Policies

If materials are challenged as improper for the library collection, the complainant will be requested to put the objection in writing on a form supplied by the library and complete the information requested on the form. A committee made up of library board members and library staff members will then review the material in light of the complaint and make recommendations to the Board concerning each title.
Please contact your local branch or MRLS Administration for more information and the Challenged Material Form.
Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, November 2001

Purpose:

The purpose of this document is to outline methods by which library materials and resources are selected, maintained, and evaluated; to inform the public about the principles of materials selection for the Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS); and ensure funds received by the library are spent in accordance with MRLS’s mission statement.

MRLS will provide a diverse collection of materials and resources necessary to meet the informational and recreational reading, listening and viewing needs and demands of current and future MRLS patrons. Special emphasis shall be placed on offering children’s materials, local interest, popular and current non-fiction materials. The collection will be regularly reviewed and revised to reflect the changing demographics and needs of the communities served.

Definitions: n/a

Policy:

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION

The Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees and MRLS Director hold ultimate responsibility for the selection of materials (Ga. Code Ann. 20-5-43(4) and 20-5-45(5)). This responsibility may be delegated by the Library Director to the members of the professional staff to select material based on their areas of responsibility, experience, and educational background.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF SELECTION CRITERIA

MRLS will provide a variety of materials in both print and non-print formats. The MRLS collection will include as wide a selection as possible within the confines of budget and space limitations. No library material or resource shall be excluded because of the race, nationality, religion, gender or the political or social view of the author. Materials selected under this policy are considered protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The following general criteria are applied to all resources, regardless of format.

Selection Criteria includes but is not limited to:

  • High demand, popular materials
  • Relevant to community needs and interests
  • Attention of critics, reviewers, and the public
  • Artistic merit, literary value, or recognized award recipient
  • Local or national significance
  • Cost of an item relative to expectation of usage
  • Ease of use for all age groups
  • Suitability for intended audiences

DONATIONS

MRLS does not accept donations of materials without an accompanying written request to add the item to the library materials collection. Each item being offered up as a donation or gift must include a completed MRLS Donation Form. Upon receipt of the donation and donation form, library staff will make a determination whether the item is suitable to be added to the materials collection. Any item donated to MRLS unconditionally becomes library property and may be utilized in whatever manner the library determines to be in the best interest of the library including rejection and discard of the item. Gifts are subject to the same selection criteria that are applied to materials purchased with library funding. The Library Director reserves the right to unconditionally accept or reject any donation being offered.

MRLS does not provide monetary evaluations or appraisals for tax deduction or any other purposes.

LIMITED OR NO COLLECTION

As a practice, MRLS does not purchase self-published works. These are materials published outside known mainstream or academic publishers or are published through a monetary payment process by the author, a book publishing company, or website.  Self-published works bought or gifted to the library are subject to the normal collection criteria process.

MRLS does not purchase textbooks as a standard practice.

ADDITIONAL TYPES OF COLLECTIONS

MRLS provides online access to GALILEO, or Georgia Library Learning Online. GALILEO is the virtual library of Georgia, and provides access to general interest, periodicals, government documents, and research material through an electronic formation. Selection decisions for content within GALILEO are made by the University System of Georgia.

MRLS may subscribe to additional electronic databases beyond those provided in GALILEO. These resources shall be selected based on community need and interest.

MRLS will provide access to electronic materials such as eBooks. These resources shall be accessible on a variety of electronic devices and shall be used to supplement the regular print collection.

MRLS will provide access to newspapers and periodicals to supplement the library collection. Back issues of these materials may be kept for a limited time and based upon storage availability.

When available, MRLS will provide access to non-standard library materials such as laptops, experience passes, literacy kits and more. The listed examples should not be seen as the only examples of non-standard library materials to be offered by the library. Non-standard items will be subjected to the same criteria and maintenance as other items in the collection.

Access to and availability to purchase any library resource may change from year to year based on external and internal factors.

CONTROVERSIAL MATERIALS

MRLS does not promote particular beliefs or viewpoints. MRLS subscribes to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights with regard to the selection of materials. MRLS collects materials which serve a wide variety of ages, ethnic groups and educational levels with content representing various points of view on all issues without endorsement, restriction or prejudice. The library does not restrict access to materials based upon patron age. Responsibility for a patron's use of library resources, regardless of format or content, rests solely with that patron or a minor's parent or legal guardian, not with MRLS.

Controversial items may not be removed through the process of weeding or discarding in an attempt to resolve a conflict or other circumstances associated with the items.

ADDITION OR RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS

The public has a right to request additions to the collection and to question material now in the collection. During the process of reconsideration, questioned materials remain in the active collection until an official decision is made.

MRLS reconsiders any resource in its collection upon formal request of a local resident. The request must be filed in writing by completing and signing the "Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials" form. Procedures are established to ensure objections or complaints are handled in a consistent and timely manner. Materials under reconsideration are not removed from the collection during the process but may be recalled for the purposes of reconsideration. The local Boards of Trustees review local requests for reconsideration of library resources and materials and will determine the outcome of the request and the associated responses. If necessary, an appeal may be heard by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, which retains responsibility for the final decision in all reconsideration requests.

GENEALOGY COLLECTION

MRLS will emphasize acquiring, within the limitations of budget and facilities, materials that reflect the political, social, cultural, and economic life of Fannin, Towns, and Union Counties, Georgia. To some degree, the state of Georgia, the surrounding areas of Fannin, Towns and Union and southeastern region of the United States will also be an emphasis. Criteria standards for the general collection may not always apply to a genealogy collection since materials can vary in scope and format. Genealogical materials may be excluded from the collection due to limitations of space and scope if they do not pertain directly to the emphasized locations.

MAINTENANCE OF LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

To maintain the vitality of the collection, materials are subject to being removed from the collection also known as weeding or discarding. This is the process of withdrawing materials which no longer meet the criteria for inclusion in the collection, and weeding is an integral part of collection management and maintenance.

Factors involved in the decision to weed materials include but are not limited to:

  • poor physical condition
  • superfluous because demand no longer exists
  • duplicate titles
  • obsolescence
  • lack of available space

If suitable, discarded materials may be sold in the libraries, recycled, or given to non-profit, charitable resellers.

APPENDIX

ALA LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community MRLS serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Purpose:

Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) strives to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, and educational needs of the community. It is within this context that the Mountain Regional Library System offers access to the Internet through MRLS owned technology as well as through wireless enabled devices owned by Library patrons and visitors.

Definitions:

Device - a library owned computer terminal, laptop, tablet, or other equipment used to access the wired or wireless network of the library

Policy:

Disclaimer Regarding Content and Security

MRLS does not monitor and has no control over materials obtained on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. MRLS cannot control access to materials or protect patrons from materials they may find offensive.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.  The Internet is a worldwide community with a highly diverse user population, and it is the user’s responsibility to use this resource wisely.

MRLS does not provide technical support for establishing or maintaining a connection nor equipment configurations. MRLS is not responsible for any changes made to an individual device’s settings and does not guarantee a user's hardware will work with the library's Internet connections.

MRLS is not responsible for theft of or damage to personal equipment brought into the library. MRLS cannot guarantee that patrons who use the Internet will have privacy in their communications and other Internet uses. MRLS assumes no liability for loss or damage to the users’ data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of the user’s privacy. The user should be aware of computer viruses and other destructive computer programs, and take steps to avoid being a victim of such programs. Users should report computer viruses and other destructive computer programs to staff as soon as possible.

MRLS reserves the right to amend this policy as needed.

Internet Rules of Conduct

  • Device users agree to comply with the Library's Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy each time they initiate a Device session.
  • Devices are to be used in a courteous, appropriate and lawful manner.
  • Devices are provided primarily for educational and informational purposes.
  • Library staff may choose to restrict the length of Device sessions
  • Devices are not to be shared, with the exception that parents or legal guardians may work together with their minor children at the same workstation. Regardless of whose account is used to log in to a Device, all users agree to comply with the Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
  • The patron’s PINES account must not be in a “Blocked or Barred” status for access to a Device be granted.
  • All users are to respect the privacy of others
  • The user must adhere to all Device procedures for use
  • No user may send, receive, view, download or display obscene or disruptive messages, files, or images.
  • Users may not misrepresent themselves by access code, password, signature or other means.
  • Users may not alter or attempt to alter Library hardware or software, or attach peripheral equipment to Library equipment without staff permission.
  • Users may not attach personal equipment or devices to the Library’s wired access network
  • Users may not use Library Devices in violation of Intellectual Property laws, including, but not limited to making illegal copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data.
  • Users may download legally obtained materials to their own portable memory devices but may not download materials or install software on Library Devices
  • Users are also expected to comply with all local, state and federal laws including but not limited to those concerning fraud, copyright, privacy or obscenity.

Inappropriate Use of Technology

Misuse of technology or Internet access will result in loss of library privileges.  It is not acceptable to use MRLS’s electronic resources for illegal or criminal use. If necessary, Law enforcement may be contacted to assist with MRLS with situations seemingly criminal or illegal.

  • First offense will result in a warning
  • Second offense will result in 3-month loss of library privileges
  • Subsequent offenses within a 12-month window following the previous offense will result in a loss of library privileges for one year

 

 

 

Youth Access to the Internet

Internet access may expose users to information that may not be suitable for minors. Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising and monitoring their child’s use of the Internet.

Staff does not act in the place of a parent or legal guardian to supervise or restrict materials a child or young adult may legally access on the Internet.

CIPA

Public Internet access devices owned and operated by MRLS are subject to the statutes subsumed under the federal Children's Internet Protection Act and the Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 20-5-5, Internet safety policies in public libraries. These statutes establish as unacceptable the use of such equipment for “sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, or material that is harmful to minors”. In addition, certain other acts involving computer fraud, abuse, alteration, tampering, etc. may be classified under federal, state, or local laws as crimes, and therefore punishable by fines, imprisonment or both. Patrons demonstrating unacceptable use that is illegal may be criminally prosecuted.

Wireless Network Access

MRLS currently provides and will continue to provide free wireless access to the Internet for library users and visitors to use with their own mobile devices.

The following applies to users of the wireless service inside or outside of library facilities:

  • Users of the wireless network are required to abide by the same usage policies and rules of behavior as users of MRLS in-house public access devices.
  • Users of the wireless network are responsible for maintaining up-to-date security software on their wireless device. Use of the wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user.
  • Wireless network use is "as-is" and "as available." Random loss of signal is not preventable. MRLS is not responsible for loss of personal data or damage to personal equipment due to loss of wireless signal.
Revised and Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, July 28, 2021

Purpose:

The Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) is proud to offer free access to a variety of equipment, kits, and devices to the public for their educational, informational, and recreational purposes.

Definitions:

N/A

Policy:

The Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) is proud to offer free access to a variety of equipment, kits, and devices to the public for their educational, informational, and recreational purposes.

The following outlines the lending policy for specific equipment, kits and devices determined by MRLS staff to be included under the umbrella of this policy:

  • Patrons will need an active MRLS library card and state-issued picture ID to check out items listed on the Borrower’s Agreement; parents or legal guardians may present their ID on behalf of a juvenile user.
  • Failure to comply with the Rules of Conduct listed on the Borrower’s Agreement may result in the restriction or loss of a user’s borrowing privilege at the discretion of MRLS staff.
  • Chromebooks and/or laptops or other electronic devices will be managed and maintained by the Library system and/or the Georgia Public Library Service.
  • MRLS is not responsible for damage to an external device (i.e. a flash drive or other external device) or for the loss of data that may occur. Please be aware when downloading data to removable media that software or files downloaded from the Internet, or from any unknown computer, may contain viruses or malware.
  • Patrons should not be required to create an external user account to use a device or equipment borrowed from MRLS
  • MRLS is not responsible for any objectionable material that may be found on the Internet while using a borrowed device
  • MRLS is not responsible for any personal information a user willingly posts or transmits, nor the security of any online personal or financial transactions.
  • Patrons should not assume MRLS owned Chromebooks will have adequate virus checking software on them to protect all data. MRLS does not warranty against data loss or damage to your personal devices while using a MRLS Chromebook and installed software.
  • Some items listed as Device, Kit, or Equipment in the online catalog may be exempt from this policy as determined by MRLS Administration

Adopted May 19, 2021 by MRLS Regional Board of Trustees

 

Library Fees
As a member of the PINES network, the Mountain Regional Library System has adopted circulation rules in accordance with PINES policy.
  • Late Fees for Books and CDs are .20 per day
  • Lost books will be charged the price of the book plus $10 processing fee
  • Replacement library cards are $2.00
  • Out of state resident Library cards are ($12.50 for six months or $25.00 for the year)
  • Students in Georgia and those employed full time in the state of Georgia get free library cards even if they live in another state.
  • Copies are .15 each for B&W, .50 each for color.
  • Notary services are available for 2.00 per notary
  • Faxes for long distance numbers are $1.50 for first page, .50 for each additional page.
  • Faxes to local and toll free numbers are free, but there is a .25 charge for the confirmation page if you need it.
  • Lamination is available at some branches and the price varies based on size.
Revised and Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees June 15, 2007
Deposit Policy
The Mountain Regional Library System shall require a cash deposit to check out high value books that have a potential for theft based on circulation history.
The amount of the deposit, and which books will require a deposit shall be determined by the branch manager.
Patrons who are not capable of supplying the deposit, shall be restricted to using the book inside the library. All deposits provided will be refunded to the patron upon the return of the book.
Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, November 4, 2015

Purpose:

Explains MRLS’s position on the handling of lost materials.

Definitions:

N/A

Policy:

If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair and/or an acceptable level of use, Mountain Regional Library System will assess a replacement fee and a $10.00 processing fee for each of the damaged item(s) to the borrower’s account.

Technical Processing Services will assign a replacement cost to an item, or the replacement cost for an item will be at least the minimum default item amount set by the PINES Circulation policies. However, MRLS reserves the right to adjust the replacement cost of an item(s) to reflect the current value of an item(s) in the event the item’s value is undetermined.

Mountain Regional Library System does not accept replacement copies for lost or damaged materials unless approval by the Director is obtained.

Revised and Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees July 28, 2021

Purpose:

The Mountain Regional Library System shall require a cash deposit to check out high value books that have a potential for theft based on circulation history.

Definitions:

n/a

Policy:

The amount of the deposit, and which books will require a deposit shall be determined by the branch manager.

Patrons who are not capable of supplying the deposit, shall be restricted to using the book inside the library. All deposits provided will be refunded to the patron upon the return of the book.

Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, November 4, 2015

Purpose:

Meeting areas are provided as a public service and the Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) Board of Trustees establishes usage regulations. Library can refer to MRLS or any of the member libraries.

Definitions:

For the purpose of this policy, meeting rooms, community rooms, conference areas, boardrooms, or other designated interior or exterior spaces will be considered meeting areas.

Policy:

Use of the meeting areas by outside agencies or organizations does not constitute the Libraries’ endorsement of the viewpoints expressed by the participants in programs. No advertisement implying endorsement will be permitted.

In order to maintain building security, all public meetings must be held during regular Library business hours and must end no later than 20 minutes prior to the posted Library closing time. All activities in the meeting areas are subject to supervision. All state and local fire codes must be observed in addition to all other City Codes and Ordinances.

Any person can freely and openly attend all meetings held in any meeting area.

Those using the Library's meeting areas are subject to the rules set forth in the MRLS Patron Behavior Statement of Policy.

Reservations

Library sponsored activities take precedence over all other requests for reservations.

Educational, cultural and civic programs, local government agencies, and advocacy groups are also given priority over other reservation requests.

Meeting areas will not be used for private gatherings (wedding receptions or showers, birthday parties, reunions, etc.) political rallies or activities, or commercial gatherings, which advertise a product or service.

All other meeting requests from groups are considered on a first come, first served basis.

If necessary, the Library reserves the right to revise any schedule of meetings and to preempt established reservations upon reasonable notification of the group(s) involved.

A representative of the organization or group using a meeting area is required to sign an agreement assuming responsibility for the use of the area. That representative must be at least 18 years of age and provide identification.

It is not the intent of MRLS to provide ongoing, regular meeting space for any organization or individual. Therefore, standing reservations are not commonly made. A group may reserve a meeting area up to twice a month. The Director reserves the right to allow a group to reserve an area beyond twice a month if the reservation is deemed beneficial for both parties.

Reservations will not be accepted more than two (2) months in advance without approval of the branch manager and Director.

The organization / group using the meeting area will not:

  1. charge or accept any fee for attendance to the event
  2. solicit any products or materials in the Library facility or on Library grounds. The Director reserves the right to allow solicitations of products or materials for specific events beneficial for both the Library and the host organization or presenter(s).
  3. solicit personal information from attendees for subsequent marketing or financial transactions
  4. use any materials in the room that would be hazardous, for example, flammable materials such as candles, incense, light strips, etc.

A cleaning fee, up to $100.00, may be assessed if special cleaning is required after a group has used the meeting area.

Continued non-compliance of this policy can lead to being denied privileges to use any meeting area in the future.

Neither the Library Board of Trustees nor the Library Staff assume any responsibility for loss, theft or damage incurred to personal or rental property brought into the building or on the grounds nor do they assume any liability for any injury to any person (persons) during the time the premises are used.

Adopted by the Mountain Regional Library Board of Trustees 11/18/20

Purpose:

Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) is committed to providing all patrons an atmosphere and environment free from unnecessary distractions and spaces where patrons, library staff, and volunteers are respected and courteous to all others. Patrons, staff and volunteers are entitled to a relative expectation that visits to any MRLS library will be free from harassment, physical or mental discomfort, and danger.

Definitions:

Inappropriate or unruly behavior is defined as any behavior on MRLS premises which infringes on the rights of others to use the library in relative comfort and safety, behavior which could result in injury to oneself or others, or behavior which could result in damage to library materials or property.

Policy:

Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) is committed to providing all patrons an atmosphere and environment free from unnecessary distractions and spaces where patrons, library staff, and volunteers are respected and courteous to all others. Patrons, staff and volunteers are entitled to a relative expectation that visits to any MRLS library will be free from harassment, physical or mental discomfort, and danger.

Inappropriate or unruly behavior is defined as any behavior on MRLS premises which infringes on the rights of others to use the library in relative comfort and safety, behavior which could result in injury to oneself or others, or behavior which could result in damage to library materials or property. When patron behavior disrupts the use of the library for library staff or other patrons, staff will take one or more of the following steps appropriate to the situation:

  • Issue a verbal warning
  • Ask the patron to leave for the remainder of the day
  • Call law enforcement
  • Restrict library privileges – time and severity determined by infraction and previous incidents by the Director

This policy lists some examples of inappropriate or unruly behaviors, which are disruptive to or interfere with the use of the library by other patrons but is not exhaustive.

  • Any act or conduct in violation of Federal, State, or local law, ordinance, or regulation
  • Any act or conduct in violation of other MRLS policies
  • Use of abusive or obscene language
  • Any behavior that constitutes a nuisance or disrupts the use of the library by others
  • Threatening the safety or rights of another person including bullying and the physical, psychological, or verbal harassment of staff, patrons, or volunteers. MRLS has a policy of zero tolerance for threats and acts of bullying and violence. Any person engaging in such behaviors will be removed from library property.
  • Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children
  • Damaging or defacing the library property or materials.
  • Using language or gestures that incites violence or prejudicial action against a group or individual on the basis of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  • Using library parking lots for recreational purposes
  • Soliciting, distributing materials of any kind or petitioning of any kind without the prior authorization of the Director.
  • Bringing animals other than service animals into library buildings without authorization.
  • Entering a non-public area without permission from a staff member.
  • Refusing to comply with requests of any member of the library staff.

Adopted: 8/12/2020

Effective July 1st. the Pines Executive Committee opted to allow an electronic facsimile of the PINES card on a held- held device. The Committee stipulated that the patron's identity must be confirmed by asking key pieces of information from the patron record. Name, phone number, email address, street address, or date of birth would be acceptable. The possibility of requiring PINs at the self check machines was also brought up, and libraries using these machines should inquire with their vendor to institute a prompt for patron PIN. Note that if the library scanners cannot scan the card number from the hand- held device, library staff will type in the card number displayed on the hand- held device also with confirmation of the patron's identity.
Approved by the The PINES Executive Committee, effective July 1, 2014.

Purpose:

The Mountain Regional Library System affirms its support of equal access for persons with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Library seeks to make its services, facilities, and programs as accessible as reasonably possible to the public, including those who have disabilities.

Definitions:

N/A

Policy:

The Mountain Regional Library System affirms its support of equal access for persons with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Library seeks to make its services, facilities, and programs as accessible as reasonably possible to the public, including those who have disabilities.

Users who encounter barriers to access or services at the Library should ask Library staff for assistance.
While animals are not generally allowed in the Library, persons requiring the support of a trained service dog are accommodated. Library staff may ask the user the following questions
  • is the service dog required because of a disability, and
  • what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. 28 CFR 35.136 (f)
As specified by the ADA, service dogs must be under the owner’s control at all times. 28 CFR35.136 (d). This means no potential harm to other patrons, and no excessive noise. An animal that runs wild in the library is not under owner control and you will have to remove the animal from the premises.
Addressing Accessibility Concerns
Requests for ADA accommodation or removal of a barrier to service may be presented in person or over the phone. These requests should be addressed to the Library Director who will attempt to provide accommodation within 14 days.
If resolution is not achieved by the initial request, the user may submit a written Request for ADA Accommodation or Removal of Barrier.
Requests are reviewed by the Library Director, and a formal response is made to the library user within 14 days of the date of original submission of the request. The formal response may be a telephone call followed by a written confirmation of the telephone discussion, or directly in writing.
Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees February 2016.

Purpose:

Explain the position of MRLS with regards to the act of smoking on library premises.

Definitions:

Smoking is defined as the burning of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other device, matter or substance.

Policy:

MRLS complies with the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005. All MRLS buildings are designated as smoke-free and tobacco-free areas. In addition, the use or inhalation of e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes (“vaping”) is prohibited in library buildings. Smoking, tobacco use, and vaping are prohibited within 20 feet of any library entrance or exit, on loading docks, in courtyards, or in any of the demonstration gardens on library grounds. This policy applies to the use of any tobacco product, including smokeless tobacco, and applies to visitors and employees of the Library.

Revised and Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, July 28, 2021

Purpose:

The Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) is committed to providing its users with a safe and welcoming library environment and an atmosphere free from unnecessary distractions.

Definitions:

Caregivers: An individual at least 16 years of age who acknowledges this responsibility for a child or dependent person. This can include parents, legal guardians and other caregivers

Policy:

Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers are responsible for the care and behavior of children and dependent persons at all times while on MRLS premises, or substitute location, at all times. Children who are 10 years of age or younger must remain in the company of the parent, legal guardian or caregiver.

Library Programs

A child who is attending a library program may need not be accompanied into the program by a caregiver, however, this shall be determined by the scope of the program, availability of staff, and other mitigating circumstances. Caregivers must, however, be on the premises during the programming in case an emergency should arise.

Persons Left Unattended on Premises During Regular Business Hours

When MRLS staff recognizes a child or dependent person has been left unattended in the library or on its premises, they will attempt to identify and locate the caregiver.

If necessary, MRLS staff will contact local Law Enforcement to assist with the situation and alert the Director or Assistant Director

Unattended Persons at or after Closing Time

Caregivers are responsible for being aware of the times when the attending library is open and closed. MRLS staff shall exercise appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of unattended persons, minors 17 years of age and younger, who are not caregivers as defined in this policy, or dependent persons of any age, especially when the library is closing or has closed.

Under no circumstances will library staff members provide transportation to unattended minors or dependent persons, or leave them alone in the building or on the library premises.

If necessary, MRLS staff will contact local Law Enforcement to assist with the situation and alert the Director or Assistant Director. Two staff members should remain on the premises until the minors or dependent adults have been collected by a caregiver or until Law Enforcement arrives on the premises.

Revised and Approved by the Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees, July 28, 2021
Pines

MRLS is a proud member of the Georgia PINES Network of Libraries.

What is PINES?

PINES is Georgia’s “borderless library” system that allows PINES card holders free access to books and other materials in 300 library branches and affiliated service outlets throughout the state.