Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays for Summer
Phone: 248-349-3020

Policies

Meeting Room Policy

Purpose
Meeting Rooms in the Northville District Library provide an opportunity for bringing together the resources of the Library and the activities of the community for educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, and charitable purposes. Meeting Room space is available on an equitable basis to organizations or sponsoring persons, within the Library district, regardless of their beliefs or affiliations.

Granting an organization permission to use the Library Meeting Rooms shall not be interpreted to constitute endorsement by the Northville District Library of the policies and beliefs of that organization.

General Regulations
1. The Library administration authorizes the use of the rooms and maintains the schedule.

2. Library programs and Library-related services, meetings, and events (including the Friends of the Northville District Library) have first priority for scheduling use of the facilities, after which other applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Meeting Room may not be reserved more than six (6) months in advance.

3. Maximum attendance is limited to 25 in Meeting Room A, 50 in Meeting Room B, and 75 in Meeting Room A & B.

4. Meetings which may disturb regular Library functions may not be scheduled.

5. The Library Meeting Room is not available for private social functions.

6. Items for purchase may only be sold through the Friends of the Library, in the Friends store, or in conjunction with a Library-sponsored program.

Scheduling
1. The Library Meeting Room may be booked only by Library District residents, groups or businesses.

2. A Library “Request for Meeting Room” form must be completed at the time of the reservation.

3. The Library reserves the right to limit a resident, group, or business organization to four (4) meetings during the calendar year in order to accommodate general demand for the use of the Meeting Rooms.

4. Meeting Rooms are available only during regular Library hours.

5. In case of cancellation, the resident, group, or business is requested to contact the Library as soon as possible.

6. The Library will make every effort to notify scheduled users of the unavailability of the Meeting Rooms in case of emergencies.

Fees
1. For-profit entities will be charged a fee for use of a Meeting Room, as listed in the Meeting Room Request Form.

2. Payment is due prior to the meeting.

Equipment
1. The Library provides equipment for use in the Meeting Room as listed on the Meeting Room Request Form.

2. Equipment must be requested when the Meeting Room is booked.

3. If staff are available, they will assist with initial set-up.

Set-Up, Clean-up and Refreshments
1. All residents, groups, and businesses are responsible for set-up of chairs and tables used in a meeting.

2. Set-up and clean-up must be performed during regular Library hours.

3. Adhering material or decorations to the walls requires prior approval.

4. Only light refreshments may be served in the Meeting Room. No alcoholic beverages or illicit, illegal substances are permitted.

5. If refreshments are served, all utensils and equipment needed will be provided by the residents, groups, or businesses using the Meeting Room.

6. The Meeting Room must be left in the condition in which it was found prior to the meeting.

Liability
1. All users will agree to hold the Library harmless from any loss, damage, liability, costs, and/or expense that may arise during or may be caused in any way by such use of the Library facilities.

2. Groups including individuals under 18 years of age must include a minimum of one supervising adult.

3. The resident, group or business using the Meeting Room is responsible for any damage to the equipment, the room, and/or its furnishings. Repair costs will be paid by the sponsoring individual.

Policy adopted by Board of Trustees 9-24-98
Policy reaffirmed 9-27-01 by Board of Trustees
Revised Policy Adopted – Board Meeting 3-25-04
Revised Policy Adopted – Board Meeting 6-26-08
Revised Policy Adopted- Board Meeting 9-23-10

Policy on Internet Access

Policy on Internet Access

As part of its mission to provide access to information which meets the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the Northville community, the Northville District Library offers its users access to the Internet, either on designated computers or through wireless access in the Library.

The Internet offers access to rapidly changing, diverse and unpredictable global electronic information, and therefore contains material that could be considered controversial. The Northville District Library has no control over the information resources accessible via the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for the quality, accuracy, or currency of an Internet site.

The Northville District Library and its officers, directors, and employees shall not be held liable for any direct or indirect damages which accrue from using the Internet. In addition, the Library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of online transactions.

The Library's wireless access points are unsecured connections to the Internet. The Library is not responsible for data transmitted or loss of information over the wireless network. Users should be aware that third parties may be able to obtain information about users' activities when using the wireless service to connect to the Internet.

The Library’s Internet access may not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including activities prohibited under applicable federal or Michigan laws. Illegal uses include, but are not limited to, harassing, slandering or libeling others; unauthorized or illegal access attempts; disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communication; and copyright infringement. Any viewing, possessing, or manufacturing of child pornography is illegal and prohibited.

The Library does not use filters to restrict access to the Internet. In compliance with the Michigan Library Privacy Act, MCL 397.606, Library staff monitor Internet usage in order to prevent a minor from viewing obscene matter or sexually explicit matter that is harmful to minors. However, parents or legal guardians have the ultimate responsibility for supervising their children’s use of the Internet.

Guidelines that detail specific procedures for using the Internet at the Northville District Library, such as sign-up, time limits, and printing, are posted by the Internet computers and are available at all service desks. These are subject to change, and are regularly reviewed to assure that Internet access is equitable and fair.

Failure to comply with the Policy on Internet Access or any related Internet guidelines will result in consequences, including denial of access to the Internet at the Northville District Library, and if warranted, police notification.

Approved by the Board of Trustees March 23, 2000
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees Oct. 26, 2000
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees Nov. 18, 2004
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees June 26, 2008
Revised and approved by the Board of Trustees January 23, 2014

Policy on Emergency Closing

Policy on Emergency Closing

Emergencies or catastrophes, including, but not limited to, extreme weather, utility failure, bomb threat, fire, explosion, or terrorism may require closing the Library.

The primary consideration in any emergency or catastrophe is the safety of all persons in the building and on the property. The Library cooperates fully with public safety departments and emergency service providers.

The Library Director or designee will determine when to close the Library during an emergency or catastrophe.

Approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004
Revised by the Board of Trustees November 17, 2011

Policy on Materials Selection

Policy on Materials Selection

The Northville District Library selects materials that fulfill its mission of providing access to information which meets the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. The Library provides materials in a variety of formats, including print, video, audio, digital and online resources.

The Library Director is responsible for the overall selection of materials. In turn, the Director delegates responsibility for selection to the professional staff in a manner that assures the best use of the Library’s resources. The general public may recommend specific materials, but ultimate decision making rests with the Library Director.

The Collection Development Plan, available upon request, shall define in more detail various subject and format guidelines.

The Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View Statement, which are included in the Appendix to this manual.

Approved by the Board of Trustees Oct. 28, 1999
Reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees April 28, 2005
Revised by the Board of Trustees December 20, 2012

Policy on Weeding of Materials

Policy on Weeding of Materials

Weeding, the systematic discarding of materials, is necessary to maintain a current and accurate collection of Library resources in accordance with our Collection Development Plan and available space.

The Library Director is responsible for the overall process of weeding materials.

Withdrawn materials may be sold as used items, donated or recycled.

Approved by the Board of Trustees Oct. 28, 1999
Reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees April 28, 2005
Revised by the Board of Trustees December 20 2012

Policy on Controversial Materials and Programming

Policy on Controversial Materials and Programming

The Library recognizes that some materials and programming may be controversial in nature and may offend some patrons. However, disapproval of a Library resource by an individual or group shall not be the sole means by which that resource is denied to all.

An individual or group that believes a Library resource is objectionable may request reconsideration of the material by completing the form designated by the Library.

The Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View Statement, which are included in the Appendix of this manual.

Approved by the Board of Trustees Oct. 28, 1999
Reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees April 28, 2005
Revised by the Board of Trustees December 20, 2012

Policy on Gifts

Policy on Gifts

The Northville District Library encourages gifts of money, materials and property. However, gifts may not be used to establish a program which the Library is not able to maintain.

Individuals wishing to make a monetary gift to the Library may suggest the area for which they would like the gift to be used.

The Library retains unconditional ownership of all gifts and reserves the right to decide conditions of display and access. Gift materials may be added to the Library’s collection and retained as long as they meet the same standards established for purchased materials. Materials not meeting these standards may be discarded following library policy.

The Library does not appraise or otherwise put a value on gifts.

Approved by the Board of Trustees Feb. 24, 2000
Reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees April 28, 2005
Revised by the Board of Trustees December 20, 2012

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