Franklin County Library Policies
- Cards are free to Franklin County residents as well as out-of-county residents.
- Cards are issued as follows:
- Juvenile (up to age 16)—with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature (parent or legal guardian must be present at the central or branch library where the card is issued and must present current and valid proof of address and photo identification). The parent or legal guardian signing for a child’s card is responsible for any item checked out on the child’s card.
- * Adult (17 and over)—must present current and valid proof of address and photo identification
- The card you will receive is valid for a one-year period at all Franklin County Branch Libraries, including the Bookmobile.
- The first card is issued at no cost. The replacement fee for a lost or unusable card is $2.00.
- The patron is required to notify the library immediately if his/her card is lost or stolen. S/he is responsible for all materials checked out on the card until the library is notified.
- With the exception of public computer use the patron must present his/her card or government issued ID when checking out materials from the library.
- The patron is responsible for all items [not to exceed fourteen (14) items at any one time] checked-out on his/her card. Nonwoven Checkout Bags do not count towards this total but are due back on the checkin date for the patrons items.
- An adult must be present for items to be checked out on his/her card.
- Most materials can be checked out for three weeks. DVDs and Games are checked out for one week. Audiovisual equipment checkout times vary. You must call for time on a specific piece of equipment. Only two (2) video games can be checked out at a time. Reference items are considered special items in the collection and are not regularly circulated. Deviations from this policy may be made at the discretion of the librarian. Items designated as such may then be checked out on a one or two day loan. Some reference items, because of their high usage and rate of loss, may be checked out with a deposit equal to the cost of the item being required. Fines on overdue reference materials accrue at the rate of $1.00 per business day.
- Library materials which are needed by a number of individuals during a limited period of time may be designated as temporary reference materials. If permitted, these items will be circulated as reference materials and follow the policy for the circulation of such items.
- A deposit (not to exceed the value of the item) may be required , at the librarian’s discretion, for the loan of materials with a high loss rate.
- You have the option of renewing materials for up to one additional three week(most materials) or one week period(games and DVDs) as long as there is no reserve on the particular item. This may be done online, by phone, or in person. The librarian m ay recall a renewed item at any time, as demand warrants.
- A 24-hour book drop is available at each library location.
- Overdue fines for late returns are $0.15 per day per item with a maximum of $5.10 per item. Video Games are $0.50 per day with a maximum of $10.00 per title. An item is considered overdue the second business day (1 day of grace) following the due date.
- Patrons who have been assessed overdue fines will be considered delinquent until the fines are paid, even after the materials have been returned. Overdue items that are returned in the book drop are subject to fines just as ones returned to the circulation desk. A record of all fines owed will be kept.
Reserves and Holds
- Reserves and holds may be requested and placed on items with the exception of reference materials. Exceptions may be made for classroom use and approved by the librarian.
- Audio books (CD & Playaway)
- Audiovisual equipment
- Books (regular and large print)
- Magazines (except the most current)
- Video Games (PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox)
- Videos (DVD)
Franklin County Library Computer Use Policy
The mission of The Franklin County Library is to provide for the people of our county an easily available local collection of and global access to the universal record of human thought, wisdom, ideals, information, experiences, and artistic expressions that constitute a, “Gateway to Literacy“.
The Internet, a world-wide network of computer networks is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types. Therefore, public access to the Internet is germane to the Library’s mission.
However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It also provides access to information that is inaccurate, illegal or that some may find offensive or disturbing. The Library does identify, on its web site, specific Internet sites that have potential interest for Library users. The Library cannot control a user’s access to other Internet resources.
Technology Protection Measures
The Library has installed filtering software and other technologies on all library computers with Internet access and will enforce the operation of same during any use of those computers, to prevent minors (persons under the age of 17) from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors.
The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file or other visual depiction that:
- taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
- depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;
- taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
Filtering software is not foolproof. It diminishes the likelihood that searchers will inadvertently retrieve text or images that they may find offensive, but does not eliminate that possibility. Filters often block access to sites that users would consider both inoffensive and useful.
If Franklin County Library patrons are not able to locate sufficient World Wide Web resources to meet their needs, they should not hesitate to ask a librarian for help. Library staff, as necessary, for bona fide research or other lawful purposes by people aged 17 and older, may disable technology protection measures.
The Library staff will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Internet access.
Established Policy as to Procedures (07/16/08, revised Policies of the Franklin County Library Board):
Referenced by the Board and the Library as Computer Use Policy for Franklin County Libraries and posted at public access work-stations throughout the library system. The text reads as follows:
- Computers in the libraries of Franklin County are for educational and reference use.
- No display of obscene pictures or literature is allowed.
- You must sign in at the circulation desk before using the computer.
- Computer time will be limited to one (1) hour per session. You may continue to use the computer beyond that hour as long as another patron is not waiting to use the same. If another patron is waiting, you will be notified so that the next patron may have access to it. Patrons needing more time, for academic or employment purposes, should ask at the circulation desk when checking out a computer.
- Computers cannot be checked out if there are less than 30 minutes before closing time.
- Computers will be shut down 15 minutes before closing time.
- No downloading of software is allowed.
- Children and young persons under the age of 17 must be supervised by an adult when using the Internet if the child and parent/legal guardian have not filled out the Permission Slip. “Legal guardian” is defined in 42USC675.
- All copyright laws must be obeyed.
- Violation of any part of this policy may result in termination of computer use privileges and possibly loss of library privileges in Franklin County.
Response to Violations
The user’s access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and Internet. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the user’s privilege to access these computers.
Responsibilities of Library Staff and Users
Library staff may monitor a user’s Internet use, including but not limited to length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone. The user, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times.
The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library’s policies. As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents/guardians, not Library staff, to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 17 years.) Parents are responsible for their minor children’s use of the Library’s resources and facilities. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.
While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose.
The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library’s Internet service.
The Library, having installed and enforced the operation of filtering software in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, will have no liability for damages related to the operation of, or failure of, the filtering software, or for its circumvention by users.
Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking software on their home computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.
Unacceptable Uses of Computers
Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:
- Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Transmitting of offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.
- Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); uploading a worm, virus, “trojan horse,” “time bomb” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in “hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.
- Uses that jeopardize the security of access of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. Disclosing or sharing the user’s password with others; impersonating another user; using one’s own software programs on the library’s computers; altering the Library’s computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software.
- Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Minors under age 17: Giving others private information about one’s self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers; arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has “met” on the computer network or Internet without a parent’s permission.
Revised 08/01/08 by Franklin County Library Board of Trustees
Patron Deportment Policy
It is the policy of the Franklin County Library Board to maintain in the Franklin County Libraries and on the property thereof a quiet, pleasant environment conducive to serious study, as well as casual use. To assure the successful implementation of this policy, the Board considers the following to be unacceptable behavior:
Loud conversation or laughter, which is disturbing to other users. Obscene or abusive language.
Smoking in the library or on the grounds of library property other than in designated areas.
Use of radios, record players, etc., if not using headphones so that the sound is not transmitted to others. Library property should be considered by the public to be a “Quiet Zone”. Unduly loud radios, or other similar devices in automobiles on library property are not acceptable and the owner or driver of vehicles playing those devices will be asked to turn them down. On the second offense, the operator of the vehicle will be asked to leave the property. A third offense will merit a call to the police and prosecution for disturbing the peace.
Willful destruction of or damage to any library property.
Blocking, or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons, or any form of harassment.
Harassment of or threats communicated to library staff members.
Consumption of food, beverages or illicit drugs.
Removal of any library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures.
Soliciting or selling of any kind, if disruptive to the normal use of the library.
Distribution of leaflets or posting of notices in areas not authorized for this purpose.
Unauthorized use of library telephones by any person other than library personnel.
Entering designated staff-only areas of the building without permission.
Rearrangement of any library furniture or equipment from one location to another.
Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, or unreasonably disturbing and offending library users or staff members.
Carrying unauthorized weapons of any sort.
Cellular phone use is allowed but the ringer must be turned off.
Bringing animals, other than lead dogs or program animals, into the library.
Library personnel are authorized by the Franklin County Commissioners to see that persons whom commit any of the above acts be removed from the library. Staff members are expected to respond to problem patrons as politely and calmly as possible, but also to call on law enforcement officials for assistance as necessary.
Unattended Children Policy
Franklin County Public Library welcomes visitors of all ages to use its materials, programs and resources. However, caregivers must be mindful of the fact that the library is an open, public building. The well-being and safety of young children left alone raises serious concerns. Caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of children at all times in the library and on library property. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for any child, even for a very short period of time.
Children under 11 years old may not be left alone in the library. Parents, guardians, or caregivers must remain within sight or sound range of their children at all times to ensure safety and appropriate behavior. Caregivers must be 13 or older, able to effectively supervise young children, and must be willing and able to provide contact information for a parent or guardian upon request.
Caregivers must remain in the library at all times during the programs and must be available to meet children in the program room at the conclusion of the programs. Library staff may use their judgment to determine if a child of any age needs the assistance of a caregiver during a program.
If library staff deems a child of any age to be in need of supervision and no parent or guardian can be located or contacted, law enforcement will be called.
If a child under 11 is left unattended after the library closes, staff will attempt to contact a parent or guardian, and if unable to do so, they will call law enforcement in accordance with library procedures. The library will make no determination as to the suitability or authority of anyone arriving or being contacted to transport a minor from library grounds or for minors leaving library grounds. Library staff members are not permitted to transport any minor to another location.
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees 9/26/16
Collection Development Policy
- The Policy
The Franklin County Public Library Collection Development Policy provides a framework for the growth and development of collections in support of the Library’s mission to “promote lifelong learning.”
It is the Library’s goal to provide Franklin County citizens with library materials that reflect a wide range of views, expressions, opinions and interests. Specific acquisitions may include items that may be unorthodox or unpopular with the majority or controversial in nature. The Library’s acquisition of these items does not constitute endorsement of their content but rather makes available its expression.
The Library provides free access to materials in a number of formats (print, media and electronic) to all customers. Library users make their own choices as to what they will use based on individual interests and concerns. Franklin County Public Library supports the right of each family to decide which items are appropriate for use by their children. Responsibility for a child’s use of library materials lies with his or her parent or guardian. Franklin County Public Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom, adopted by the American Library Association, as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements.
- About the Library and Its Community
People in Franklin County make good use of their public libraries. Still, challenges remain. The Franklin County Public Library consists of a Central Library, three branches and a mobile library service. As well as serving the needs and interests of people who live and work in Louisburg, the Central Library provides extensive, in-depth collections and centralized support for library services throughout the County. The branch libraries provide collections and a full range of services to the people in their immediately adjacent neighborhoods
III. The Collection
Franklin County Public Library’s collection of approximately one hundred thousand items provides a wide range of literary, cultural, educational, informational and recreational materials for people of all ages. Collections include popular and in-demand materials as well as special formats, such as large print books, government documents, foreign language materials, test and study guides, financial, tax and business information, school and career information, consumer, health and medical information. In addition, the
The variety of formats collected include:
- Print: books, documents, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, and maps.
- Audiovisual Media: videos on DVD and tape, books on CD and tape, music on compact disc.
- Electronic Media: databases, software, electronic books, downloadable audio books, videos and music. The library also provides access to the Internet. Selected Internet sites are cataloged and linked to the Library’s website.
- Other: multimedia kits, microforms, and selected audiovisual equipment.
- Criteria for Selection
General criteria for selecting library materials are listed below. An item need not meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable.
- public demand, interest or need,
- contemporary significance, popular interest or permanent value
- attention of critics and reviewers
- prominence, authority and/or competence of author, creator or publisher
- timeliness of material
- relation to existing collections
- statement of challenging, original, or alternative point of view
- authentic County of historical, regional or social setting
- accessibility for multiple users of electronic formats
- Franklin County Public Library Website
The Franklin County Public Library website provides a link to NCCardinal, the online catalog of materials and to other electronic resources. It also offers links to subject-focused websites recommended by professional staff. In linking other websites to its home pages the Library follows the selection criteria cited above. Beyond this, the Library has not participated in the development of these other sites and does not exert any editorial or other control over these sites. Any link from the Library’s website to another website is not an endorsement from the Library. The Library does not warrant that its website, the server that makes it available, or any links from its site to other websites are free of viruses or other harmful components. Internet use policy
- Responsibility for Selection
Responsibility for the initial selection of library resources rests with the Library’ Professional MLS staff, based on the criteria cited above. Designated staff are responsible for specific areas of the collection, Adult Services Librarian for all adult materials. The Youth Services Librarian for all juvenile materials under the overall direction of the Library Director. The responsibility for selection ultimately rests with the Library Director operating within the framework of policies determined by the Board of the Franklin County Public Library.
VII. Cataloging and Processing of Items.
In order to facilitate uniformly and correctly cataloged and processed items all items will be cataloged by the Cataloger and his support staff with the exception of periodicals. Periodicals may be added to existing records by any staff member. If the periodical is a new add and there is no record please have the Cataloger add the record and then all staff may add items to that record.
VIII. Suggestions for Additions to the Collection
To assure the acquisition of resources desired by Library users, customer suggestions are always considered for their addition to the collection. Customers can request that specific items be purchased by filling out a request at any Franklin County Public Library location.
- Collection Maintenance, Replacement and Weeding
Library staff regularly review items in the collection to ensure that they continue to meet customers’ needs. Materials that are worn, obsolete, unused, old editions or unnecessarily duplicated are removed. It is the responsibility of professional staff to assess the need for replacing materials that are damaged, destroyed or lost. Items are not automatically replaced. Decisions are based on need, demand and budget.
Franklin County Public Library accepts gifts of new or gently-used books, magazines, DVDs, and music or books on compact disc. Decisions on whether and how donated items will be added to the Library’s collections are based on the same evaluative criteria that are applied to purchased materials.
With rare exceptions, we do not return items that are given to us. Items that are not added to the collections are given to the Friends groups supporting Franklin County Public Library.
- Request for Reconsideration of Materials
The Library welcomes citizens’ expressions of opinion concerning materials purchased. Requests to remove materials will be considered within the context of the policies set forth in this document. The form will be forwarded to the appropriate staff –the Adult Services Librarian for adult materials and the Youth Services Coordinator for children’s materials, who will consider the request in a timely fashion, in consultation with the Director. The questioned material will be reviewed, in its entirety, and once a decision has been made regarding the retention or removal of the material, a letter will be sent to the person, explaining the decision. If the person indicates dissatisfaction with the resolution, he/she may appeal to the Library Board. The Board will reconsider the decision based on whether or not the particular title conforms to the Board-approved Collection Development Policy, as outlined in the “Criteria for Selection,” above.
Fines and Fees Policy
Changes are highlighted in yellow. All new pricing takes effect July 20th, 2020
|Color Text/Small Photo||Letter||$0.15|
|Full Color Photo||Letter||$0.60|
|Color Text/Small Photo||Legal||$0.30|
|Full Color Photo||Legal||$0.60|
|Color Text/Small Photo||Ledger||$0.50|
|Full Color Photo||Ledger||$1.00|
|Branch Meeting Room Use Non Profit||$-|
|Branch Meeting Room Use Patron||$-|
|Branch Meeting Room Use For Profit||$35/session|
|Library Annex Use Non Profit||$-|
|Library Annex Use Patron||$-|
|Library Annex Use For Profit||$35/session|
|Branch Meeting Room Use Tutors||$-|
|Damage 1-5 pages||$5.00|
|Damage +6 Pages||Replacement + $3.00 Processing|
|Damage DVD CD Game Repairable||$3.00|
|Disc Repair for patrons||$3.00|
|Disc Repair for patrons with Sanding (CD Only)||$5.00|
|Fax Outgoing||1st page 1.00 Each additional 0.25 No Cap|
|Fax Incoming||1st page 1.00 Each additional 0.25 No Cap|
|Media Box 1-4 Capacity||$3.00|
|Media Box 5-10 Capacity||$6.00|
|Media Box 12+ Capacity||$8.00|
|Lost Checkout Bag||$4.00|
|Overdue Item||.15 per day Max 5.00|
|Overdue Game||.50 per day Max 10.00|
|Processing Only Fee||$3.00|