LIBRARY LAW AND ORDER!

Policies and

Procedures

Mission Statement

BELOW YOU'LL FIND A BASIC OUTLINE OF LIBRARY POLICIES FOR THINGS LIKE CONDUCT, BORROWING, FINES, AND MORE.

THE MISSION OF THE WEST WARWICK PUBLIC LIBRARY IS TO PROMOTE THE READING INTERESTS AND LIFE-LONG LEARNING OF THE CITIZENS OF WEST WARWICK AND ALL OTHER USERS BY PROVIDING FREE AND OPEN ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF CULTURAL, INTELLECTUAL, AND INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES, MATERIALS, AND SERVICES.

Service Policy

  • NO RESTRICTIONS BETWEEN SERVICES OFFERED TO WEST WARWICK RESIDENTS AND ALL OTHERS.

  • BASIC LIBRARY SERVICES ARE FREE FOR ALL REGARDLESS OF AGE, GENDER, RACE, RELIGION, OR POLITICAL VIEWS.

  • SERVICES INCLUDE PHYSICAL ACCESS, OWNING A LIBRARY CARD, ACCESS TO DATABASES, CHECKOUT OF MATERIALS, INFORMATIONAL ASSISTANCE, AND ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY.

  • PROMISED ASSURANCE OF CONFIDENTIALITY.

  • THE LIBRARY REMAINS SAFE, CLEAN, AND ADA-ACCESSIBLE.

  • PROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE FROM TRAINED STAFF.

  • RELEVANT, CURRENT MATERIALS THAT REPRESENT A WIDE VARIETY OF VIEWS.

  • ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR ALL INTERESTS AND DEMOGRAPHICS.

  • EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND MEANS TO DELIVER INFORMATION, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES.

Rules of Conduct

  • PATRON BEHAVIOR THAT IS DISRUPTIVE WITH INTENT TO ANNOY, HARASS, VIOLATE PRIVACY, OR INTERFERE WITH OTHERS EXPERIENCE OR A STAFF MEMBER'S ABILITY TO PERFORM JOB DUTIES WILL RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING:

    • A VERBAL WARNING.​

    • IF BEHAVIOR PERSISTS, THE PERSON(S) WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING. IF THEY REFUSE, STAFF WILL CONTACT THE POLICE.

    • IF BEHAVIOR PERSISTS, THE PERSON(S) WILL RECEIVE A 5-DAY SUSPENSION.

    • FURTHER POOR BEHAVIOR WILL RESULT IN UP TO A YEAR OR PERMANENT SUSPENSION, AS DECIDED BY THE DIRECTOR.

  • ALL WARNINGS AND ACTIONS ARE DOCUMENTED.

  • IF A PATRON'S ACTIONS ARE THREATENING, POLICE ARE CALLED IMMEDIATELY.

  • A MINOR EVICTED FROM THE BUILDING MORE THAN TWICE OR RESULTED IN POLICE INTERVENTION MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN IN ORDER TO RETURN.

Library Card Registration

  • YOU MAY REGISTER FOR, RENEW, OR REPLACE A LIBRARY CARD AT CIRCULATION DESKS IN RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

  • THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PHOTO ID AND PROOF OF ADDRESS IS NECESSARY.

  • FOR PATRONS 18 YEARS AND OLDER:

    • A VALID RI DRIVER'S LICENSE, RI STATE ID, OR DRIVER'S PERMIT.

    • A PHOTO ID AND PROOF OF ADDRESS MAY BE PRESENTED IN ABSENCE OF OTHER ID.​ EXAMPLES INCLUDE UTILITY BILLS, COLLEGE ID, A PASSPORT OR VISA.

  • FOR PATRONS UNDER THE AGE OF 13:

    • PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY AND PROVIDE THE ABOVE IDENTIFICATION ON THEIR BEHALF.​

  • FOR PATRONS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 - 17:

    • MAY APPLY WITHOUT PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN WITH PROPER ID (ABOVE). STUDENTS MAY USE SCHEDULE OR REPORT CARD IN ADDITION TO PHOTO ID.​

    • MAY INSTEAD HAVE A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN ACCOMPANY AND PROVIDE THE ABOVE IDENTIFICATION ON THEIR BEHALF.

Inter-Library Loans

  • IF NO STATE LIBRARY OWNS THE MATERIAL A PATRON WANTS, STAFF MAY REQUEST IT FROM AN OUT OF STATE LIBRARY.

  • A $5.00 PROCESSING AND MAILING FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH MATERIAL REQUESTED.

  • THE FEE PAID WILL BE RETURNED TO THE PATRON IF THE ORDER IS NOT COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY.

Cell Phone Use

  • RINGERS SHOULD BE SET TO VIBRATE OR SILENT.

  • MAKE ALL CALLS OUTSIDE SO AS TO NOT DISTURB OTHERS. TAKE YOUR BELONGINGS WITH YOU.

  • A BRIEF CALL MAY BE MADE AT ANY DEPARTMENT DESK.

  • VIDEO CHAT IS TREATED THE SAME AS A CELL PHONE CALL.

  • REFUSAL TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

Lost or Damaged Items

  • A PATRON IS FINED ANY OVERDUE CHARGES PLUS THE REPLACEMENT FEE LISTED IN THE BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCE.

  • AN OUT OF PRINT BOOK REPLACEMENT FEE IS $15.00.

  • A TRANSACTION RECEIPT IS PRINTED.

  • IF A PATRON FINDS THE ITEM WITHIN 90 DAYS AFTER PAYING, THE LIBRARY WILL REFUND THE AMOUNT PAID IF PROPER RECEIPT IS SHOWN.

  • ITEMS TWO OR MORE YEARS PAST DUE INCUR A REPLACEMENT FEE. EVEN IF THE ITEM IS RETURNED, THIS FEE MUST BE PAID.

  • THE SEVERITY OF DAMAGE TO AN ITEM IS LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE HEAD OF CIRCULATION.

  • IN THE CASE OF A DAMAGED ITEM BEYOND REPAIR, A REPLACEMENT FEE WILL BE CHARGED.

  • IF THE ITEM IS JUDGED AS ABLE TO BE REPAIRED, A $5.00 FEE WILL BE CHARGED TO COVER MATERIALS FOR REPAIR.

  • PURCHASING REPLACEMENT COPIES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

Volunteer Policy

  • THE LIBRARY AIMS TO GIVE VOLUNTEERS MEANINGFUL RESPONSIBILITIES, TRAINING, AND RECOGNITION.

  • ACCEPTED VOLUNTEERS INCLUDE:

    • STUDENTS PARTICIPATING FOR EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS.​

    • PATRONS AGE 18+ WITH BACKGROUND CHECK.

    • TEENS IN GRADES 7 - 12 WITH PARENTAL CONSENT.

    • PATRONS PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY PROGRAMS.

  • THE LIBRARY CANNOT GUARANTEE A POSITION FOR EACH PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY APPLICATION.

  • SCHEDULES WILL BE ARRANGED BY THE VOLUNTEER AND STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WORK.

  • THE LIBRARY WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY MEDICAL, ACCIDENT, OR WORKER'S COMPENSATION BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERS.

  • UPON REQUEST, A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION CAN BE PROVIDED FOR VOLUNTEERS THAT COMPLETE SERVICES.

Meeting Room Policy

  • THE LIBRARY HAS TWO MEETING ROOMS FREE OF CHARGE FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS.

    • MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.​

    • MUST BE EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL, OR CIVIC IN NATURE.

    • CANNOT BE SOCIAL, RELIGIOUS, PRIVATE, OR COMMERCIAL.

    • LIBRARY PROGRAMMING IS PRIORITIZED.

    • USE DOES NOT IMPLY LIBRARY ENDORSEMENT.

    • BOOKINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITH 2 WEEK NOTICE.

    • ADVERTISING OR SELLING PRODUCTS IS PROHIBITED.

    • NO FEES CAN BE COLLECTED WITHOUT LIBRARY CO-SPONSORSHIP.

    • RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE ONE WEEK PRIOR.

    • NO GROUP CAN HAVE MORE THAN TWO MEETINGS PER MONTH.

    • AVAILABILITY IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

    • ROOM FURNITURE CAN BE ADJUSTED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.

    • USERS MUST ABIDE BY ALL LIBRARY RULES AND POLICIES.

    • PERMISSION IS GIVEN BY THE DIRECTOR OR BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

Unattended Children

  • THE LIBRARY IS NOT EQUIPPED, NOR IS IT THE LIBRARY'S ROLE, TO PROVIDE LONG OR SHORT-TERM DAYCARE.

  • CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHT MUST ALWAYS BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

  • IF A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHT IS ATTENDING AN EVENT, A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST STAY WITHIN THE LIBRARY.

  • PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILD'S BEHAVIOR.

  • IF LEFT UNATTENDED, TRAINED STAFF WILL AID THE CHILD IN LOCATING THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

  • POLICE ARE NOTIFIED OF ANY CHILD LEFT ALONE AT THE TIME THE LIBRARY CLOSES.

  • POLICY MUST BE DISCUSSED WITH THE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF A CHILD LEFT UNATTENDED. REPEAT OFFENSES WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

  • IN THE EVENT OF A LOST OR MISSING CHILD, THE LIBRARY HAS A COMPREHENSIVE PROCEDURE TO ENSURE SAFETY.

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