Roselle Public Library              
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Library Hours
Monday 9am-8pm
Tuesday 9am-8pm
Wednesday 9am-8pm
Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday 10-4pm
Sunday Closed
   
The Roselle Public Library strives to inform, enrich, and empower every person in our community by creating and promoting easy access to a vast array of information, activities, and services while providing an atmosphere for the love of reading.




Roselle Public Library Policies

Bulletin Boards Collection Development
Computer Use Conduct and Behavior
Confidentiality of Patron Records Course Reimbursement
Damages, Charges for Display Cases
Donations, Collection or Money Exams, Proctoring
Finance and Investment Holds and Renewals
Material Reconsideration Overdue Materials
Public Comment, Guidelines for Video / DVD Circulation
 

Bulletin Boards

•  The Library provides two bulletin boards for the purpose of providing information to Roselle residents and library users. One board is for library and borough notices, and those items can be found on the wall next to the Children's Services desk. The other board is for general information, and those items can be found inside the entrance on the left side.

•  Items posted for general information must fit the bulletin board, and may not be posted on adjacent walls. All items must be given to a library staff member for dating and posting. Materials not dated will be removed. Items will be posted as space permits.

•  There is a maximum posting of three months. Due to space limitations, the Library cannot post permanent notices.

•  Because the boards are for information, the Library does not allow political or religious material to be posted. We do not have the ability to offer equal time or space to conflicting ideas. The Library Director may also remove materials which may be offensive to the general public.

•  Ads for employment or sales are not permitted. Please use commercial space at the local supermarkets for those notices.

Approved, Library Board of Trustees, 8/2/01

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Collection Development

A goal of the Roselle Public Library is to provide to its users a broad selection of reading, online, and audio-visual materials for use at home or in the library. The collection will be up-dated and available in a variety of media.

A. Budget

1.The annual budget of the library strives to provide 17.5% of the total for collection development.

•  The library director will recommend to the library board the division of budgeted funds among adult, children's,     periodicals, reference, and audio-visual materials.
•  Additional budget funds may be provided for special collection development projects.
•  Grants will be expended according to the terms of that particular grant. Such funds are over and above what is    allocated in the annual budget.

2. Responsibility for spending budgeted and grant funds is delegated by the library director to senior staff. Such staff will be provided with a copy of the materials budget.

B.  Collections

1.  Print

a. Fiction, adult:

•  The Library will purchase all best sellers (e.g., NY Times, Ebony), popular authors, and a representative selection of genres (e.g., mystery, science fiction, romance), large print, and African-American writers.
•  The Library will automatically purchase any title requested by a Roselle resident, which is within six months of its original publication date and with a price under $40.00.

b. Non-fiction, adult:

•  The Library will purchase all best-seller (e.g., NY Times, Ebony), as well as popular Authors, subjects, and titles which receive above average reviews.
•  The Library will purchase titles of special interest to the Roselle community.
•  Particular attention will be made to develop greater depth in the arts and humanities sections, and to provide current material in the sciences.
•  The Library will automatically purchase any title requested by a Roselle resident, which is within six months of its original publication date and with a price under $40.00.

C. Review of Collection

1. The entire collection will be completely reviewed within a period of five years, according to the following schedule:

year 1: Audio-visual materials
year 2: Adult fiction
year 3: Reference and Children's fiction
year 4: Adult non-fiction
year 5: Children's non-fiction

2.  Among the criteria used for keeping an item in the collection or removing it are:

•  physical condition
•  circulation patterns
•  currency of the information in the item
•  availability of other and better titles on the subject and in the collection
•  potential for future use

3.  The review will be conducted by the senior staff under the supervision of the Library Director

4.  The staff will monitor items returned by patrons, and turn over to senior staff those items which may need to be replaced or removed under the above criteria.

D. Donations

1. The Library accepts donations of materials which it deems of interest or of potential use to the Library and its patrons.

a. After a member of the professional staff has reviewed a donation, it will be given to the Friends of the Library for sale, added to the Library's collection, or discarded.

b. The Library does not accept donations of:

•  textbooks or encyclopedias more than ten years old;
•  Reader's Digest Condensed Book;
•  items which smell, are wet, or are damaged
•  magazines which are more than six months old

2. The Library will provide a receipt to donors for income tax purposes. The receipt will only list how many items were donated. The Library does not provide a valuation of what has been donated.

3. All donations are accepted by the Library without conditions. The Library does not guarantee the final disposition of any item.

4. The library will accept donations of monay for the purchase of items for the collection, provided the terms of the donation are negotiated with the Library Director in advance.

Approved, Library Board of Trustees: May 6, 2004

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Computer Use

Preamble:
The Roselle Public Library provides access to information through a variety of media: print, video, autiotape, and electronic. These media are complementary to each other. What is found in one medium may not be available in the others. Out staff will use their experience and best judgement to decide where to look for information when you ask for assistance.

While the Library selects all the books, videos, CD-ROMs and magazines in its collection, it does not select the information that is available on the Internet. The Internet, unlike print and film, is an unregulated medium. The Library has not control over what is on it.

When you use our computers for information, you will find that you can:

  • search for what we own, through the LMXAC database;

  • search for what other libraries LMXAC and MIDAS own;

  • display and print out information from Library databases;

  • search the Internet.

The Library has dedicated two computer for work processing, one computer for catalog searching, two computers with filtering for Internet access for children, two computers with education games and word processing for children, and two computers with no filtering for general use.

Policy:

  1. The Library has a variety of resources, which cover a variety of subject areas. These meet the demands of persons of different ages and educational backgrounds. If you ask the library staff for assistance, we provide information in the format we think best for you. If you obtain information without our assistance, you are responsible for its suitability.

  2. The Library strives to provide free access to information. However, to cover costs, we must charge $.25 per page for anything printed from our computers.

  3. The Internet is an unregulated medium, and you may find information on it which is inaccurate, offensive, and disturbing. The Library is not responsible for what you find on the Internet. You are responsible for judging its usefulness and accuracy.

  4. Public Internet access in the Children's Department is filtered. These computers are reserved for use by children. Any adults using them when there are no children present will have to cope with filtered information, and give up their time if a child arrives in the Library and wishes to use a computer.

  5. Public Internet access at the Circulation Desk is unfiltered. It is available to persons of any age.

  6. Library staff is not available to instruct patrons in the use of the computer or in searching the Internet. Persons seeking to develop computer searching skills should contact the Roselle Community School or some educational organization.

  7. Library staff will provide assistance to patrons in learning how to use the online catalog and retrieve articles from the Library databases.

Internet Access:

In keeping with the Roselle Public Library's commitment to information services, the Library offers access to the Internet. The Internet offers unlimited global access to information, however, the Roselle Public Library is unable to monitor or control the content and validity of material available electronically and thus cannot accept responsibility for the quality, accuracy or currency of information accessed via the Internet.

The Internet contains materials that users may find objectionable, offensive or controversial. The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect arising from its connections to the Internet. As is true of other Library materials/resources, any use of the Roselle Public Library's Internet connection for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes or in support of such activities is prohibited.

Misuse or abuse of the Library's computers will result in suspension of Internet access privileges and may also result in the loss of Library privileges. Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities. The Roselle Public Library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.

Use of the public computers is limited to a maximum of (2) two thirty -minute sessions per day. These sessions may not necessarily be consecutive, depending on public demand for access. We charge $0.25 per page for anything printed from our computers.

No other software may be used on the library internet computers. Patrons must purchase a disc at the Circulation Desk at a cost of $1.00 per disc if they choose to download information from the internet.

Any computer session may be terminated at the discretion of the library staff.

To use the library internet computer terminals you must have a valid library card.

Sessions are 30 minutes; the computer will warn you before it shuts off.

Caution; once you click "End Session" you will not be able to access the internet again until the Next Day.

If you get an inactive message please come to circulation.

Pin Numbers:
Create a pin number 3 to 4 characters long, a combination of letters and/or numbers. You will be asked for your pin each time you log in so make sure it's something easily remembered.

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Conduct of Patrons

RULES OF BEHAVIOR

The Roselle Public Library welcomes everyone to use our facilities, resources and the grounds surrounding our building for learning, reading, writing, studying, thinking, obtaining information and consulting with the staff. All who use the Library and surrounding property are entitled to enjoy a library atmosphere. For the purpose of the Rules of Behavior, “Library” refers to all property inside and outside of the Roselle Public Library. The Rules of Behavior are designed to ensure the safety of, and respect for all people, and to maintain the facilities and to encourage that the Library be used for the purpose for which it was designed. To meet these goals the following conduct, behavior and acts are prohibited on Library property:

  • Disturbing the peace.
  • Obstructing or interfering with the regular course of Library business. This includes, but is not limited to, running; fighting; quarreling; swearing; shouting; and rude or inappropriate remarks.
  • Talking on cell phones (with or without hands-free devices) in the building and plaza area.
  • Use of  personal equipment (such as computers, video game machines, portable DVD players, and audio players) that is disruptive, noisy or unsafe. Audio equipment may be used with headphones if it does not disturb others.
  • Overcrowding in seating areas. This includes having:
    • no more than six people per table
    • no more than one person per chair
    • no more than two people per carrel or computer workstation. This rule does not apply to infants under two years of age.
  • Leaving personal belongings unattended. The Library is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items. Unattended personal items may be disposed of by staff.
  • Obstructing entrances, exits, aisles and passageways. Loud, excessive and boisterous behavior.
  • Reserving carrels or tables.
  • Consuming food or beverages.
  • Using the Library telephone to make or receive calls. Note that Library staff cannot verify if a patron is or is not present on Library property.
  • Leaving children under the age of eight unattended. Parents are responsible for their children's supervision and appropriate behavior.
  • Visiting or using the Library without shoes or a shirt.
  • Animals, except for service animals as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act, are not permitted on Library property except with approval from the Library Director as part of a Library-sponsored program..
  • Smoking.
  • Roller blading, in-line skating, bike riding or skateboarding. Bicycles must be dismounted on the sidewalk and walked to the bicycle rack.
  • Harassing patrons or staff.
  • Engaging in exhibitionism; voyeurism; or sexual activity.
  • Engaging in physical, sexual or verbal abuse.
  • Unauthorized distribution of materials or gathering of signatures for petitions.
  • Illegal behaviors including threats; acts of violence; carrying a weapon; theft; gambling; consumption of alcoholic beverages; being under the influence of, or using or selling alcohol or drugs; and possession of illegal drugs.
  • Destroying, damaging, defacing or misusing library materials, equipment, furniture, facilities or property. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • writing in, highlighting or annotating library materials
    • cutting, tearing and removing pages and parts of pages from library materials
    • misusing, altering or tampering with computer hardware or software
    • applying graffiti
    • unauthorized rearranging of furniture
    • tipping back chairs or putting feet on furniture.
  • Misusing rest rooms, including laundering personal belongings, bathing and not keeping the rest rooms clean.
  • Leaving the Library with Library materials that have not been checked out.
  • Engaging in conduct which is incompatible or inconsistent with the operation and purpose of the Library or which prevents others from using the Library for the purpose for which it is designed.
  • Violating any state, federal or local law with regard to public behavior.


UNATTENDED CHILDREN

The Library welcomes children to use its facilities and services. The responsibility for the care, safety and behavior of children using the Library rests with the parent/guardian or caregiver and NOT with Library staff members. The staff is NOT available to provide supervision or protection for unattended children and teens. While we strive to create a safe setting, public libraries, by their nature, are open to all and the staff cannot guarantee the safety of unattended children.

Children eight years of age and under shall not be left unattended in the Library under any circumstances. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or caregiver. A caregiver must be 13 years of age or older. Parents/guardians or caregivers must remain with the child during the entire time period at the Library and must directly supervise the child.

Library staff members may contact the Roselle Police Department and/or the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in the even that a child under the age of 8 is left unattended or unsupervised.

Children and teens are subject to the same rules of conduct as other patrons and are subject to the same consequences, including being asked to leave the premises. Library staff is not responsible for the well being of children who are asked to leave the premises. In the case of children eight years or older, parents/guardians may be notified if the child's behavior at the Library is a problem.

The Roselle Police Department may be contacted if a child, even one over the age of eight, is left at the Library for an extended period of time.

If unattended children are in the building at closing time (whether regular closing time or an early closing due to emergency or inclement weather), the staff will call the Roselle Police Department to take custody of the child. Two staff members will stay with the child until the police have taken custody of the child.

ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES


All staff members are equally responsible for enforcing the Rules of Behavior. If  a patron (or patrons) is violating a rule, a staff member shall approach the patron courteously and tell the patron that the behavior is unacceptable and will tell the patron to refrain from that behavior. The staff member  will explain that failure to refrain from such behavior may result in being asked to leave the Library. The staff member shall step away, but continue to observe the patron or patrons.

If the behavior continues, the staff member shall tell the patron or patrons to leave the property. If the patron refuses to leave, the staff member will inform the patron that they leave no choice but for the staff member to notify the police.

Anyone who is asked to leave the Library will not be allowed to re-enter the Library that day. Patrons who are asked to leave more than two times in one week will be suspended from entering the Library for a full week. At the discretion of the staff and with the approval of the Director, suspensions may be extended for particularly egregious behaviors.

The Roselle Public Library will uphold all state, federal and local laws and ordinances with regard to public behavior. Assistance from the Roselle Police Department will be requested as needed.

Adopted, Library Board of Trustees, November 3, 2011

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Confidentiality of Patron Records

New Jersey State Laws regarding confidentiality of patron records:

1. NJSA 18A:73-43.2 Confidentiality; exceptions

Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

    1. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;

    2. Disclosure is requested by the user; or

    3. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order.

L. 1985, c.172, s.2, eff. May 31, 1985.

2. NJSA 18A:73-43.3. Rules, regulations

The State Librarian shall adopt pursuant to section 18 of P.L. 1969, c. 158 (C. 18A:73-33) and the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.) rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.

L. 1985, c.172, s.3, eff. May 31, 1985.

The Roselle Public Library Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records

For all Roselle Public Library records, except circulation records, the legal Custodian of Records is the Library Director, as designated by the Board of Trustees. Any requests for public records, as outlined in this paragraph, shall be made on the Library's Request for Public Records form. Requests shall follow the instructions outlined on the form.

The legal custodian of circulation records for the Roselle Public Library is the Executive Director of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMXAC). The Roselle Public Library is a member of LMXAC, and contracts with it for the provision of automated library services, including circulation. As the legal custodian of circulation records, the LMXAC Executive Director is the person responsible for responding to any request for library circulation records or information about a library user.

The LMXAC Executive Director may designate one or more library or consortium employees to serve as persons responsible for responding to any request for library records or information about a library user when the Executive Director is absent or unavailable.

The circulation and registration records of library users contained within the databases of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium shall not be made available to any third party or any law enforcement agency of a local, state, or federal government except as provided for under law.

No Roselle Public Library employee or volunteer may release library records or reveal information about a library user to any third party or law enforcement agent unless authorized to do so by the LMXAC Executive Director or the Executive Director's designated alternate. In all circumstances, without exception, employees and volunteers shall follow the procedures set forth in Internal Procedures for Requests for Library Records.

No Roselle Public Library employee or volunteer is authorized to release records or reveal information about another library's user to any third party or law enforcement agent. Such requests should be referred to LMxAC.

          Adopted, Library Board of Trustees, July 17 2008

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Course Reimbursement

Preamble:
The Library encourages all staff to participate in educational activities which will increase that employee's skills, and therefore his/her ability to serve the public. The Library will support that participation under the following guidelines.

Memberships

  1. The Library will pay for the annual membership in the New Jersey Association for senior full-time staff.
  2. The Library will pay for the annual membership in the New Jersey Association of Library Assistants for full-time staff in that title range.
  3. The Library will pay for the annual membership in the New Jersey Library Trustee Association for members of the Library Board of Trustees.
  4. Funds and schedule permitting, the Library will pay for attendance at the annual conferences of NJLA and NJALA for staff and trustees who are members.
  5. Funds and schedule permitting, the Library will pay for workshops sponsored by NJLA NJALA for staff and trustees who are members.

Degree level courses

  1. Full-time staff who have been on the library payroll for at least one year are eligible for assistance with courses they are taking in pursuit of a post-secondary degree.
  2. 2. Eligible staff must be matriculated in an accredited program for on-site or online course work, and have passed one course prior to applying for tuition or time assistance.
  3. Upon approval by the director that a course will be of benefit to the library. And the receipt of a report from the school that the employee received at least a B in that course, an eligible employee will be reimbursed for $150.
  4. Alternatively, an eligible employee may take time off at the rate of one hour for every two spent in the classroom or online, under the above requirements. Time will be refunded to the Library if at least a B grade is achieved in that course.
  5. An employee may not apply for both tuition and time assistance for the same course.
  6. Part-time staff become eligible, under the above conditions, once they have accumulated the equivalent of one year's full-time employment (i.e., 1820 hours).

Other courses and educational opportunities

  1. The Library does not reimburse staff or trustees for non-credit courses, courses taken for personal interest, supplies of fees in conjunction with reimbursable courses, or for library related workshops not approved beforehand.
  2. All reimbursements are contingent on the availability of funds in the Library budget.
  3. Staff seeking reimbursement must be on the payroll at the time of reimbursement.
  4. Funds and schedule permitting, the Library will pay for workshops sponsored by LUCC, INFOLINK, and comparable organizations for all staff and trustees.
  5. Attendance at conferences and workshops may be subject to seniority rules for union members.
  6. Staff attending conferences or workshops should present the Library Director with a written report no later than two weeks after the event.

             Approved, Library Board of Trustees, 2/5/04

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Damages, Charges for
Type
Current (in dollars)
Barcode torn out or damaged
2.00
Pages marked with pen/crayon
2.00
Jacket cover torn
2.00
Video case cracked
2.00
Magazine torn
2.00
Page stained
2.00

The above are for damages which affect the appearance of the item or which can be readily repaired or ignored.  

Pages torn out
5.00
Pages chewed
5.00
Spine cracked
5.00

These charges are for significant damages which effect the use of the item, but which can be replaced or repaired with some effort, or otherwise worked around .

Item chewed
full price + fee
Water damage (25% or more)
full price + fee
Tape torn / Disc scratched or cracked
full price + fee

These charges reflect replacement costs, because the item is so affected that it cannot be used again.  

Adopted, Board of Trustees, 6/5/03; Amended 1/24/08

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Display Case Use
  1. The Library provides three locking display cases for the purpose of proving information to Roselle residents and library users
  2. Any person or organization (“sponsor”) wishing to display material should complete an Display Case Application at least four weeks in advance.
  3. Displays are booked based on space availability and potential interest to our users. The Library gives priority dates to its own displays. The Library reserves the right to decline any offer of display material.
  4. Displays are booked for two weeks periods, for a maximum of two periods (i.e., four weeks). Display periods begin on Monday and installation may start on that day. Display periods end on Friday, and displays must be completely removed by the sponsor by 5:00 pm on that day. Sponsors failing to do so will have their displays removed by Library staff; the Library takes no responsibility for the condition or storage of such materials.
  5. Displays must be informative. Displays may not advocate for legislation, political purposes, or particular religious beliefs, unless opposing viewpoints are adequately and fairly represented. The Library Director will be the final judge of the need for balance in an exhibit.
  6. Display cases are fixed in their location and may not be moved. Cases are locked after the display is installed, and may not remain open to the public to access information or other items. No paint, glue stickers, or anything else may be affixed inside or outside the cases. Sponsors must provide their own stands for text display and to distribute information.
  7. The Library will issue a press release regarding a display to its usual media contacts. Sponsors wishing to issue their own publicity must provide a draft to the Library Director one week prior to the proposed installation. In such instances, The Library should be named only as the site for the display and not as a co-sponsor or in any other way which suggests that the Library is promoting the sponsor or its information.
  8. The Library and its agents accepts no responsibility for theft of or damage to the display during its time in the Library All displays are placed in the Library at the sponsor's discretion.

Approved, Library Board of Trustees, 8/7/03

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Exams, Proctoring

The staff of the Roselle Public Library will proctor exams for independent study students under the following conditions:

  1. All requests for proctoring must be accompanied by a $25.00 payment to the Roselle Public Library.
  2. Authorized signatories on proctoring requests are the Director, the senior librarian, or the Library associate. Pending exams are kept in the Exam File at the staff mailboxes and are returned to whichever staff member authorized the exam.
  3. Exams may be taken at any time but must be concluded one half hour before the library's closing hour.
  4. Unless the examining institution says differently in print, exams must be taken in the Main Room of the Library.
  5. The Library makes no representations or guarantees about study conditions in the Main Room. In other words, in it not a quiet study, and test takers will have to co-exist with other library users. .Test takers are advised to check with the Circulation staff for recommendations on scheduling.
  6. The Library does not assign any student on a one-on-one basis. Monitoring will be done from the Circulation Desk while other duties are being performed.
  7. Students who find that the Library's rules and the school's rules are incompatible, may contract with an off-duty staff member for one-on-one proctoring, at the rate of $20/hour, payable to the proctor at the start of the exam.

Adopted, Board of Trustees, 4/3/03 . Revised, 10/16/06

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Finance and Investment

Preamble:

The Board of Trustees of the Roselle Public Library has responsibility for the financial health of the Library. While more than 90% of the Library's funding comes from government sources, those funds and any other funds acquired by the Library need to be managed so that the Library and the people it serves get the greatest benefit from them. To that end, the Library Board follows these principles in managing the Library finances.

  1. The Library's accounts shall be audited annually by a registered municipal accountant. Copies of that report are distributed to: all Library Board members; the borough business administrator and the chief financial officer; the mayor; the borough clerk for use by the borough council and members of the public. One copy shall be archived at the Library and a copy made available to the public for use on site, as requested.
  2. Municipal and state funds are kept in interest bearing accounts until such time as they are needed for bill paying, and then sufficient funds are transferred to the Library's checking account.
  3. Fines, fees, and other Library income are deposited into bank account every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  4. The Library has three endowment funds:

•  The Trustees Fund is the general endowment fund of the Library. No more than 95% of the annual income will be used for the purchase of Library material, and at least 5% will be reinvested annually to maintain the strength of the original donation.

•  The Perennial Fund consists of donations of $500 for a particular subject area. No more that 95% of the annual income will be used for the purchase of library materials, and at least 5% will be reinvested annually to maintain the strength of the original donation.

•  Income and principal from the Building Fund shall be used except for the purchase of items in conjunction with an addition to the existing building.

  1. Significant donations (more that $100) may be used in a variety of ways depending on what the donor negotiates with the Library Director. Donations of $100 or less will be used for Library purposes at the discretion of the Library Director.
  2. Donations of $1000 or more may be set up as separate named accounts. Named accounts will specify what the income is to be used for, as previously agreed to by the donor and the Library Director. No more than 95% of the income from a named account will be used for the stated purpose each year, and at least 5% will be reinvested to maintain the strength of the original donation.
  3. A donation of $1000 or more with no restrictions placed on it by the donor will be used for capital improvements or placed in the Trustees Fund.
  4. The library does not use significant donations to meet budgeted expenses.

              Approved, Board of Trustees, 10/4/01 . Amended, 8/5/04

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Holds and Renewals
  • Holds may be placed at the circulation desk, or by logging into the Online Catalog with your Library Card barcode and PIN numbers.
  • Holds and renewals are contigent upon prior requests.
  • Holds cannot be placed on Movies or Reference materials.
  • Holds from other libraries are subject to the lending library's policies.
  • You will be notified when you hold is available through the contact information you have registered with the Roselle Public Library.
  • The average wait for holds is between 3-7 days.
  • You may renew items a total of two times.
  • Movies cannot be renewed.
  • Renewals may be made at the circulation desk, by calling the library during open hours, or by logging into the online catalog with your Library Card barcode and PIN numbers.

If you don't know your PIN number, please call the circulation desk at 908-245-5809, and we can create one for you.

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Material Reconsideration

Preamble:
This Library seeks to provide a collection of materials (books, videos, compact discs, audio books, periodicals) which we will be of interest and of use to the entire Roselle community. That community covers a variety of ages, races, religious backgrounds, and interests. Within the limitations of the Library's materials budget, we strive to purchase those items which we believe will be read, viewed, or listened to.

Occasionally, library users will question why a particular item is in the library's collection. The Library's professional staff (that is, persons with a master's degree in library science) relies on their education, experience, published reviews, knowledge of the collection and this community, and many other factors to decide what to purchase. All items are reviewed periodically for continuing interest to the community, accuracy, condition, and timeliness.

However, users of the Roselle Public Library may request that the Library reconsider the inclusion of a particular item in the collection, for their own reasons. This policy and the accompanying form detail how such reconsideration will take place.

Procedure

1. A Roselle Public Library patron who wants the Library to reconsider an item which is in our collection shall completely fill out a Materials Reconsideration Form and return it to the Library Director.
2. Within two weeks of receipt of this form, the Library Director will collect at least three published reviews of the item under reconsideration.
3. Within three weeks of receipt, the Library Director will read/view/listen to the material and write an analysis of the item.
4. Within four weeks of receipt, copies of the item, published reviews, and the analysis will be forwarded to the Collection Review Committee of the Board of Trustees, with a recommendation.
5. The Committee will read/view/listen to all the materials, discuss the item under reconsideration, and meet with the patron asking for reconsideration within one month after receiving the materials.
6. The Committee will recommend to the Board at its next regular meeting whether to concur in the Director's recommendation or not.
7. The Library Director will communicate the decision of the board to the patron within two business days of the meeting.

Approved, Library Board of Trustees, 9/4/03

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Overdue Materials

A. Fines and Fees

Fines for overdue materials are as follows:

•  $2.00 per day for each video or DVD; loan period is three days.
•  $.15 per day for adult books, magazines, compact discs, and audiotape; loan priod is for two weeks.
•  $.15 per day for all children's materials (not including videos); loan period is two weeks.
•  Fines are charged for every day that the Library is open for its full schedule. Fines are not charged for    Sundays or holidays, or for days that the Library does not open for its complete schedule.
•  Fines and fees are charged on the basis of the material checked out, not on the category of the cardholder.
•  Fines and fees are charged to the card to which the overdue materials are checked out, regardless of who    presented the card to check out the material in question.

Replacement fees for lost materials are as follows:

•  cost of item plus a $10.00 processing fee for all videos, DVDs, adult hardcover fiction, and paperback nonfiction, CDs, and audiotapes.
•  cost of item plus a $5.00 processing fee for children's materials, magazines, and paperback novels.

B. Overdue and Other Notices

1, Materials not returned to the Library on schedule will receive notices from LMXAC on the following schedule:

a. first notice at ten days overdue
b. second notice at twenty days overdue
c. lost notice at thirty days overdue

•  an additional fee of $10.00 will be added to overdue notices, at the unsuccessful conclusion of this series, in order to reimburse the Library for the use of the service.

2. Within one week after a lost notice is generated, any patron with more than $50.00 in outstanding materials and fees will have his/her account turned over to TransWorld Systems in order to secure wither the materials or reimbursement.

a. Children who qualify for TransWorld service will have their letters addressed to “The Parent of…”

3. Patrons with more than $100 in outstanding materials and any accumulated fines who do not respond to notices from LMXAC and TransWorld will have a complaint filed against them in Roselle Municipal Court.

a. In the month following the conclusion of TransWorld service to a patron, a list of outstanding materials, processing fees, TransWorld charges, along with any other outstanding charges, will be turned over to the Library Director.

b. Within one week of receiving such information, the Library Director will see that a certified letter has been sent to the patron detailing all materials, fines, and fees, and with a copy of Roselle Ordinance 78, and demanding that the materials be returned within 30 days of the receipt of the letter, or charges may be filed in Roselle Municipal Court.

c. Within one week after an unsatisfactory response to the certified letter , the Library Director will fill charges against the particular patron in court.

d. $10.00 shall be added to the charges as the start of this series.

4. All patrons with outstanding materials will be blocked on the computer system upon receipt of a first notice.

5. Once an item is declared lost and the first series of collection has been completed, the missing titles will be turned over to the Senior Librarian for consideration of replacement.

C. Negotiation of Fines and Fees

1. Public services staff may negotiate the removal or suspension of fines and fees from $10.00 and below.
2. Removal or suspension of fines and fees over $10.00 requires permission from the Library Director, Senior Librarian, or the Supervisor of Circulation.
3. The Library only accepts cash or checks in payment of charges, fines, fees, or lost materials.
4. Refunds for lost materials which are subsequently found are paid only if the item in question has not yet been reordered. Refunds are authorized at the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees. Refunds are not issued if the Library has already replaced the item. Patrons may retain the item once it has been marked “discarded” by a Library staff member.

Adopted, Library Board of Trustees, 6/28/00; Amended, 5/6/04; Amended, 10/7/04; Amended, 11/3/05; Amended, 1/24/08

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Public Comment, Guidelines for

•  The public may be invited by the Board President to comment on any issue on the agenda as that issue is being discussed by the Board. Comments from the public are limited to two minutes per person, but persons may have an additional opportunity to speak after all other members of the public, as well as any member of the Board, have spoken.

•  The Board President does not need to invite public comment, if the President so chooses.

•  The public will be invited to speak on any library-related issue at the Public Portion section of the agenda. Comments from the public are limited to five minutes per person, and a member of the public may only speak once per meeting.

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Video / DVD Circulation

 

  1. Videos and DVDs are circulated for three days. If the third day is a Sunday or a holiday, the item is due back on the next open day.

  2. Up to five videos or five DVDs may be checked at one time by a patron, or by a patron for a family.

  3. There is a $1.00 charge for each item checked out. The exceptions are videos or DVDs on drug and alcohol abuse, for which there is no charge.

  4. The charge for an overdue video or DVD is $2.00 per day. The charge for not rewinding a video is $1.00.

  5. Videos and DVDs cannot be renewed.

  6. The Library will follow the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) ratings when checking out videos and DVDs. R and NC-17 items (where ratings are available on the selection card) can only be checked out to an adult.

  7. Damaged videos and DVDs will be charged to the patron at the original purchase price plus a $10.00 processing fee. Cracked cases which cannot be repaired are charged at the rate of $2.00.

Adopted, Board of Trustees, 6/28/00; Amended, 1/8/04; Amended, 2/5/04; Amended, 1/24/08; Amended, 2/26/08

 
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