New Mono County Library Policies:
Child Safety - Read full policy.
Library Conduct - Read full policy.
The Mono County Library enhances lives and strengthens our communities by providing free access to information, technology, life-long learning opportunities, social interactions, and cultural enrichment.
The Mono County Free Library was established in 1965 as a joint school-community library system. The library is operated by the Mono County Office of Education under the direction of the Mono County Superintendent of Schools and the Mono County Library Authority Board. The administrative offices are located in the Mammoth Lakes Branch at 400 Sierra Park Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.
The Mono County Library System upholds the principals of intellectual freedom and the public’s right to know by providing people of all ages with access to material that reflects a diversity of points of view. This library system affirms its support of the basic library policies defined in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and Libraries: an American Value.
In accordance with California State Law (Gov. code section 6267), all registration and circulation records shall remain confidential. Records shall be maintained on fines that are unpaid; records shall also be retained for information on the number of times fines or other charges have been excused.
Library records are maintained solely for administrative purposes. They are not to be used to identify the types of materials borrowed by an individual, and library staff will not provide information to a third party about what a patron of the library has borrowed. The library will provide circulation information (printed or verbal) to the concerned library card holder or person authorized in writing by the library card-holder. Information regarding overdue items will be made available to the financially responsible person.
Each of the Mono County Library\\\'s lead staff members is responsible for the purchasing of materials for their Branch library.
Selection of items by the library is based upon, but not limited to, the following:
All donations are subject to evaluation by the same criteria as purchased materials. Specific guidelines for donated materials are outlined in Mono County policy 1138A.
Internet service is available at all Mono County Libraries according to established rules and guidelines.
All patrons have the right to use the library undisturbed and library employees have the right to work without undue interference. Read full policy.
The safety and welfare of children at the Mono County Library System is of up most importance. Read full policy.
The Mono County Office is Education strives to be, first and foremost, an agency of service. In addition to operating Mono County's Alternative Education programs, MCOE works closely with the two school districts to help support them by providing staff development and support as needed. The Mono County Office of Education is also the only county in the state of California that operates all of the county's public libraries. There are seven library branches serving each of the communities in Mono County and MCOE is very proud of each one.
The Board of Trustees also acts as the Library Authority Board for all branch libraries.
MONO COUNTY LIBRARY CONDUCT POLICY
All patrons have the right to use the library undisturbed and library employees have the right to work without undue interference. In an effort to provide a safe, welcoming atmosphere for all, the Library Board has approved the following conduct recommendations. These guidelines are not to be considered a rigid policy, as each incident will have its own unique set of circumstances requiring judgement and flexibility.
Library patrons are expected to be engaged in the productive use of the library’s resources and space. All library users and employees should be free of any threat of harm, invasion of property, gross indignity or humiliation. Patrons should be respectful to Library staff, other patrons, the facility and materials at all times.No person shall engage in any conduct which disturbs or interferes with others’ use of the library, including but not restricted to the following:Willfully annoying, harassing or threatening another person.Behaving in a disorderly, loud or disruptive manner.Interfering with another person’s passage within the library or on library grounds.Consuming, using or possessing alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on library grounds or being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances in a manner that causes public disturbance.Defacing or destroying library property.Remaining in the library outside regular business hours.Interfering with patrons’ use of the library through poor bodily hygiene, which is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance.Soliciting funds or panhandling.Playing audio equipment at a volume level that is disturbing to other patrons or library staff.Using skates, skateboards, or other sporting equipment in the library.Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing or surveying patrons or staff in a manner that is disruptive to library activities.Willfully exposing patrons and staff to offensive images or language.Engaging in lengthy conversations (including cell phone conversations) in areas intended for quiet study.Interfering with the maintenance of a clean, pleasant, and safe library facility.
Library staff has the right to ask a patron to leave if they are not following the Library Conduct Policy.
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MONO COUNTY LIBRARY CHILD SAFETY POLICY
The safety and welfare of children at the Mono County Library System is of up most importance. Parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of their children while at the Library. Library staff will intervene only when children are left unattended or problems of safety, disruptive behavior or wellbeing occur. Library staff will follow established Library procedure for the protection of juveniles or to maintain an environment free from disruption in accordance with the Library Conduct Policy.
Stay at the Library with children younger than grade 4.Encourage positive behavior by their children while in the Library.Cooperate with Library staff if their children disobey the Conduct Policy.Provide a means of transportation home from the Library by the time the Library closes.
Library staff will use the following guidelines in determining how to address an issue with a child on a case-by-case basis:
If a child becomes disruptive or violates the Conduct Policy staff will give the child one warning.Disruptive children will be asked to leave the Library if they continue to disrespect the Library Conduct Policy.Staff will attempt to locate the child’s parent, guardian or caregiver by phone to inform them their child has been asked to leave the Library.If a child is repeatedly asked to leave the Library, the child may be banned for a specific amount of time (e.g. one week, one month, etc.) to be determined by Library staff.
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