Policies

Below are the library's most current policies and expectations

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan   We are currently in Stage 5 

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Mask Expectations: Masks are OPTIONAL, but welcome. Patrons welcome inside our building and at programs with or without a mask, as of April 1st,  but please respect the choices of others should they choose to wear a mask or not. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Patron Rules and Responsibilities: The Henika District Library supports the right of all individuals to use the library without discrimination and with the peace and safety of all people in mind. In order to properly maintain a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for its patrons and employees, the Staff and Board of Directors have set forth the following rules and responsibilities:
  • Unauthorized solicitation of patrons or staff is prohibited.

  • Snacks and beverages are permitted in the library provided patrons properly dispose of food wrappers and beverage containers.  Food and uncovered beverages are not permitted at the public computer area.

  • Library patrons are expected to respect the rights of others and behave considerately towards one another.  Threats, slurs, and insults will not be tolerated.

  • Volume should be kept at a level that does not interfere with other patrons using the library.  Patrons should use earphones/buds when on a personal device or the public computers and keep cell phone calls short and quiet.  If a call or conversation inside the library becomes too loud, patrons may be asked to step outside to finish their conversations before returning.

  • Patrons are financially responsible for damaged or missing materials.  It is illegal to improperly remove library materials or equipment.

  • Patrons must follow the Acceptable Computer Use Policy when utilizing library computers or wireless internet.

  • Patrons cannot remain in the library building after its regular closing hours.

  • Patrons are expected to wear proper attire, including a shirt and shoes, while inside the library.

  • Sleeping in the library is prohibited.

Patrons who violate these rules and responsibilities may be asked to leave the library for the remainder of the day.  Patrons who violate rules repeatedly may be temporarily trespassed from the library.   The police will be called if a patron endangers the safety and well being of another person on library property.
Adopted: 2/21/96
Revised: 12/13/18

Acceptable Computer Use Policy: Patrons must read and agree to this policy prior to using library computers or laptops. Certain restrictions exist with regard to computer use, including:
 
  • Library computers shall not be used for fraudulent or unlawful purposes.
  • Library computers shall not be used to access websites portraying graphic sexual acts or excessive violence and gore. While the library does use filters on its computer, there is no guarantee that objectionable material will not be viewed. It is therefore the responsibility of the patron to ensure that these websites are not accessed during their usage of the computers.
  • Children below the age of six must have a parent/guardian seated with them at all times in order to use library computers
  • Time limits are imposed by time limiting software. Time may be extended upon request of the patron if there are no others waiting.
Computer use and Internet access are privileges, not rights. If a user is found in violation of this policy, privileges will be suspended for the remainder of the day.  Repeated violations may lead to a one week suspension.

REMOTE DEVICES
Henika District Library provides access to remote devices that can be checked out for use outside of the library for any legal, educational, recreational or ethical purpose. Patrons must read and agree to this policy prior to using remote devices offered or circulated by the library including, but not limited to: hotspots, launchpads, e-readers and other devices predetermined by the library.

Certain restrictions exist with regard to device use, including:
  • Library devices shall not be used for fraudulent or unlawful purposes.
  • Library devices shall not be used to access websites portraying graphic sexual acts or excessive violence and gore.
    • Even when the library does use filters on its device(s), there is no guarantee that objectionable material will not be viewed. It is therefore the responsibility of the patron to ensure that these websites are not accessed during their usage of the device(s).
  • Library devices available for circulation must be checked out on an adult (18+) card and done so with a signed lending agreement for the specific device unless otherwise specified by the library.
  • Loan periods are imposed by the library and last for one week (seven days). The loan period may be extended up to once upon request of the patron if there are no others waiting.
    • ​Devices overdue by five (5) or more days will have service terminated until they are returned.
    • Devices overdue by more than 30 days will be billed to the patron for the full amount.
Device checkouts are privileges, not rights. If a user is found in violation of this policy, privileges will be suspended for a period determined by the director.

In addition to these restrictions, patrons must acknowledge that the library does not use filters on its remote devices unless specified. It is therefore the responsibility of the patron to monitor the content accessed and remain in accordance with the library’s acceptable use policy.
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS
The Henika District Library offers free, wireless Internet connectivity to the general public. The access point name for users is LIBRARY PUBLIC WIFI. Wireless users should be aware that the wireless internet is also filtered and the same acceptable computer use policies listed above apply when using library internet, even on personal devices. Use of the Library’s wireless network is at the user’s own risk. The Henika District Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of the wireless network. The Library makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the wireless Internet service provided.
Special Collection Policies: Special items for circulation include, but are not limited to: Gaming Consoles, Launchpads, Chromebooks, Digital Cameras, and other materials deemed so by the library.
CIRCULATION
Patrons must read and agree to this policy prior to using or checking out any of Henika District Library’s Special Collection items. Certain restrictions and expectations exist with regard to item use, including:
  • In order to borrow a Special Collection item, a patron must have an adult (18+) Henika District Library card (or a card from a Lakeland Library) in good standing and must sign the corresponding item’s Lending Agreement.
  • Special Collection items are not available to be sent out for interlibrary loan.
  • Special Collection items must be returned to the Circulation Desk at Henika District Library. They cannot be placed in a book drop or returned to any other library.
  • A Special Collection item may be borrowed for 1 week (7 days) and may be renewed up to 1 time upon patron request unless another patron is waiting. 

 

BORROWER RESPONSIBILITY
Certain restrictions and expectations exist with regard to the borrowing patron’s responsibility, including:
  • Borrower is responsible for adhering to the library's Acceptable Use Policy regarding Remote Devices.
  • The library is not responsible for any costs incurred or damage to personal equipment while borrowers use the devices or for the security of connected patron devices.
  • The library does its best to provide clean and fully functional equipment, but is not responsible for unforeseen hardware or software failure.
  • Borrower is responsible for the safe-keeping and return of these items to the library in good working order and assumes liability for the equipment while it is in their care.
  • Borrower is responsible for damaged and/or missing pieces of the package as outlined in the respective item’s lending agreement.
Circulation Policies
  • Library Cards
  • Overdue Fines and Bills
  • Loan Periods
  • Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Lost and Missing Items
Collection Policies
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