Old Forge Library Policies & Procedures
Borrowing Library Materials:
Anyone with a valid Mid-York, machine-readable, library card may borrow library materials from the Old forge Library. Cards are available from all member libraries, and may be obtained at the Old Forge Library by applying at the front desk.

Loan of Library Materials:
  The following library materials may be borrowed for a two-week period:
>Books (non-reference)
>Periodicals
>Paperbacks
>Books-on-Cassette
>Books-on-CDs

Return, Renew or Pay:
  An after-hours book drop is located at the main entrance of the library.
  Library materials may be renewed by telephone:
                Tuesday - Friday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
                Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  The fine for library materials is $.05 per item per library day.
  Borrowing privileges will be discontinued if the borrower fails to make restitution of injured
  or lost library materials.

Exceptions to the Two-Week Borrowing Period:
       >VHS Videocassettes  1 Week
       >DVDs  1 Week

Special Requests:
Should a book, part of the Old Forge Library collection, not be found on the shelves. it may be reserved at the desk. The patron will be notified of its availability.

Inter-Library Loans:
For books not owned by the library, requests will be forwarded to the Mid-York Library System. The system's member libraries, the New York State Library, and members of the 3-R Council libraries will be searched in an attempt to locate a qualified request. Patrons will be notified whether or not the book can be obtained.

Internet Access Policy:
The Old Forge Library offers access to electronic resources, including the Internet, as part of its mission to provide services and materials in a variety of formats to meet the information, educational, and recreation needs of its community.  The Library considers its endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read documents to apply as well to equal  access to and use of such electronic information.  Supervision or restriction of a child's access to the Internet as with other Library resources remains the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
The Internet is a relatively unregulated medium on which any person, institution, or group in the world can place information in any format.  It is a global entity which does not fall under the control or governance of any single agency, government, or organization.  The availability of networked information via library terminals does not constitute the Library's endorsement of the content of that information.  Information found on the Internet may or may not be accurate, appropriate, factual, timely, or useful.  If any patron believes that information obtained from the Internet is inaccurate or offensive, the patron may contact the original producer or distributor of said information.
Access:  Public access to the Library's Internet services is conditional upon following the established Library procedures available at the circulation desk. Users must have a valid Mid-York, machine-readable, Library Card, or they must obtain a "one-time only" Guest Pass at the circulation desk in order to use a Library computer.  The Library affirms its traditional role in not censoring or monitoring use of its resources regardless of format.
Privacy:  Patrons should be aware that due to the size and configuration of the Library, privacy for the Internet research or email activities can not be ensured.
Inappropriate Use:  Inappropriate use of Library terminals or Internet access can result in suspension, and  possible cancellation of the privilege to use this resource.  Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to the following:
    > Violation of computer system integrity.
    > Unauthorized tampering with or causing harm to computer hardware or software.
    > Engaging in illegal activities or accessing illegal materials.
    > Violation of software licence agreements and copyright laws.
    > Use for commercial (profit or non-profit) purposes.
    > Do not add or delete any programs to/from the Library's computers.
Time Limits:  Patrons must limit their usage to their assigned time block.  Provision for extension may be made in the event that there is not another person waiting at its conclusion.
Staff support:  Available staff support is limited.  It is the responsibility of the patron to possess or acquire adequate training in computer and online services before using the Library equipment.
Reservations: The Library reserves the right to suspend or terminate access to the Internet, without prior notice or explanation, for reasons of suspected inappropriate use or staff convenience.
Wi-Fi: Wireless Internet access is available 24/7 in the Library Parking lot and on the Library grounds adjacent to the Library building.
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