It is the policy of the Sherborn Library to provide the public with free access to the Internet on Library-owned public access workstations, laptops, tablets, and other devices. It is also the policy of the Library to use the Internet to assist the public with research and to provide information. The Library also provides free wireless Internet access which patrons may use to search on their own devices.
This policy applies to all individuals and organizations having access to the Sherborn Library and its digital resources.
The Library subscribes to the principles of intellectual freedom expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statements, and its interpretations of these documents.
Given the size and constantly evolving nature of the Internet, there may be occasions when information of a controversial nature is accessed by patrons. Some Internet sites may contain material that could be considered by some to be defamatory, offensive, or even illegal. The display of materials which are intended to or reasonably likely to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or sexually offensive environment in the Library, is prohibited. Similarly, display of materials which are intended to or reasonably likely to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or offensive environment in the Library based upon gender, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, or any other category protected under state and federal law, is prohibited.
Rules of Conduct
All users of the Library's resources are expected to use them in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational, informational, and recreational purposes for which they are provided, in the spirit of the Library’s Materials Selection Policy.
Responsible, ethical use of such resources includes the following:
- Internet users are reminded that the Library's computers are located in public areas which are shared with Library users and staff of all ages and backgrounds. The Library has a duty to maintain a place of public accommodation where all patrons can be free from unreasonable interference with their use and enjoyment of the facility.
- Internet users are responsible for complying with copyright law, as well as the licensing agreements and policies of individual websites that are viewed.
- Whether using a Library computer or a personal device, patrons are expected to refrain from displaying graphics which are inappropriate for public viewing, or playing audio that could disturb other patrons.
- Patrons are expected to share the Library’s property and be considerate of other individuals who may also wish to use the available hardware. Patrons are expected to work efficiently when using the Library’s property and may be interrupted at the discretion of a Librarian to allow another to use the equipment.
- Patrons are expected to be careful of the Library’s equipment and discerning about questionable sites and emails. Patrons must maintain a clean work area that does not risk damage to the equipment or the Library’s property.
Conversely, the following activities are prohibited:
- You may not use Library computers for an illegal activity or any activity that in any way violates local, state, or federal law.
- You may not make any attempt to damage computer software or equipment.
- You may not make any attempt to alter software configurations for personal preferences or alter software configurations in a malicious manner.
- You may not engage in any fraudulent activities.
- You may not attempt to violate computer security, or to gain unauthorized access to the Library's network or computer system, or any other network or computer system, nor may you insist that staff accommodate any such request.
- You may not distribute commercial advertising, junk mail, chain letters, or computer viruses.
- You may not display or disseminate content that is harmful to minors, as defined by Massachusetts General Laws chapter 272, section 28.
The Library reserves its right to terminate an Internet session at any time. Illegal activities or activities that interfere with or disrupt the network, users, services, or equipment are prohibited. Illegal acts involving Library resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal officials. The Library does not routinely monitor public computers, but reserves the right to do so when a violation of this policy or illegal activity is suspected. Staff is authorized to take immediate action to protect the security of computers and the network. This includes confiscating any removable media, requiring a user to leave a computer or the premises, and/or contacting law enforcement authorities.
Internet computers will not be used for illegal activity or to access illegal materials. Installation, downloading, or modification of software is prohibited. Users will not make any attempt to gain unauthorized access to restricted files or networks, or to damage or modify any computer equipment or software. Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements. Users will respect the privacy of other patrons, and will refrain from attempting to view or read material being used by others.
Use of Computers by Minors
It is the policy of the Sherborn Library that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what resources found in the Library are appropriate for their children. Parents or designated guardians who wish to limit or restrict the access of their own children should personally oversee their use of the Internet and other forms of electronic information. Minors who visit the Library without a parent or guardian are responsible for their own decisions and behaviors.
Internet Access Disclaimer
Provision of access to the Internet does not constitute any endorsement by the Sherborn Library. The Library cannot assume responsibility for any direct, indirect, or consequential damage related to the use of information accessed on the Internet using Library workstations. Internet users are reminded that:
- Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.
- Public workstations are not private or secure.
The Library cannot assure the safety of your data when you use either our wired or wireless (also known as “wifi”) Internet access. The Internet is a public communications network, which means that your communications may be intercepted by third parties. Wireless networks pose the same risks to your personal information that wired networks pose, as well as some new risks. Wireless users need to educate themselves about these risks, and take steps to secure their personal information. Cautious wireless users may choose not to transmit their credit card information and passwords while using any wireless network, including the Library's.
This policy was adopted November 2017.
HOW TO GET A LIBRARY CARD
Apply for a new Library card in person or online.
Physical cards must be issued in person. Residents without a Minuteman Library Network (MLN) card may register online for a temporary e-card but must pick up the physical card within six months. The Sherborn Library complies with the Minuteman Library Network policy that patrons may only have one Minuteman Library card. Should you lose your Library card, come into the Library for a replacement rather than attempt to re-register online.
How to complete online registration:
- Pick up your full service Library card at a Minuteman public Library of your choice within 6 months.
- After 6 months, temporary accounts, including item requests, are deleted.
- Please mention that you have already registered for a temporary card and bring your temporary Library number or a copy of the confirmation email.
- When you pick up your card you must present a photo ID and proof of address (see above).
ID / ADDRESS REQUIREMENTS
A Library card may be obtained by presenting photographic identification and confirmation of current address. Applicants must present: Current, valid Massachusetts driver’s license or Massachusetts State Identification Card with current address OR one document from Section 1 AND one document from Section 2 below:
1. Proof of identification –current or expired-- (must include name and photo)
- Alien Resident Card
- Government issued cards, such as Military ID
- State issued photo ID including welfare, Medicaid or FID card
- University or school ID
- Senior/T. A. P. ID issued by the MBTA
2. Proof of current local address* (must include applicant’s name)
- Utility bill or tax bill (dated within the last 60 days)
- Imprinted bank check or deposit slip
- Official school schedule with applicant’s name and address typed on it
- Official letter verifying residency and mailing address dated within last 30 days from a social service provider, temporary employer that provides housing, or a short-term residence
- Postcard mailed to applicant from the Library
Not acceptable: Lease agreements, rent receipts, and personal letters.
*A post office box or business address are not sufficient – a current residential address is required.
If the applicant is under 13 years old, a parent or legal guardian must provide proof of identification and address. A child must be present for a parent or legal guardian to get them a Library card. Children who are able to write their own name or are at least age six may have a card and a parent or legal guardian may confirm their name and address using their own identification.
If the applicant is between the ages of 13 and 17 and cannot meet the ID and address requirements, a parent or legal guardian must provide proof of identification and address. A teen must be present for a parent or guardian to get them a Library card.
A Library card may be issued to out-of-state residents with sufficient identification that meets the following criteria:
- Works in Massachusetts
- Attends school in Massachusetts
- Owns property in Massachusetts
- Lives temporarily in Massachusetts for at least one month
Out-of-state residents must also provide identification showing their home/permanent address. Property owners must provide verification such as their tax bill or utility bill for their Massachusetts property. Students must verify their status with school identification and provide their school address. Out-of-state residents working in Massachusetts must provide their work address. Applicants who are temporary residents (such as college students or au pairs) should be registered with their permanent address in the secondary address field.
The Sherborn Library is a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN). Your Library card entitles you to borrow materials from the Sherborn Library as well as 43 other public and academic Libraries. Policies regarding loan periods, fines, renewals, etc. vary depending on the individual Library. Items checked out in Sherborn follow Sherborn borrowing policies.
A patron in good standing with MLN can use his or her Library card to access databases, digital books, films, music, reserve museum passes, and borrow materials from Libraries across Massachusetts using the Commonwealth Catalog.
Library Card on Mobile Devices
Your Library card barcode can be scanned into your smartphone and used at the staffed circulation desks as well as the self-checkout machines. Please visit your device’s app store for the appropriate barcode scanner app for your device or download the Minuteman Library App.
LOAN RULES AND FINES
|Material||Loan period||Adult/YA Fines per day||Juvenile Fines per day|
|Books||21 days||.10 to maximum of $2.00||.05 to maximum ot $1|
|Speed Reads||14 days||.10 maximum of $2.00||N/A|
|Periodicals||7 days||.10 to maximum of $2.00||.05 to maximum ot $1|
|Spoken Books (CDs, Playaways, etc.)||21 days||.10 to maximum of $2.00||.05 to maximum ot $1|
|DVDs: Feature Films||7 days||$1.50 to maximum of $3.00||$1.50 to maximum of $3.00|
|DVDs: TV Series||14 days||$1.50 to maximum of $3.00||$1.50 to maximum of $3.00|
|Music CDs||21 days||.10 to maximum of $2.00||.05 to maximum ot $1|
|Museum Passes||1 day||$1.00 to maximum of $10.00||N/A|
|Telescope||7 days||$1.50 to maximum of $15.00||N/A|
|Kindles||14 days||$1.50 to maximum of $15.00||N/A|
|Launchpads||14 days||N/A||.10 to maximum of $2.00|
|Video Games||7 days||$1.50 to maximum of $3.00||$1.50 to maximum of $3.00|
|Puzzles||21 days||N/A||.05 to maximum ot $1|
|Games & Toys||14 days||.10 to maximum of $2.00||N/A|
|Reference||Library use only||N/A||N/A|
|Tablets/iPads||Library use only||N/A||N/A|
It is the policy of the Sherborn Library that materials selection rests with the Board of Trustees.
This policy applies to all of the Sherborn Library employees.
The Board delegates to the Library Director the selection of Library materials and the development of the collection. The professional staff members may aid in this selection process. The general public and the non-professional staff members may recommend materials for consideration.
Criteria for Selection
The Librarian is guided in selection of materials by authoritative professional reviews and standard bibliographies. Recommendations from the public are welcome and will be given careful consideration in terms of overall objectives and the existing collection.
Purpose and Quality
The Library's collection will be built to meet the needs and interests of the community. All materials to be selected are subjected to the following criteria as they are applicable:
- Current interest and usefulness
- Permanent value
- Comprehensive in scope
- Importance as a record of the times
- Relevance to the existing collection
- High standards of quality in content, format and binding
- Cost in relation to the individual title and to the overall collection
- Authority and competence in presentation
- Relevance of format to the presentation of the information
In no case should any material be excluded because of the race or nationality, or the political, sociological, or religious views of the writer. Library materials selection will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials of a controversial nature may come into the possession of children. There should be the fullest practicable provision of material presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our time, international, national, and local. Materials of sound factual authority will not be prescribed or removed from the Library shelves because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Patrons' self-guided access to materials retrieved via remote electronic resources offered on-site by the Library, and patrons' use of personal resources brought into the Library to be accessed on Library equipment, are subject to the above selection criteria.
The same criteria are to be used for selection of children's materials as are used for the general collection. Recommendations for purchase are made by the children's Librarian. Special attention is given to books and materials of value to parents, teachers or other adults working with children.
Physical Maintenance of the Collection
The Library Director and staff will undertake the periodic weeding and updating of the collection. In general, materials will be removed from the collection which are deemed to be:
- outdated in content
- duplicates of titles no longer popular
- no longer in current use
- in poor physical condition
Effective Date: This policy was revised on September 15, 1992. Second revision and amendment: June 10, 1997.
One of the new facets of the renovated and expanced Library, is ample meeting room space for small and large gatherings. The public may reserve meeting rooms for small group use, quiet study, and larger community events. Room reservation software is expected to be available on the Library’s website to help facilitate the use of the Library’s meeting rooms.
A general description of the rooms available for public use is below. A formal policy will be implemented closer to the Grand Opening of the renovated and expanded Library.
Tutoring Rooms: Three rooms designated for quiet study and tutoring for 2 – 3 persons may be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. An upper limit may apply to the number of recurring uses per person.
Local History Room: Sherborn’s unique local histories and genealogy resources are shelved in this room for research purposes. The room may also be reserved for small groups of 10 or fewer for quiet conferences.
Trustees’ Conference Room: This conference room seats approximately 20 persons and may be reserved for meetings that involve discussion and audio visual presentations. Meetings held by the Board of Library Trustees, Friends of the Library, or staff meetings take precedent over other reservations of this room.
Community Room: Municipal, community and civic organizations whose endeavors are not-for-profit are eligible to reserve the Community Room which seats 125 persons. The hours of use for eligible groups may extend beyond the hours of operation that the Library is opened by application in advance. The individual who applies to reserve the room must be present during the scheduled meeting.
Presentations & Audio-Visual Equipment: To use the audio visual equipment in the Community Room or Trustees’ Conference Room, the contact person for the scheduled meeting must be fluent with the use of the equipment or arrange for staff assistance by contacting the Library two weeks in advance. Without prior arrangement, the Library cannot guarantee that the staff on duty during the scheduled meeting will be familiar with the operation of this equipment.
The Library's public meeting areas and audio-visual equipment are not available for purely social gatherings (other than those sponsored by the Library) or profit-making activities by individuals and organizations not sponsored by the Library.
Museum Pass Reservation General Policies:
- Sherborn Library museum passes can be reserved by Sherborn residents and Town employees with a valid Minuteman Library card.
- Patrons must have an account in good standing with the Minuteman Library network (fines under $10.00).
- Non-residents with a valid Minuteman Library card may reserve available passes one hour before the Library closes the evening before, and anytime on the date of the reservation. Please consult our Library Hours page.
- Non-residents must reserve passes via telephone or at the Library, since the online software will not authenticate the Library cards of non-residents.
- You / your family can reserve one museum pass per day. During school vacation weeks, no more than two passes per vacation period can be reserved.
- Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to use the pass, so that others can benefit. Call (508) 653-0770 to cancel your reservation.
Laminated Pass Policies:
- Laminated passes must be returned to the Library by 10 AM on the day after use, either to the circulation desk if the Library is open, or in the Book Drop if the Library is closed.
- Late passes incur a $1.00 per day late fee. The fee for a lost pass is $10.00
- Museums / Organizations that issue laminated passes are:
Garden in the Woods
Tower Hill Botanical Gardens
Coupon Pass Policies:
- Coupon or disposable passes are turned in at the museum, and not returned to the Library.
- Coupon passes can be picked up as much as a week before the reservation date.
- Museums / Organizations that issue coupon-style passes are:
Museum of Fine Arts
Peabody Essex Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
New England Aquarium
Museum of Science
It is the policy of the Sherborn Library to make reasonable efforts to prevent illegal or unacceptable behavior on the Library's premises.
This policy applies to all individuals and organizations which have access to the Sherborn Library.
Existing legislation, law enforcement mechanisms, and local ordinance are the primary means of recognizing and controlling misbehavior that involves public safety, criminal behavior, and threats or annoyance to the well-being of Sherborn Library users and staff.
Behavior deemed as unacceptable on the Library's premises may be subject to the notice and intervention of Library staff.
The determination of Library staff to deny, limit, or interrupt access to the Library by an individual or organization would be made only after fair warning, if practicable, and careful consideration of the individual user's rights versus the rights of other users.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted An Act Relative to the Theft and Mutilation of Library Materials and Property, M.G.L. Chapter 61 of the Acts of 1990, amending Sections 99 and 100 of Chapter 266 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which states that any person who willfully:
- Conceals and/or removes any Library materials or property from the premises without authority; or
- Fails to return any Library materials or property which have been lent to said person by the Library facility, within thirty (30) days after demand has been made for their return; or
- Uses false identification or a fictitious name; misuses another person's Library card, uses a revoked, expired or canceled Library card or uses a falsely made Library card to borrow Library materials or property; or
- Alters or destroys Library ownership, electronic or catalog records; or
- Mutilates, destroys or otherwise damages, in whole or in part, any Library materials or property;may be punished upon conviction by imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $25,000 and required to make full restitution.
The following is a list of examples of behavior which the Sherborn Library deems as unacceptable models of behavior on the Library's premises. These examples are in no way intended to limit the manners of conduct which may result in, or necessitate, the denial or restriction of patrons' Library access:
- continuous loud voices
- persistent running or rough-housing
- vulgar language or verbal abuse
- defamation of an individual or group
- rudeness to Library users or staff
- abuse of Library property or Library policy
- attire which is not in compliance with Massachusetts Public Health Laws
- personal hygiene which substantially interferes with the ability of other patrons' use of the Library
- smoking or sleeping
- eating and drinking, except in designated spaces and during approved functions
- loitering on the Library premises
- solicitation other than for election and related signature collection activities that are permitted by law; but only on the outside pathways leading to the Library’s entrances.
- using the Library as a base out of which to operate a private business
Effective Date This policy went into effect April 13, 1993. Revised 11/19/13.
Website Policy – Development, Management & Usage
It is the policy of the Sherborn Library to provide a website for access to Library information, promotion of Library sponsored-events, and links to databases selected or developed by the Library, or licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners or the Minuteman Library Network.
This policy applies to all individuals and organizations havingaccess to the Sherborn Library and its website or who help to maintain the website.
The World Wide Web, a global collection of distinct national, regional and local computer networks capable of communicating with each other through a telecommunications network, is one of the resource options the Library has for providing information to the public. The Library’s local website adheres to the standards set in the Material Selection Policy, Computer Use and Patron Behavior Policies, and compliance with American Library Association professional standards which have been adopted by the Board of Library Trustees.
The Library website provides public and staff access to a variety of educational and informational resources in electronic format, and is a dynamic collection of links, content, and graphic presentation on a variety of subjects for users of all ages and levels of experience. Because of the dynamic nature of the Web and its interconnectedness on the internet, the Library cannot be held responsible for unintended consequences of internet use launched from a Library website search and which is not approved content of the Library’s distinct website.
The Library’s website complements and supplements the print and multimedia collections of the institution, and serves a preservation role in the digital collections of Sherborn, and state and national digital preservation Libraries. The information includes, but is not limited to, a catalog of print and multimedia materials owned by the Library, and by other members of the Minuteman Library Network, including online databases, electronic books and magazines, and information on Library services and programs, a calendar of Library events, interactive museum pass and room reservation software, electronic forms and links to other selected Internet websites.
The Library shall provide approved links from its website to other websites to support the Library’s goal of providing a wide range of information to the public. Staff Librarians will recommend websites to the Library webmaster for their informational and/or educational value. Government, non-profit, and commercial websites free from excessive marketing may be included. To be selected, websites must meet the following criteria:
- Primary intent of the website is to educate or inform in a Library environment.
- Site's owner or sponsor is easily identifiable, and contact information is provided.
- Third party site does not charge for access or ask patrons to provide their personal information or credentials.
- Site does not promote a specific religious, political, or social agenda.
Because website content may change or disappear entirely without notice, the Library cannot be held responsible for the content or accuracy of websites not maintained by Library staff. Every effort will be made by Library staff to keep approved links current. Website visitors are encouraged to inform the webmaster if they find a link that no longer functions or that is inconsistent with the above stated criteria.
Emergency notices shall be posted on the website insofar as possible for closure caused by weather advisories, facility, utility or staffing catastrophes. Note that, in the event of any widespread power outage, updates to the website for emergency messaging may be impossible.
Contact information for Library officials, Library staff, Friends of the Library volunteers, and a link to the Town of Sherborn official website for contact information may be provided and are kept current insofar as possible. The Library reserves the right to revise the scope of personnel contact information. The Library reserves the right to dismiss or curtail contacts that are not manageable by electronic methods or deemed inappropriate or excessive, or to refer contacts to appropriate personnel or redirect information requests to methods that may be best served by the appointed Records Officer subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Library staff are subject to Town of Sherborn policies on computer use, email and social networking; however, the privacy of patrons’ research and personal Library records is protected by MGL Chapter 78, Section 7.
Payments of fines and fees initiated from the Library’s website to the Minuteman Library Network are a pass-through from the Library’s website to the Minuteman Library Network’s server, which is a secure socket layer (SSL) transmission hosted by Minuteman. The Minuteman Library Network does not store any credit card data. Users’ "My Account" data is encrypted and transmitted securely between Minuteman’s server and your computer.
Monetary donations to the Friends of the Library Annual Appeal, gifts, or ticket sales and application payments to Friends’ events, are managed by PayPal and are not directly connected to the internet.
The Sherborn Library website URL is sherbornlibrary.org. The Library’s website is not stored on the Town of Sherborn server or the Library’s local server; rather it is remotely hosted by a professional service with proven reliable and secure firewalls.
Certain information on Library sites may be trademarked, service-marked or otherwise protected as intellectual property. Protected intellectual property must be used in accordance with state and federal laws and must reflect the proper ownership of the intellectual property.
Libraries that use Internet browser data from Google Analytics and third-party proprietary software that may be licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for residents to access in public Libraries or software and databases that are licensed by the Minuteman Library Network for its member Libraries use such data in the aggregate and do not associate use of any web page or any resource with a particular computer or a particular user. Confidentiality of our visitors is of the utmost importance, and no private information is collected or distributed by the Library through its use of Google Analytics or third-party software vendors.
For information on Google's cookie policies and privacy policies, please see Google Analytics Privacy. Patrons may prevent Google Analytics cookies and tracking on all sites by disabling cookies on your browser or by using theGoogle Analytics Opt-Out tool. Third-party software products that are accessed through the Library’s website by licensing use institutional authentication and do not send cookies to individual workstations but gather data based on usage by the institution itself.
The Library Director authorizes or hires a webmaster to develop the website, make site changes, and create and maintain web pages, content and links with the approval of the Director or the Director’s committee or designee.
The webmaster organizes content and links to other websites based on the selection criteria for electronic resources outlined in the Library’s Materials Selection Policy.
Only the Library webmaster is authorized to make content or technical changes to the Library website. The webmaster may train and assign routine clerical updating to staff assistants.
A user name and password combination are issued by the owner of the host server for accessing the Sherborn Library’s website. The user name/password combo is given to the Library Director, Webmaster and the backup web technician, if one is appointed. In the interest of maintaining the integrity of the Library website, upon separation of service of the Library Director, Webmaster and/or the backup web technician, a request will be submitted to the owner of the host server to change the user name/password combo.
Waiver of Responsibility
The Sherborn Library does not actively monitor and has no control over the information users access over the Internet via the Library’s website and cannot be held responsible for any negative consequences. The Board of Trustees of the Sherborn Library, the Library staff, the Friends of the Library, and the Town of Sherborn are not liable for any negative consequences that may occur as a result of using the Library’s website to connect to resources on the Internet. As in all use of websites and Internet resources, the user is responsible for maintaining secure personal passwords. In using personal devices to access the Library’s website and Internet resources, it is the owner’s responsibility to keep virus software up-to-date and to use good practices to avoid negative consequences and damage to their property.
This policy was adopted September 17, 2017