The Woodbury Public Library provides a balanced collection of information in a variety of formats. Our resources serve the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the residents of Woodbury in a safe and respectful environment.
Adopted by the Woodbury Library Board of Trustees 4/30/2013
Woodbury Public Library Rules of Conduct
The Woodbury Public Library’s Rules of Conduct are to protect the rights and safety of our patrons, staff members, and also to protect Woodbury Public Library’s materials, facilities and property.
These Rules apply to all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by the Woodbury Public Library at the Ida Cornell Branch (Central Valley) and Rushmore Memorial Branch (Highland Mills).
The Woodbury Public Library encourages the following:
Asking for help Reading
Checking out library materials Writing
Doing homework Participating in programs
The following actions will not be permitted on Woodbury Public Library premises:
Adopted June 24, 2014.
Procedures for Staff Regarding Patron's Code of Conduct
Library Staff noticing any infraction of Library policy will notify another Staff member of their intent to speak to the offending patron.
Staff member will inform the patron of the violation of the Library's code.
Patron will be asked to comply with the code.
Failure to comply may result in the patron being asked to leave Library premises
Refusal by Patron to leave may result in revocation of Library privileges along with notification of Police.
Adopted January 10, 2015
It is the function of the Woodbury Public Library to provide materials in all formats for all ages, from preschool through maturity. Materials are selected by senior members of the Library's staff. Since the Library cannot acquire all materials, it must necessarily employ a policy of selectivity in acquisition.
The aim of the adult book collection is to make available books and other materials that will meet educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs and interests of the patrons. To fulfill this purpose, the library endeavors to maintain a carefully selected collection of good, representative books of permanent value and of current interest. Each title is judged individually according to its intrinsic merit, the subject treated, the reader interest, and the need for the book in an organized collection. Each title is judged as a whole, and isolated passages in themselves are not used as criteria. Other factors considered in selecting materials for the adult book collection include significance and popular appeal, importance of the subject matter to the collection, scarcity of the material on the subject, timeliness or permanence of the book, authoritativeness, soundness of the author's attitude and approach, and the reputation of the author or publisher.
In order to provide high demand popular materials, a lease plan is used to assure availability of multiple copies. Materials no longer in demand are returned; those items of permanent value are transferred to the permanent collection.
The children's collection is selected to provide pleasurable reading for reading's sake and, insofar as possible to provide information in all fields of knowledge which are of interest to children. The collection is carefully selected for children of all ages and abilities, and emphasis is placed upon books which stimulate imagination, mental growth, and the development of taste for good literature and beautifully made books.
Young people's books are selected with the aim of helping teenagers find self-realization, live useful, well-adjusted lives in the community, and know and understand the world at large. The books are selected to widen the adolescent's thinking, to enrich their life, and to help them fulfill their recreational and emotional needs.
The Library will provide, as far as possible, materials treating all sides of controversial issues - materials that give evidence of a sincere desire to be factual, that are written in a reasonable fashion, and that show results of careful study. Materials on controversial issues that present only one side of a question and are written in a violent, sensational, and inflammatory manner will ordinarily not be selected. Books of doubtful value, such as campaign biographies or fiction about which there is great curiosity, will occasionally be acquired by the library; these kinds of materials will be discarded when they have served their purpose of meeting strong, though temporary, demand. Format may be a deciding factor; possibility of rebinding is considered, as well as type and legibility. Price may also be a deciding factor.
The Library seeks to maintain a limited but balanced periodical collection while serving the interests and needs of the community.
The Library will provide a collection of instructional, educational and recreational VHS/DVDs which will be available first to the residents of Woodbury. The collection will also include feature films for all ages. Selection will be based upon demand, reviews and budgetary restrictions. The Library will not label VHS/DVDs as to rating.
The public library and all libraries are sometimes pressured by persons or groups who wish the library only to reflect only their views and taste. The Woodbury Public Library will not give in to such demands and will support the Library Bill of Rights along with the Freedoms to Read and to View Statement(s) as written by the American Library Association. The Woodbury Public Library will remain free of pressure and will serve as an instrument for humanity and freedom. However, it is possible that mistakes can be made in selection. If an employee of the Woodbury Public Library is questioned by a complaint, a Request for Reconsideration of Materials form will be provided to them. The Board of Trustees stands ready to review individual comments on materials they deem objectionable.
Revised and Approved (12/2/13)
The objective of the Woodbury Public Library is to select, organize, preserve, and to make freely and easily available to the people of the community, printed and other materials within the limitations of space and budget, which will aid them in the pursuit of education, information, research, recreation, and in creative use of leisure time. The goal of the Library is the maximum use of its collection by the greatest number of persons.
This Library is available for use free of charge by any resident of the Town of Woodbury and is chartered by the State of New York for this purpose.
It shall be the policy to allow freedom of expression of varying points of view in all intellectual and leisure pursuits for all members of the community.
Book selection is the responsibility of the Director, the Assistant Director and the Board of Trustees with professional help from RCLS when and where required. Suggestions are welcomed and given consideration. Since no one person is omniscient nor fully qualified in all areas to determine the reading needs of all persons, the selection will try to maintain a high standard of accuracy, quality writing, and purpose.
Because of the limitations of space and budget highly technical and seldom used items will not be purchased, nor will textbooks. Standard reference works should be kept up to date and basic books in all possible subject matter will be selected. The collection shall be augmented by loan collections where money is not available for purchase.
The Library should have materials which furnish the information most frequently requested on a wide range of topics and should have personnel able to locate facts in these resources. It should offer materials and services to groups and institutions in the community. The Library may sponsor or co-sponsor group activities which clearly relate to the further use of Library materials.
Gift books are accepted with the understanding that if they are not usable within the Library then they will be given to another suitable agency or put for sale by the Library and go toward the Library's book fund(s). Gifts other than books are accepted at the discretion of the Board of Trustees to do with as they deem proper.
Withdrawals from the collection shall include outdated and/or worn out books no longer circulated. However, the classics, even if not greatly circulated, should remain available on the shelves as well as outdated books that are still read by a few of our older patrons.
In order to meet the needs and interests of individuals in the community, opposing views on controversial topics should be available.
Any complaints on items must be made to the Board of Trustees in writing stating title, author, publisher, copyright date, and page on which the alleged unsuitable material appears; as well as a clear statement of the objections to the material, and the name and address of the Complainant.
An item that has been questioned must be reviewed by all members of the Library's Board of Trustees and the Director. If an item is judged to be undesirable, it will be removed from the shelves by unanimous opinion of the Board of Trustees.
May 1, 1972
As part of Woodbury Public Library’s overall Loan Policy, the necessity of producing a library card at check out cannot be overemphasized. Since Woodbury is a growing population of nearly 10,000 citizens, library staff cannot possibly know all of our patrons, making the need for having a library card at check out necessary.
Woodbury Public Library also follows Ramapo Catskill Library System’s system wide ANSER Policy 1, which states, “Each patron shall have one library card issued by their home library which must be presented for all Direct Access transactions”
When patrons are called about their holds, we will remind them to bring their Library Cards to be able to check out materials.
Approved by the Woodbury Public Library Board of Trustees, August 28, 2007
The meeting room at the Central Valley Facility is available for non-profit tutoring (Literacy Volunteers, Monroe Woodbury School Dist., etc.) when Library programs are not scheduled. Tutoring at Highland Mills is available (for non-profit tutoring) as long as it does not interfere with other patrons or the operation of the Library. School age students being tutored in the Library are the responsibility of the tutor on the Library’s property until released to parent/guardian or authorized transportation. Arrangements should be made with the Director or the Assistant Director.
Adopted by the Library Board 9/29/09
The Woodbury Public Library has limited space for meetings and activities. Library-sponsored activities and functions of the Friends of the Woodbury Public Library are given priority in scheduling. Not-for-profit organizations may request use of the Meeting Room at the Central Valley Branch during scheduled Branch hours at no charge. Arrangements may be made with the Director or Assistant Director at least one week prior to the date requested. An adult resident of the Town of Woodbury must make the request. Use of the meeting room will be scheduled one date at a time. All Library facilities and property must be left as found. This includes removal of trash.
Amended by the Library Board 7/26/05
Some Library Sponsored Programs are limited to residents of the Town of Woodbury. Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Woodbury Public LIbrary are not limited to Woodbury residents; however, in the case of limited registration, preference will be given to Woodbury residents. When programs are filled, a waiting list will be available in case of cancellations and persons waiting will be called as vacancies occur. YA programs are open to all Monroe-Woodbury students of the correct age.
The safety and well-being of young children left unattended at the library is of serious concern. Young children left alone may become frightened or anxious. Older children cannot be expected to deal with a small child who is frightened, tired or ill. Library staff have many other duties and cannot serve as babysitters.
We ask your cooperation in making the library a safe and happy place for your small child.
Consequently, the Library's policy states:
Parents, not Staff, are responsible for the behavior of the children using the Library. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, local authorities will be notified.
Reviewed and Approved May 29, 2012
Recognizing the library's position of special trust with members of the public, the Trustees of the Woodbury Public Library wish to clarify their policy and responsibility regarding confidentiality of patron information and the use of library resources.
The use of library resources is essentially a private endeavor on the part of each individual patron; consequently the library shall make every reasonable and responsible effort to protect the confidentiality of patron information and use of library materials. Woodbury Public Library supports the ALA's Code of Ethics, point #3, which states "Librarians must protect each user's right to privacy with respect to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed or acquired."
No information shall be given, made available, or disclosed to any individual, corporation, institution, or government agency, without a valid court order or subpoena, regarding or including:
Upon presentation of such a court order or subpoena, the library shall resist its enforcement until such a time as proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent juristiction.
All requests for confidential information must be referred to the Library Director or the Assistant Director. If a staff member is approached to divulge confidential information, the following steps will be followed:
The Woodbury Public Library offers Internet access as part of its mission to meet the informational and educational needs of the entire community. The Library encourages use of the Internet primarily as a reference source.
The Woodbury Public Library does not monitor and has no control over information accessed thorough the Internet. As with other library materials, restriction of access is the responsibility of the user or the user’s parent or legal guardian. Therefore, users are strongly advised to evaluate for themselves the validity and appropriateness of any information found on the Internet. Parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their children when using the Internet in order to monitor the information they are accessing.
Failure to utilize the Library’s Internet Access and Computer Policy appropriately may result in revocation of Internet and computer use and/or Library privileges. Uses that are also unlawful may result in criminal and/or civil proceedings.
The following uses of the Woodbury Public Library’s computers are inappropriate and prohibited:
For Internet and computer access privileges at the Woodbury Public Library (WPL):
B). Minors (under 18 years old) must have a valid RCLS Library Card and have both their own and their parent and/or guardian’s signature on an Internet Use Agreement. Parents and guardians take sole responsibility for monitoring their children’s searches and are advised that the only absolute way to do so is to be present at the Library’s Internet workstation with their children.
Parents and children are urged to follow the "Online Safety Rules for Minors" provided at registration.
2. Woodbury Public Library will limit each patron's computer use to 30 minutes if others are waiting. Patrons may continue to sign up for additonal 30 minute blocks upon availability.
3. No more than two people may sit at one workstation at any time.
4. Printouts cost .10 per page, and will be paid for before the computer is allowed to print.
5. Patrons may not save material on computer hard drives, but may save, retrieve
or print documents to or from personal USB drives
Revised 3/25/14, 5/31/16
Agreement to abide by the following rules is a precondition for having access to the wireless network:
Woodbury Public Library
Policy and Rules for the Use of the Facilities
The library’s rooms and facilities are to be used primarily for the purpose of providing library services and for library sponsored programs. However, as a public institution, the library attempts to share these limited facilities with local community groups for informational, educational, cultural, civic meetings and programs.
The following rules govern the use of the library facilities, however, the Library Director shall, at all times, have the authority to make a decision on any application for use based on what is in the best interests of the Library and the community it serves. Any such decision may be appealed to the Board of Trustees.
RULES FOR USE OF THE FACILITIES
Eligibility and Priority of Use:
1. Use of the facilities is limited to meetings, programs and activities having a primarily educational, informational, cultural or civic purpose.
2. All groups using the facilities must be non-profit, non-commercial and open to the public.
3. The facilities are not available for parties or private social gatherings.
4. Library supported activities will pre-empt all others.
5. Groups based within the Woodbury Public Library District shall take priority over groups based outside the library district.
1. The facilities may only be used during those hours when the Library is scheduled to be open. Meetings and activities may not take place when the library is closed.
2. Scheduled meetings and activities may need to be cancelled, or re-scheduled (with reasonable notice), at any time when the facility is needed for library use or for library sponsored activities. It will be the responsibility of the individual reserving the space to inform program participants of the cancellation or re-scheduling.
3. In order to provide fairness to all groups, repetitive meeting schedules may not be approved for more than 3 months at one time and are subject to periodic review.
Publicity and Communications:
1. All publicity relating to meetings and events must clearly state: This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Woodbury Public Library. Such publicity must not include the telephone number of the Library.
2. Neither the name nor the address of the Library may be used as the official headquarters of any non-library sponsored group.
3. The Library’s telephone number may not be used by any non-library sponsored group.
1. The Applicant shall be liable for any damages to library property, furnishings or equipment caused by the Applicant or any of the participants in the Applicant’s meeting, activity or program.
2. The Library shall not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage to any property brought onto the Library premises (including the parking area) for any purpose or under any circumstances.
1. All groups using the facilities must abide by the general rules of the library.
2. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed on Library premises.
3. The area used by the Applicant must be left in a clean and orderly condition.
4. Any violation of the Rules by Applicant or program participants may result in the Applicant or group being barred from further use of the Library facilities.
1. A completed application must be submitted to the Library Director at least 30 calendar days in advance of the requested date of use.
2. Written confirmation or denial will be sent to the applicant within 14 days of the application date.
3. Should the Applicant decide to cancel the scheduled meeting or event, the Applicant is responsible for notifying the Library at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. Failure to give the Library one week advance notice of cancellation may result in the Applicant being barred from further reservation of the Library facilities.
WOODBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
APPLICATION FOR USE OF FACILITIES
Name of Organization: _____________________________________________ Date of Application: ____________
Address of Organization: _________________________________________________________________________
Tel: _________________________ Fax: ____________________ Email: ___________________________________
Name of Applicant: ____________________________________________ Library Card No.:__________________
Address of Applicant: ___________________________________________________________________________
Tel: __________________________ Fax: ____________________ Email: _________________________________
List all other co-sponsoring or participating organizations: _____________________________________________
Topic of/Title of Program: _______________________________________________________________________
Type of Meeting / Program (lecture, meeting, workshop, etc.): __________________________________________
Brief Synopsis of Program: _______________________________________________________________________
Number of People Expected: ________________________ Number under 18 years old: _____________________
Date Requested: _______________________ Start Time: ___________________ End Time: __________________
Library Facilities Use Policy Certification:
I hereby certify that I have received and read a copy of the Woodbury Public Library Policy and Rules for the Use of the Facilities. I have personally read the Policy and Rules and agree to comply with the terms contained therein.
Applicant Signature Date
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
APPROVED______ DENIED______ REASON (IF DENIED) _______________________________________________
___________________________________________ DATE: ___________________________
Library Director Signature
Available for a 14 Day loan; no renewals allowed.
Borrowers must be 18 years of age and must be cardholders in good standing at the Woodbury Public Library. Drivers License or Non-Drivers ID number is required.
eReaders are checked out from the circulation desk. All borrowers MUST sign a special borrowing agreement before the device may be released.
eReaders MUST be returned in person to the branch the eReader was borrowed from. If an eReader is due on a day the Library is closed, it is the patron's responsibility to return the equipment before the end of the next operating day.
Please hand the device to an employee; it must be inspected in your presence to be certain it is working properly.
An eReader WILL NOT be checked in unless it is accompanied by all of the accessories listed on the box.
DO NOT RETURN/PLACE eREADERS IN THE BOOK DROP! You will be responsible for any damage if you place a device in the book drop or any other unsecured location.
Fines and Fees
Damaged devices or parts will be charged to you at replacement cost plus a processing fee. Fees may be assessed after the time of check-in if damage is discovered later.
$2 per day after the due date.
If not returned within 21 days after the due date, the device will be presumed lost. All of your Library privileged will be suspended, and you will be charged the full replacement cost.
E-Book readers are the responsibility of the borrower; the borrower is fiscally responsible for all costs associated with damage, loss, or theft of the reader.
Museum Memberships@your Library
Museum memberships are paid for by donations made to the Library by fellow patrons.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pass is made possible by a donation from the Raanahan Park Charity Drive.
WPLibrary Museum Pass Policy
Woodbury Public Library has purchased Library Memberships to a few area museums and cultural centers to provide a day out for patrons and their families. Library Passes to a museum or cultural center may be requested, picked up, and returned to the Highland Mills Branch.
The following terms apply for all Library Passes:
Revised and Approved by WPL Board of Trustees on 2/7/17
Approved by WPL Board of Trustees 5/29/12
American Museum of Natural History Vouchers
Museum memberships are paid for by donations made to the Library by fellow patrons.
The Woodbury Public Library offers its Patrons vouchers for admission to The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Each voucher is good for one general admission to the Museum and any one special exhibit, film, or live-animal exhibit of the patron's choosing.
The following terms apply for vouchers:
Revised and Approved by the WPL Board of Trustee on 2/7/17
Approved by the WPL Board of Trustees on 4/24/12
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE POLICY
The Woodbury Public Library strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for its staff and patrons. In pursuit of this objective, selected public areas of the library premises are equipped with video cameras that are recording at all times. The video security cameras will be positioned to record only those areas specified by the Director, and will complement other measures to maintain a safe and secure environment in compliance with library policies. Signage will be posted at the library entrance disclosing this activity. Camera locations shall not be changed or added without the permission of the Director. The Library’s video security system shall be used only for the protection and safety of patrons, employees, assets and property. There is no audio recording associated with the cameras.
Reasonable efforts shall be made to safeguard the privacy of patrons and employees. Video cameras shall not be positioned in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of personal privacy such as restrooms or employee break rooms.
Images from the Library video security system are stored digitally on hardware in the Library. It is the intent of the Library to retain all recorded images for approximately 30 days. Typically, images will not be continuously monitored in real-time, nor reviewed by library staff, except when specifically authorized by the Library Director and the Town of Woodbury Police Department.
When an incident occurs on Library premises:
Approved by the Woodbury Public Library Board of Trustees, February 10,, 2015
New Books - 2 Weeks
Books - 3 Weeks
Audiobooks - 3 Weeks
Magazines - 3 Weeks (most recent does not circulate)
New DVD's - 3 Days (have pink "NEW" sticker on side)
DVD's/VHS - One week unless otherwise marked
NON-Woodbury Residents are allowed 3 DVD's per household at any time.
Fines Per Day
All libraries have different loan periods and fines. We may not waive another library's fines.
Residents of Woodbury may register for a library card. Identification is needed to register: One NYS issued photo ID (such as a Drivers License) with a Woodbury address or an address that would require a resident to pay Woodbury taxes.
When a child is enrolled in Kindergarten they can obtain a library card - regardless of age.
Children up to age 14 must have a parent present to register.
Library Cards will be mailed to the address provided on registration card.
Library Cards must be presented to check out materials.
If you are picking up a hold for another person, you must either have that person's card, OR fill out a Holds Permission Slip at the Library and we will put a Holds Permission Block on your record. You, as proxy, will still need your card to check those items out.
A replacement cost of $5 will be charged for a lost card and you will be issued a new card a new barcode.
A scanned image of your card on your smartphone does not take the place of your Library Card.
you may renew borrowed library items:
In-person at the Library
By phone during open Library hours by calling 928-6162 (Highland Mills), or 928-2114 (Central Valley).
Through the online library catalog by logging into your library account, checking the items you wish to renew, and clicking the Renew button. Please note - If you have any blocks (fines, fees, etc.) on your card, online renewal may not be permitted.
Please call the library before dropping off any donations to either branch.
While we appreciate donations, the Library cannot accept any of the following materials:
Non-Fiction older than five years
Readers' Digest Condensed Books
Books with brown or yellowing pages
Books that smell musty or have signs of mold and or mildew