Have a question about some of the day-to-day operations of the library? Check out the policies below. They’ve been approved by the library’s Board of Trustees and are reviewed and updated regularly.
The Laurel County Public Library provides a community bulletin board to display information pertinent to the Laurel County community. Information or events in Laurel County of a civic, cultural, informational, or recreational nature and sponsored by community or non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, or government agencies may be posted according to this policy.
This policy applies to the bulletin board in the entryway of the Library. Interior boards are used exclusively for library programs.
The Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of organizations permitted to post information on the bulletin board. The Library accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any item accepted for posting or for the accuracy of the information displayed.
- Library materials, including those from Friends of the Laurel County Public Library, take priority over community announcements.
- All postings must be submitted to the Circulation Desk for review by the Director or designee. All efforts will be made to approve submitted items within 48 hours of the time of submission. Each item will be marked with the initials of the person granting approval and the date of posting. Items not accepted for posting will not be returned.
- Items posted without review will be removed.
- Items will be posted on a first come, first served basis.
- Items that are date sensitive may be posted up to four weeks before the date of the event or
deadline for registration for the event.
- Items that are not date sensitive may be posted for up to eight weeks, space permitting.
- Limited space demands that no signage larger than 8.5” x 11” may be posted.
- As the bulletin board is located in a public space, postings must be appropriate for viewing by all
ages. No nudity or profanity is allowed.
The following materials will not be approved for use on the bulletin board:
- Postings designed for individual or commercial profit or gain. This includes the advertisement of items or services for sale by commercial entities, profit organizations, or individuals, such as garage sales, rental properties, want ads, etc.
- Political campaign materials of a partisan nature urging people to vote for or against a person or an issue.
- Postings proselytizing for a specific religious sect or affiliation.
- Postings containing content that could be considered discriminatory or harassing based on a group or individual’s protected status (as defined and protected by federal, state, or local law) or which advocates in any way for such discrimination.
In the event that a group or individual would like to appeal the Library’s decision not to display an item, an appeal may be made in writing to the Library’s Board of Trustees, whose decision will be final.
- Required for check outs and Internet use
- Issued for free – photo ID required
- Parent or guardian signature required for library cards for children under 18 and for Internet use for children under 18
- Replacement cards – $1 and photo ID required
- 40 total checked out items per patron, including magazines
- Books – 25
- Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and software – 15 total (any combination)
- Equipment – 2
- 20¢ per day per item for young adult and adult books, audiobooks, and CDs
- 10¢ per day per item for juvenile and easy books and audiobooks
- $1 per day per item for all DVDs
- Equipment – see circulation staff
- Books, audiobooks, CDs, software – 21 days (no grace period)
- DVDs – 7 days (no grace period)
- Equipment – see circulation staff
- DVDs – none
- Reference books – none
- Equipment – see circulation staff
- All other materials without holds will automatically renew on the due date for one loan period, up to two renewals. (Remember that renewals can be done online!)
Lost or damaged items will be billed to the patron.
Responsibility for Selection
The Laurel County Public Library Board 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.
Selection tools used by the staff include:
- Library Journal
- Publishers Weekly
- New York Times Book Review
- Horn Book
- School Library Journal
- Newspaper and magazine reviews
- Best seller lists
- Publisher and Bookseller catalogs
- Other media publicity
- Patron requests
- Internet sources
- Various standing order plans from different companies due to the popularity of materials
- Book leasing programs
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
Consideration is given to:
- Demand displayed by the community
- Value to overall selection
- Credibility of information
- Current treatment of topic
- 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.
Consideration is 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
- Use or popularity
- 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 which include:
- Demand for the specific title or material
- Subject coverage in more current material
- Reservations must be made in advance either by letter, telephone, or in person.
- 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.
- The library shall not be listed as a business address of any club or organization.
- Meetings scheduled during library hours will be free of charge.
- No alcoholic beverages or gambling is allowed on library property. Smoking is not allowed inside the building.
- 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.
- Groups and organizations are responsible for any damaged caused by any member.
Monopolization of the community room by organizations is not allowed, such as regularly scheduled weekly meetings.
- Library activities take precedence over other activities.
- 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.
- This statement of policy is subject to amendment at any time by the Laurel County Public Library Board of Trustees.
The Library offers patrons the option of a one-time waiver of fines/fees up to $100. The waiver is available to both adult and juvenile patrons. The following applies to the use of this one-time pass:
- The waiver applies per account. It is not available for the same person to use multiple times with replacement cards.
- The patron forfeits any balance remaining if the full amount of the allowance is not used. The balance cannot be used for future charges.
- Any amount remaining after using the full $100 waiver remains on the patron’s account and must be cleared before being eligible to use library services (both materials and computers) again.
- Any amount remaining after using the full $100 waiver is subject to collection and credit reporting, provided the balance meets the criteria for reporting.
Use of the one-time pass must be approved by the Circulation Supervisor.
If a patron elects to take advantage of the one-time pass, it will be noted in his/her patron record and he/she will be restricted from any future use of the one-time pass.
A patron must apply for his/her pass in person at the library.
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.
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:
- Considered to be child pornography
- 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:
- Send or display offensive messages or pictures
- Use obscene language
- Harass, insult, or attack others
- Damage computers, systems or library networks
- Violate copyright laws
- Employ the library network for commercial purposes
- 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.
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.
Last Updated: August 28, 2013
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 media 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.
Last Updated: September 25, 2013