Information for New Library Members
WELCOME TO THE DORCHESTER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BEHAVIOR IN THE LIBRARY
It is the library staff's responsibility to see that the library is a pleasant, orderly, and safe place for all members to enjoy. To accomplish this, the following rules have been set down for conduct in the library:
1. No behavior that is disruptive to library use.
2. No sleeping is permitted inside the library.
3. No smoking in the library or near any of the entry doors. Use of e-cigarettes or other vapor products is included in this ban.
4. No food or drinks are permitted in the library, except in the Meeting Room and Staff areas.
5. No animals are permitted inside the library except assistive animals.
6. Illegal activities, threatening behavior, or refusal to leave the library property upon staff request will result in a call to the police.
Failure to comply with library rules and regulations will result in the loss of library privileges.
If the police are called, the patron or patrons involved will be suspended from entering the library premises for a period of no less than one month.
PHONE USE POLICY
On entering the library, please set your cell phone to vibrate. There is no longer a pay phone available to the public, but persons may use a library phone for local calls for a cost of $.25 given to a staff member, who will dial the number. Long distance calls will cost $1.00. Children under 17 are allowed a free phone call for a ride home.
Central Library, Cambridge
The use of phones by the public inside the library building is restricted to the downstairs lobby.
The use of phones by the public inside the library building is restricted to the entrance foyer.
Library cards must be presented to borrow items or use computers. Library cards must be presented to library staff upon request. Your library card will be renewed for free every 3 years.
DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR OLD CARD.It is your permanent card. Out-of-state patron library cards are renewed yearly upon payment of annual fee.
To replace a lost card, you will need to show a photo ID and pay the fee of $5.00.
An adult library member is responsible for all materials that are borrowed on his/her library card. If an item is lost or damaged, the price of replacing that item must be paid. Borrowing and computer use privileges are suspended when a person owes $5.01 or more in overdue or lost materials fees, an item is more than 9 days overdue, or the patron has 10 or more overdue items.
Parents assume financial responsibility for all items borrowed by their children. Therefore, parents must give signed permission for children under 17 years of age to obtain a library card. Guidance in the choice and use of library materials is the responsibility of the parent. Children are not restricted in borrowing or using library print materials by the library staff, and will have access to filtered Internet service unless specifically restricted in writing by a parent or guardian. See separate rules regarding computer use.
Loan periods for library materials and extended loan fee schedule
The library has many different kinds of materials for you to borrow. If an item is returned late, an extended loan fee must be paid. If an item is not returned, the replacement cost for that item is charged. The fees which the library collects are used to buy more library materials.The due date is shown on the date due strip, usually located in the back of a book, or the front cover of an audio book. You may also look at your account information using the online catalog at www.dorchesterlibrary.org.
Books, magazines, audio books, DVD's and music CD's may be checked out and returned to any public library in Maryland. AV equipment must be returned to the library branch from which it was borrowed.
Equipment, Interlibrary loan and Express items cannot be renewed. All other library materials may be renewed up to three times, provided materials have not been reserved for use by other patrons and any fines or fees in excess of $5.00 have been paid.
An electric typewriter is available at the Central and Hurlock Libraries for in-house use by adult library members and by students who have had typing instruction. See separate rules regarding computer use.
*The sum total of all DVDs, including Express DVDs is limited to 5.
LIBRARY POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICECurrent policy approved by the Board of Trustees October 2014.