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Policies

Loan Periods and Late Fees

 

Material may be checked out for the following loan periods. Please note late fees.

 

Children's Books, CDs, Books on CD, Kits, Magazines - excludes DVDs - 21 days; $.10 per day

Magazines  -  7 days; $.10 per day

Books  -   21 days; $.20 per day

7 Day Books  -  7 days; $.50 per day

Music CDs, Books on CD  -  21 days; $.20 per day

Entertainment DVDs - Adult and Children's  -  7 days; $.20 per day

Overnight DVDs  -  1 day; $1.00 per day

All other DVDs  -  21 days; $.20 per day

Museum Passes - 24 hours; $5.00 per day

 

All items checked out for 21 days may be renewed once, unless someone is waiting for them.

 

Renew online at My account or by calling 736-0965. We honor the loan periods and fine structures of the owning library's items sent through the State's delivery system.

 

Please see your receipt for due dates and staff with questions.

 

Computer and Internet Policy 

 

In accord with our Mission Statement, the Warwick Public Library endeavors to develop resources and services to meet the informational needs of our community. Advances in technology have made possible many new library resources, some of which are used and accessed in ways different from print media. This statement is intended to outline library policies and user responsibilities regarding electronic resources and the Internet. Most electronic information resources, including the Internet, are accessed through public-access computer workstations at the Library. Use of any computer workstation shall constitute acceptance by the user of the Library's policies, and agreement to follow these policies. This acceptance is reaffirmed each time a workstation is used.

 

The Internet is a global electronic network that offers access to a nearly unlimited variety of materials and information. However, the quality of that information varies greatly. Not all resources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, or legal. Some Internet sites contain material that you may find to be offensive, disturbing, and inappropriate for children. The Warwick Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the content of materials on the Internet, which often changes rapidly and unpredictably.

 

Users are responsible for the choice of Internet sites that they visit, and the Warwick Public Library cannot be held responsible for the contents of any site. Just as the Library does not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written materials, we do not do so for electronic information, including Internet sites.

 

Library staff can provide guidance to users, and suggest appropriate sites. Our home page offers easy and convenient access to valuable local, national, and international resources.

 

In no event shall the Warwick Public Library have any liability for lost profits or for any direct or indirect special, punitive, or consequential damages, or any liability to a third party, even if the Library is advised of the possibility of such damages, arising from the use of its connection to the Internet.

 

As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Warwick Public Library does not serve in loco parentis; the Library cannot usurp the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to supervise children's use of the Internet. Please read "My rules for Online Safety" and the pamphlet "Parents, Kids, and the Internet" for more information. Our Kids Page provides a great starting point for children's use of the Internet.

 

 Guidelines

  

All users of computer workstations must agree to abide by the following rules:

Computers will not be used for illegal activities, to access illegal materials, or to access materials that by local community standards would be obscene.

The installation, downloading, or modification of software is prohibited.

Users will make no attempts to modify or gain access to system files, passwords, or data.

Users will make no changes in the setup or configuration of software or hardware.

Users will make only authorized copies of software or data, and are responsible for compliance with all international, national, and state laws governing copyrighted materials.

Users will end their session and leave the workstation when asked to do so by Library staff.

Under no circumstances may personal software or equipment be used on the Library's workstations or network.

Users shall not behave in a way that intrudes upon the rights of others. Users are prohibited from invading the privacy of other library users, harassing the Library staff or users, and damaging or disrupting computer equipment.

No library user is permitted to use a computer to view obscenity, child pornography, or to display any illegal content, or, if a minor, to view materials harmful to minors in violation of federal, state and/or local laws.

All users agree to abide by the decision of Library staff regarding any and all use of computer equipment.

The Library reserves the right to restrict access to particular Internet sites, or to limit use of equipment for any reason deemed to be in the best interest of the community. Web management software may be employed to accomplish the objectives of these policies. Any individual whose behavior violates Library policies or otherwise misuses computer resources will be subject to the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges, and possible prosecution.

Approved by Library Board of Trustees 6/28/02

 

Interlibrary Loan Policy


The Warwick Public Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium and the Library of Rhode Island (LORI).  This policy will defer to OSL and LORI rules should there be a conflict.

 Anyone with a library card issued at an OSL library may freely borrow materials from the Warwick Public Library.

Interlibrary loan service is available to valid library card holders, except those holding local-use-only cards.  Library holdings may be requested via the OSL electronic catalog.  These include materials belonging to any public library in Rhode Island, as well as materials owned by college and university libraries that participate in InRhode.  Availability of these items is dependent on the owning library’s policies.  Items not found in the public or InRhode libraries can be requested from other colleges and universities in Rhode Island.  If the items are not found they may be requested from out of state.  A one-way shipping charge is required for out-of-state materials and requests are limited to five per month.

 Warwick Public Library materials are available for interlibrary loan with the exception of items for which reserves are not allowed.

 [Approved by Trustees 11-19-15]

 

General Policies

 

Please Do:

 

Ask a librarian for help

Expect prompt, efficient, courteous treatment from Library staff

Check out circulating books and other materials

Make appropriate use of interlibrary loan services

Suggest new materials and services

Expect the Library to buy current best sellers and popular materials

Read, study, or use Library materials

Expect a clean, safe, reasonably quiet building

 

 

So that All May Enjoy the Library, Please Do Not:

 

Engage in any illegal activity or behavior

Harass other Library patrons or Library staff

Vandalize library facilities, equipment, or materials

Use obscene or inappropriate language or behaviors

Use cell phones in public service areas of the Library

Smoke in the Library

Enter the Library under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Enter the Library without wearing a shirt or shoes

Bring in animals except those licensed as aides for the disabled

Sell, solicit, panhandle or loiter on Library premises

Rollerblade, skate, or skateboard in the Library or on Library walkways

Leave bicycles in the vestibule or hallway-there is a bike rack available

Anyone who fails to observe these guidelines may be asked to leave the premises. Bicycles left in the Library will be moved to the bike rack. Adapted from the Library Behavior Policy