Fiction Shelves

2.000 Use of the Library

By borrowing materials from the Library, the borrower is deemed by the Library to have agreed to return the materials to the Library by the stated deadline and in the same condition as they were when borrowed.
The Library will serve all residents of the City of Keene. Service will not be denied or abridged for reasons of religion, race, social, economic, political status, or age. On proper registration, all residents will be entitled to a Library card at no charge in their individual names, and use of this card shall be non-transferable. At the request of a parent or guardian, a child, at any age, may receive a Library card. A parent or guardian must sign for a child’s card until the child reaches the age of 18. Persons, including spouses and children, residing outside the city limits, but owning property in the City of Keene, shall be considered residents. Full-time employees of the City of Keene, full-time teachers in the Keene School System, students attending an educational institution in the City on a full-time basis and students, Library volunteers, and tutors in any Cheshire County literacy program shall be entitled individual Library cards at no charge. Institutions and organizations which own or rent facilities in the City are entitled to one Library card in the name of that institution or organization, providing such institution or organization takes responsibility for the use of the card. A specific procedure for issuing cards has been approved by the Board of Trustees and shall be followed by Library staff. It is the policy of the Library not to restrict the circulation of its materials to borrowers in any way. It is the responsibility of the parents to limit their children’s access to Library materials if they so choose.
Individual Library cards are available to non-residents who pay a fee that is set by the Board of Trustees and approximates the cost per Keene resident for Library services as reflected in the City budget. Non-resident card fee will be reviewed on an annual basis. Non-resident institutions and organizations do not qualify to receive non-resident cards.
The use of the Library and/or its services may be denied for good cause. Such causes include, but are not limited to, failure to return books or to pay penalties, destruction of Library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other objectionable conduct on Library premises.
Library patrons may be asked to leave the Library for exhibiting disruptive behavior. Disruptive behavior may include running, throwing, eating, loud or abusive talking, talking, fighting, vandalism, inappropriate public displays of affection, interfering with the reasonable activities of other patrons, or any other behavior deemed inappropriate by Library staff.
Borrowers shall be charged a daily fee as set by the Board of Trustees, not including days when the Library is closed, for all overdue items subject to such a charge. Fines levied under this section shall not exceed the replacement cost for such items.
Charges for non-returned Library materials will be computed by category by using current and documented price information, or, if that information is not available, at list price. The Replacement Fee Charges will be reviewed annually by the Library Finance Committee.
The Library staff will promulgate policies for the recovery of overdue materials which shall have prior approval from the Board of Trustees.
The Library hours shall be set from time to time by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the Library Director.
The Board of Trustees shall approve the loan period for all Library materials.