Policies

How Do I Get a Library Card?

The first library card is free and available to all Tennessee residents who meet the requirements. There is no minimum age requirement.  Photo identification and proof of residence showing a current mailing address are required.

Cards will be renewed every three years.

Juveniles under the age of 18 need a parent or legal guardian’s permission and signature. Parents are responsible for material checked out on their child’s card.

The cardholder (or the parent/guardian listed on a juvenile’s account) is responsible for any material checked out on his/her card.  This includes lost, damaged, or stolen material.

There will be a $1.00 fee to replace a card that has been lost, damaged, or stolen.

Borrowing privileges for DVDs will be suspended if a DVD is overdue or if there is an outstanding fine from a returned DVD.  These fines must be paid in full before checking out any additional DVDs.

For all other items, borrowing privileges will be suspended when material is listed as 30 days overdue or fines have reached $5.00. Privileges will be restored once material is accounted for and fines are below $5.00.

 

Borrowing Policy

The Briceville Public Library provides books (including large print books), magazines, audiobooks on CD, and DVDs.

Cardholders may also access eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and other resources online.

Loan Period & Limits

  • Books, magazines, and audiobooks: 14 days
  • DVDs: 7 days (DVDs are limited to 3 per library card)

(Patrons under the age of 18 may only check out DVDs that have been designated by the library as “Juvenile” DVDs.  Parental consent is required for juveniles to check out all other DVDs.)

 

Fines and Fees

  • A daily fine will be charged for each item that is overdue.
  • Books, magazines, audiobooks: $0.10 per item, per day
  • DVDs: $1.00 per item, per day

Lost and Damaged Material

  • The charge for lost material or damaged material will be the retail cost of the item.
  • The library is not responsible for personal equipment damaged by library materials.

 

Anderson County Library Board Internet Access Policy

Introduction

In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Anderson County Libraries inform, educate, culturally enrich and entertain the citizens of Anderson County, Tennessee. It is within this context that the Anderson County Libraries offer free access to the Internet.

Internet access is available during the Library’s regular hours of operation.  Periodic maintenance or technical difficulties may arise that may cause computer access to be temporarily unavailable.

The accuracy or availability of the information from the web cannot be guaranteed and the Anderson County Libraries cannot be held responsible for the validity of the information gained or the suitability of material that may be encountered.

In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-911, the Anderson County Libraries have installed and enforced the operation of filtering software that attempts to limit the incidence of chance encounters with inappropriate websites.  No filtering software is 100% effective.

Library staff will provide help on basic computer use as time permits, but will not provide extensive personal, in-depth training or instruction. Library staff may not be available for computer help at all times.

Confidentiality

Library staff will respect the patron’s confidentiality.  However, since computer screens are visible to others, the library cannot guarantee privacy or confidentiality.  Some material is inappropriate for display in a public setting.  Library staff reserves the right to monitor the use of computer workstations to ensure compliance with this policy.

Internet Use Agreement

It is the responsibility of the patron to read, understand, and accept the guidelines for using the Internet as stated in the Library’s Internet Use Agreement.

  • Adults may need to show a valid driver’s license or valid library card and sign the Internet Use Agreement to access Library computers and/or the Internet.  Patrons must use their own identification for computer access
  • Children and students under eighteen (18) years of age must have a parent or legal guardian present to read and sign the Internet Use Agreement at all Anderson County Libraries. Parents of minors must assume responsibility for their children’s use of or exposure to content accessed on the Library’s computers.
  • The computers are available for patron use on a first come, first serve basis.
  • The patron agrees to limit his or her session to thirty (30) minutes if other patrons are waiting.  There is a one (1) hour maximum use per day. Use of equipment must be completed within 15 minutes of closing time and Library staff reserve the right to shut down any computers after this time. Reservations for computer use are not permitted.
  • The patron may not view sites that are inappropriate for display in a public setting.
  • While using the Library’s computers, the patron is not permitted to:
    • Install software or hardware; alter the computer’s configuration; install or download information onto the hard drive
    • Attempt access to the Library’s network system
    • Apply unnecessary force to the computer or its parts
    • Alter software configuration on the desktop
    • Use the Library computer for illegal or criminal purposes
    • Use computer equipment to violate copyright or software licensing agreements; attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems; or in any other way which violates other applicable law
    • Attempt to change, circumvent, disable or otherwise defeat the correct operation of the filtering software
    • Display any material that is harmful to minors pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-911.
  • Failure to comply with the Library’s Internet Use Policy and other Library restrictions and rules may result in loss of computer use privileges. Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities

Material may be printed at price per page rate.  Material may also be downloaded onto floppy disk(s) and/or USB flash drive(s) if provided by the patron.

The Library reserves the right to update and change this policy at any time without notice.

The above stated policy and procedures have been approved by the Anderson County Library Board.

Child Safety Policy

Clinton Public Library welcomes all children to its library.  We care for the safety and well-being of all children and strive to provide a safe environment for them; however, library staff cannot be responsible for or supervise unattended children.  To ensure the safety of your child and maintain a positive environment for all library users, please observe the following rules:

  • Children 10 and under may not be left unattended in the library.  They must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If a child under the age of 11 comes to the library without proper adult  supervision, attempts will be made to contact the parents.  If the parents or caregivers cannot be contacted within 30 minutes, staff will contact the police.
  • Librarians, staff, and volunteers are not responsible for children who are unattended.
  • Children over the age of 10 may be left unattended if they work quietly and follow library rules.  If the child’s behavior becomes disruptive, you may be asked to limit their time left alone in the library, or you may be asked to pick up your child.
  • We suggest that your child has some form of identification including his/her telephone number.
  • Children attending programs are supervised by library staff only during the scheduled time of the program.  They must be supervised before and after programs by an adult

 

                             Anderson County Library Board Circulation Policy

Registration requirements

 

A library card is required of each patron checking out library materials from any of the four Anderson County libraries. Each library has separate cards for each patron.

 

Identification (photo ID), phone number and proof of residency showing a current mailing address is required.

 

The original library card is free and available to all Tennessee residents who meet the requirements; however, there will be a $1.00 fee for each replacement card that has been lost, damaged, or stolen. A photo ID must be presented to obtain a replacement card.

 

There is no minimum age requirement, however juveniles under the age of 18 need a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission and signature to obtain a library card. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for materials checked out on their juvenile’s card.

 

Patron accounts will be renewed every 3 years.

 

 

Borrowing Policy

 

Library cards (or photo ID) must be presented to check out any library material.

 

Anyone under the age of 18 may check out only G-rated movies, in compliance with Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-911. To check out movies with ratings above G anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission and signature with each checkout.

 

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when material is listed as 30 days overdue or fines have reached a total of $5.00 for any and all cards held under a patron’s signature. Borrowing privileges will be restored once material is accounted for and the fine balance is below $5.00.

The cardholder is responsible for any material checked out on their card, including lost, damaged, and/or stolen material.

 

 

Loan Period

 

Books, magazines, audiobooks – 14 days

DVDs and videos– 7 days

 

First time borrowers are limited to two items.

 

Borrowing Maximums

 

Books –individual library determines

DVDs and videos– 3

 

Reserves

 

Reserves may be placed on material that is currently checked out.

 

Reserves will be held for three days. When the customer is notified that their reserve is available, they will also be told the date which the book will be returned to the shelf or given to the next person on the reserve list.

 

To maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of our customers, only the customer who has reserved an item will be told the title of the item. The title may not be left on an answering machine.

 

Interlibrary Loans

 

Material not available in the library may be requested through Inter-library loan.

 

Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.

 

Renewals

 

Items may be renewed twice.

 

Items on reserve for someone else may not be renewed.

 

Extended renewals will be at the discretion of the Library Director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fines and Fees

 

A daily fine will be charged for each item that is overdue.

 

Books, magazines, audiobooks – .10 per item, per day

 

DVDs and videos – $1.00 per item, per day

 

Maximum overdue fines are $10.00 per item.

Fines will not exceed the cost of the item if cost of the item is under $10.00.

 

 

 

Lost and damaged material

 

The charge for lost material or material that is too damaged to be repaired will be the cost of the item.

 

The library is not responsible for personal equipment damaged by library materials.

 

Juvenile Video Permission Form

 

 

I, _________________________________________________, the parent

 

or legal guardian of_____________________________________________

 

do hereby give my permission for the following movies to be checked out.

 

Movie Title                                         Rating

 

  1. ____________________________________    _________

 

  1. ____________________________________ _________

 

  1. ____________________________________ _________

 

 

 

__________________________________________

parent or guardian signature

 

_________________________

date

 

 

Adopted by Anderson County Library Board June 16, 2011

 

 

Anderson County Library Board

Collection Development Policy

 

The Anderson County Library Board has adopted the following Collection Development Policy to guide the librarians and to inform the public about the principles upon which library collections are developed and maintained.

 

The library collection supports the mission of the Anderson County Library Board:

 

“Anderson County Libraries inform, educate, culturally enrich and entertain the citizens of Anderson County, Tennessee.”

 

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION

The ultimate responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the library director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Anderson County Library Board. This responsibility may be shared with other members of the library staff; however, the director has the authority to reject or select any item contrary to the recommendations of the staff or public.

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The selection of materials is influenced by the following factors:

  • Public demand and relevance to the community interest and needs;
  • Professional reviews;
  • Content and authority, effectiveness or presentation;
  • Need for additional or duplicate materials in existing collections;
  • Physical limitations of the building;
  • Budgetary considerations;
  • Availability of material through inter-library loan and special collections in the area;
  • Suitability of the format of the material for library use.

 

Formats:

 

Material is purchased in the most appropriate format for library use. New formats will be considered for purchase as demand and use dictates.  Some titles may be purchased in several formats in order to serve the most patrons.  Availability of items in the format, the cost per item, and the library’s ability to acquire and handle the items will also be factors in determining when a new format will be collected.  Similar considerations will influence the decision to delete a format from the library’s collection.

Anderson County Library Board

Collection Development Policy

Gifts:

 

Gifts of books and other materials may be accepted with the understanding that once they are donated the items become the property of the library and can be used or disposed of as deemed appropriate. New titles acquired in this manner are subject to the same criteria as materials purchased.  If gifts do not meet these criteria, they may be conveyed to the Friends group of each library, sold, or otherwise be disposed of.  Replacements and duplicate copies will be added to the collection only if needed.  The costs of processing and the availability of shelving space are also factors in determining the acceptance of gifts.  The library does not provide valuations of gifts for tax deduction.

 

 

COLLECTION EVALUATION

 

Replacement of material is dependent upon condition, current demand, usefulness, and/or availability of newer editions. The library collection will be continually evaluated in order to ensure that the library is fulfilling its mission. Statistical tools will be studied to determine how the collection is being used and how it should change in relation to usage. This ongoing process of weeding is the responsibility of the library director and is authorized by the Anderson County Library Board.

In order to properly maintain the collection, the library will follow the Tennessee Minimum Standards for Non-Metropolitan Public Libraries http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/) and the CREW Manual in weeding the collection (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/crew/guidelines.html). With-drawn materials may

be conveyed to the Friends group of each library, sold, or otherwise be disposed of.

 

 

RECONSIDERATION

 

The Anderson County Library Board recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.

The Anderson County Library Board endorses the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and related statements. (See appendages A thru D)

The libraries collect a wide variety of material to meet the varied demands of a diverse population and attempts to achieve as balanced a collection as possible, representing many points of view. The Anderson County Library Board acknowledges the right of each library user to disagree with the library’s selection decisions and provides a procedure to allow the item in question to be reconsidered for inclusion in the collection.

 

Anderson County Library Board

Collection Development Policy

 

 

There is provision for reconsideration of challenged materials:

  • The library director or ‘Person in Charge’ will discuss the nature of the person’s concern.
  • A formal written request for reconsideration is available. (See attached form)
  • A Citizen Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form must be signed, dated, and returned to the library director.
  • Upon receipt of the form, the library director, a staff member, and an ACLB board member will read, view or listen to the material.
  • The library director will respond in writing.
  • In the event that the person who initiated the request is not satisfied with the decision of the library director; they may request, in writing, a hearing before the Anderson County Library Board.
  • The Anderson County Library Board may make the request an agenda item and the person will be notified of the time and place of the Anderson County Library Board meeting.
  • The Anderson County Library Board will make the binding decision by voting to uphold or override the status of the request for reconsideration of the library material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Citizen Request for Reconsideration

Of Library Materials

 

Author___________________________________________________________

 

Title_____________________________________________________________

 

Book__________ Periodical________ Other_________

 

Publisher/Date__________________

 

Please state the reason for your request._________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________

 

Have you read/viewed/listened to this work/exhibition in its entirety?________________

________________________________________________________________

 

What are the positive points of this material?_________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________

 

What would you like the library to do about this work?___________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________

 

Have you read the ACLB Collection Development Policy?

________________________________________________________________

 

Request initiated by ________________________________________________________________

Address__________________________________________________________

State_____________ Zip___________  Phone____________________________

 

Do you represent:

_____________ Yourself

_____________ Organization

 

(name)_________________________________________

 

Date:_______________________

Signature of Patron:___________________________

 

Date:_______________________

Received by:_________________________________

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

  1. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  2. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  3. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948, by the ALA Council; amended February 2, 1961; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendage A


Freedom to View Statement

The FREEDOM TO VIEW, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore these principles are affirmed:

  1. To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.
  2. To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
  3. To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of the content.
  4. To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.
  5. To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public’s freedom to view.

This statement was originally drafted by the Freedom to View Committee of the American Film and Video Association (formerly the Educational Film Library Association) and was adopted by the AFVA Board of Directors in February 1979. This statement was updated and approved by the AFVA Board of Directors in 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendage B


The Freedom to Read Statement

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary individual, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad. We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be “protected” against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression.

These efforts at suppression are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press, art and images, films, broadcast media, and the Internet. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy or unwelcome scrutiny by government officials.

Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of accelerated change. And yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference.

Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read and write is almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. The written word is the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. It is essential to the extended discussion that serious thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections.

We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures toward conformity present the danger of limiting the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend. We believe that every American community must jealously guard the freedom to publish and to circulate, in order to preserve its own freedom to read. We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings.

The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights.

We therefore affirm these propositions:

  1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by the majority.

Creative thought is by definition new, and what is new is different. The bearer of every new thought is a rebel until that idea is refined and tested. Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in power by the ruthless suppression of any concept that challenges the established orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic process. Furthermore, only through the constant activity of weighing and selecting can the democratic mind attain the strength demanded by times like these. We need to know not only what we believe but why we believe it.

  1. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated.

Publishers and librarians serve the educational process by helping to make available knowledge and ideas required for the growth of the mind and the increase of learning. They do not foster education by imposing as mentors the patterns of their own thought. The people should have the freedom to read and consider a broader range of ideas than those that may be held by any single librarian or publisher or government or church. It is wrong that what one can read should be confined to what another thinks proper.

  1. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to bar access to writings on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.

No art or literature can flourish if it is to be measured by the political views or private lives of its creators. No society of free people can flourish that draws up lists of writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say.

  1. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.

To some, much of modern expression is shocking. But is not much of life itself shocking? We cut off literature at the source if we prevent writers from dealing with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a responsibility to prepare the young to meet the diversity of experiences in life to which they will be exposed, as they have a responsibility to help them learn to think critically for themselves. These are affirmative responsibilities, not to be discharged simply by preventing them from reading works for which they are not yet prepared. In these matters values differ, and values cannot be legislated; nor can machinery be devised that will suit the demands of one group without limiting the freedom of others.

  1. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept the prejudgment of a label characterizing any expression or its author as subversive or dangerous.

The ideal of labeling presupposes the existence of individuals or groups with wisdom to determine by authority what is good or bad for others. It presupposes that individuals must be directed in making up their minds about the ideas they examine. But Americans do not need others to do their thinking for them.

  1. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large; and by the government whenever it seeks to reduce or deny public access to public information.

It is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a free society individuals are free to determine for themselves what they wish to read, and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive. Further, democratic societies are more safe, free, and creative when the free flow of public information is not restricted by governmental prerogative or self-censorship.

  1. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a “bad” book is a good one, the answer to a “bad” idea is a good one.

The freedom to read is of little consequence when the reader cannot obtain matter fit for that reader’s purpose. What is needed is not only the absence of restraint, but the positive provision of opportunity for the people to read the best that has been thought and said. Books are the major channel by which the intellectual inheritance is handed down, and the principal means of its testing and growth. The defense of the freedom to read requires of all publishers and librarians the utmost of their faculties, and deserves of all Americans the fullest of their support.

We state these propositions neither lightly nor as easy generalizations. We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.

This statement was originally issued in May of 1953 by the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American Publishers.

Adopted June 25, 1953, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee; amended January 28, 1972; January 16, 1991; July 12, 2000; June 30, 2004.

Appendage C

Intellectual Freedom

“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate, and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of work, and the viewpoints of both the author and the receiver of information.”

Intellectual Freedom Manual, 7th edition

ALA actively advocates in defense of the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.  A publicly supported library provides free and equal access to information for all people of that community.  We enjoy this basic right in our democratic society.  It is a core value of the library profession.

 

 

 

 

Appendage D

 

Anderson County Library Board

Library Behavior Policy

 

The (Anderson County Library Board) (ACLB) encourages people of all ages to visit the library. Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services.

People entering the library are expected to respect the rights of other customers to use the library. Any behavior that is disruptive to library use is prohibited.  People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library.

For the comfort and safety of our patrons and staff and the protection of library property, the following are not permitted in the library.

  • Any activity in violation of federal, state, local law
  • Weapons (except by law enforcement officers)
  • Disorderly or disruptive conduct
  • Use of threatening or abusive language or behavior
  • Use of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Smoking, the use of tobacco products, and e-cigarettes
  • Food or drinks
  • Sleeping
  • Solicitation of any type
  • Offensive body odors

 

Any customer who violates these rules and regulations may temporarily or permanently be denied access to (any ACLB library).   Appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified promptly of any unlawful activity.

 

 

 

 

Anderson County Library Board – (Revised March 19, 2015)

Reviewed March 19, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD

Banning Letter

TO: __________________________________________________________

On __________ at approximately ___________ you were observed at the    ___________Library.

At that time you were:

_____ LOUD AND DISTURBING

_____ VIOLATION OF THE LIBRARY’S INTERNET POLICY

_____ IN THE LIBRARY DESPITE BEING PREVIOUSLY BANNED UNTIL______________________

_____ OTHER CONDUCT (As set forth below)

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

COMMENTS:  Because of non-compliance with the library’s patron behavior policy the behavior listed above, and/or other history of inappropriate behavioral conduct at our Public Library, you are banned from the library until the date listed below. If you enter the library before the return date listed below, police will be called and you will be subject to arrest for trespassing under Tennessee Code 39-14-405 – Criminal trespass.

You may file a written request to: Director, ________________ Public Library, ___________________ ___________________TN ________ to reconsider this ban. Your written request shall set forth your reasons for reconsideration of the ban.

THE LENGTH OF THIS BAN FROM THE ___________PUBLIC LIBRARY SHALL REMAIN AS STATED IN THIS DOCUMENT UNLESS THE DIRECTOR ISSUES A WRITTEN DETERMINATION ALTERING THE TERMS OF THIS DOCUMENT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

BANNED FROM THE __________________ LIBRARY      TODAY’S DATE ____________________

RETURN DATE _________________________

Staff Signature: _______________________________________

Appeal Procedure:

The Director’s written determination may be appealed to the Anderson County Library Board, if the individual aggrieved files a written notice of appeal within 10 days after he/she receives the determination. Such notice shall be filed with: both the Library Director and the Library Board of Trustees Chair, c/o the address listed above The Board shall hold a hearing within 30 days after the notice has been filed. The appellant shall be notified of the Board’s decision within 10 days.

Non-compliance with Ban – Trespassing:

If a banned individual enters the _______________ Public Library before the return date listed in the ban letter, police will be called and individual may be arrested for trespassing under Tennessee Code 39-14-405 – Criminal trespass.

 

**A copy of this completed form will be kept on file in the Library.

 

 

Letter Adopted by the  ACLB  March 17, 2016

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