MEMBERSHIP

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Resident Library Cards:

Residents of -- or those who pay property tax in -- Greenville Borough, Hempfield Township, and Sugar Grove Township are eligible for a free library card upon presentation of appropriate identification and filling out a Library Card Application. Identification should be in the form of an official picture ID that has the current address. If photo ID is not available, two (2) other forms of ID that have the correct address can be used (check book, utility bill, pay stub, etc.). If the address on the photo ID is incorrect, an additional form of ID that has the correct address must be shown as well. If the primary residence is not in one of the named townships, a tax bill showing the address of the taxed property must be presented along with photo ID to obtain a card.

Patrons under the age of 18 must have a signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a library card.

Non-Resident Library Cards:

Non-residents can pay a $15/year fee to obtain a card. The rules for appropriate identification are the same as those for resident cards.

Non-residents whose home library participates in AccessPA can get a free Greenville Area Public Library card upon showing their library card with the AccessPA logo, providing appropriate identification, and completing a Library Card Application.

All residents of Mercer, Lawrence, Butler and Armstrong counties are also eligible for a free card at the New Castle Public Library District Center, whether or not they meet our residency requirements.

Summer Cards:

Non-residents can obtain a Summer Card that is valid from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The cost of the Summer Card is $5.00.

Lost Cards:

A $2.00 fee will be charged for replacement of lost cards.

Probationary period:

New patrons cannot request Interlibrary loans and will be restricted to five items and one dvd/bluray for their first check-out.

Email:

The Library asks for an email address as an additional way to maintain contact with its patrons. This email may be used to contact patrons regarding overdue books, holds, Interlibrary Loan availability or other Library business. Occasionally, the email address may also be used by the Friends of the Library, for Library fundraising purposes, or for dissemination of information in a newsletter. If you provide an email address and do not wish to receive those communications, you can opt out of the additional communication but your email address may still be used for internal Library business.

Limited Access:

Patrons who have a history of damaged or lost items will be placed in patron type `Limited Access.` Such patrons will only be able to check out five books and one dvd/bluray at a time. Patrons will be informed by letter from the director of their status change. This status will remain for a minimum of six months, at which time the patron can petition the director for a change of status. If items are lost or damaged within that six month period, the status will remain as `Limited Access.'

FEE AREAS: What You Can Do

Lobby your township supervisors or borough council to make a yearly contribution to Greenville Area Public Library.  This would ensure that all residents of your community would have free access to our books, movies, audiobooks, periodicals, programs and computer services.


MATERIAL CIRCULATION

Loan Periods:

Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines: 3 weeks 2 renewals allowed (unless item is on hold)

DVD/Bluray: 1 week 1 renewal allowed (unless item is on hold)

Kids Kindles (in house): 2 hours no renewal

YA Kindles (in house): 4 hours no renewal

Circulation Fees:

Adult Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines: $0.25/day Maximum: $25 per item

Children’s Books, Audiobooks, and Magazines: $0.10/day Maximum: $10 per item

DVD/Bluray: $1.00/day Maximum: $25 per item

Kindles (in house): $0.25/hour Maximum: $10 per item

Interlibrary Loan Item: $0.25/day Maximum: Set by loaning library

Maximum Loans:

Books: 25

Audiobooks: 15

Magazines: 25

DVD/Bluray: 05

Lost or Damaged Item: Cost of Item

Audiobook or DVD/Bluray returned in book drop: $5.00/incidence

Patrons cannot check out items or use the computers if fine is $5.00 or more.

Liability Statement:

The Library accepts no liability for the loss or damage to patron`s property or equipment as a result of the use of any library materials


COMPUTER ACCESS

Computers in the Greenville Area Public Library are to be used for research and study.  They are considered an extension of the Library’s resources. The Library maintains the right to restrict access to users viewing offensive material.

  1. Users must have a current library card to access the computers.  There must be no fines, overdue or lost materials outstanding. Library card must be left at the desk when user signs in; it will be returned when the user is finished. Computers may generally be used ONE HOUR PER DAY on a first come, first serve basis unless otherwise specified. 

  2. No more than two (2) people at a time may use a computer. No more than (2) computers may be used by family members at the same time.

  3. Computers are available from the time the library opens until one-half (1/2) hour before closing.

  4. If you encounter any problems with the equipment or programs, inform the staff immediately.

  5. Use of the computer is free.  Use of the printer is 25¢ per page for black & white prints and 50¢.  Please go to the front desk to pay for and/or retrieve your pages.

  6. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training, but may be able to offer searching suggestions or advice on some available resources.

  7. Computer users under the age of 18 must have a signed parent/guardian consent form. Children under  the age of twelve (12) must be accompanied by an adult.

THESE POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS DEMAND FOR COMPUTER USE INCREASES.

Internet Access:

Computers with Internet Access Greenville Area Public Library Internet Policy Internet access is a privilege, not a right. Users must adhere to the policies and procedures established by Greenville Area Public Library. Violations may result in loss of Internet access privileges. 

  1. The Greenville Area Public Library has no control over the Internet or its resources and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy or currency of any Internet resource. The Internet may contain material of a controversial or objectionable nature. 

  2. List-servs, newsgroups, chat rooms, and posting to bulletin boards will not be allowed.

  3. Greenville Area Public Library does not provide data storage for users. Programs, software, and other materials may not be downloaded onto the computer. Users may download to disk. A color or black & white printer is available for 25¢ per page. 

  4. Access will be restricted to users found viewing sexually explicit or offensive materials. The prohibition is not limited to those materials that meet the legal definition of pornography.   

  5. Parents must be responsible for their children for all Internet usage. Responsibility for decisions about appropriateness rests with parents or legal guardians.

    1. Children under 18 years of age must obtain on-site written approval from their parents to access the Internet.  

    2. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older.


 

Room Usage Policy

The primary purpose of the meeting rooms in the Greenville Area Public Library is to provide facilities for library-related activities. However, the room is available for use by outside groups according to the following regulations:

 1.       Library-related activities take precedence over public use when scheduling meetings.

 2.      Outside groups, regardless of belief or affiliation, can request use of the meeting rooms for private meetings or programs open to the public. A $35 fee is assessed for meetings not open to the public. Non-profits can request to have the fee waived.

 3.      The Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of any group using the meeting rooms. Advertisements or announcements for meetings must not imply such an endorsement. The name, address, or telephone number of the Library may not be used as a contact in any publicity materials. Any publicity or marketing materials that include the Library’s name and address must include the disclaimer, “This event is not sponsored by the Greenville Area Public Library.”

 4.      Groups using the meeting rooms must not disrupt the normal functions of the Library.

 5.      Meeting rooms are only available during normal Library hours. All meetings must be concluded and rooms restored to order in time for the library’s scheduled closing.

 6.      Groups using the meeting rooms may rearrange furniture but are responsible for returning the furniture to the original arrangement before leaving.  Furniture cannot be removed from a meeting room. Furniture in other parts of the library may not be moved into the meeting room.

 7.      Light refreshments and drinks may be served in the meeting rooms.  Minimal food preparation is allowed. Groups must provide their own supplies (cups, plates, utensils, cream and sugar, etc.). All food items, packaging, etc. must be removed immediately after the meeting. No food may be left or stored in the meeting rooms for future meetings. All garbage must be removed immediately from library property after the meeting.

 8.      Wireless technology in the meeting rooms is shared with the rest of the library and capacity issues may arise if a large number of users access the system simultaneously. There is no guarantee of wireless compatibility or for uninterrupted service when groups are using the meeting room.

 9.      No alcoholic beverages may be served. Smoking is not permitted in the Library.

 10.   Adequate adult supervision of minors is required at all times.

 11.    Violations of these regulations will mean the group is not able to reserve the meeting rooms for future events. Previously scheduled reservations will be cancelled.

 Reservations for rooms must be made at least a week in advance. Reservations can be made for three programs at a time by any one group up to three months in advance to allow for flexibility of scheduling.