Policies of the Medway Public Library

I. Guide to Library Rules & Services

LOANS & RENEWALS

  • Two week loans: books, magazines, all sound recordings, and TV series DVDs.
  • Seven day loans: videos, DVDs (except TV series).
  • Two renewals for all items, unless previously on-hold.
  • Renewals: in person, telephone, or online (a PIN is required online).

FINES & CHARGES

  • $ .10 a day for all overdue items (except Passes)
  • $5.00 a day for each overdue Pass (e.g. Museum, Park, Zoo). $10.00 replacement charge for a lost Pass.
  • $1.00 processing fee will be added to the replacement charge for each lost item.
  • $1.00 to replace a lost library card
  • $ .10 per page (B&W computer printouts).
  • $ .10 per page (B&W photocopies).


EMAIL NOTICES: Let us email notices about requested and overdue items to you. If you read mail regularly, give us your email address to save time and trees.


REQUESTS: You may request items that are out or not owned by us. We will email or call you when they come in. Please pick items promptly within 7 days.


MEDWAY LIBRARY OUTREACH: This free program serves homebound Medway residents of retirement or nursing facilities, as well as individual homebound Medway residents of all ages. A librarian will coordinate the delivery of books and other circulating library items. Monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly delivery schedules will be arranged for participants. Call the Library: 508-533-3217.


PUBLIC COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS          (See Computer Use and Public Internet Access Policy, below)

We offer several public accessible computers that provide:

  • Office Applications: Microsoft Word & Excel.
  • Internet access.
  • Catalog ONLY terminals that allow item searching, requests and even online fine payment.


WiFi ACCESS    (See Computer Use and Public Internet Access Policy, below): The Library provides free wireless access for use with patron laptops and other devices.


II. Cell Phone Policy

Please note that the Medway Public Library does not allow the use of cell phones in the Library. Please confine your use of cell phones to the entryways at the front and rear entrances to the Library.


III. Computer Use and Public Internet Access         (The policy, approved 7/5/2011, is also available here as a Word document.)

In keeping with its mission and with advances in information technology, Medway Public Library provides the community with access to the Internet to enhance the Library's existing collection and to provide access to resources available only on the Internet. These resources include information from a wide variety of government, academic, cultural, scientific, educational, business and recreational sources.

The Library has no control over the information accessed and cannot guarantee the content, timeliness, and accuracy of Internet resources beyond those listed on the Medway Public Library web site.

The Library does not filter access to the Internet. Parents or guardians, not the Library staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children's Internet sessions.

The Library is not responsible for any loss or damages resulting from use of the Library's computers or the Library's connection to the Internet, nor can it guarantee privacy of any Internet sessions.

The Medway Public Library reserves the right to suspend a patron's privilege to use the Internet due to illegal or unethical use of the Internet or for any violation of policy or rules for use.

Rules for Use: By using a public Internet workstation at the Medway Public Library, you agree to the following guidelines.

Sign- up & Time limits: Users are required to sign in at the Main Desk. A specific machine will be assigned. Sessions are limited to one hour when other patrons are waiting.

Printing is available for a fee.

Downloading: Users must provide their own storage devices.

Assistance: Library staff members are available to assist users in finding resources, but are not able to provide in-depth Internet instruction.

Prohibited Uses:

Illegal, unethical or abusive use of the Internet is not permitted. Such use includes, but is not limited to:

  • transmitting or displaying obscene, harassing or threatening material or messages

  • violation of copyright or licensing agreements

  • violation of another user's privacy

  • representing yourself as someone else

  • distributing chain letters or computer viruses

  • interfering with or harassing other users either in person or online

  • unauthorized access to the Library's network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.

Operating Policies

  • Do not install any software onto library computers.

  • Do not change any settings on Library-installed software.

  • Leave all equipment turned on. If a problem develops, notify a staff member. Do not attempt to make adjustments yourself.

  • Group use limits: Only two people may participate in a session at one time, unless prior permission to hold a group session has been obtained.

For more information about child online safety, go to:
http://www.Safekids.com
http://www.Safeteens.com


IV. Program Registration Policy         (Medway Board of Library Trustees Approved 7/3/2012)

All free programs held by Medway Public Library are open to the public. Advance-registration programs with limited capacity will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


V. Bulletin Board Policy

It is the policy of the Medway Public Library that the material posted on library bulletin boards be for the benefit of the Medway community, at the discretion of the Director. Information regarding community activitites, events and classes will be given priority. No for-sale flyers, business cards, or hand written notes will be posted. Anything not submitted to the Director for prior approval will be taken down. Items will be removed periodically.



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Updated 4/7/2014

Library Homepage: medwaylib.org