Closter Public Library Unattended Child Policy during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Children 14 years of age and younger must be accomanied by an adult.

Children may only be in the library for the purpose of selecting and checking out items. 

Youth Services Program Policy During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Due to the current pandemic, we will be balancing the health and well being of staff and our patrons at the Closter Public Library. Because of this as we open up our policies will change.

 

Currently, we will not be offering in library programs but instead will continue to offer virtual programming. These programs will be offered via Zoom and Facebook.  Registration is required so that we can offer email reminders to parents.

 

As we move forward safety is our priority and when the time comes for in-person programming limits on attendance, social distancing, and the wearing of masks and use of sanitizer will be enforced.

 

Stay safe.

 Closter Public Library
Patron Behavior Policy
 

Closter Public Library facilities are available to patrons of all ages. While everyone has an equal right to access library services, no person has the right to interfere with the safety of others and their ability use and enjoy library resources and services. To this end, the Closter Public Library sets standards of acceptable behavior on Library premises to ensure an atmosphere that encourages the use and enjoyment of Library resources and services, promotes the safety of the general public and the Library staff, and protects Library materials, equipment, building, and grounds.
This policy pertains to children, teenagers, and adults. Parents are solely responsible for the actions of their children on Library premises, whether or not a caretaker attends to the children. The Closter Public Library prohibits unattended minors less than ten years of age to be in the Library. Library staff cannot, and will not, serve as caretakers.
Disruptive and unacceptable behavior includes any activity that:

  • Interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the Library

  • Disrupts the normal functioning of the Library

  • May result in physical, emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others

  • May result in damage to materials, equipment, building and grounds

  • Constitutes a failure to comply with Library staff directives

The Library reserves the right to:

  • Require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises

  • Restrict Library privileges of disruptive individuals for a specified period of time

  • Ban disruptive individuals from Library premises for a specified period of time or permanently

Library staff will verbally notify the disruptive individual that he or she is in violation of the standards of acceptable behavior. Repeated disruptive behavior may be reported to parents or the police. Further disciplinary action will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Library Director. Unlawful activities will be reported immediately to the Closter Police Department.

Collection Development Policy

The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to provide guidelines for the selection, acquisition and weeding of all library materials. Additionally, the policy provides a vehicle for the continuous evaluation of the library collection as a whole.

Please click here to download the complete policy.

Internet Use Policy

The Closter Public Library offers free access to the Internet. We hope to provide the public with the best resources available for finding information and exchanging ideas. The Internet is one of many tools you may use. The following is our Internet use policy.

  • Downloading of files is not allowed.

  • Patrons access and use the Internet at their own risk. The connection provided is NOT secure. The library has NO control over the information and is NOT responsible for its content or accuracy.

  • Library staff will NOT monitor or supervise Internet access. Because the library is a public place, the staff reserves the right to end a session when material inappropriate to a public library setting is displayed.

  • Parents of minor children MUST assume responsibility for the materials accessed. Parental supervision is advised.

  • Staff will help users in getting started, but we cannot offer extensive assistance.

  • Failure to use the Internet workstation properly may result in revocation of Internet privileges.

  • Anyone tampering with the library computers will be held financially responsible for repairs.

  • During periods of high computer use, games, nonacademic email, and other non-scholastic computer use is restricted.

  • There is a fee of 10¢ per page for black & white and 25¢ per page for color to print materials. Before printing from the Internet, be aware that you are responsible for all pages that you print, whether or not you intended to print them.

  • The Closter Public Library may modify this policy at any time.

Animal Policy

No animals are allowed in the library except:

  • Certified service animals

  • Animals used in lbrary programs

  • Animals used by law-enforcement agencies

Snow Closing Policy

The Closter DPW cannot plow the parking lots until the borough streets are plowed. Therefore the Closter Public Library has put the following policy into effect to ensure that our patrons and staff will remain safe:

  • The library will close if the Director or person in charge deems the walkways and parking lots constitute an unsafe situation.

  • The library will open once the Director or person in charge is notified that the walkways and parking lots have been cleaned.

If we need to close for weather, will will send an email and post it to the Emergency Closing Page of the BCCLS website.

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