It is the purpose of the library to provide library services to the
residents of Weston and Lewis County. It is the library's function to
serve the educational, cultural, informational, and recreational needs
of the children and adults in Lewis County.
The library has adopted the policy of intellectual freedom as outlined
in the "Library Bill of Rights" and "The Freedom to
Read" statement. (See appendix A & B).
III. MATERIALS SELECTION
A. GENERAL POLICY
Books and other materials should be chosen for the value of interest and
information. The library should provide books which present all points
of view concerning issues and problems of the current times.
B. RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION OF MATERIALS
Responsibility for the selection of library materials rests with the
library director. The library director will select materials within the
frame work of the policies and budget as determined by the Board of
C. SELECTION POLICY
Book selection tools will be used by the library director to review
materials. A few sources are American Libraries, Library Journal, and
New York Times Book Review.
D. RE-EVALUATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS
Library patrons may fill out a request for re-evaluation of library
materials (See attached form). The library director and Library Board of
Trustees will review all written complaints and re-evaluate the library
E. PATRON REQUESTS
Library patrons may request the library to purchase a book. The library
director will make the decision on whether or not to purchase the
requested book. Requested books which are not purchased may be retrieved
through the interlibrary loan system.
Books which are donated by members of the community will be evaluated
for use in the collection by an ad hoc committee consisting of a
Hacker's Creek member, a Friends of the Library member and the
IV. VIDEOTAPE SELECTION POLICY
The library's videotape collection contains educational and entertaining
materials. The library will purchase classic movies, children's movies
and educational tapes. The videotapes are selected by the library
director. The library supports the "Freedom to View" statement
of the American Library Association. (See Appendix C). A Library patron
may donate a videotape to the collection, but the library director may
reject unsuitable materials for the collection. The donor would be
informed at the time of the donation.
It is the library's policy to remove from the collection materials which
are outdated or are in poor physical condition. Books which are not
circulating and that possess little literary value may be removed from
the collection. The library staff will follow the guidelines stated on
pages 53 to 56 of the West Virginia Public Library Working Standards
Discarded books may be sent to the West Virginia Library Commission Gift
and Exchange department. Weeded books which are in very poor condition
will be properly discarded.
VI. CIRCULATION POLICY
Library materials will be circulated to residents of Lewis County who
are in good standing with the library. The library will honor patrons
with Statewide Borrower's Cards. Books are checked out for two weeks at
a time. Books can be renewed 2 times. Books on the New York Times Best
Seller List can be renewed one time. Overdue fines are $.05 a day with a
maximum charge of $2.50.
Audiobooks can be checked out for two weeks at a time and can be renewed
once. A maximum of ten audiobooks can be checked out at one time.
Overdue fines are $.05 day with a maximum charge of $2.50.
Videotapes can be checked out for two days at a time and can be renewed
once. A maximum of three videotapes per family can be checked out at one
time. Overdue fines are $1.00 per day with a maximum charge of $5.00.
Patrons with overdue materials may not check out additional materials
until all overdue materials are returned. If materials are lost patrons
must pay replacement costs.
VII. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
The parking lot is for library patrons only.
No food or drink is permitted in the library.
No smoking is permitted in the library.
No animals are allowed in the library with the exception of guide
dogs for the blind or deaf.
No cell phone use in the library.
Please turn your ringer off.
children under the age of 6 years are to be left unattended in the
Library patrons are
limited to 1 hour of computer use a day.
The mission of the Louis Bennett Public Library is to provide
patrons with the best and most current resources including online
electronic information resources. Online electronic resources are
currently accessible at the library through the Internet. The Internet
is a worldwide information and communication network connecting
thousands of other computer networks. All electronic resources which are
accessible through the library are provided equally to all library
users. Parents or guardians are responsible for electronic information
selected and/or accessed by their children. Children under the age of 18
years who are not accompanied to the library by a parent or guardian are
required to turn in a signed permission slip before computer access. The
library's Internet computer does have a filter through the West
Virginia Library Commission. Parents, not the library, are
responsible for the use of the computer information by their children.
All patrons who use the Internet computer must read this policy and sign
the library's agreement statement. All computer patrons must sign in the
daily log. Library patrons must have a library card to sign in on the
computers due to Cybraryn software.The Board of Directors and staff of the Louis Bennett Public
Library are committed to excellence in the fulfillment of this mission.
II. Electronic Resources and Users Responsibility
Patrons are encouraged to use the online computer for the following
* Research and educational information
* Navigation ("surfing") of the Internet to locate sites of
* Printing from full text databases. Patrons and staff may not use the
online computer in the following situations:
* Illegal, unauthorized, unethical or commercial purposes.
* Chat rooms.
* Manipulation of internal hardware and/or software including uploading
of any software.
* Transmission or downloading of any material in violation of state or
federal laws including the following:
Copying or downloading of any material in violation of copyright law.
(Downloading of software and files not in the public domain is a
violation of copyright law and is expressly prohibited.)
Computer use is a library privilege and should be treated as such by all
users of the system. Library staff has the right to determine the
appropriateness of computer use and can at any time require a patron to
leave the computer. Prohibited uses will result in loss of computer
The library has four computers with Internet connection and CD-ROMS. Computer use is on a first come,
first served basis. Small children may not be left unattended in
the library while an adult is working on the computer. Library patrons
are limited to one hour a day due to Cybraryn saoftware. All sessions must end fifteen minutes before the library closes
for the day.
Library staff will provide computer assistance for basic start up
procedures and general computer instructions. Patrons are encouraged to
ask library staff questions during Internet sessions or before or after
computer session. Patrons may consult the library's reference collection
of Internet books.
There is no charge for use of the Internet computer. However, there is a
printing charge of 15 cents per page. The library does not allow
personal disks or software to be used on the library's computers because
of the possibility of virus contamination. A library patron can buy a
computer disk from the library for 75 cents or a rewritable CD for $1.50
which will allow a patron to
save resumes, letters and other word processing items.
Legal and Medical
Information Caution Statement
The material available in
the Louis Bennett Public Library may not be the most accurate, complete
and up to date information.
The library staff is not qualified to
give legal or medical advice. While the material being provided may
apply to your question, you should check with a legal or medical
professional to be certain the information is correct.
The law is constantly being changed
through legislation, administrative rulings, and court decisions.
Medical treatments are constantly being changed through medical
research. You must check with a legal or medical professional to be sure
you have the most current, pertinent, and complete material and to get
advice on its interpretation.
Approved by the Louis Bennett Public
Library Board of Trustees.