Policies of Oxford Library

Policies

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE OXFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Mission of the Oxford Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our community.

Adopted by the Library Board of Directors June 2017

Patron Registration & Library Card Usage Policy

Eligibility:

Every resident of Oxford who is at least 5 years old is eligible for a free library card. A resident is defined as one who makes Oxford their principal place of residence.  A valid library card is required in order to borrow materials from the library.

Registration:

Library cards will be issued upon providing proof of identity and current residency and completion of a registration form.  Any one of the following may be used as proof of residency: Driver’s license, addressed mail, Deed or rental agreement, car registration, tax bill from Oxford.

Meeting Room Policy

The Oxford Public Library welcomes public use of its meeting facilities.  The Meeting Room Policy establishes rules and procedures for the use of the Library’s meeting facilities.  The library staff member in charge of the building is responsible for implementing this policy and for maintaining reservation lists.

Use of Library meeting rooms by any group signifies acceptance of the terms of this policy.

Reservations may be made for the current calendar year. Reservations for the next calendar year open up the first Monday of November.

To complete your Meeting Room Request Form, you must agree to all of the following guidelines and then include a digital signature by typing your name in the provided text field.

Meeting Room Policy

(A)  This rule applies to the use of a Library meeting room by members of the public. It does not apply to use of a Library meeting room by the Library or by another department of the Town of Oxford.  This rule is cumulative of other Library use rules. This rule supersedes another Library rule to the extent of a conflict.  This rule may be referred to as the Meeting Room Policy.

(B)  Terms of Use.

(1)  The use of a Library meeting room by a group or a customer signifies the group’s or customer’s acceptance of the terms of the Meeting Room Policy.

(2)  There is no charge for meeting room use. Donations to the library are always welcomed and appreciated.

(3)  The use of, and the scheduling of the use of, a meeting room is subject to the needs of the Library, and may not interfere with the Library’s operations or the use of the Library by customers. Library needs preempt any other scheduled event in a meeting room.

(4)  The use of a meeting room does not constitute Library or Town of Oxford endorsement of a viewpoint expressed by a group or by a participant in a meeting or activity.

(a)  A group using a room may not advertise or announce an event to be held in a meeting room if the advertisement or announcement states or implies the endorsement of the Library or the Town of Oxford.

(b)  An announcement or notice to publicize an activity may not be posted or distributed on Library premises without advance approval from the librarian in charge.

(C)  Who May Use a Meeting Room?

(1)  Library meeting room 1 may be reserved by a not-for-profit, non-commercial group of at least three individuals engaged in an educational, cultural, intellectual, or civic activity.

(2)  A use of a meeting room must be open to the public and may not be restricted to the membership of the group.  A member of the public that sees a meeting taking place may enter and participate in the meeting.

(3)  A customer may not reserve a meeting room for individual use, but can reserve meeting room 2 or meeting room 3 for individual use.

(4)  A meeting room may not be used for commercial purposes. A group or customer using a meeting room may not solicit money or another thing of value, charge admission, or sell, or advertise for sale, goods or services.

(5)  A meeting room may not be used for a social gathering such as a wedding shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, a dance, or a similar activity.

(6)  A meeting room may not be used for a political rally or a campaign for or against a specific ballot issue or candidate. However, a meeting room may be used for a forum or study group on a political issue.

(7)  A meeting room may not be used to provide a direct healthcare service, including an examination, a hands-on demonstration, or a treatment. However, a meeting room may be used for a forum on or the sharing of information about healthcare services.

(8)  Permission to use Library meeting rooms will be withheld from a group that has failed to comply with the Meeting Room Policy or from a group that damages a meeting room, the carpet, equipment, or furniture, or causes a disturbance.

Reserving a Meeting Room

(1)  A group may request the use of a meeting room online, in person, or in writing. The Library will consider requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

(2)  To provide an opportunity for other groups to use the meeting rooms, a group may use a meeting room at a particular branch only once each month, and may reserve only one meeting room for use at the same time.

(3)  A group that is cancelling a meeting must provide notice of the cancellation to the Library’s Meeting Room Coordinator as soon as possible. A group forfeits its reservation if the group fails to appear within 30 minutes after the scheduled time.

(4)  If a group fails to appear for two consecutive meetings without making a cancellation, all future reservations of the group are cancelled until the group reschedules.

(5)  Meetings may not be scheduled before or after library hours. Group representatives may not enter library buildings, nor will deliveries be accepted, before the regular opening time.

(6)  A group may not assign or transfer its reservation to another group.

Care and Use of a Meeting Room

(1)  A group or customer using a meeting room may not make noise that disturbs another Library customer or the Library staff.

(2)  A group or customer using a meeting room must completely vacate the room at least 15 minutes before the Library’s closing time.

(3)  A group or customer must leave a meeting room in the condition in which the room was found.

(4)  The Library does not set up or arrange furniture or equipment in a meeting room.

(a)  If a group or customer rearranges the furniture, the group or customer must return the furniture to the original arrangement before leaving the room.

(b)  A group or customer may not bring furniture or equipment from the main area of the library into a meeting room.

(c)  A group may bring its own furniture or equipment into a meeting room with advance approval by the Meeting Room Coordinator.

(i)  Arrangements for the use of such furniture or equipment must be made at the time the room is reserved.

(d)  A group or customer may not store equipment, furniture, supplies, or personal effects in a meeting room before or after use.

(5)  A group or customer may not leave trash in a meeting room. A group that has produced trash during a meeting must remove that trash from the library at the end of the meeting.

(6)  A group or customer may not affix, tape, or fix with an adhesive any item to any part of a meeting room, including a wall, door, window treatment, or woodwork.

(7)  The library does not provide audio, video or other equipment other than that which is already installed in the room.  Written instructions for the use of the equipment within the meeting room are posted in the room. The Library does not assist with the equipment.

(8)  A group or customer must keep all doors unlocked at all times. Open aisles must be maintained within the seating arrangement to provide clear access to exits.

(9)  Attendance at a meeting is limited to the capacity of the individual meeting room. Seating or furniture may not be placed in a corridor outside the meeting room.

(10)  Food and Drink in a Meeting Room:

(a)  Food and drink may be consumed in a meeting room if the food or drink is individually packaged and does not have to be maintained at a certain temperature, for example:  packaged snacks, individual containers of soda and whole pieces of fruit.

(b)  Kitchen facilities or equipment are not provided by the library.

(c)  Protective mats or tablecloths must be used on tables when refreshments are being served.

(11)  The individual making the reservation, as well as the group as a whole, is responsible for damages that result from the group’s use of the meeting room.

The Town of Oxford is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request.

Questions not covered in this policy should be addressed to Library Administration, 203-888-6944. To discuss exceptions to this policy, please ask the librarian in charge.