Joe Barnhart Bee County Library
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Library Policies

Mission Statement

The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library strives to be the learning crossroads of our community and the place to visit for lifelong interest in the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information. Community needs drive our services as we seek to improve the quality of life for all citizens of our community in concert with organizations in and beyond Bee County. We take a personal interest in ensuring that a full range of materials and services are provided in an inviting, convenient, and responsive manner. We especially recognize our responsibility to serve as an instrument for children to explore the world through reading and learn the value of libraries.

 

Requirements for a Library Card

Resident

A Library card is issued FREE to any BEE COUNTY resident with proper ID and proof of residency. Library cards issued to children 17 years or under must be obtained by a parent or legal guardian who will take responsibility for any/all library obligations. Minors (children under the age 18) renewing their library cards must have their responsible party present to validate current phone number and address on their account. Resident lost card replacement cost $2.00.

A resident is defined as anyone who resides within the county limits or is included in any of the following categories: (1) Temporary Garza prison worker (ID required) residing on prison property; (2) Temporary residents residing within the County limits for six (6) consecutive weeks or more; (3) Students currently enrolled at Coastal Bend College (student ID required); and (4) Non-residents who own real property within the county limits.

As proof of residence, the Library accepts a valid Texas driver’s license or Texas ID, utility or telephone bills, voter registration card, county property tax statement, or a personalized check. Library Staff may substitute alternate proof on a case per case basis.

All library cards must be signed before use as a binding agreement of Library policy and use

Library cards are valid for one (1) year. When the account nears expiration, the patron should stop by the Library with ID described above to renew. Staff will verify residence and update the borrower record to reflect any changes. Any balance pending on the account must be paid prior to renewal.

 

Non-Resident

For an annual fee of $5.00 per adult and $5.00 per child, non-residents may obtain a library card with the same borrower privileges as residents. Non-residents temporarily residing in the county six (6) weeks or more are regarded as residents with the same privileges as residents and are not required to pay nonresident fee. Non-resident replacement card costs $2.00.

A library card is available to all non-resident minors through age 17. A Parent or legal guardian must sign and assume full responsibility for the library card. Responsibility includes all fees or fines incurred on the card. Each minor non-resident annual card cost $5.00. Minor non-resident replacement card cost $2.00.

As proof of residence, the Library accepts a valid Texas driver’s license or Texas ID, utility or telephone bills, voter registration card, county property tax statement, or a personalized check. Library Staff may substitute alternate proof on a case per case basis.

All library cards must be signed before use.

Library cards will expire on an annual basis. When the account nears expiration, the patron should stop by the Library with ID and annual fee of $5.00, as described above, to renew. Staff will verify residence and update the borrower record to reflect any changes. Any balance pending on the account must be paid prior to renewal.

 

Educational Institution Borrower/Teacher Card

Each teacher must have a personal resident library card and must show proof of employment as a teacher or daycare worker.

The Teacher Card is to be used for classroom related materials only that are used in the classroom; no bestsellers, current fiction, etc. Cardholders may borrow up to 15 items at a time for a two (2) month loan period. Teachers may request extended loan periods for special projects. Three (3) Interlibrary Loan classroom items may be requested FREE of charge every month.

Teachers will be responsible for all lost or damaged items issued on card. All cards must be renewed every August with proof of employment as stated above.

Cardholders must follow library policies as appropriate.

 

Borrowing Items

Items may be renewed in person, by telephone, or by e-mail (answers@bclib.org).

Fines are assigned to items renewed after the original due date.

Videos and other audio visual materials must be returned in person at the Circulation Desk.

Books may be subject to limits during peak subject request.

Items may not be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on the title.

New Books may not be renewed.

Reference books, newspapers, and magazines do not circulate.

Item Limit Length Renewal
Books 5 total 3 weeks one
Audiobooks 3 per card 3 weeks one
Multimedia 3 per card 3 weeks one
DVD/CD 3 per card 1 week one
Paperbacks 15 per card 3 weeks one
New books 3 per card 2 weeks none
eBooks 5 per card 3 weeks subject to availability

Holds

Items placed on hold online or in person will be held for five (5) business days. At the end of the five (5) day period, library items are placed back on the shelf.

If a patron does not have their library card, the Library will hold their items for 5 business days. At the end of the five (5) day period, library items are placed back on the shelf.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Policy

Interlibrary Loan is a service whereby a user of one library can borrow library materials that are owned by another library.

Joe Barnhart Bee County Library users who are in good standing and have a $0.00 balance are eligible to borrow through the Interlibrary Loan Program. Patrons may receive up to three (3) FREE ILL materials per month.  Additional ILL materials requested during the same month will be charged $1.00 for each item.

Once a request is submitted, the process can take up to six weeks. Library staff will place a telephone call to the contact number provided on the request form. Connection with an individual or answering machine will serve as a legitimate notification. A postcard will be mailed if we don’t have a response by phone, machine, or person is hearing impaired.

Once a request is submitted, the process can take up to six weeks. Library staff will place a telephone call to the contact number provided on the request form. Connection with an individual or answering machine will serve as a legitimate notification. A postcard will be mailed if we don’t have a response by phone, machine, or person is hearing impaired.

ILL materials must be picked-up by the due date or materials will be returned.  If a patron does not pick up their requested and received ILL item, they will lose ILL borrowing privileges.

Late fees corresponding to in-house circulating items will be applied. Excessive late fees (exceeding $5.00) and loss of item(s) will result in suspension of ILL privileges.

 

Texshare Card

The TexShare Card is a statewide library card that lets you borrow books and other physical materials from more than 500 libraries across the state!

Bee County Resident
As a member of the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library, you are eligible to receive a TexShare Card which gives you additional borrowing privileges at many public and academic libraries in the state of Texas. Your TexShare Card must be renewed annually. Ask at the circulation desk for more information.

Non-Resident (Texshare Visitors)
TexShare card holders share all borrowing privileges and are subject to the same policies as resident patrons with one exception. TexShare cardholders are not eligible for interlibrary loan through the
Joe Barnhart Bee County Library and are referred to their “home” library for this service.

Fines and Fees

Books and CDs that are returned after the due date are assessed a charge of 10¢ per item per calendar day that the library is open.  Films (DVDs) are assessed a charge of 50¢ per item per calendar day that the library is open. Items returned within six months of being paid may have the cost of the item refunded if the original receipt is presented.

The maximum fine is one-half the cost of the overdue item. Processing fees and overdue charges are non-refundable.

Patrons have 30 days to pay overdue fines once they have been notified in person; after 30 days their account will be blocked until the fines are resolved.  A patron will lose library privileges if the account balance of any associated account exceeds $5 and/or overdue items have not been returned.  Patrons will receive two written notifications regarding overdue status.   The third notice will be referred to the County Attorney for action.

Items will be considered “lost” after 90 days of due date, or upon receipt of returned overdue notice; the account balance will then only reflect the purchase price of each item plus $5 processing fee.

Parents/guardians are responsible for the overdue fines on associated accounts of the minors under their care.

The Library will decide whether damaged items will be repaired or replaced.

Details of overdue items and associated charges may only be discussed with the account holder or individual designated in writing by the account holder.

The only authority of determining overdue status is the circulation computer.

Replacement Fees
Audiobook case (multiple)                                 $9.00
Compact disc jewel case                                   $1.50
Compact disc jewel case (double)                      $2.50
Rebinding of a book                                         $10.00
Barcode                                                            $1.00
Digital Id tag                                                     $1.50
Spine label                                                        $1.00
Media Bag                                                        $5.00

Replacement Fees

If the exact cost to replace an item is not listed in library records, the following default charges apply:

Media Type                   Default Cost                 Maximum Overdue
Hardback book             $25.00                          $12.50
Paperback book           $5.00                            $2.50
Interlibrary Loan What the Library            What the Library           
                                    Is charged                     is charged
Compact disc               $20.00 (per disc)           $10.00 (per disc)
DVDs                           $20.00 (per disc)           $10.00 (per disc)
Multimedia Item             $50.00                          $25.00
Processing Fee             $5.00

Multimedia items include books with compact discs or computer disks. If one portion of the multimedia is lost the entire item is lost. Example: if a book is returned without its accompanying compact disc then the entire item is declared lost and the patron is responsible for the replacement cost of the entire item.

Printing
It is the patron’s responsibility to pay for any pages they print.  Current printing rates are 20¢ for black and white, 50¢ for color pages per printed side. T-Shirt Iron-on Wax Paper and Transparencies are not accepted in the Printer.

Faxing
It is $1.50 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page after the first. Fax cover sheets are provided for FREE at the reference desk.

Lost/Stolen Items
Patrons may declare an item lost at any time, thereby accepting the replacement cost and service charge.
For a lost or defaced item, the price of the item at time of purchase is charged plus a processing fee of $5.00.

If items were stolen, a copy of a police report must be provided to the Library Director to dismiss lost fees.

No substitutions will be accepted in lieu of lost or damaged materials.


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Behavior Policy

In order to provide for the safety and welfare of all patrons and staff, and to protect library resources and facilities, certain rules of conduct and levels of responsibility must be followed on The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library premises.  The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library includes the main building, the parking lot (main property lot and across the street), the lawn and The Learning Center located at 120 N. Washington Street.

Anyone violating the behavior policy will be asked to stop and/or to leave. If the behavior continues, the staff will ask the individual to leave the library. Failure to leave will result in staff calling the police for assistance and the offender will be subject to arrest and/or be issued a criminal trespass warrant.

Dress Code/Hygiene
The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library observes the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” policy.  . In addition, patrons will not be permitted to wear inappropriate, suggestive, vulgar, or excessively revealing clothing not conducive to community standards.  Clothing with grease, ink, oil, blood, etc., which can be transferred to other patrons, library furnishings or equipment will not be permitted in the library.  Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons shall be required to leave the building.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR:

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises.
  • Use of tobacco products on library premises.
  • Soliciting of staff or patrons.
  • Behavior which is offensive to others using the library.
  • Loud talking or other noisy distractions.
  • Running on library premises.
  • Horseplay on library premises.
  • Defacing furniture and fixtures of the library.
  • Food or drink is only permitted in assigned areas during specific events.
  • Profanity.
  • Cell phone conversations may only occur outside of the library.

 

Open/Conceal Handgun
"Pursuant to section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by holder of a license to carry a concealed handgun) a person licensed under subchapter H, Chapter 411, government code (Concealed handgun law), may not enter this property with a Concealed handgun."

"Pursuant to section 30.07, penal code (trespass by license with an openly carried handgun) a person licensed under subchapter H, Chapter 411, government code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with an openly carried handgun."

 

Children’s Safety at the Library  
In order to provide for the safety and welfare of all patrons and staff, and to protect library resources and facilities, certain rules of conduct and levels of responsibility must be followed on The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library premises.  The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library includes the main building, the parking lot (main property lot and across the street) and the lawn.

Anyone violating the behavior policy will be asked to stop and/or to leave. If the behavior continues, the staff will ask the individual to leave the library. Failure to leave will result in staff calling the police for assistance and the offender will be subject to arrest and/or be issued a criminal trespass warrant.

  • Children 8 years and under must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or assigned caregiver. The parent/ caregiver must be in the immediate vicinity and in visual contact with the child. The assigned caregiver must be a responsible person and must carry emergency contact information.
  • Children under 18 and older than 9 may be left unattended in the library for only two hours per day. The library may notify the Police regarding any child left beyond the two hours.
  • Children under 8 may attend programs exceeding 2 hours, however the parent/caregiver is expected to remain in the library building and immediately rejoin the child at the end of the program.
  • Parents/caregivers are responsible for their children’s use of library materials and equipment.
  • Children using computers must use their OWN library card for access.
  • Children using computers must follow the Computer Use Policy.
  • The library may notify the Police regarding any child 8 years old and under left unattended. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent/caregiver and not with library staff.
  • Children, who do not follow the Library policies, will be asked to leave the library and a block may be placed on their library account. If the child refuses to leave, the police may be called.

 

Computer/Internet Access

Internet users should be aware that not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library is not responsible for information on the internet nor can the library protect user from information that is controversial, unreliable, personally offensive, or illegal under U.S. law.

Computer users will observe generally accepted “community standards”* in their selection of websites to access.  All public access computers are filtered.  This is in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Patrons must have their library card, in good standing, in their possession to use computers.  All patrons must have complete and clear library accounts including associated accounts (no blocks – i.e. overdue charges over $5.00, returned check/credit charges, missing information, etc.).  If a patron forgets or temporarily misplace their library card three (3) courtesy logins are available per library account. Additional courtesy log-ins will be charge $1.00 per use until a replacement card can be purchased.  Replacement cards cost $2.00. Library workstation time usage is limited to 2 hours per card. Computer printing rates are 20¢ for black and white, 50¢ for color pages per printed side.

PATRONS MAY NOT USE COMPUTERS TO:

  • Operate a business or commercial activity.
  • Patron may not use another patron’s access to the computers.  If they do, both the patron using the computer and the patron whose card is being used will be temporarily suspended from using the computer. First offense=individual/family accounts BLOCKED for 3 days. Second offense=individual/family accounts BLOCKED for one (1) week. Third Offense=individual/family accounts BLOCKED for one (1) month.
  • Patrons must be seated when using the computer.  They may not lean over another patron who is using the computer.
  • The Library staff cannot set up electronic mail accounts.  If a patron wishes to use this resource, they are responsible for accessing and creating their account independently.
  • Gain unauthorized access to restricted files or networks.
  • Obstruct other people’s work on the network.
  • Access content violating community standards
  • Attempt to cause the system performance to be degraded.
  • Attempt to alter or damage computer equipment or software.
  • Perpetrate any illegal or criminal purpose.
  • Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Install or download any software.
  • Use unapproved devices to download software or save programs.
  • Use of electronic information networks for any purpose that result in the harassment of other users.
  • Destruction of, damage to, or unauthorized alteration of the Library computer equipment, software, or network security procedures.
  • Use of electronic information networks in any way that violates a Federal or State or local law.
  • Unauthorized duplication of copy protected software or violation of software license agreements.
  • Violation of system security.

 

Violations will result in loss of computer use privileges and/or banning from the library premises.  Unlawful activities will be referred to appropriate legal authorities.

 

CHILDREN’S USE

All public access computers are filtered.  This is in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Parents/guardians of children under 18 years of age must declare explicit permission for their child to use access the internet.  Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s use of equipment and should monitor their children’s selection of viewing material.

Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while using the Library’s computers.  Children must be seated when using the computer.  They may not lean over another child who is using the computer

 

COPYRIGHT
U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction of distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use”.  Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs, or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.  Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems or any consequences thereof.

POLICY CHANGES
The Library reserves the right to update and change this policy at any time without notice.


 

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Library Policies


Library Card Requirements
Behavior Policy
Library Use by Minors
Borrowing Items
Inter-Library Loans
Overdue Materials Fees
Replacement Fees
Computer Use Policy

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