour continues, offenders will be asked to leave the premises.

LOSS OF LIBRARY PRIVILEGES

The Annapolis Valley Regional Library has the right to deny library privileges (including library computer use) to any patron who fails to abide by any library rules and/or policies.

RIGHT TO INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

Library staff does not censor, for patrons of any age, choices of material or information found on the Internet. (See Internet Code of Ethics posted at each work station.)

SELECTION POLICY/ RECONSIDERATION OF MATERIAL

Copies of the Selection Policy are available upon request or via our website, as are forms for any patron who would like to express a concern regarding material selected. (Reconsideration of Library Material).

CONFIDENTIALITY OF PATRON RECORDS

All library records which identify patrons by name are confidential.  Such records will not be made available to any individual or to any agency of government except with the explicit permission of the patron concerned or pursuant to a subpoena or court order. (See the Privacy Policy)

- the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board

Updated, January 2017