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
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 material.
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 Librarian.
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which are outdated or are in poor physical condition.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 Manual.
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.
No children under the age of
6 years are to be left unattended in the library.
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
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.
Medical Information Caution Statement
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.