Temple Public Library Media Display Policy
The Temple Public Library has adopted the following Media Display Policy to guide librarians and to inform the public about the principles upon which display themes and materials are chosen.
Displays are used to highlight new materials, educate the public about the variety of subjects, genres, and formats offered, and to stimulate interest in the library collections, services, and resources. Placement of materials on displays does not imply the Library’s endorsement of ideas, opinions, or viewpoints expressed therein.
Displays should support the Library’s mission statement:
To serve the community of Temple in its diverse information and leisure pursuits, the Temple Public Library complements the services of other community agencies by providing high-interest materials, resources for reference and life-long learning and a variety of cultural and informative programs and exhibits.
The following criteria will be considered when selecting or approving displays:
- Format and style are suitable for intended audience (e.g. adult materials will not be included in displays in the children’s area);
- Appropriateness to seasonal events, holidays, etc.;
- Relation to current events;
- Historical or regional relevance;
- Relation to events in the community;
- Representation of a genre, trend, or culture;
- Interest of patrons and the public.
Guidelines for display:
- Themes and materials selected should fulfill the Library’s mission to provide materials which meet patrons’ interests and needs.
- Materials should be in good condition.
- Topical displays should represent the wide variety of viewpoints offered in the collections.
- Displays should not promote a specific religion, political party, or cause.
- Any signage included should clearly state the theme of the display.
Approval of displays:
- Youth Services Librarian is responsible for Children’s, Youth, and Teen displays.
- Adult Services Librarian is responsible for Adult and Genealogy displays.
- Final approval of all displays lies with the Library Director. The Youth Services Librarian and Adult Services Librarian are expected to consult with the Library Director on the themes of displays.
- Patrons who request the reconsideration of library display materials will be asked to follow the procedures concerning reconsideration of library materials as outlined in the City of Temple’s Collection Development policy.
Materials not available in our collection may be requested through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries.
•Materials must have been published at least 1 year before they can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
•Newer materials will be considered for purchase by the library if they are determined to be of general interest to our patrons.
•Items available for Interlibrary Loan are determined by the lending libraries; therefore we are seldom able to borrow reference or genealogy books.
Requirements & Limits
In order to request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL), a patron must have a valid library card and no outstanding fines or overdue books. Each patron is limited to 3 ILL requests at a time.
Patrons will be responsible for paying the postage and insurance (if required by lending library) to return the item to the lending library. If a copy of an article is requested through ILL, the patron will be responsible for the copy costs charged by the owning library.
Making a Request
Interlibrary loan requests may be taken over the telephone if the patron has previously borrowed items through Interlibrary Loan and meets the other conditions. Otherwise:
• The ILL request must be made in person at the Reference Desk from a reference librarian.
•When requesting an ILL, the patron will be required to sign the request form, indicating that he/she understands the rules and will be responsible for the postage required to send the book back to the lending library.
The loan period for ILL materials are determined by the lending library. ILL materials may only be renewed with the permission of the lending library, so renewal requests must be made to the reference staff at least 3 days before the date due. Interlibrary Loan materials are requested through a nationwide network and we do not have control over which library will supply the requested item.
Overdue ILLs will be charged at a rate of $1 a day. There is no grace period for ILL items. If an ILL book is lost, the patron is responsible for the replacement costs and any processing fees charged by the lending library. Because Temple Public Library’s future borrowing privileges can be impacted by a patron’s abuse of the system, the library reserves the right to refuse further ILL requests from patrons who have damaged, lost, or kept ILL materials long overdue.
As an ILL lending library, Temple Public Library will lend materials more than a year old with the exception of audio-visual and non-circulating materials (reference materials, genealogy materials, microfilm). The circulation period will be 4 weeks and materials may be renewed once.
Approved by Library Board 2/20/07
The Library only assumes responsibility for the information provided on the library’s home page and its supporting pages.
Temple Public Library does not have control over the performance or quality of individual websites. The Internet offers access to many valuable sources of information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. As with printed resources, the user should evaluate the content and validity of information found. Restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian; the Library does not have the right or responsibility to act in loco parent is (as a parent or guardian).
U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use”. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.
Although the Library staff would prefer not to monitor a patron’s use of library materials, the Internet terminals are in a public area where children are often present; therefore, patrons must refrain from visiting sites which are not suitable for display in a public area. Such sites include, but are not limited to, those which include pornography, graphic depictions of sex, nudity or violence. Library computers are filtered for pornography. If a patron feels that a site has been blocked in error or that an accessible site should be blocked, he/she should consult the reference librarians.
There are several Internet terminals in the children’s and teen areas of the first floor, and more Internet terminals on the 2nd floor in the area of the Reference Desk. There is a network printer on each floor which may be used to print from the Internet. Printing cost will be ten (10) cents per page for black and white and twenty (20) cents per page for color prints.
Library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning Internet computer jargon or personal computer use. We may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer short questions.
Children’s Use of the Internet
There are Internet stations in the Children’s Department reserved for youth use. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. For children twelve and under, if a parent wants his or her child to access the Internet at the Temple Public Library, he/she should fill out a permission slip at the Circulation desk for that child. Parents should let their children know if there are materials which they do not want them to access/view. Ideally, parents should supervise their child’s Internet sessions. Children 6 and under may only use an Internet terminal when accompanied by a parent.
Rules Governing Use
- Users must have a valid Temple Public Library card. (“Guest” cards are available for non-resident, short-term visitors.)
- Users of the Internet terminals must agree to comply with the Library’s Internet use policy.
- Public Internet access is available to individuals over the age of twelve or between the ages of six and twelve with a parent’s permission.
- Computers in the Teen Area are reserved for youth 18 and under during after-school hours, on weekends, and during summer and school holidays.
- Computers in the Children's Department (near the Children's Reference Desk) are reserved for children and parents accompanying children.
- Internet use is limited to one hour per day.
- Internet use must be arranged through the staff at the Reference Desk on each floor. Internet users must initially register at the Reference Desk on either floor to receive a Login ID. Users must not use another person’s ID and may not register for multiple ID’s.
- Floppy Disks, USB Flash drives, and CD’s are not allowed. Headphones are not provided, but may be used as long as the sound level is not such as to disturb other patrons.
- Children six and under may only use an Internet terminal when accompanied by a parent.
- Young people under the age of 18 may not share an Internet workstation with any user other than that child’s parent or guardian on the second floor. In the teen area sharing is allowed if the sharing does not interfere with other patrons.
- With the exception of a parent/legal guardian with a baby or toddler, only one person may be at a desktop computer. Two users over the age of 18 (or a parent and child) may share a laptop computer
- Patrons registering to use the Internet must have signed the Internet Use Agreement.
Users may not
- Access websites not suitable for display in a public area. Such sites include, but are not limited to, those which include pornography, graphic depictions of sex, nudity, or violence. Patrons viewing such materials will be asked to exit from the website. If the behavior persists, the patron will be logged off the computer for the day. A repeat offense will cause the patron to lose Internet privileges for six months.
- Use the workstations to gain access to the Library’s networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.
- Obstruct other people’s work by consuming gratuitously large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any Library computer system.
- Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
- Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance
- Use any Library workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose
- Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements in their use of Library workstations.
- Engage in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous
- Install or download any software.
Several computers are available for the use by the public with the following programs Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Due to constraints on reference staff time, use of this computer is limited to individuals with sufficient knowledge of these programs not to require staff assistance. The computer may be used for up to two hours per day and may be reserved through the Reference staff up to a week in advance. Floppy disks, USB flash drives ("thumb drives") and CD's may be used but will not be provided by the library. Computers will read but not write to CD. Patrons should not save files to the hard disk since it is periodically purged by Information Technology staff to maintain the efficiency of the system. Black and white copies are ten (10) cents per page, color are twenty (20) cents per page.
The library also provides wireless access throughout the library to patrons using their own laptops. The Reference staff can provide you with a handout of general instructions for accessing the wireless network, but the Library staff cannot be expected to know how your specific computer works. A handout is also available that lists appropriate places to plug in your laptop if you so desire. Please do not stretch cords across areas where people may walk and trip over them. Printing is not available from your personal computer accessing the wireless network. Patrons should be aware that the wireless network is a public, unsecured network, so it may be risky to transmit confidential information over it.
Examples of activities include but are not limited to:
- Activities of the Friends of the Temple Public Library
- Discussion groups
- Puppet shows
- Showing of public use films or videos
- Story times
City of Temple and Temple Public Library sponsored events will have precedence in the scheduling of the meeting rooms.
- The Library reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a reservation, with 2 months notice, if the room is needed for a Library function.
- Meeting room use will be scheduled only during the hours the Library staff is available.
- Groups using the meeting rooms will be responsible for their own set-up, and will be required to return the room to the condition they found it.
- Scheduled meetings must be free and open to the public.
- Meeting rooms may not be reserved for social gatherings such as showers, birthday parties, family reunions, etc.; or political party functions.
- There may not be any admission charged or sales solicited. The exception to this policy will be events raising money for the Library itself.
- Although groups may not charge an admission fee, they may charge enough to recoup actual costs of meals or handouts provided.
- Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the Library.
- Use of the Library does not constitute Library or City of Temple endorsement of viewpoints expressed by participants on the program. Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsements are not permitted.
- The Library Director is the final authority in leasing meeting space.
Meeting Rooms Available
There are 4 different rooms which may be made available to the public under certain conditions. Their possible uses vary based on their size and amenities.
There are 2 study rooms on the 2nd floor of the Library. These may be reserved by tutoring pairs of the Temple Literacy Program. They may also be reserved by small groups of students (6 maximum) who need to work on a project together. No food or drink may be taken into these rooms. Table and chairs are the only equipment/furniture provided. Reservations may be made with the Reference Librarians. There will be no deposit taken, and no charge made for the use of these rooms.
Library Board Room (3rd Floor)
This room may be reserved by medium sized groups (30 maximum) when it is not in use by the Library Advisory Board, the Foundation of Temple Public Library Board, The Friends of the Temple Public Library, or the City of Temple. This room has 1 large table and chairs for 30, a built-in screen and platform for a projector, and a sink and small refrigerator. Simple refreshments may be served here.
Gladys Blaylock McLane Room (3rd Floor)
This room can seat 200 people auditorium style, and has a cloak room and a small dining area (seating up to 32) as well as a gallery kitchen with sink, microwave and refrigerator. There are also 42 tables for seminar style seating. The equipment includes a built-in screen and a podium. Full meals could be served here.
- Study Rooms are available:
- Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 - 9 p.m.
- The Library Board Room and McLane Room are available:
- Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 - 9 p.m.
Reservations for the McLane Community Room and the Library Board Room will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Requests may be made on the telephone or in person, but the reservation will not be considered firm until the deposit and room use fee has been paid, and the Room Use Agreement has been signed by a member of the organization.
- City of Temple or Temple Public Library sponsored activities will not be charged a deposit or fee.
- Tenants of the building may use the Library Board Room 1time per month without deposit or fee, but reservations still need to be made in the normal manner.
- There will be a $100 deposit taken for the use of any of the meeting rooms with the exception of the study rooms on the 2nd floor. This deposit will be returned within 30 days by the City of Temple Finance Department if the room is found in an acceptable condition after the use of the room. All or part of the deposit may be kept for repairs or cleaning if necessary. Groups who will use the Library Meeting Rooms on a repeating basis may leave a deposit on file with the City of Temple.
- In addition to the refundable deposit there will be a non-refundable use fee charged. The fee for the McLane Community Room is $25 for the first 2hours, and $10 per hour thereafter and includes set-up and clean-up time. The fee for the Library Board Room is $10 for the first 2 hours, and $5 per hour thereafter, and includes set-up and clean-up time.
Restrictions & Deadlines
- In order to provide an opportunity for many community groups to use the meeting rooms, a group may only use a meeting room once each month.
- Reservations may be made no more than one year in advance.
- Reservations will be accepted a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
- Cancellations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance in order to receive a refund.
The individual making the reservations, as well as the group as a whole will be held responsible for any damages that occur as a result of the use of the facility.
Permission to use Library facilities may be withheld from groups failing to comply with the Meeting Room Use Policy and from any group that damages the facility.
Care & Use Of the Facility
- The meeting room must be returned to the condition in which it was found.
- All trash must be left in tied bags in the meeting room.
- Equipment, supplies or personal items may not be left in the meeting room before or after the scheduled meeting.
- Nothing may be used to attach items to the walls which will damage the walls in any way.
- Attendance at meetings must be limited to the capacity of the meeting room as posted in this policy.
- People attending meetings should take care not to disturb people in the offices on the 3rd floor, or people doing research in the library itself as they go to and from the meeting room.
Groups requesting exceptions to the policy must do so in writing through the Library Director with an explanation for the exception requested.
The Temple Public Library has established certain standards of acceptable behavior on library property in order to maintain an atmosphere that promotes the use and enjoyment of the resources and services of the library, promotes the safety of the general public and the library staff, and protects the building, furniture, equipment, and materials of the library.
Any activity that interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library, disrupts the normal functioning of the library, could result in physical, emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others, or could result in damage to the facilities, equipment, or materials is considered disruptive and unacceptable behavior.
Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Selling and/or soliciting for services, money or items in the library or on library grounds; distributing handbills in library or on library grounds
- Sleeping; sleepers will be awoken by the staff
- Stretching out on couch making it impossible for others to share it; putting feet on furniture; moving furniture
- Spreading out belongings blocking path around, or access to, furniture; storage of belongings on seating; the library reserves the right to limit the size of baggage which may be brought into the library. Patrons may be asked to store items in designated areas if available
- Blocking library entrances with shopping carts or other methods of transporting belongings
- Entering library without shirt or shoes
- Loud or prolonged speech, singing, whistling, or use of any radio, CD player, computer, or other electronic entertainment device so that any other person can hear it
- Misuse of public restrooms by vandalism, disrobing outside of a closed stall, bathing, shaving, or washing clothes, sexual activity or deliberately creating an unsanitary condition
- Disruptive or harassing conduct, abusive, insulting, or threatening language, actions or gestures
- Refusal to cooperate with library staff, including refusal to provide correct name when asked and refusal to leave the premises when so directed
- Misuse or defacing of library materials, furnishings, equipment, or facilities
- Use of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Use of tobacco products, smoking of any substance, or use of matches or lighters in the library or within 20 feet of the library entrances
- Consumption of food except in designated places (currently the 1st floor reading lounge); drinks with lids are allowed throughout the library with proper care to avoid spilling
- Inappropriate displays of physical affection
- Use of one chair by more than one person (with the exception of small children)
- Removing or attempting to remove library materials not properly checked out; library reserves the right to search purses, briefcases, backpacks, bags, etc. which cause the security alarm to sound
- Failure to supervise children in your care
- Use of cell phones, except in study rooms and restrooms
- Entrance into non-public areas of the library without permission
- Any illegal act
- Any behavior that hinders another’s use of the library
Anyone violating these rules will first be warned by a library staff member. If the conduct continues, the offender will be ordered to leave the premises. Staff members, at their discretion, may expel patrons without warning in situations of serious, threatening, or willfully malicious behavior. Repeated failure to observe these rules may lead to revocation of library privileges by the Library Director or the staff member in charge at the time of the incident. Persons ordered from the property who do not comply may be subject to arrest and prosecution for trespassing.
Anyone wishing to appeal their exclusion may submit an appeal in writing to the Library Director.
Approved by Library Board 4/20/04 - Reviewed and Updated 05/18/10, 04/10/12
- The library does not provide care or supervision of children, except to the extent needed to uphold library rules of conduct and use, and does not accept responsibility for such care. Parents or other caregivers are responsible for their child’s behavior, even if the child is in the library unattended.
- Children under the age of 8 may not be left unattended in the library, except during scheduled library sponsored programs. A child under the age of 8 will be considered unattended unless accompanied by a responsible caregiver at least 16 years old.
- Children age 8 and older may be left unattended providing they are mature enough to stay alone and observe proper conduct. Such children are subject to the same rules of conduct as other patrons and the same consequences, including being asked to leave the library. This possibility should be taken into account when deciding whether to leave a child unattended in the library. If a child in this age group is not able to leave the library without an adult, he should not be in the library without an adult.
- Children of any age with mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral problems which render supervision necessary must be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver (over the age of 16) at all times.
- A child left unattended in the library in violation of this policy will be considered a child in need of care, and the matter referred to the police or Department of Human Services.
- Unattended children under the age of 15 must be picked up at least 15 minutes before closing time.
- In the case of a child under the age of 15 who is unattended at closing, the library staff will try to notify the child’s parent or caregiver. If the child’s parent or caregiver cannot be reached or has not come to pick up the child, the police will be called, and the child will need to be picked up at the Temple Police Department.
- Library staff members will, under no circumstances, drive the child home or to any other location.
- Unattended children will be given a copy of this policy to give to their parents.