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Library Rules at a Glance

  • Please remember you are responsible for ALL materials borrowed on your card.
  • Library cards MUST be presented for all transactions. Replacement cards are $1.00.
  • Most items are loaned for three (3) weeks and can be renewed online or by calling your local branch library.
  • There is a 10 cent per day late fee per EACH overdue item.
  • Your card is good at all five branches of the Livingston Parish Library system.
  • Book drops are located at all branches. You may return items at any branch.

Children and Minors in the Library

From the Livingston Parish Library policy manual:

The Board and the staff welcome children into the library to study, and to browse through the fiction and picture book collections to begin to learn of the joy of books and reading. The Board recognizes the importance of reading skills in the future of the child and the importance of recreational reading to the quality of life for all the citizens of the parish. However, the Board does not place upon the staff of the library the role of babysitter or caretaker for unsupervised children.

The Library as an institution and the staff individually are not and shall not be responsible for the welfare of children left unsupervised in the library for any extended period of time.

Children will not be paged for telephone calls except in cases of emergency.

Children under the age of twelve (12) years must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or older sibling. The Library as an institution and the staff as individuals do not assume the role of parent or caretaker, nor childcare provider for minor children.
Parents shall supervise minor children while they are in the public areas of the library.

Minor children who remain at the library at the close of the business day will be allowed to call their parents/home to arrange transportation prior to building’s closing.

If children remain in or outside the library near the close of the public service day, the civil authorities (Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 686-2241) shall be notified immediately and said children shall be remanded into their custody. Two or more staff members should remain until a deputy arrives. No staff member shall escort minors off the premises under any circumstances.

Donations and Gifts

From the Livingston Parish Library policy manual:

The Administrative Librarian is authorized to accept gifts, donations, and endowments to the library.

No determination of the value of any item donated will be made by any staff member. The donor cannot be furnished with value or price information or estimates.

The Library cannot provide tax receipts for donations. However, a letter stating the quantity of items donated can be given.

Once a book, magazine, cash, set of books or any other item or group of items is given over to the Library, it may not be returned. It becomes the unconditional property of the Library.

All gifts are subject to the library acquisition criteria.

Electronic Resource Access Policy

From the Livingston Parish Library policy manual:

USER RESPONSIBILITY:

  • These resources contain a wealth of valuable information. However, users should be aware that some information might be inaccurate, outdated, and/or offensive.
  • PARENTS, not the library, are responsible for the use of these resources by their children, regardless of age.
  • The library is NOT responsible for any damages that may result from personal information (SS #, credit card #, address, etc.) that is received and/or transferred by the user.

ACCEPTABLE USES:

  • Patrons are encouraged to use the workstations for the following purposes:
  • Research and educational information
  • Unstructured navigation (surfing) of the Internet to locate sites of interest and to hone usage skills
  • Printing from full text databases as long as copyright law is not infringed upon

INTERNET SAFETY POLICY TO PROTECT MINORS FOLLOWS:

  • The safety and security of minors when using email, chat rooms, social networking sites, forums or other forms of direct electronic communications is the responsibility of parent/guardian.
  • Unauthorized access to Library systems, computers and network, individual’s computers, devices, and networks or other entities’ systems, computers, and networks, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful online activities by minors and all others, is forbidden.
  • As federally mandated, unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors are forbidden.
  • Filters designed to restrict access to materials harmful to minors have been installed, but may not filter everything at all times.

PROHIBITED USES:

Patrons and staff may not use the workstations in the following situations:

  • Illegal, unauthorized, unethical or commercial purposes.
  • Manipulation of internal hardware and/or software.
  • Transmission or downloading of any material in violation of state or federal laws.
  • Copying, downloading, or distributing of any material in violation of copyright law. (Downloading of software and files not in the public domain is a violation of copyright law and is expressly prohibited.)
  • Sending, receiving, or viewing any material that may be reasonably construed as obscene or pornographic in accordance with Louisiana laws and CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act).
  • Unauthorized access to Library systems, computers and network, individuals’ computers, devices, and networks or other entities’ systems, computers, and networks, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful online activities is forbidden. Prohibited uses will result in the loss of workstation privileges. Perpetrators of malicious damage to the system will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

LIMITATIONS:

  • FILTER: In accordance with Federal Law (CIPA),filtering is in place to block certain types of web sites. Upon entering such site, an “access denied” screen should block access.
  • TIME: Initial sign-up time is 30 minutes with possible 30-minute extensions on available time slots.
  • AGE: Because of the high costs and delicate nature of complex electronic and mechanical equipment, children under the age of 12 will be required to have a parent or adult guardian present when using the workstation.

Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s computers.

PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO SUPERVISE THEIR CHILDREN’S INTERNET SESSIONS.

COSTS: There is no charge for use of the workstations or to access the information therein. However, patrons shall assume printing costs at the rates of:

  • $0.10 a page per side for black & white
  • $0.25 a page per side for color copies
  • The library reserves the right to seek monetary recovery for the cost of replacement and/or repair of any equipment destroyed or damaged through the intentional or negligent act of any user.

Getting a Library Card

From the Livingston Parish Library policy manual:

To get a library card with the Livingston Parish Library, you need to visit your local branch and ask for an application to get a card. You will need to supply proof of identification and address when filling out the application.

The purpose for requesting identification is to establish proof of residence in Livingston Parish and to have, on file, the correct mailing address and residence address. Also, for those who are not residents, but are being allowed to obtain a library card, this is to serve as proof that application information is accurate. For out-of-parish, permission slip from own parish library system is required.

To be valid for the purpose of obtaining a library card, the patron must show identification that has his/her correct (911) residence address and preferably a photograph. Any number of items will be accepted singly or in combination to fulfill the requirement:

  • Driver’s License (Photo I.D. with correct residence address)
  • Identification Card (with photo and correct residence address)
  • Checkbook with current mailing address
  • Mail with date cancellation showing current mailing address
  • Receipt for payment of rent or utility charges
  • For out-of-parish, permission slip from own parish library system is required. (Out-of-parish residents in neighboring (reciprocal only) parishes must show a signed authorization slip from their parish librarian as well as a picture ID and proof of address.)

Adult cards will be issued to patrons 14 years and older. Juvenile cards will be issued to patrons 13 years of age and younger whose parent(s) sign for the card with the understanding that the signer is responsible for all materials checked out.

Meeting Room Use Policy

From the Livingston Parish Library policy manual:

The Livingston Parish Library Board of Control has set forth the following rules and regulations for the use of the meeting rooms in all branch locations of the Livingston Parish Library system. These guidelines are to be read and agreed upon by anyone/any group applying for reservation of any meeting room in the system before the applications will be accepted. Failure to uphold library policies may result in either termination or suspension of meeting room privileges.

Application for reservation is to be on the library-provided form. The application is to be filled out by the person(s) responsible for the meeting. Signature(s) on the application constitutes agreement to the rules as set forth by the library system.

Applicant(s) is/are solely responsible for set-up and take-down of the meeting room unless special arrangements are made with the Branch Manager at the specific branch location
Meeting rooms will not be considered as reserved until the completed application, with signature(s), has been received.

Upon take-down, the meeting room must be restored to the same orderly fashion as before the meeting’s set-up. Timeliness is key as there may be back-to-back meeting scheduled.

Priority will be given in this order:

  • Library-sponsored activities
  • Local governmental and nonprofit service organizations

All other meetings as applied for by community organizations and groups which fit the below listed criteria

  • Free
  • Open to the public (see Exceptions below)
  • Have educational, cultural, and/or civic applications
  • Items or services may not be sold (see Exceptions below)

Exceptions are:

  • Special permission for classes or programs which require advanced registration due to limited availability (however registration MUST be open to the general public)
  • Special permission for classes or programs that require a small fee to cover supply expenses (but NOT payment for speaker, etc.)
  • Special permission for authors/book signings
  • Use of the meeting rooms by various organizations and groups does not constitute endorsement, by the Library, of the policies or beliefs of said organizations and groups.

Meetings must be held during Library hours. Take-down/wrap-up should begin at least 30 minutes prior to Branch closing and sooner if necessary to complete all take down and housekeeping tasks.

Meeting rooms should be clear of all individuals 15 minutes prior to Branch closing.

Programs or classes should not be such that noise, traffic, etc. interfere with patrons or normal Branch operation.

The Library has the right to cancel the use of the meeting rooms by any group or organization that fail to follow the Library’s rules and regulations.

Nothing may be affixed to the walls, by any means, of the meeting rooms. Cost of repair/replacement due to damages caused by not following this rule will be charged to the applicant.

Any youth activities MUST be applied for and attended to by an adult (21 years or older).

The Library will not be responsible for loss or damage to any equipment not belonging to the Library.

The Library will not act as a storage facility for any group’s items.

The Library’s address and/or telephone number may not be listed by any applicant for the organization’s/group’s usage.

Alcoholic beverages, drugs, any illegal substances are STRICTLY prohibited on Library grounds. Smoking is prohibited in the Library buildings.

Simple refreshments are allowed with prior permission from the Branch Manager. Applicant organization/group is responsible for cleanup.

Memorial Gifts

Give the gift that will keep on giving. Make a memorial donation of a book in memory of a deceased relative or friend. You can even choose a book on a favorite hobby or by a favorite author of the deceased.

Patron Behavior Guidelines

From the Livingston Parish Library policy manual:

  • The following actions are not allowed on library property:
  • Disruptive behavior that interrupts the general working environment of the library.
  • Use of profane or vulgar language.
  • Running in the open areas and stacks.
  • Harassment of other library patrons or staff
  • Sleeping or loitering in the library.
  • Smoking in the library or near its front entrance.
  • Chewing gum or consuming drink or food within the library.
  • Selling and/or soliciting for services, money, or items.
  • Distributing or posting printed materials or literature that have not been approved by Library Administration.
  • Possession, distribution, or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs on the library property, including being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Entering the building without a shirt or shoes or wearing clothes unbuttoned or unzipped.
  • Indecent exposure.
  • Destruction or theft of library property or the private property of anyone in the library or on the library grounds.
  • Removing library materials from the premises without following the library’s lending policies.
  • Moving tables, chairs, or other furniture.
  • Leaving a child younger than 12 years of age at the library without adult supervision by a parent, guardian or older sibling.
  • Leaving any child or young adult (up to age 17) at the library after closing time.
  • Misuse of restrooms.
  • Carrying weapons of any type.
  • Any other illegal acts or conduct in violation of Federal, State, or local laws, ordinances, or regulations.
  • These actions are not allowed to provide an atmosphere conducive to the mission of the library which is to provide all members of the community with resources and programs to fulfill their
  • informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs.

Failure to comply with these statements may result in exclusion from the library and/or limits in library privileges.