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The following are rules and regulations of the Croghan Free Library, updated April 12, 2021.
1. New Cardholders:
a. Complete a registration form and provide identification. Primary identification to be
used is identification with a picture (preferably a Driver’s License) which has
the individual’s current address. If the address information on the picture ID
is not current, then another form of identification must be presented which
verifies the individual’s current address (i.e. a piece of mail or bill).
Individuals who do not possess a valid picture ID must present two documents
that verify current address.
b. Individuals will not be able to sign out any items until their library card is issued
c. Children 13 and under must apply with a parent or guardian and that adult’s signature is
required on their registration form.
2. Overall Policy:
a. Users MUST present their library card to check out materials.
b. There is an overall limit of 20 items at one time on a library card.
c. Library cards must be renewed every year by a staff member.
3. Loan Periods:
a. All fiction, non-fiction, juvenile, easy reader books, and magazines are loaned out
for four weeks and can be renewed once.
b. All new items and audio books are loaned out for a period of two weeks.
c. All movies are loaned out for one week.
d. Reference materials do not circulate.
4. Renewal policy:
a. All items may be renewed by phone, in person, or online if there is no waiting list
for the item.
b. Renewals are not allowed for new items or for items with hold requests. An item is
considered to be “new” for a minimum of a four-month period.
5. Overdues and Fines:
a. Users are fined $0.10 per library day for each overdue item, with a maximum fine of $5.
Any book classified as “Juvenile” or “Easy” are exempt from fines.
b. A maximum fine of $10 per item is charged if any item is lost or damaged,
possibly higher if the item was loaned from another library.
c. Lending privileges will be suspended if user has 5 or more overdue items, and will not
be restored until materials are either returned or fines have been paid.
6. Damaged Materials:
a. If a book or other material is damaged beyond repair, the borrower is required to
pay the billed amount.
b. Until the damaged item is paid for, the user may not borrow any items.
a. Library records that are deemed confidential are covered by New York State law signed
on June 13, 1988. (I CPLR 4509)
b. Those records are related to the circulation oflibrary materials that contain names or other personally identifying details
regarding the users of public, free association, school, college, and university libraries and library systems of this state,
including but not limited to records related to the circulation oflibrary materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions,
reference queries, requests, or the use of audio-visual equipment. These
records shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such
records may be disclosed upon the request or consent of the user pursuant to
subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.
c. The Croghan Free Library adheres strictly to all
sections of this statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its
8. Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
a. The interlibrary loan service supports the mission of the library by providing
expanded access to library materials and information. The purpose of
interlibrary loan is to obtain materials not available in the library. The
library affirms that interlibrary loan is an adjunct to, not a substitute for
the library’s collection. In meeting patron needs, the library will exhaust
local resources first, before requesting items on interlibrary loan.
1. An interlibrary loan request is defined as a request for library materials made on
behalf of a patron through ILL or NNYLN (Northern New York Library Network)
1. Patrons must have a library card in good standing to use the interlibrary loan service.
2. Interlibrary loan requests will not be processed for patrons with overdue interlibrary loan
1. Fifteen active requests are permitted at any one time per patron. A request is active
from the time it is initiated until the item has been checked out at the
2. Materials will be available for pickup for ten days after they are processed. If an item is
not picked up, it will be returned to the owning library.
3. Interlibrary loan materials are checked out for 28 days, unless otherwise specified by
4. Interlibrary loans may be renewed only once if the lending library permits renewals.
The following are rules and regulations of the Croghan Free Library, effective May 5, 2014
The following are rules and regulations of the Croghan Free Library, effective March 3, 2014 1.
The freedom to read is a fundamental right of every American and must not be limited by the would-be censor. Every library should have as part of its adopted by-laws both the “LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS” and the “FREEDOM TO READ” statement. Should a censorship challenge lead to the open form of the media or the courts, it is essential that the library have these documents as an official integral part of their library policies. The North Country Library System stands ready to assist any library in the System area to fight to preserve the people’s freedom to read. The form, “Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Library Material” should be presented to any individual who asks or demands that a given book, periodical, or piece of library material be removed from the collection or restricted in its availability to the library’s patrons. Be sure that the complainant fills out the form as completely as possible. His/her signature at the bottom of the form is of particular importance.
Once you have received the completed form from the complainant, it is most important that you treat the individual with the utmost tact. Explain the principle of the freedom to read. In no way should the librarian assume that this should be a personal problem between the librarian and the patron. You should politely inform the patron that the form, the material in question and the whole situation will be brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees of your library. Next, please call the System Service Center to let your consultant, the Director, or the professional on duty know about the situation as soon as possible. The System will do everything it can to assist you in handling the complaint.