LENDING POLICY

LIBRARY CARDS
Anyone who lives or owns property in Keyport may apply for a library card at the circulation desk. Proper identification, a reference, and a signed application are required. Children younger than 18 require a parent’s signature on their application. Non-residents may purchase library cards for $10, renewed annually.
BORROWING
Materials                  Loan Period               Renewal                   #Limit per card (if not on hold)

Most Books              3 weeks                       3 times                         6
New Fiction             7 days                           1 time                           6
Magazines                1 week                          2 times                         6
Books on CD            3 weeks                        2 times                         6
Music CDs                3 weeks                        2 times                         6
DVDs (Most)            3 days                         1 time, if older             2 DVDs total
TV Series                   3 days                         1 time, if oder              2 DVDs total
Instructional            14 days                        1 time, if older             2 DVDs total

Children’s Books     3 weeks                        3 times                         2 per subject
Child Mags               3 weeks                        2 times                         4
Child CD Books       3 weeks                        2 times                         4

RETURNS
• An outdoor book return is located on the Broad Street side of the library, and may be used at any time. The book return is emptied each morning, before the library opens, during the day, and before the library closes at night.
• Any overdue charges should be paid on the next visit to the library.
• DVDs, CDs, and cassettes should be returned to the circulation desk. They may be left in the book drop if you cannot make it into the library.
LOST CARDS
• Identification is required to get a replacement library card. The cost is $1.00 per card first time, $2.00 second time, and $3.00 third time the card is replaced.
RENEWING LOANS
• Library materials may be renewed in person or by phone as long as they are not on hold for someone else.
• Seven (7) day materials may be renewed once.  Fourteen (14) day materials may be renewed up to 3 times.
• Older DVDs & Instructional DVDs can be renewed.
PLACING RESERVES
• You may call the library during operating hours to ask that a book be held for you, or place a request at the circulation desk. There is no charge for placing reserves.
INTER-LIBRARY LOANS
• Items not owned by the library, may be borrowed from other libraries or through the Middlesex Consortium. But lending policies may not be the same for all libraries
OVERDUE MATERIALS
• The overdue charge for books, CDs & magazines is 5 cents per day.
• New DVD’s have an overdue fine of $5.00 per day & all other DVDs have an overdue fine of $1.00 per day.
EXAM PROCTORING
• We do not offer proctoring services due to space and staff limitations. Special arrangements, when necessary, can be requested in writing to the Keyport Library Board of Trustees.
USE OF RECORDING DEVICES
• Filming and photography is prohibited on library property unless permission has been granted by the Library Director.
• Filming and the taking of photographs of patrons while on Library Property are prohibited unless their written consent has been given.
BEHAVIOR POLICY

Standards of Acceptable Behavior

All patrons of the Keyport Free Public Library are expected to use the Library, and its resources, in a responsible, lawful, and courteous manner. To better serve all library patrons, the Library Board of Trustees, has established the following standards of acceptable behavior to maintain an atmosphere which promotes the use and enjoyment of the resources, and services, of the Library.   It is also designed to protect the safety of the general public, the library staff,  equipment and materials of the Library.

Any activity which interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the Library, which could result in physical, emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others, or could result in damage to the facilities, equipment, material, library property or grounds, will be considered disruptive and unacceptable.

 Conduct NOT acceptable in the Library, or on Library property, includes, but is not limited to:

  • Engaging in any activity that is in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable laws or Library policy.
  • Using behavior disruptive to the legitimate use of the Library. This includes:  disorderly conduct, noise or activity, whether intentional or inadvertent, that interferes with the rights of others; physical abuse, abusive or threatening language, and misuse of library equipment or furnishings.
  • Using any behavior that disturbs other patrons, for example: talking loudly, staring, or using offensive language.
  • Using audible devices set at a volume that disturbs others.
  • Using cell phones and other communication devices. Cell phone audible ringers must be turned off.
  • Using any behavior that presents an eminent danger to the life or safety of others, including intentional, non-emergency activation of alarmed exits or fire alarms.
  • Carrying any instrument which could reasonably, and commonly, be classified as a weapon, or a dangerous instrument, or could be reasonably used as means of aggression, or defense against another, into the Library or onto Library grounds, unless authorized by the law to do so.  Any person authorized to carry a weapon must notify Library staff of that fact.
  • Soliciting, gambling or panhandling, including: distributing printed materials, signing petitions or conducting surveys that are not authorized by the Library.
  • Sleeping in the library, except for young children under the supervision of a parent or caregiver.
  • Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children.
  • Running, jumping, yelling, or climbing on library property.
  • Littering in the library or on library grounds.
  • Smoking, the use of alcohol, or any drug constituting a controlled dangerous substance, as defined by New Jersey law.
  • Bringing animals, insects, and other living organisms into the Library, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, except as authorized by the Library Director.
  • Using wheeled devices in the Library, or on Library grounds, including, but not limited to:  skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters and shopping carts. Exceptions include wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.
  • Patrons are required to wear a shirt and shoes in the Library.  Patrons, whose bodily hygiene is offensive, as to constitute a nuisance to other persons, shall be required to leave the building.
  • No person may use the lavatory facilities other than for ordinary and usual use.  Bathing and laundering clothes are specifically not permitted.
  • Library management has the discretion to discard personal items left unattended on Library property in order to preserve a safe environment for library patrons, volunteers and staff.
  • All bags and other articles are subject to inspection by library staff members. The Library reserves the right to limit the size and number of items brought into the Library.
  • All patrons must leave the Library premises by closing time, when evacuation of the building is necessary, or at any time when requested to do so by Library personnel.

 Violation of Standards of Acceptable Behavior

In the event that a patron violates any of these rules, a staff member will tell the individual that his/her behavior violates the Standards of Acceptable Behavior, and that it must stop. If the individual continues the behavior, a staff member will inform the patron that he/she will be asked to leave the Library if the behavior does not stop immediately.

If the behavior persists, he/she will be asked to leave the Library. If the patron refuses, the police will be called to remove the patron from the premises. Under no circumstances will a library employee touch the patron. The staff member who interacts with the patron, and any staff members who witness the interaction, will complete an incident report.

 A patron may be banned from the Library for a specific amount of time. This decision will be made by the Library Director. Notice of the suspension will be mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the patron, or in the case of a minor child, to his parents or guardians. A copy of the letter will be kept on file at the Library.

Appeal of the suspension may be made, in writing, to the Board of Trustees, Keyport Free Public Library, 109 Broad Street, Keyport, NJ  07735, within ten (10) days of receipt of notice of suspension. The patron, or in the case of a minor child, the parents or guardians, will be notified by the Board of the date and time of the hearing on the notice of appeal.

Multiple activities violating the Standards of Acceptable Behavior, executed by the same offender, will be considered the second or third offense, even if the action is different.