Library Policies I
- Library Card | Circulation Policy
- Computer | Internet Policy
- Interlibrary Loan and Interagency Cooperation
- Conduct Policy
- Library Policies II
Any resident of the Town of Shawangunk who also resides in the Wallkill School District shall be eligible to apply for a library card. We will also issue cards to residents of the Town of Newburgh who live in the Wallkill School District. Residents of the Town of Plattekill who live in the Wallkill School District may apply for a courtesy card with limited privileges for use in our library and other Ulster County libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
All applicants for a library card must first complete a patron registration card and furnish two proofs of identification including one picture id. A post office box does not constitute proof of address. Examples of acceptable proof include tax bill, utility bill, driver's license, personal check, or mail. Any applicant under the age of 18 must have the signature of a parent or guardian. Children under 6 years of age are not eligible for a library card. The library must be notified of any change in address or phone number.
A barcoded library card will be issued to all eligible applicants. This card may be used to borrow materials from this library and from the other libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System. You must bring your card each time you wish to check out materials. Your first card will be mailed to you and is free. Replacement cards are $3.00. First time borrowers may check out up to 3 items.
All books, except reference or rare books, may be borrowed for a three week period. A renewal period may be granted unless the book is on hold for another patron. The fine for an overdue book is $0.10 per day for adult books with a maximum fine of $5.00 and $0.05 per day for children's books with a maximum fine of $5.00.
All audiotapes may be borrowed for a 2 week period. A renewal period may be granted unless the item is on hold for another patron. The fine for an overdue audiotape is $0.10 per day with a maximum fine of $5.00.
Periodicals may be borrowed for a 1 week period with no renewals. The fine for an overdue magazine is $0.10 per day with a maximum fine of $5.00. Children's magazines are loaned for a three week period with no renewals. The fine is $0.05 per day with a maximum of $5.00.
Videos that are the property of the Wallkill Public Library may be borrowed for a one week period. A renewal period may be granted unless the video is on hold for another patron. The fine for an overdue video is $0.25 per day with a maximum fine of $5.00. Videos that are part of the video pool collection may be borrowed for a two day period. These videos may not be renewed. The fine is $1.00 per day with a maximum of $5.00.
All materials borrowed through interlibrary loans will be subject to the lending library's loan period and fine schedule.
Borrowers will be billed for the value of any items that are lost or damaged.
The Wallkill Public Library makes the Internet available as part of its continuing effort to ensure that all members of the community have the right and means to free and open access to ideas and information which is fundamental to a democracy. In doing so, the Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and assumes no responsibility for its content, only for the information on its home page.
The Internet is a global electronic network. It enables the Library to greatly expand its information services beyond the traditional collections and resources. However, not all information on the Internet is current, complete or accurate. The Internet may contain material of a controversial or mature nature. The Library neither restricts access to materials found on the Internet nor protects users from materials or information they may find offensive.
Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. It is both the right and responsibility of parents and legal guardians to guide their own children’s usage of library resources in accordance with individual family beliefs. On the Library website – www.wallkillpubliclibrary.org – we have provided content and links to other Web sites and homework research tools that parents and legal guardians may find appropriate for their children. For more information on keeping children safe and the Internet, visit www.safekids.com.
It is strictly prohibited to use the Library Internet for illegal or criminal purposes. Users agree to comply with federal, state, or local laws including those related to obscenity, pornography or delivery to minors material deemed harmful to them. Violators of the policy may be removed from the Library building and may have their library privileges revoked.
Materials obtained or copied on Library computers may be subject to copyright laws which govern the making of reproductions of copyrighted works. Users must comply with U.S. copyright law and other applicable laws.
Library staff may provide limited assistance to patrons using the Internet as time permits. However, due to the complexity of the Internet and the time constraints of staff, it is strongly suggested that patrons familiarize themselves as much as possible with Internet searching techniques on their own. Library staff can direct patrons to programs and materials available to learn how to search the Internet and to develop basic computer skills.
The Internet changes daily; information is often not verifiable as accurate and patrons should be aware that errors and intentional misinformation do sometimes occur on the Web. The library cannot be responsible for information gathered on the Internet. The Wallkill Public Library offers Internet access for information gathering only.
Rules Governing In-House Use
-All first-time Internet users must provide valid name identification to library staff at the circulation desk in order to use the Internet. Identification may include a valid Library card, driver’s license, birth certificate or state I.D. card.
-All users must sign a copy of the Wallkill Public Library Internet Use Policy the first time they use the Internet access computers. Each subsequent visit, users must sign in at the circulation desk to request access to an available computer station.
-Children under the age of 8 must have a parent or legal guardian present to assist with using the computer and observing the Internet Use Policy. The parent or legal guardian must provide valid identification and sign a copy of the Internet Use Policy for our files. Written permission must also be provided in person to Library staff in order for a child under 8 to use the public access computers for any reason, including homework. Children cannot be supervised by Library staff while on the computer. Parents and legal guardians assume all responsibility for the child’s actions while on Library computers.
-Users between the ages of 8 and 17 must have an Internet Use Policy signed, in person, by their parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must provide valid name identification and sign the agreement at the Library.
-Due to the limited resources available for provision of public access to the Internet, the Library reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual user may have access to library equipment. Users may utilize the Internet computers in 30 minute time blocks on a first come, first served basis. If there are no other patrons waiting at the end of that time period, the user may continue for another 30 minute session. Users may not use the Internet for more than 2 hours per day unless prior reservation arrangements are made with Library staff.
-Library staff will assist customers, as time permits, with basic Internet navigation and with basic computer and printer functions.
-Users may not attempt to reconfigure systems or software, or in any way interfere with or disrupt the current system or network set-up and services.
-Users may not unplug, remove, or otherwise modify library equipment.
-Users may use their own flash drive, or purchase a flash drive from Library staff, in order to save information. Library computers will not save any material that has been produced or downloaded via the Internet.
-Users may not invade the privacy of others. Each customer has a right to a quiet work space. No more than 2 people may use a work station at the same time.
-Computers will be shut down no later than 10 minutes before the Library closes.
The Wallkill Public Library belongs to the Ramapo Catskill Library System. Patrons or library staff may place electronic holds on items not available in our library from the other libraries in the system. Library staff may place holds on items not available from the Ramapo Catskill Library System from other libraries in the local region including the Mid Hudson Library System, local colleges, public school systems, and the New York State Library through SouthEastern Access to Libraries (SEAL). Materials which are not available in the local area may be searched for through the nationwide OCLC system. It is possible that a patron may need to pay a fee for this service or postage for the delivery of materials. The interlibrary loan process may take as little as one to two days or up to eight weeks to complete depending upon the location and availability of the requested materials.
The interlibrary loan process is not intended as a substitute for developing an adequate collection. It is provided to give the patron access to specialized or technical materials not readily available in the public library.
In order to insure a safe and comfortable library experience all patrons should be mindful of the rights of others and respect the following regulations:
- Patrons are expected to respect the Library and its property.
- Patrons are expected to dress appropriately on library property. Shirts and shoes are required.
- Patrons are expected to talk quietly. Excessive socialization is inappropriate and discouraged.
- Smoking is not permitted in the library.
- No food or beverages, except at special library functions.
- Animals are not allowed, with the exception of guide dogs and service dogs.
- All cell phones, pagers, and other forms of telecommunication must be turned off or lowered to the lowest audible level.
- All cell phone calls must take place outside.
- Personal audio systems with headphones may be used at a level which is not audible to others. Sports or large audio equipment (i.e. boom boxes, skate boards, roller blades, etc.) shall not be brought into the library.
- Soliciting, selling of any kind, or distributing leaflets not approved by staff is prohibited.
- Running, fighting, roughhousing, and vulgarity is not permitted.
- The library reserves the right to inspect the contents of any bag, backpack, briefcase, etc.