Policy for Children Visiting the Library
Children are always welcome in our library. We care for the safety and well being of our young patrons. While the library staff is always working to create a safe environment for all, it is necessary for parents and caregivers to do their part to insure that this is so.
Children grade 3 and lower, must be accompanied by an adult. The library cannot assume responsibility for the safety of young children. The physical make-up of our building makes it impossible to see patrons at all times. This is especially true of small children who may suffer an injury or may leave the public areas if left unattended. Staff should not be placed in the position of supervising children too young to be left unattended.
Children grade 4 and higher, may be left unattended at the discretion of a responsible adult. If the adult feels it is unsafe for the child to leave the building without adult supervision, the child should not be left in the library unattended.
Children may be left alone for a period of time deemed necessary to research an assignment, complete a homework task, attend a library program, or for a period of time to select books and read in the library.
Children will be expected to display appropriate behavior conducive to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in building for patrons. The child will be asked to leave the premises if proper behavior is not maintained.
Children must know how to reach an adult in case of an emergency, and both child and adult should be aware of library hours. At closing time, police will be notified to escort unattended children from the library.
Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the actions and safety of children visiting the library.
All patrons may apply for a library card at the Circulation Desk. Identification with the applicant’s address (ex. a driver license or a piece of mail sent to their address, etc.) is required in order to receive a card. You do not need to be a resident of Holbrook to apply for a card. Children ages 15 and under must have their legal guardian, who can provide their signature and proof of residency.
There is a $1.00 Replacement Fee for lost cards.
Two-week loan items:
- Audio Books
- Book/CD Kits
One-week loan items:
- Computer games (Switch, XBOX ONE, PS4, etc.)
- *Overdue fine is $1 per day, per movie and/or computer game
You may renew over the phone, online, or in person. Items which have a hold on them or that have exceeded the renewal limit may not be renewed.
Fines are for Holbrook Public Library materials. Loans from other libraries within our network may have different fines and loan periods.
- Late books, audio books, CDs, & magazines – 10 cents/day
- Late Book/CD Kits, DVDs – $1.00/day
- Please return DVDs, Book/CD Kits, and CDs at the Circulation Desk or in the Audio/Visual slot in the bookdrop.
- Library cards will not be honored if fines exceed $15.00
Throughout its history, the Holbrook Public Library has made information available in a variety of formats, from print to audiovisual to digital materials. The Holbrook Public Library provides access to the Internet in support of its role as provider of information and lifelong learning.
The Internet, as an information resource, offers access to a wealth of information, ideas and commentary from around the globe that can be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching.
However, Library patrons must be aware that currently the Internet is an unregulated medium. As such, it enables access to some materials that may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. The Holbrook Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Users are encouraged to exercise critical judgment in evaluating the validity of information accessed via the internet.
Providing Internet access at public terminals puts what is ordinarily a private instrument (the personal computer) into a public setting. When using a Library computer, complete privacy cannot be guaranteed. Users are cautioned that the Library computers on which the public can access the Internet are located in public areas which must be shared by Library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Individuals are asked to consider this and to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially offensive information and images.
CHILD SAFETY ON THE INTERNET
Restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Children in grades three and under must use the computers with an adult. Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet with their children in relation to family values and boundaries and to monitor their child’s use of the Internet.
Use of an Internet Access computer is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those using it will be limited to time if other patrons are waiting to use it. Patrons will use their OCLN library card or a guest pass to login to use the computers.
Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the Library’s Rules of Conduct which have been adopted and are posted in the Library.
Responsible use of the Internet at the Library includes:
- Refraining from illegal or unethical use of the Internet;
- Using the Library’s Internet resources for cultural, educational, recreational, and informational purpose;
- Respecting intellectual property rights;
- Respecting the privacy of others by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others;
- Refraining from damaging or altering the configuration of the equipment used to access the Internet at the Library;
- Refraining from altering or damaging software or data residing on the hard drive;
- And refraining from the deliberate propagation of computer worms or viruses.
Please be aware also that the Library’s Internet connection and/or computer terminals may be periodically and temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties.
The Library staff members will be happy to help you as much as they can, but cannot provide in-depth training concerning the Internet or computer use. They may be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. If you have never used computers, or have specific questions about the Internet, circulating books and reference books are available. Staff will attempt to answer those questions as best as they can.
Compliance with Library Policy and Guidelines
In addition to this specific policy, general guidelines for the use of all public access computers govern the use of the Internet in the Library. Violation of the policies and regulations that govern the use of the Library’s Internet resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Any illegal activity involving the Library’s Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.
Adopted by the Holbrook Public Library Board of Trustees 06/1997, amended 02/2001, 6/2016
Meeting Room Policy
Stikeleather Meeting Room Policy
The Holbrook Public Library’s Stikeleather Meeting Room may be used by Holbrook civic groups, town departments and committees, and educational and cultural groups with the approval of the Library Trustees or Library Director. This application must be signed by a representative of the group who is 18 years or older. Seating capacity for the room is limited to 113. Library programs are to be given priority in reserving this room. The organization using the room is to assume full responsibility for the supervision and condition of the meeting room facilities, and the activity must not interfere with library use.
All meetings shall be open to the general public.
The Stikeleather Meeting Room is not to be used for any non-library purpose for more than 2 hours unless previous approval has been granted. It is to be left in a clean and presentable condition in which it was found.
Use of the Stikeleather Meeting Room will be during the regular library hours unless approval is obtained from the Library Director and/or the Board of Library Trustees. The room may be reserved up to 180 days in advance for single day use. No group may reserve the room more than two times a month without special permission of the Library Director or Board of Library Trustees.
If the meeting calls for the rearrangement of the furniture it will be the responsibility of the applicant to set it up. All furniture must be returned to its original location. Nothing may be attached to the walls of the library.
Kitchen facilities may be available on request and may be used for light refreshments. Any group having refreshments must provide their own dishes, utensils, linens, etc. The Stikeleather Meeting Room is not available for serving full meals of any kind. No alcoholic beverages are to be served. The kitchen, if used, must be left in the condition in which it was found.
No fee is charged for the use of the Stikeleather Meeting Room. No admission fee may be charged. No smoking small be permitted.
No organization may advertise a particular event as taking place at the library until the organization’s application has been approved by the Library Director or the Board of Library Trustees. The Board of Library Trustees reserves the right to refuse the use of the Stikeleather Meeting Room facilities to any organization abusing the regulations as set forth above. The regulations are subject to change.