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

Collection Development Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this document is to help our patrons understand why certain materials are added to the library’s collection and others are not. It also serves as the guide for library staff for collection development and maintenance.

Mission Statement

The Mountain Regional Library System provides the materials, services, and facilities necessary to meet the current and future informational and recreational reading needs of mountain regional residents. Special emphasis is placed on offering popular materials, and reference materials and services. Resources for independent learning, as well as current, and historic local information are also important. Materials and services appropriate to all ages are available.

This mission statement is implemented through five goals. The goals are:

Goal i: the library provides high-demand, high-interest materials of a popular nature in a variety of formats to meet the entertainment and recreational needs of the community.
Goal ii: the library provides reference materials and services that answer the informational needs of the community, or that provide direction to additional sources of information.
Goal iii: the library provides materials and services that enable community members of all ages to pursue practical and/or intellectual self-directed learning independent of the formal educational process.
Goal iv: the library collects, preserves, and provides access to a variety of types of materials that are by and/or about our communities and its citizens in both a current and historic context.
Goal v: the library evaluates current services and makes plans for new services that will meet the community’s needs now and in the future. The materials selection policy is based on the mission statement and the five goals.

Selection

For budget reasons we can acquire only a limited number of the thousands of books published annually. Due to budget constraints, we select carefully. Our selection is based upon principle rather than personal opinion, reason rather than prejudice, and judgment rather than censorship.

Responsibility for Selection

The board of trustees of the mountain regional library system determines the collection development policy for the library system. The responsibility for administering this policy rests with the director of the library system and the individual branch managers.

Criteria

Each resource must be considered for its value, its format, and the audience for which it is intended. No single criterion is applicable to all purchase and access decisions. Some resources may be judged primarily for their artistic merit, scholarship, or value to humanity; others are chosen to satisfy the informational, recreational, or educational interests of the community.

Librarians apply their judgment and experience in selecting materials according to the criteria listed below. All criteria do not apply to each item. Works of imagination are judged by different standards than are works of information and opinion. Works that present an aspect of life honestly are not necessarily excluded because of frankness of expression. Materials are judged as a whole rather than on isolated passages. In considering individual titles in the selection process, librarians consult reviews, bibliographies, and other evaluative sources. However, the library generally purchases current best sellers, giving higher priority to demand than to reviews or other relevant criteria.

The criteria include:

• suitability of physical form for library use;
• suitability of subject and style for intended audience;
• present and potential relevance to local interests and needs;
• appropriateness and effectiveness of medium to content;
• number and nature of requests from the library users;
• historical significance;
• importance as a document of the times;
• relation to existing collection, alternative formats, and other material on the subject;
• reputation and/or significance of the author/artist and publisher/producer;
• authority, competence, and purpose of the author/artist;
• attention of critics, reviewers, and the public;
• comprehensiveness and depth of treatment;
• objectivity;
• clarity, accuracy, logic of presentation, and/or ease of use;
• representation of a minority point of view;
• relevance to the experiences and contributions of diverse populations;
• artistic presentation and experimentation;
• quality of illustrations;
• originality;
• vitality, readability, or ability to sustain interest;
• effective characterization; • authenticity of historical or social setting;
• value of resource in relation to its cost
• award winning
• absence of what might be considered erotica or pornography

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.

Collection Development Objectives

The collections are designed to serve the residents of MRLS within its primary role as a popular materials library. These collections can be used by individuals either directly, through the branch library, or through outreach services. They are intended to provide a generally high level of subject strength supporting the broad scope of user interests.

Collection development focuses on the needs of specific demographic groups, with an emphasis on materials in high demand by these user groups.

Definition of selection levels--the following terms are used to define both the extent of the existing collection in given subject fields (collection density) and the extent of current collection activity in the field (collecting intensity):

1. Introductory: the fundamentals of a subject, which provide the main theories and referrals to other sources.
2. Basic: overview of a subject, adequate to meet general demand.
3. Extended: expanded collection with sufficient depth to allow for independent study and practical applications.
4. Comprehensive: major source material and a broad range of specialized monographs necessary to sustain in-depth study.

Nonfiction

The nonfiction collection emphasizes timely, accurate, and useful informational materials to support individual, business, government, and community interests. It also emphasizes materials that are current and high-demand. Materials are available for all ages and reading levels and in a variety of formats.

Materials are selected to represent a continuum of opinions and viewpoints when available. Titles with continued value and those of current, accepted authority are part of the library collection. Textbooks are included when they are the only source available on a subject, when useful to those doing independent study, or when they give an overview of a subject, but are not added in support of a specific curriculum. As a new field emerges, the library attempts to respond with timely additions.

While most non-fiction materials are selected for their utility, others are acquired for their capacity to enrich and entertain.

When choices exist, selection is based on readability, clarity, and appeal. Requests from library users are given high priority.

Fiction

The collection focuses on twentieth century literature including classic and standard titles. There is no single standard for inclusion in the fiction collection. Each work is evaluated in comparison with other fiction works or authors of similar type. Because of the large volume of fiction published, it is possible to purchase only a representative selection with emphasis on major authors and the most popular examples of a genre. Patron requests for materials of this type influence the addition of multiple copies.

An effort is made to insure access to the titles on required reading lists issued by school systems within the region. Hard copies are preferred to paperback because of durability. However, the paperback fiction collection continues to expand because many titles are available only in this format. The fiction collections at the branch library reflect that which is currently popular with its users

Special Collections

The Mountain Regional Libraries maintain special collections, the development and management of which differ from the general statements in this collection management plan. Special collections include the genealogy/local history collection, the periodical collection, the reference collection, nonprint materials.

The Genealogy Collection

The Mountain Regional Libraries collect genealogy materials and house them in the genealogy room or area. The library acquires materials, in all formats, dealing with local history.

The library seeks to acquire county histories of Towns, Union and Fannin. Examples:

• city documents
• yearbooks, histories such as churches, social service organizations, clubs, etc.
• newspapers and other serial publications
• pictures, postcards, photographs.

The materials in the genealogy room may only be used within the library. Periodicals are serials that are issued at stated intervals, generally more frequently than annually, and which contain separate articles, stories, and other writings. Periodicals are an important source of new ideas and topics before such information is available in book form. In addition they provide recreational, how-to, and consumer information. Indexing is an important factor in selecting periodicals. The mountain regional libraries seek to acquire periodicals indexed in Galileo. While periodicals are originally used for their current informational value, they become a reference source when indexed. Periodicals represent an ongoing commitment in terms of subscription cost and storage.

Single subscriptions of a title are maintained. The periodical collection is reviewed annually for additions and deletions. Local newspapers are the priority purchases.

Reference Collection

Reference materials are for use in the library. They provide quick, concise, and up-to-date information and index other material in the collection. Inclusion in the reference collection is determined by factors such as cost, complexity, format, authoritativeness, frequency of use, and indexing. Reference works include such standards as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, bibliographies, etc., as well as more specialized materials which directly support the various information needs of library users. When demand dictates and cost permits, additional copies are purchased for lending.

AV Materials

Video materials are currently selected in DVD and Blu-ray format. They are acquired by purchase and gifts. The library makes a concerted effort to purchase a wide variety of video materials to meet the needs of a broad cross section of users. The aim is to acquire time-enduring titles, and selections are made in these areas: non-theatrical--general interest non-fiction and short fiction works produced for the education and home video markets including items such as documentaries, how-to, self paced learning and instructions, sports, entertainment, health, etc. Feature--full-length fiction dramatizations including foreign, classic, award winning, children’s features.

Rare and Valuable Materials

The acquisition of valuable or rare books is not a function of the mountain regional libraries. An exception is made when an item is of bibliographic importance to a particular area of the collection wherein the library has a special responsibility, e.g., the genealogy collection. The retention of such items already in the collection is governed by the item’s bibliographic importance to the library’s collection. This does not preclude the library’s acceptance of gifts that might be valuable or rare. Acceptance, however, is made with the understanding that for inclusion in the collection the item must meet the criterion stated above. (see our mrls donation policy)

Weeding and Discarding of Library Materials

To maintain the vitality of the collection, materials are regularly weeded. This is the process of withdrawing materials which no longer meet the criteria for inclusion in the library’s collection and is an integral part of collection management.

Factors involved in the decision to weed materials are:
• poor physical condition
• superfluous because of duplicate titles or because demand no longer exists
• obsolete, superseded edition, no longer accurate.
• lack of storage/shelving space
This does not sanction the removal of materials because of controversy. If suitable, discarded materials may be given to the friends of the library to sell with income to benefit the library.

 

Donations

  • The Mountain Regional Library System welcomes the donation of funds to purchase new items for the collection or the donation of items such as books, paperbacks, and DVDs.
  • All materials presented to the library as gifts are subject to the same selection criteria as purchased items. The library retains unconditional ownership of all donated items and reserves the right to use or dispense with the donated items in any manner.
  • Due to the high volume of donations received, the libraries are not able to notify donors as to the specific disposition of their materials or to return materials not selected for addition to the collection.
  • Due to space limitations, libraries may be unable to accept large quantities of materials at one time. Please call ahead if you have more than three boxes of items to donate.
  • Please do not leave donated items outside libraries during closed hours. Damage due to weather, insects, vandalism or theft could make your donations unusable.
  • Please note libraries cannot accept books in damaged, soiled, mildewed or otherwise poor physical conditions.

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.