Policies a few ground rules
Patrons may borrow books for three weeks at a time and may renew them twice if no one else has requested them. Movie DVDs may be borrowed for one week. The fee for overdue materials is 5 cents per day per item.
Library cards are free to all Lincolnville residents, including those who live in town seasonally. Cards for nonresidents are $10 each.
The Lincolnville Community Library abides by the Maine statute stating that the identities of card-holding patrons and the records of their transactions are confidential. The library does not make available the records of patron transactions or the lists of registered patrons except in compliance with the law.
Computer and Internet Use Policy
Members of the public are welcome to use the Lincolnville Community Library’s free wireless Internet service.
The library is a member of the Maine School and Library Network. All the library’s computers and other devices that are able to connect to the Internet have a content filter in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Upon request an adult patron may be permitted to bypass the filter on a session by session basis.
To the extent practical, steps will be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Lincolnville Community Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network use includes: display of visual materials deemed obscene, child pornography or otherwise harmful to minors; unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities; and unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
The following activities are unacceptable:
- Use of the networks for any purpose that results in the harassment of other users.
- Destruction of, damage to or unauthorized alteration of the library's computer equipment software or network security procedures.
- Use of the networks in any way that violates a federal or state law.
- Use of the networks in any way that violates licensing and payment agreements between the library and network/database providers.
- Unauthorized duplication of copy protected software or violation of license agreements.
- Violation of system security.
- Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including overuse of computer equipment that serves to deny access to other users.
Children's access to the Internet
The Lincolnville Community Library supports the right of all library users to access information and will not deny access to its Internet wireless network based solely on age.
This library recognizes that the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children and parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children’s use of it. Staff members are unable to monitor children’s use. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and safety.
The library has laptop computers available for patrons and guests to use within the building. A person may check out a computer at the circulation desk after reading and agreeing to the library’s computer and Internet use policy. The person must also leave a driver’s license or other item of value with staff at the desk. Youth under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using a library computer. Reservations for computer use may be made at the circulation desk; otherwise it is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Anyone who damages equipment is responsible for repair or replacement costs. The library reserves the right to limit, refuse, or ban a patron or guest from using library equipment and computers.
These rules apply for library computers:
- Use is limited to half-hour blocks; however, the patron or guest may continue to use the computer in 15-minute intervals until someone else wishes to use it.
- If a person is more than 15 minutes late for a reserved time, the computer becomes open. If a person is less than 15 minutes late, the allocated time will not be extended to reflect the tardiness.
- Laws forbid duplication of copyrighted software.
- The library may restrict the use of personal software. Library software may not be copied and must be returned to the circulation desk before use of another software product.
- Anyone using a library computer must check with the director before downloading materials and must comply with virus protection measures.
- There is a charge of 10 cents per page of printing in black and white from a library or personal computer.
Violation of any aspect of this policy may result in the loss of library privileges.
Patron Code of Conduct
To ensure that all patrons may have considerate use of the Lincolnville Community Library, appropriate behavior is expected. Violation of any of the following rules will result in a warning and/or expulsion from the property. Police will be contacted when necessary. The director has authority to carry out all powers of this policy.
- No loud talking or boisterous behavior such as running and excessive seat changing.
- Food and drinks must be consumed in the designated area.
- No smoking anywhere on the library property.
- No destruction or mutilation of library property.
- No parking bicycles or other vehicles in a manner that blocks or hinders entry to the library.
- No conduct that is disruptive to the operation of the library or threatening to patrons, staff or property.
- Cell phones must be turned off in the library building. Patrons who must make calls are asked to do so on the porch.
Donations of Books and Other Materials
The library welcomes gifts of books, audio books, and movie DVDs in excellent condition and at certain times of the year (please check with the librarian). The library does not accept textbooks, out-of-date reference books and travel guides, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest condensed books, VHS video tapes, computer manuals, unpublished manuscripts, or books that are soiled, torn, or smell of smoke or mildew. The library reserves the right to decide whether items donated should be added to the collection. Any books the library cannot use will be disposed of in whatever manner the librarian deems best.