Beaver County Library System
Beaver County

Library Policies

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Requirements to get a library card:

  • Any person living or owning property in Beaver County may register for a free library card.
  • Your library card is valid at all libraries.
  • Library cards are renewed every 3 years.
  • A driver's license or other form of photo identification is necessary.
  • A verifiable written form of identification, including current address, is needed to apply for a library card.
  • Children under 12 are eligible for a library card with parental signature and identification.
  • Resident students attending a Beaver County college may register for a 1 year library card with proper student identification.
  • Library cards are not transferable.
  • Non-residents of Beaver County are welcome to:
    • Use their Access PA Library Card
    • OR
    • Register by paying an annual fee.
  • Lost or damaged library card - $2.00
  • Individual Libraries may set their own fine level, please check with your local library
    • Overdue items - 20 cents per day
    • Maximum fine per returned item - $10.00
    • Maximum fine per item not returned - replacement cost

Standards for User Conduct

The Library is open to the public for reading, studying, examining and selecting library materials, and participating in related library programs and activities.

The purpose of Standards for User Conduct is to provide an environment that protects the rights, comfort, and safety of all Library users and staff, and to protect the library’s materials, property, and facility. Library Standards include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Library users are expected to respect the rights and privacy of other users, library staff, and volunteers and not disturb others through noisy or offensive activities, cell phone use, monopolizing resources, or other behaviors that may reasonably result in the disturbance of others.
  • Damage, destruction, or theft of library property is prohibited.
  • Physical, sexual, or verbal harassment of library users, library staff, and volunteers will not be tolerated.
  • Young children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Library staff is not responsible for the care, safety, and supervision of children.
  • Library staff reserves the right to limit or prohibit the consumption of food and beverages within the library building.
  • Pets or animals, other than service animals, may not be brought into the library without prior permission of library staff.
  • Library users are expected to wear appropriate clothing while in the library, including shirts and shoes. Good personal hygiene is expected so that body odor or excessive use of scented products is not offensive to others.
  • The use of bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, etc. is not permitted in the library.

Borrowing Policies

  • Most materials may be borrowed for 14 days
  • Most materials may be renewed up to 2 times at the library, by telephone or online
  • Most materials may be returned inside the library or book drop
    PLEASE NOTE:
    • Loan periods for currently popular and non-book items may vary
    • Non-book materials may not be returned in book drops

Inter-Library Loan

  • Materials not owned by Beaver County public libraries may be available from other libraries. PLEASE NOTE:
    • Renewals are not permitted on these items, and $1.00 per day will be charged for each overdue item.
    • Current materials and historical, genealogical or reference materials are usually not available from other libraries.

Internet Policies

The Beaver County Library System provides public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats to fulfill its mission of meeting "the informational, cultural, educational and recreational library needs of the residents of Beaver County."

We are pleased to provide internet access as one tool used in the fulfillment of this mission.

To ensure that your internet experience in our libraries is both pleasant and informative, the following policies have been adopted and are used by all public libraries in Beaver County.

If you need further assistance or have questions, please see your library staff.

Eligibility & Procedure

  • Internet access is available to patrons in good standing (no fines or charges over $5) who have a current Beaver County Library System card, or an Access PA sticker on their home library card.
  • Before you can use the internet, you must sign the Internet Usage Agreement located on the back of the library card registration form.
  • Patrons under the age of 18 must have the Agreement signed in person by a parent.
  • Patrons under 12 must have an adult sitting with them at the computer at all times.
  • You should be familiar with Windows and a Web browser before you use the equipment.
  • The computer must be checked-out when you begin your session and checked-in when you are finished. Usage time is limited when other patrons are waiting. Please be considerate. Only two patrons may use a single computer at a time

Cost

  • Internet computer use is free. However, there is a per-page printing charge to offset the cost of ink and paper.

Usage

  • Problems with a computer or printer should be reported to a staff member immediately.
  • Misuse of the equipment is prohibited and downloading and outside discs or drives are not permitted on the computers.
  • The computers may not be used for unauthorized or illegal purposes. Viewing "obscene and other sexual materials and performances," as defined by 18 Pa.C.S.A. 5903, is not allowed. It is the patrons' responsibility to use discretion in viewing internet sites and web pages.
  • The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to help protect all computer users from explicit, objectionable content. In compliance with CIPA, member libraries use filtering systems that ensure the internet is used responsibly and that restrict access to sites that are explicit or objectionable.
  • Library staff reserve the right to ask a patron to discontinue use of a site.
  • Disclosing personal information on the internet is strongly discouraged. The library will not take responsibility for any damages that may occur from doing so.

* Additional eligibility and usage procedures may apply at member libraries





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