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Borrower Registration and Borrowing Privileges PDF Print E-mail
A.        Any person who can furnish a local address and local telephone number may apply for a regular library card at no charge.  Visiting patrons must provide identification and proof of permanent mailing address.  Members need not be full time residents of Baldwin County to be eligible for library cards. Temporary residents must furnish permanent addresses and telephone numbers as well as those for local residences.
           
B.         To apply for a library card, applicants must fill out and sign an application form and present in person at the library one of the following:  a valid driver’s license, passport, P.O. Box receipt, condo rental receipt, utility bill, voter registration, personalized check or mail which has been delivered to applicant. 
 
C.        Children may apply for library cards as soon as they are able to sign the application form.  Children and the parent or guardian must appear in person to fill out and sign an application (see B. above).  The Parent/Guardian of minor children will be held responsible for any damaged, lost or overdue materials checked out on the child’s card.
 
            It is the policy of the Orange Beach Public Library that parents and guardians, not the library staff or trustees, are responsible for monitoring and approving the selection of materials made by minor children.  It is the parents or guardians – and only these – who may restrict their children – and only their children – from borrowing specific library materials.  Parents or guardians who wish their children not to have access to certain materials should accompany or otherwise advise their children.  The Library staff and trustees cannot and do not act in loco parentis.
 
D.        Library privileges will be extended to applicants without regard for educational, social, racial or cultural status.
 
E.         Owners of Orange Beach Public Library borrower cards assume responsibility for the care and safekeeping of all materials borrowed on their cards.  The person in whose name the card is issued assumes responsibility for settling any and all fines, damages, losses, or other assessments incurred by the use of their cards.
 
F.         Card owners are asked to report changes in names, addresses, and telephone numbers to the Library as soon as possible, so that the Library’s borrower records can be kept up to date. Card owners should also report lost, stolen, or damaged cards to the Library as soon as possible.
 
G.       Lost, stolen or damaged library cards may be replaced for a nominal fee.
 
H.        Borrowing privileges may be permanently suspended when a patron has unpaid fines for overdue, lost or damaged materials.  Borrowing privileges may also be suspended for continued abuse of library rules, falsification of eligibility requirements or abusive, destructive behavior in the library.
 
I.          Patrons are strongly encouraged to present their library cards at the time of checkout.  If a patron has forgotten his/her card, the number of items he/she may check out at that time may be restricted.  A person who has forgotten his/her card must present a valid piece of identification proving name and address before materials may be checked out.
 
J.          The Library encourages borrowers to use their own library cards exclusively and not to lend them for use by other persons.  However, when a patron wishes to borrow materials using a card that belongs to another person, the Library staff is authorized to use its judgment in assessing the safety of the transaction, and to permit such a transaction when circumstances warrant.  Under no circumstances should a person use another person’s library card to avoid paying any fines or fees assessed against his/her own card.  The person in whose name the card is issued is responsible and liable for any and all fines, damages, losses, or assessments against said card.
 
K.        Blind and physically disabled or homebound patrons may be served by the library through the Friends of the Library’s Books on Wheels program or by application to the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
 
Library Strategic Plan 2008-2012 PDF Print E-mail

With thanks to all of you who participated in our library survey earlier this year, the library is pleased to present its new 5-Year-Plan. After reviewing the results of your surveys, talking with patrons in and outside the library, and reviewing professional literature, this plan provides the library the framework to better serve you over the next five years.

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Meeting Room Policy PDF Print E-mail

Monday, January 9, 2006

Meeting Room Policy

Approved by the Library Board January 5, 2006

PURPOSE

In keeping with the Library's mission to offer a welcoming place for community interactions, library meeting rooms are available for use by community groups for informational, educational or cultural meetings and programs when not needed for library purposes. Use of the library meeting rooms does not imply endorsement by the library staff or Library Board of the viewpoints presented.

POLICY

The Library Board encourages the widest possible use of the library meeting room by government agencies and nonprofit community groups as long as this use does not interfere with the normal functions of the library.

All meetings shall be open to the public.

The meeting room may be used for educational, cultural, informational or governmental/civic activities and may include public lectures, panel discussions, workshops and other similar functions.

Groups may schedule use of the meeting room only during regular library hours.

Meeting Room bookings are subject to cancellation with two weeks notice if the room is needed for library programming.

Programs involving the sale, advertising, promotion of commercial products or services, or programs sponsored by a business firm, regardless of purpose, are prohibited except for those covered by the library policy which allows performers at Orange Beach Public Library programs with pre-approval to sell sound recordings, videos and books related to their performance.

No admission fee, registration fee, donation or monetary solicitation may be sought from meeting attendees unless the Library co-sponsors the program.

Smoking is not permitted in the library or its meeting room.

There is no charge to use the library meeting room. However, users agree to abide by all regulations of the library relating to the use of the facilities and accept responsibility for all damages caused to the building and/or equipment beyond normal wear.

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING MEETING ROOM USE

Reservations

Groups interested in using the Library meeting room may do so by contacting the library in person or by telephone to request reservation of the meeting room. Groups will need to provide the name of the group, the nature of the meeting, the name and contact number for an authorized adult representative of the group. By providing this information the group agrees that the General Rules and Regulations Regarding Meeting Room Use has been read and understood.

The group accepts financial responsibility for any and all damage caused to the building or equipment beyond normal wear. The group contact person will be responsible for any charges incurred by the group.

Meeting rooms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Reservations may be made no more than six months in advance. However, the Library does reserve the right to cancel a scheduled meeting with 2 weeks notice if the room is needed for library programming. The Library will make every effort to avoid a cancellation but does reserve that right.

Library staff should be notified in advance of cancellations.

CONDITIONS OF USE

Schedule

Meetings must be held during regular library hours.

Meetings must end on time so the room can be cleared or prepared for other

meetings. All meetings must end 15 minutes before closing.

Open Meetings

Meetings must be free and open to the general public at all times.

ADA Requirements

Groups are responsible for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements and for providing requested accommodations for meetings or programs. A statement regarding the availability of accommodations must be included in all publicity or notices.

Sample statement for publicity:

If you need an interpreter, materials in alternative formats or other accommodations to access this meeting or program, please contact (name of person/organization) one week in advance of program or meeting.

Food or Drink

Groups who use the library rooms may serve light refreshments (note: alcoholic beverages are prohibited).

The group is responsible for leaving the room in the condition in which it was found. Charges will be assessed for damages or required extra cleanup.

Equipment and Media

Subject to availability, the following audiovisual equipment may be used in the Library meeting room: VCR/DVD player and TV, LCD projector and projection screen.

There is no charge for the use of the equipment. Equipment should be reserved at least one week in advance of the meeting. It is recommended that the equipment be reserved at the time the room is reserved. The library cannot provide operators for the equipment. If instruction is required for equipment operation, it is suggested that a representative of the group set up an appointment with appropriate library staff.

Internet/PC Use

The Library supports wireless Internet access throughout the library including the meeting room.

Signs

Signs, working papers or posters may not be attached to the walls of the meeting rooms.

Notice of public meetings at the Library may be posted on the Community Bulletin Board located in the lobby of the Library. Any additional signs or posters placed anywhere in the building must be approved by Library Administration or the Librarian-in-charge.

 
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