Northville District Library

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


Policy on Conduct in the Library

Policy on Conduct in the Library

The purpose of this policy is to protect the rights of individuals who are in the Library to use Library materials and/or services, to protect the rights of staff members to conduct Library business without interference, and to preserve Library materials and facilities. Therefore, the Board of Trustees prohibits the following activities within the Library or on Library property without prior approval:

- participating in activities not generally associated with the use of a public library;
- damaging Library materials, furniture, equipment, or any other real or personal property;
- annoying others through noisy or offensive behavior;
- consuming or openly possessing food, except as authorized in Meeting Rooms;
- consuming beverages from open (non-covered) containers;
- smoking or otherwise using tobacco products;
- using or acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- engaging in any illegal activity;
- appearing without a shirt or shoes; - bringing animals other than service dogs into the building;
- using recreational equipment, such as roller blades, skateboards, roller skates or bicycles;
- soliciting, campaigning, or petitioning;
- removing Library materials that have not been checked out;
- carrying or brandishing firearms or other weapons, to the extent that such act interfere with or inhibit any Library patrons in their opportunity for reasonable use of the Library or unreasonably interferes with the staff’s performance of their duties.;
- using cell phones in other than designated areas.

An individual who violates this policy may be required to leave the premises and may forfeit his/her Library privileges. Library employees reserve the right to request identification (name, address, and phone number) and to call the Northville Police. An individual whose Library privileges have been denied may appeal the decision to the Board. Individuals are monetarily responsible for any damage done to library property. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for any damage done by their children.

Approved by the Board of Trustees Nov. 20, 1997
Revised and approved by the Board of Trustees Jan.23, 2003
Revised and approved by the Board of Trustees Dec. 20, 2007
Revised and approved by the Board of Trustees June 26, 2008
Reaffirmed by the Board of Trustees May 25, 2011
Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees January 23, 2014

Policy on Library Cards

Policy on  Library Cards

A library card entitles the cardholder to check out any circulating materials from the Northville District Library and to use the library’s public computers to access the Internet. Address verification is required of applicants for library cards.

The Library issues the following types of cards:
Any resident or property-owner in the Northville Library District is eligible for a library card at no charge. The cardholder may borrow materials from other public libraries within The Library Network that participate in reciprocal borrowing.
Any non-resident who lives in a community served by The Library Network and who does not have an active card is eligible for a temporary card at no charge. This card is valid for no more than 30 days. In accordance with policy adopted by member libraries of The Library Network, an individual should obtain a permanent library card from the community in which he or she resides.
Any individual who is employed or attending school in the Northville Library District but does not qualify for either a resident or a temporary card is eligible for a non-standard library card at no charge. Verification of employment or school enrollment in the District is required. Short-term residents of the Library District are eligible for a non-standard card if they present proof of both their temporary and permanent addresses. Use of the non-standard card is limited to the Northville District Library.
The Library does not sell cards to non-residents.

Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian present to sign the application form and provide address verification.

The Library participates in the Library of Michigan’s Michicard program which allows residents of communities whose library has joined the Michicard system to borrow only print materials from other participating libraries.

Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed on their library card. In signing the card, they agree to abide by the Library’s lending rules and all policies and regulations. Possession of a library card by someone other than its owner (when not reported as lost) implies the consent of the individual named on the card for the holder’s use of the card.

The Library reserves the right to limit the circulation of materials when necessary.

Approved by the Board of Trustees Dec. 11, 1997
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees May 25, 2000
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees June 23, 2005
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees, Sept. 28, 2006
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees, June 23, 2011

Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records

To the extent allowed by Federal law, the Northville District Library abides by the State of Michigan's Library Privacy Act which states that all records regarding any personally identifiable use of library materials, facilities, or services are strictly confidential. The Northville District Library will not release any information regarding a library patron or the information he/she seeks or receives, consults, borrows from, or uses at the library.

The only authorized exceptions are in the following cases:

  • If a parent or legal guardian signs the Library Privacy Act (LPA) portion of the minor's library card application, making him/her responsible for materials borrowed, he/she may have access to the minor's library record.
  • If the card owner gives written consent to the person making the request, that person may then have access to the card owner's library record.

Approved by the Board of Trustees May 25, 2000
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees June 26, 2003
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees Dec. 17, 2009


Policy on Requests for Library Records by Law Enforcement Officers

Policy on Requests for Library Records by Law Enforcement Officers

The Northville District Library will cooperate with law enforcement within the guidelines set forth by the Michigan Library Privacy Act, MCL 397.602(2)(i).

The Library also endorses the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association that states, “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted”.

The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, commonly known as the USA Patriot Act, 115 Stat. 272 (2001), however, gives the government expanded access to records from libraries and supersedes the Michigan Library Privacy Act. Under the USA Patriot Act, such access may be granted without the patron’s permission or knowledge.

Library records are retained for only as long as there is legitimate library need for the record. Access to Library user records may include but not be limited to:

  • Database Search Records: Once a search is conducted, the Library does not retain a copy of the search.
  • Circulation Records: These are maintained while materials are checked out. They are no longer available when items are returned and all fines are paid.
  • Patron Records: These are retained while the patron’s account is in active status.
  • Internet Use Records: These are not retained beyond the work day in which the activity takes place.
  • Firewall Records: These are retained for approximately 2 weeks. The logs contain no personally identifiable information but information may be obtained if the logs are combined with the Internet Use Record as listed above.
  • Reference Interview Records: No paper record is kept during an in-person reference interview. If a Library user contacts the reference staff by phone or email, there may be a paper record, which is retained no more than one week. Virtual Reference requests are retained for a 72 hour period.

Staff will comply with law enforcement when supplied with legal subpoena or warrant by following the procedures that support this policy. Only the Director or her Designee is authorized to release library patron records.

Approved by the Board of Trustees July 24, 2003
Revised by the Board of Trustees August 25, 2011


Policy on Displays, Handouts and Postings

Policy on Displays, Handouts and Postings

The Northville District Library, in keeping with its mission as an information provider and community center, offers space for handouts, displays, and bulletin board postings concerning cultural, governmental, educational and other community oriented activities.
All such materials or displays must be of a non-commercial nature.

Acceptance by the Library of materials for distribution, posting, or display does not constitute endorsement of the activity or ideas espoused. The Library reserves the right to accept or decline any materials for handout, posting, or display, and to decide on the appropriate location for these items.

The display cases are available to organizations or individuals in the community on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library assumes no liability in the event of damage, loss, or theft of any items on display.

Approved by the Board of Trustees July 27, 2000
Reaffirmed by the Board of Trustee, May 26, 2005
Revised by the Board of Trustees, December 20, 2012

Policy on the Safety and Well-being of Children at the Library

Policy on the Safety and Well-being of Children at the Library

Concern for the well-being of children using the Library is fundamental to the Library’s service to them. While the Library seeks to maintain a safe and secure environment, it must be recognized that this is a public building, which anyone may enter.

Responsibility for children using the Library rests with the parent or assigned caregiver, not with Library personnel. The Library is not responsible for children left unattended, whether they are within the Library or they leave the Library.

For very young children, the parent or caregiver should be within close proximity at all times, including during programs, so that the child will feel secure.

Parents are the best judges of whether their children can visit the Library alone. Therefore, they must also accept responsibility for their decisions in regard to this matter. However, parents or responsible caregivers of children age 6 and younger must accompany these children at all times while in the Library.

Children will be expected to abide by the posted Library Code of Conduct. If a child’s behavior is inappropriate to the extent that he or she is asked to leave the Library, Library staff will attempt to contact the parent when the child is 12 years old or younger. If unable to reach a parent or guardian, staff reserves the right to contact the police.

At 10 minutes after closing, if a child age 12 years old or younger is left unattended, a staff member will place a phone call to the Northville Police Dispatch at 248-349-1234 and ask them to come to the Library for an unattended child. Two staff members will remain with the child until the police arrive. Staff will also leave a note on the Main Entrance door of the Library stating the child’s name and time at which the child was turned over to the police along with the police phone number noted above. Under no circumstances will a staff member drive a child home or to any other location.

Approved by the Board of Trustees June 25, 1998
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees December 20, 2007
Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees December 19, 2013

Policy on Public Relations

Policy on Public Relations

The Library takes an active role in promoting its materials and services throughout the community via print and non-print forms of communication; endeavoring to inform all citizens about the various ways the Library can enhance their activities; and encouraging their continued support of the Library and its mission. The Library works to establish a professional reputation as a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, non-biased institution for the sharing and exchange of ideas. The Library strives to increase awareness of Library materials and services among non-users.

The Library cooperates as fully as possible with other community agencies and organizations in meeting the needs of the community, in so far as such cooperation is compatible with the Library's mission, legal and fiscal considerations, and opportunity for staff involvement.

Approved by the Board of Trustees April 27, 1995
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004
Revision approved by the Board of Trustees November 17, 2011

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