Your FREE library card entitles you to sign out library materials or use public access computers, and the card must be presented at that time. 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, you must present a valid piece of identification when registering. (Driver’s licence, Health card or a current piece of identification which includes your address)
Anyone wishing to use a library computer must present his/her library card and register at the circulation desk. (Out-of-province visitors exempt.) 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.
Social Networking Policy
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 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 - 50˘ 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)
Videos - $15
Audio Books - $25
Cassettes - $15
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.
The card holder to whom library material is issued is responsible for any damages incurred while material is assigned to his/her card.
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.
Food or drink is not permitted in most areas of the library. Smoking is prohibited in the library and in the area of its main entrance.
PETS IN THE LIBRARY
The Pets in the Library Policy prohibits pets inside the library, except for service animals.
SUPERVISION OF USERS
Library users, of any age, requiring supervision should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.*
*This rule does not necessarily apply when users are attending designated library programs.
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.)
Parents/guardians are responsible.
SELECTION POLICY/ RECONSIDERATION OF MATERIAL
Copies of the Selection Policy are available at the circulation desk, 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.
- the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board
Updated, July 2012