The mission of the Colebrook Public Library is to provide materials to meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of the community it serves, to offer programs to enlighten and inform and to support the educational, civic and cultural activities of community groups and organizations with particular emphasis on children to create lifetime library users.
Getting a Library Card
All Colebrook Residents and taxpayers are entitiled to a free library card. Applicants must show proof of residency. A post office box is not acceptable proof.
Columbia and Clarksville, NH and Lemington, and Brunswick, VT resident memberships are provided by those towns.
Non residents may purchase a yearly membership for $25.00.
Children may get their own card at age 12 or under the age of 12 with parental consent. Parents take full responsibility for all fines, damage fees, and choices of items on their child's card. See the "HOW EXCITING...YOUR OWN LIBRARY CARD!" pamphlet for an explanation of responsibilities.
Privacy & Open Access Policy
The Library believes that all patrons have the right to explore topics of their own choosing without fear.
Therefore the Library follows RSA 201-D:11 which basically says that ALL PATRONS, regardless of age, who have a valid library card, have the right to COMPLETE privacy of their borrowing records. The staff will not release records to any family member, whether it is a husband, brother, sister, parent, etc. without the card holder's expressed consent and we will not deny access to any part of our library collection based on age.
The Library works very hard to make everyone feel that they can learn, explore and read without being judged; this includes our younger patrons as well. We understand parent concerns about what their children are reading and viewing but cannot divulge that information unless the child has given us permission to do so. Please talk to your children about what you consider to be acceptable materials; the librarians will not make those decisions for you or your child.
Website Policy Draft
The purpose of this website is to aid in fulfilling the library’s mission “to provide materials to meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of the community it serves, to offer programs to enlighten and inform and to support the educational civic and cultural activities of community groups and organizations with particular emphasis on children to create longtime library users”. Additionally, this website will provide limited access to information to library users when the library is closed and when they cannot immediately visit the premises.
This website is maintained by the Colebrook Public Library Staff. Every reasonable effort is made to insure that the information found here is reliable and accurate. All website images are the property of the Colebrook Public Library unless otherwise stated. No images found here can be reproduced without the permission of the library director.
Any links provide on this site are used with permission and have been carefully chosen for their informational value. However, the library does not control the content of linked sites. Users must use discretion when visiting other sites.
Please do not add a link to the Colebrook Public Library website on other websites without receiving permission from the library director.
Colebrook Public Library does not share sensitive personal information entered by website visitors.
Patrons are responsible for returning materials on time in the same condition as when they were received.
Patrons are responsible for paying full purchase price for all lost and damaged materials.
Books and audiobooks may be checked out for two weeks. Magazines, DVDs and VHS taped may be checked out for one week.
Children's materials are allowed to be checked out for three weeks.
Materials may be renewed, if they have not been reserved by another patron, in person, by phone or email and by visiting our library catalog.
Books and audiobooks - 25¢ per week
DVDs and VHS - $1.00 per day
Magazines - 3¢ per day
Interlibrary Loan Materials - 50¢ per week
Giving Policy - to be added soon
Acceptable Use Policy -
Public Access Computer Policy
The Colebrook Public Library offers direct limited access to the Internet and selected online services as part of its commitment to the role of the public library in the Information Age. The Internet, and information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection.
Access to library materials, whether print or non-print, shall not be restricted because of a patron's age, race, religion, gender or socio-economic status. The Colebrook Public Library assumes no responsibility for the information available through electronic access that patons may find to be inaccurate, offensive and/or illegal. The library does not serve IN LOCO PARENTIS, and we encourage parents to supervise their own children's use of the library.
The Internet is a powerful tool for finding information, but other library resources may be more appropriate for finding information in a timely manner. Not all sites on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. The Internet user must evaluate the validity, accurtacy and appropriateness of the information found on the Internet.
Users shall respect the policies, rights and conventions of all the organizations and individuals who use the Internet, and shall not access any systems for which access has not been authorized.
Users shall obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing copyright, licensing and content restrictions.
Any damage to the computer or its peripheral devices is the responsibility of the user. Abuse of the equipment or the service will result in the user being denied further access to the service. Malicious damage may result in prosecution. Damage done deliberately to other computers, networks or products accessed through the library's Internet connection will be traced and the perpetrator will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Adults are financially responsible for their children.
Internet Access Policy
Patrons will sign in and out at the circulation desk and remain on the same computer.
Children under the age of 15 must have a parent or legal guardian read and sign these guidelines in the presence of library staff. Those under the age of 10 may use the computers only when accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
Patrons will not be allowed to use a computer if there is an outstanding balance owed on their account or they have overdue materials checked out.
Users agree to obey all applicable federal, state and local laws governing copyright, licensing and content restrictions.
The library is a public place. Therefore, users are asked to use resources appropriately and respect the privacy of others. Users may not send, receive, or display text or graphics that may be construed as pornographic. Library staff have the authority to end an Internet session. If someone has been asked on one previous occasion to quit an inappropriate site, the user's computer privileges will be terminated for up to six months.
NO SAVING OF FILES TO THE HARD DRIVE IS ALLOWED.
Printouts are 20¢ per page. The full amount will be charged. To reduce printing cost, ask staff to help minimize the pages to print only what is needed. Students are allowed 5 pages at no charge for schoolwork.
Patrons may call ahead to check for computer availability and/or to reserve computer time slots. Patrons may sign up for 1/2 hour blocks of time. Access is strictly limited to two hours per person, per week. Unreserved time may be used on a walk-in basis. Users who are ten minutes late for reserved time slots forfeit that time if someone else is waiting.
Library staff will assist only as their time and expertise allows. However, if the screen "freezes" or other MAJOR problems develop, notify library staff immediately. LIBRARIANS WILL HELP IF THE COMPUTER DOES NOT WORK. Although they are not computer experts, and may not be able to solve all technical problems. they will make every effort to assist.
STAY OUT OF PLACES YOU DO NOT BELONG. No manipulation of operating system, setups or files is allowed, including desktop settings and screen savers. Exit programs properly and DO NOT TURN OFF THE COMPUTER. The library staff will turn computers on the beginning of the day and shut them down at closing time.
Any damage to the computer or its peripheral devices is the responsibility of the user. Damage deliberately done to other computers, networks or products through the library's Internet connection will be traced and the perpetrator will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The computers will be turned off fifteen minutes before closing.
Video Gaming Policy
The Colebrook Public Library welcomes youth ages 10 -18 to use the Wii gaming system purchased with a grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Charitable Fund. Special times, events and tournaments may include participation by adults and children under 10.
The opportunities for gaming are being offered to make the library more enticing to youth and teens, to encourage them to visit the library, to develop their love of books and reading, and to expose them to all of the other services the library has to offer.
The rules in this policy are met to insure the proper use of equipment and allow fair access to all users. Failure to follow this policy will result in the loss of library gaming privileges and possibly other library privileges as well.
Before using the library’s gaming systems users must
· Be a Colebrook Public Library cardholder in good standing
· Read and sign the Gaming Policy and Rules
· Have a parent or guardian visit the library to read and sign the Gaming Policy and Rules
The Wii console, games and related accessories are library property and as with any other library property, damages that occur are the responsibility of the user at the time the damage occurs. The cost of any damages or financial losses suffered by the library that occur to the library's space or equipment or to the gaming equipment and accessories will be charged to the user’s library account. Parents will be financially responsible for any loss caused by their children.
Users of the library’s gaming systems and equipment agree that the Colebrook Public Library is not responsible for any loss or damage suffered by the patron while using or participating in gaming. The user agrees to hold the library and its employees, volunteers and trustees blameless for any damages including personal injuries to any party, or damages to any property, alleged to be a consequence of the user’s use of the library’s gaming systems or equipment.
Current open gaming hours are: (Subject to Staff Availability)
· Fridays 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm for all aged 10 – 18 years
GAMING RULES OF CONDUCT
· Gamers must have a library card in good standing with the Colebrook Public Library. In addition, during the summer, gamers are strongly encouraged to register for a Colebrook Public Library summer reading program.
· A signed copy of the Gaming Policy and Rules of Conduct Agreement must be on file at the library for every patron using the library’s gaming systems.
· Parents or guardians must countersign the minor patron’s Gaming Service Agreement in the presence of library staff before a minor patron is allowed to use the library’s gaming systems.
· Children under 10 years of age can only use the service when accompanied by an adult during a special program or event sponsored by the library.
· Gaming will be limited to specified gaming hours only and will be supervised by library staff.
· Only four patrons are allowed to play at one time. No more than two additional patrons may be in the gaming area to watch unless there is a special event or tournament. Other patrons waiting to use the equipment must occupy themselves elsewhere until it is their turn.
· Open gaming will be limited to 30 minutes per day/evening. If no one is waiting to use the game, play may continue for up to 30 more minutes, but users must be willing to end play if someone else signs up to use the system. Users must end play immediately at the request of the library staff.
· Time limits may be suspended for organized gaming programs and tournaments organized by the library.
· All users must register each use of the gaming systems and equipment with staff. Users are cautioned not to allow others to use the gaming systems and equipment without registering. Patrons who use the gaming systems and equipment without registering and users who allow unregistered users to use the gaming systems or equipment will risk losing their library privileges indefinitely.
· At the time of registration, the user will be given the game, controller or other accessories that are needed to play. After play period is up, the user must check the items back in to a staff member immediately and sign out.
· Patrons using a gaming system and equipment must wear the wrist leash. Patrons who fail to use leash will lose their privileges for that day. Repeat violators will have their gaming privileges revoked.
· Patrons using a gaming system and equipment are asked to respect other patrons using the library by keep the volume and noise level low. Vulgar, foul or inappropriate language or actions are prohibited. Violators will lose their library privileges indefinitely.
· Users are not allowed to bring and use games or accessories from outside the library except when given special permission for a special event or tournament.
· The library will not allow the Wii, games or accessories to be checked out for use at home.
· Inventory of gaming accessories will be made daily by the staff.
· Users are asked to treat the library gaming systems and equipment with care. Users who do not treat the gaming systems and equipment with care will lose their gaming privileges for a day. A user who repeatedly abuses the library gaming systems and equipment will have his/her gaming privileges revoked indefinitely.
· Users must quit play and check equipment back in to the staff 10 minutes before closing.
· Any other violation of this Gaming Policy and Rules of Conduct may result in the revocation of gaming or library privileges.
Collection Development Policy - to be added soon
Borrower must by 18 years old with a valid license and Colebrook library card in good standing. Borrower must sign a Telescope Borrowing agreement and confirm his/her contact information at time the telescope is checked out.
The telescope can be checked out for two weeks and renewed once as long as there are no holds on the item.
Accessories include: an instruction manual that includes not only operating instructions, but also care and maintenance of the telecope and precautions, Pocket Sky Guide, Red Head Lamp (for night vision), and a lens cleaning pad.
Children are not allowed to use the telescope without adult supervision.
The telescope should be stored with the dust caps on in a clean, dry, dust-free place, safe from rapid temperature changes and humidity.
The Colebrook Public Library is not responsible for any damages to patrons or others as a result of borrowing the telescope.
Patron takes full responsibility for the telescope and accessories. The replacement cost of the telescope and accessories is up to $300.00, if an item is lost, stolen or broken. Patron will pay the replacement fee if they fail to return the item at all or in unusable condition (to be determined by the Library Director).
The telescope MUST by returned inside the library directly to a library staff member (not left on the counter).
Assistance Animal Policy
*Page content last revised April 14,2013