Mission, Vision, & Policies

Mission

It is the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library’s mission to encourage, promote and support the personal growth, creativity and lifelong learning of the members of our community.

 

Vision

  • To meet the informational and recreational needs of our community
  • Provide a safe environment for entertainment and educational experiences
  • Provide free access to a diverse collection of materials and resources

 

Borrowing Policies

Loan Periods

Most of our materials are loaned out for two weeks at a time, with fines accumulating past their due date. Some materials may be requested for more than two weeks. No materials may be borrowed if fees exceed $3.00.

Reference and local history materials may not be taken out of the library.

 

Renewals

Books may be renewed twice at the front desk, over the phone, or from your online library account.  DVDs and games cannot be renewed. You must bring these items in and we will check for holds and then check them back out to you.

 

Interlibrary Loans

Items can be requested from other libraries within NIOGA through our online catalog. It may be possible for the Library Director to get a book from another library system if we don’t own it. You have 1 week to pick up your hold before it is sent back to the owning library. There is a $1.00 charge for all items not picked up within 1 week. Items from other libraries may have different loan periods, please check your receipt carefully.

 

Computer usage

The computers at the library are free for patrons with a valid library card. If you are under the age of 12, you cannot use the computers without an adult. More information about using our computers can be found here.  All users agree to follow our computer use policy when they log on.

All users are expected to use the library’s computers in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided. Users should not violate federal, New York or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyrighted material.

The library is not responsible for any personal information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues, or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.

 

WiFi

The library’s Wi-Fi is free and unsecured. By using our Wi-Fi, all users agree to follow the library’s Internet use policy.

The library’s wireless connection is not secure. Any information being sent or received could be intercepted by another user. We caution you not to transmit credit card information, passwords, or any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless “hot spot.” We suggest all wireless access users have up-to-date virus protection on their computers, tablets, or other wireless devices. Wi-Fi is turned off in the evenings when the library closes.

 

Meeting room

To reserve our meeting room please fill out an application for approval by the Library Director. Applications must be fully completed, signed by the applicant, and should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the requested date. The facility may not be used for sales or purely social purposes nor for the benefit of private individuals or commercial concerns. Furthermore, the Board has determined that the meeting room may not be used by tutors except when administering a test or showing a curriculum related movie.

Authorization to use the meeting room does not guarantee sole usage since patrons wishing to use the microfilm machine, access local history materials, and users of the Digital Media Lab may do so. Food and drink are expressly prohibited. All meetings must end by our regular library closing time. The applicant is responsible for compliance with all regulations and must be in attendance at the meeting. The capacity of the room is 20 and may not be exceeded.

 

Book donations

We accept most used books in good condition. We do not accept textbooks, bibles,  encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Versions. Also damaged, moldy, or smelly items will not be accepted. Of those books that are donated, some may be added into our regular collection. Those we do not add will be sold at the Friends of the Library book sale or used for promotional purposes. There is a 2 box limit on donations due to space constraints.

 

Book drop

The book drop is located outside the library to the right of the doors. It is for books ONLY. There will be a $1.00 charge for any media (audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, games,  etc) placed in the Book Drop. All media must be returned to the library circulation desk.

 

Fee/Fine Structure

(All amounts are listed per day unless otherwise specified)

Children’s Books 5 cents
Adult Books 10 cents
Audio-Visual (children and adult) 25 cents
Audio-Visual placed in Book Drop $1.00
Games $1.00
Magazines NO CHARGE
Damaged Magazine Fee $1.00
Lost Magazine Fee $5.00
Non-Circulating reference (if it goes out) $1.00
Art Prints 25 cents
Damaged or lost book pocket $1.00
Damaged or lost DVD/CD case $5.00
Damaged or lost AV artwork $5.00
Damaged or lost game booklet $5.00
Damaged or lost audio book disc $7.99
Maximum Fine on all Media $10.00
Maximum Fine on all Print material $5.00

The library accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit/debit cards, cash, and personal checks for overdue fines or lost book payments. Lost items must be paid for in full; we cannot accept payments.

 

Other charges

What happens if I damage or lose a library item?

If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, you will be charged the full replacement cost of the item plus any late fees associated with it. We cannot accept replacement items for lost or damaged items.

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