Policies listed below apply to all patrons at all locations.
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Required for check-outs and Internet use.
Issued for free-photo ID required.
Parent/guardian signature required for library cards for children
under 16 and for Internet use for children under 18.
Replacement cards - $1.00 and photo ID required.
25 total checked-out items per patron, including magazines.
CD Books, Audiotapes, CDs, Videos, DVDs or Software - 10 total (any combination).
Equiptment - 2.
50 cents per day, per item (except reference books, DVD's, Videos).
$1.00 per day, per item for reference books, Vidoes, and DVD's.
Books, CD Books, Audiotapes, CDs, Software -14 days.
Videos, DVDs, Reference Books - 7 days.
Equipment - See Circulation Staff.
Videos, DVDs- None.
Reference Books - None.
Equipment - See Circulation Staff.
All other materials - 2 times.
(Remember that renewals can be done online!)
Lost or damaged items will be billed to the patron.
A $10 processing fee is also applied.
The Laurel County Public Library offers access to the Internet to library patrons in good standing with the library. The following criteria must be met prior to logging on:
• Each library user must have a library card to access the Internet
• Each library user must sign a User Agreement
• A parent or guardian must sign a User Agreement for those under age 18
• In an effort to control the spread of computer viruses diskettes needed
for downloading purposes must be purchased at the library.
The Internet contains material of a controversial nature. Library employees cannot control this information which changes rapidly and unpredictably. Certain websites are filtered by the library. Adults may ask to have the filter disabled for research purposes.
Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet while in the library. The Laurel County Public Library makes every attempt to protect children from pictures that are:
B. Considered to be child pornography
C. Harmful to minors
Computers in the Children’s Department are filtered. Only partial access to the Internet is available to children.
Patrons are expected to abide by proper rules of Internet etiquette. Library users are not permitted to:
1. Send or display offensive messages or pictures
2. Use obscene language
3. Harass, insult, or attack others
4. Damage computers, systems or library networks
5. Violate copyright laws
6. Employ the library network for commercial purposes
7. Access chat rooms or social network sites
Violations of the regulations may result in loss of library privileges, including access to the Internet. Certain violations may also be criminal offenses under Kentucky law.
Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi) Policy
The Laurel County Public Library offers free wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) for library patrons to use with their own personal laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.
Agreement and services
• In addition to this Wireless Internet Access Policy, wireless users must also agree to abide by the Laurel County Public Library’s Internet/Computer Use Policy and Code of Conduct.
• Wi-Fi access is provided free of charge on an as-is basis with no guarantee and no warranty. The library’s Wi-Fi is subject to periodic maintenance and unforeseen downtime. The Laurel County Public Library may terminate its wireless Internet access at any time without prior notice.
Using the library’s wireless network
• The user is responsible for setting up his/her equipment to access the wireless network. Library staff is not permitted to handle your laptop, tablet, or other device. Library staff is not allowed to configure patrons’ computer equipment, nor can they provide more than general assistance in getting connected to the wireless network.
• Communication over Wi-Fi is not secure. The Laurel County Public Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of your equipment or data while using its Wi-Fi. The library highly recommends that all laptops or wireless devices have up-to-date antivirus software, spyware protection, and a personal firewall installed while utilizing the library’s wireless network.
• The Laurel County Public Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment. Users must keep their equipment with them at all times.
• Users are cautioned that the library is a public area which must be shared with library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Users are asked to consider this and to respect others when accessing information and images.
Power, printing, and sound
• It is recommended that users charge the batteries of laptops or wireless devices before coming to the library. However, available power outlets may be used wherever the cord does not present a tripping hazard or block access for patrons or staff. Chairs or tables are not to be moved to electrical outlets.
• Printing is not available via Wi-Fi. If the user desires to print, the file can be saved to a flash/thumb drive or emailed to him/herself and printed from a public computer for a nominal fee per page. A user must have a library card and be in good standing in order to check out a public computer.
• Access to Internet applications with sound should be obtained using the user’s own headphones.
The user agrees and releases, indemnifies, and holds harmless the Laurel County Public Library and its officers and employees from any damage that may result from the use of this wireless access.
Violation of this Wireless Internet Access Policy may result in the loss of library privileges. In addition, any attempt to circumvent library procedures or any unauthorized attempt to access or manipulate library equipment will result in disconnection from the library’s wireless network.
Social Media Policy
The Laurel County Public Library is committed to using current social media to reach out and be more easily accessible to current and potential library users. Social media allow the library to meet users where they are, and give the staff and public a convenient way to interact and share information, ideas, and opinions on a range of topics related to the library’s mission, collections, and services.
Some examples of the application of social network include:
• Announcing programs
• Posting news such as special events, holiday hours, exhibits, and new item arrivals
• Reminding the public of important library resources
• Announcing new services
• Serving as a public relations and marketing tool
Social media is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information. Examples of social media include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, wikis, photo sharing, and blogs.
Since the library’s social media sites provide a designated public forum intended for moderated discussion, we welcome comments, posts, and messages on our sites. However, while the library recognizes and respects differences in opinion, all such interactions will be regularly monitored and reviewed for content and relevancy by the director and/or other designated employee(s).
Postings which contain the following will be removed at the library staff’s discretion and the poster may be precluded from posting any subsequent messages to library social media sites:
• Obscene, sexist, or racist content
• Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
• Potentially libelous statements
• Violations of the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party
• Private, personal information published without consent of the appropriate party
• Comments totally unrelated to the content of the discussion
• Hyperlinks to material unrelated to the content of the discussion
• Comments that have the sole purpose to annoy
• Commercial promotions, petitions, or spam
• Organized political activity
• Posts that violate laws or library policies
• Photos or other images that fall in any of the above categories
The Laurel County Public Library reserves the right to not publish any posting or to remove it later. The library also reserves the right to edit or modify postings or content while retaining the intent of the original post.
The Laurel County Public Library assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant in any library-sponsored social media service. The library does not endorse or review content outside the “pages” created by library staff.
As with more traditional resources, the library does not act in place of, or in the absence of, a parent or guardian and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor’s use of these resources.
Users may remove themselves at any time from the library’s “friends” list or request that the library remove them. Users should be aware that third party websites have their own privacy policies and should proceed accordingly.
The role and utility of social media sites will be evaluated periodically by library staff and may be terminated at any time with notice to subscribers.
By posting content, the patron/user agrees to indemnify the Laurel County Public Library and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney’s fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the posted content.
Participation in the Laurel County Public Library’s social media services implies agreement with all library policies. If any user does not agree to these terms, he/she should not use the social media services.
Collection Development Policy
Responsibility for Selection
The Laurel County Public Library Boards delegates the responsibility for the selection of
materials to the director, who appoints individuals and committees from the staff to select
materials for specific collections. Staff have a wide range of reading backgrounds and
interests and are knowledgeable in all areas of library media and keep current in
assessment of user needs. The library staff consults a variety of reviewing sources and
Selection tools used by the staff include:
1. Library Journal
3. Publishers Weekly
4. New York Times Book Review
5. Horn Book
6. School Library Journal
7. Newspaper and Magazine Reviews
8. Best Seller Lists
9. Publishers and Booksellers Catalogs
10. Other Media Publicity
11. Patron Requests
12. Internet Sources
13. Various standing order plans from different companies due to the popularity of materials.
14. Book Leasing Program from Baker and Taylor
Guidelines for Selection of Material
• Community needs, interests and demand
• Relationship to the collection
• Recommendations of reviews
• Reputation and qualifications of the creators, publisher or producer
• Literary, artistic and technical values
• Availability of material in other libraries
• Suitability for intended user
• Judgment of work as a whole
Book titles are added to the collection with consideration given to:
1. Demand displayed by the community
2. Value to overall selection
3. Credibility of information
4. Current treatment of topic
5. Popularity of title
Selection emphasis is placed on critically acclaimed and educational items.
Selection emphasis is placed on popular fiction or non-fiction items. Both abridged and unabridged versions are purchased.
Musical works are selected with consideration given to:
• Demand displayed by the community
• Value to overall music collection
Reconsideration of Challenged Materials
Once an item has been accepted as qualifying under the selection policies and criteria of the Laurel
County Public Library, it will not be removed from the collection unless it can be shown to be in
violation of these policies and criteria. In the instance of a challenged item, a Request for
Reconsideration Form must be completed and given to the Director of the library. The Director
will appoint a committee to consider the challenged material and present a recommendation on
the request. The Director will make a decision regarding the material. The requestor may
appeal the decision to the Board of Trustees.
Donations and Gifts
Gift materials, donations and bequests of private collections are accepted with the understanding
that their inclusion in the collection, sale or disposal is subject to the needs of the library. The
decisions are based upon the criteria set forth in this document. Gifts, donations or bequests
which have specific stipulations attached are not normally accepted.
Withdrawal or weeding of materials which are no longer useful to the current collection is as
necessary as the purchase of materials. Factors to be considered are:
• Age of the material
• Availability of a newer edition
• Significance of the item
• Condition of the material
An item which has been lost, damaged or weeded from the collection will not be automatically
replaced. Need for replacement will be determined by the selection criteria and other factors
• Demand for the specific title or material
• Subject coverage in more current material
Community Room Usage Policy
1. Reservations must be made in advance either by letter, telephone, or in person.
2. The library’s meeting areas can be reserved for use by non-profit groups and organizations which
strive to improve the civic, educational and social conditions of the community and county. Meeting
areas may not be used for general social activities.
3. The library shall not be listed as a business address of any club or organization.
4. Meetings scheduled during library hours will be free of charge. Groups scheduling meetings after
hours will be required to pay a $15 hourly fee.
5. After-hours meetings are required to pay a damage deposit of $150, due by the day of the
scheduled meeting. The deposit is refundable and will be returned to the organization provided
there are no damages to library property.
6. No alcoholic beverages or gambling is allowed on library property. Smoking is not allowed inside
7. No food is to be prepared on-site, although coffee can be made and refreshments and snacks can
be served, with the group leaving the area in an orderly condition.
8. A responsible representative from the organization shall make arrangements for access to the
library for meetings held during the time the library is closed.
9. Groups and organizations are responsible for any damaged caused by any member.
10. Monopolization of the community room by organizations is not allowed, such as regularly
scheduled weekly meetings.
11. Library activities take precedence over other activities.
12. All meetings are subject to the final approval of the District Director and the Board of Trustees,
who shall define the activities which can be held within the library.
13. This statement of policy is subject to amendment at any time by the Laurel County Public Library
Board of Trustees.