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Circulation Privileges
Policy on Children in the Library
Patron Privacy
Volunteer Policy

Circulation Privileges

  • Loan of most of the library's 33,000 items.
    • 1 week loan - Games, Older DVDs & DVD Series-Overdue fines of $2.00 per day.
    • 2 week loan - New Books, Periodicals-Overdue fines of $.10 per day.
    • 3 week loan - Older Fiction, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction Videos & DVDs, Books-on-Cassette & CDs and music CDs. Overdue Fine of $.10 per day.
    • 3 day Loan - New DVDs - Limit of two per cardholder. Overdue Fine of $2.00 per day.
    • Reserve any material not on the shelf when you come in, except new popular games and DVDs.
    • We accept cash, check or credit cards. Our returned check fee is $25.
  • The Tuxedo Park Library belongs to the Ramapo Catskill Library System. Patrons have access to PAC's (Public Access Computers) for searching the holdings of 47 public libraries in Orange, Rockland, Ulster, and Sullivan counties and the Newburgh School System library.
  • Library catalog, calendar of events, magazine and reference databases available at the Library and on our web page - www.tuxedoparklibrary.org
  • Digital downloads are available for you to borrow and enjoy on your electronic devices.
  • Museum passes are available for checkout.
  • Public access to the Internet.
  • Electronically placed holds on materials outside of our library.
  • Personal, professional research assistance with your reference questions.
  • Local history room and archives, and professional help with your local history research.
  • 24-hour book drop for your returns.
  • Direct Access privileges to other libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
  • Facsimile, disc cleaning and photocopy services with specified fees.
  • Long term loan of materials to education groups.
  • Children's and adult's program as announced.
  • Telephone, fax, or e-mail renewal of materials not on reserve. You must give us your name, library card barcode # and the title of the items you are renewing.
  • Public access computers for children and adults.
  • Free wireless internet access.
  • Find us on facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Policy on Children in the Library

The Tuxedo Park Library is dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming, exciting and safe environment for people of all ages. To promote a safe and secure environment for children who use the Library, we ask parents to adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Parents should be aware that there are areas of the Library that are not supervised. Young children can become frightened if left alone for even a short time. For safety and security reasons, young children should never be left unattended.
a. Children 9 and under must be supervised by a parent or caregiver (age 11 or older) at all times and in all areas of the library except when participating in a library-sponsored program.
b. Children 9 and under may not use the elevator without a parent or caregiver.

2. Unattended Children At Closing Time - We ask that parents/caregivers be aware of the Library's hours of operation. If an unattended child age 10 and under is not picked up within 15 minutes after closing, library staff will call for police assistance.

3. Your children are sharing the Library with many other Library users, some of whom need and expect a quiet Library. Please be aware that the level of noise which parents are accustomed to may not be acceptable to others. Quiet voices are encouraged.

4. School-age children are welcome to use the Library at all times. However, the Library is not a substitute for supervised day-care or after-school activities. Children should not be left at the Library while parents run errands or are picked up after their workday.

5. When children are participating in Library-sponsored programs such as story hour, the Library staff will exercise supervision and control on behalf of the parent. We require that you pick up your child directly after such programs.

6. We encourage our young patrons to play with the games, toys, computer software and puzzles available in the Children's Room, but request that caregivers be responsible for returning items to their proper locations on the shelves.

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a verbal warning, written warning and/ or suspension of library privileges at the discretion of the Library Director.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 3, 2003
Revised March 14, 2007
Revised June 10, 2014


Patron Privacy

You may have noticed that recently we have begun to enforce a state law regarding the privacy of patron information. In the past patrons were allowed to pick up holds for one another, even if they did not have the other person's library card. That practice is in direct violation of 4509 of the State of New York Civil Practice Laws and Rules. We do not want to be liable for any legal challenges that may arise as a result of a violation of the law. Therefore, we now require that patrons sign a Disclosure of Library Records Consent Form if they want family members or caregivers to pick up their library materials. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact the library director if you have any comments or concerns about this policy.
Disclosure of Library Records Consent Form


Volunteer Policy

It is the policy of the Tuxedo Park Library to encourage community-minded people to serve as volunteers. Volunteers enhance, rather than replace, adequate staffing. The Library and its volunteers must work together to ensure a successful relationship.

A volunteer shall be considered to be any individual who assists the staff without remuneration. Volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the library and shall be guided by the same work and behavior codes as employees, especially those that relate to patron privacy and confidentiality. Volunteers may not make any statement or take any action which might significantly affect or obligate the library. Volunteers work under the direction of the Director or staff member appointed by the Director. The library reserves the right to terminate a volunteer's working association with the library at any time, for any reason.

Volunteers must fill out a volunteer interest form. Volunteers will be interviewed to determine their interests, availability, levels of experience, and fit with the library's assignments. Volunteer talents, experience, availability and interests will be considered in job assignments. A volunteer may be asked to commit to specific work hours, in order to coordinate with and complement regular staffing. The number of volunteers will be determined by library needs. Parents of volunteers under the age of 18 must sign a statement of consent as part of the application.

There are four categories of volunteers at the Tuxedo Park Library:

. Adults over 18 years of age
. Youth between 14 and 18 years of age
. Youth under the age of 14 are accepted on a short-term project-oriented basis
. Court ordered volunteer service shall be for non-violent offenders only, and shall be at the discretion of the Director.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, October 8th, 2013 Revised by the Board of Trustees, November 12th, 2013

 

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