Our Policies

Policy on Library Conduct

The Library is for the use of all citizens of the Westbury School District and guests. No individual or group has the right to create an atmosphere in the Library that discourages other members of the community from enjoying its use.

All Library users, staff and visitors are expected to follow the policy of Library use, which has been created to make the Library a welcoming place for the entire Westbury/New Cassel community and the Carle Place Library District.

Users are required to comply with directives from staff who are responsible for enforcing this policy. 

Appropriate behavior in the Library maintains a quiet, orderly, safe and welcoming atmosphere:

  • Users entering and leaving the building should speak in low voices and behave in an orderly manner;
  • If users are not actively searching for materials in the stack areas, returning or charging out items or seeking assistance from a staff member, they should be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library, such as studying, reading, doing research or utilizing a computer, within a reasonable time after entering the library building. Conversations should be limited and in low voices;
  • Users are encouraged to seek materials of interest or for school assignments in the stack area. Users are encouraged to seek assistance for finding such materials from the Library staff. The stack areas and other areas of the Library may not be used for running, loitering, loud conversations or horseplay;
  • Members of the public who come to the Library to study or work together are encouraged to sign up for the small meeting rooms so that their conversations do not distract others;
  • The consumption of food within the Library is not permitted;
  • Obscene, abusive or harassing language or behavior is prohibited;
  • Loitering inside or outside the Library is not permitted;
  • Use of radios, CD players and/or electronic devices in any manner so that sound is transmitted to other patrons is prohibited.
  • The Children’s Library is for children and their care givers; adults who are not with children should use the adult library.
  • There will be no smoking permitted anywhere on Library property.

Unless circumstances call for more stringent measures, users who do not comply with any of the above policies will be warned by a member of the Library staff that they are acting in violation of the policies of the Library and will be reminded of the Library’s policy on appropriate conduct.  After one warning, if the actions continue, Library staff members will use discretion to give users a second warning or will request that offenders leave the Library property.

Library employees shall contact the appropriate law enforcement agency (ies) if deemed advisable.

Any suspension is subject to review by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the applicable Education Law.

Revised May 2011, revised September 12, 2016 (Revision adopted Oct. 20, 2016)

3D Printer Guidelines

  • Patrons may directly utilize the MakerBot 5th Generation 3D printer with minimal staff supervision. It is recommended that patrons ask for assistance to clear filament jams or switch filament colors.
  • There is no max print time. We ask that print jobs finish by 1 hour before closing time. Please note, the 3D printer can not operate while the library is closed for business.
  • Patrons may start a print job and leave the library. In that scenario, they will be asked to provide a contact phone number and e-mail address.
  • Patrons must indicate what color filament they wish to print with.
  • Printing cost is $1 per half hour / Patrons must pay ½ of estimated printing cost upfront.
  • Models that are complete must be in the .makerbot file format before they can be printed. Models that may need refinement must be in .stl format.
  • The MakerBot modeling software is available on all public computers.
  • Staff will only do minor clean ups or refinement of virtual models.
  • Staff will only hold onto finished objects for 3 business days.
  • Patrons are not permitted to use the library’s equipment to create objects which are:
    a) Prohibited by local, state or federal law;
    b) Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others;
    c) In violation of the terms of use of the manufacturer of the equipment;
    d) Obscene, sexually explicit or inappropriate for the library environment;
    e) In violation of a person’s intellectual property rights, e.g., the equipment may not be used to
    reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent or trademark.

Revised February 2016

Policy For Use of the Meeting Room

The Meeting Room’s purpose is to provide a place for library-sponsored programming. View the library’s complete policy on use of the Meeting Room here.

 

Unattended Children Policy

The Westbury Memorial Public Library welcomes all children and their families to use its facilities/grounds,
resources, and services.
While Library staff members are available to assist children with library materials and services, they are not
equipped, nor is it the Library’s role, to provide long- or short-time child care. Though that staff will always
respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for the safety, behavior and comfort of
unattended children, nor can they be expected to monitor or prevent an unattended child from leaving the
building/grounds. Responsibility for children using the Library rests with the parent/guardian or caregiver.
Please review the following guidelines to insure a positive library experience for everyone.
1) Children under the age of 10 years old must be attended and adequately supervised by a parent or
caregiver. For an older sibling or relative to qualify as a caregiver, the sibling or relative must be at least
14 years old.
2) Children 10 years and older may use the Library unattended for a reasonable amount of time, provided
that they are able to maintain proper behavior.
3) A child is considered “unattended” when the parent/caregiver has left the Library, even for a short period
of time. If a child under the age of 10 is left unattended every reasonable effort will be made by the staff
to assist the child in contacting the appropriate adult. If no responsible adult is reached, or if the child is
not picked up within 15 minutes of the Library closing, the Librarian-in-charge may notify the police to
assume custody of the child. Two staff members will wait with the child until the parent/guardian/other
designated adult or the police arrive.
4) A child 10 years and over should have the contact information (cell phone, home phone) for their parent,
guardian, caregiver, or other designated adult so that a responsible person may be contacted to pick up
the child in the event of a health emergency or a special circumstance such as an unexpected Library
closing due to a power outage. Every reasonable effort will be made by the staff to assist the child in
contacting the appropriate adult. If no responsible adult is reached, or if the child is not picked up within
15 minutes of the Library closing, the Librarian-in-charge may notify the police to assume custody of the
child. Two staff members will wait with the child until the parent/guardian/other designated adult or the
police arrive.
5) If a child under 10 years old exhibits disruptive behavior, the parent/guardian/caregiver must control that
behavior, even if it means removing the child from the building. If the child is over 10 years old and is
unattended, then the child will be asked by staff member to behave properly. If the inappropriate
behavior persists, Library staff may ask the child to leave the premises. If the child does not leave, the
Library may summon the police in order to preserve the Library’s operations and/or protect the interests
of the child.
6) The Library asks that each parent/caregiver/guardian or other responsible adult be familiar with the
Library’s hours, make advance arrangements to pick up or otherwise transport children, and inform
children what action they are to take in the event of an unexpected closure of the Library.
7) School-aged children must be accompanied by an adult during school hours.

8) REPEATED VIOLATION OF THE UNATTENDED CHILD POLICY CONSTITUTES GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION
OF LIBRARY PRIVILEGES FOR THE FAMILY.
9) Under no circumstances will a Library employee take a child home or to another location.

Computer Lab and Wireless Internet Policy

  • Users must comply with United States copyright and all other State and Federal laws.
  • Users must comply with the Library’s applicable rules, procedures and Policy on Library Conduct. The
    Library reserves the right to remove the privileges of anyone who does not follow these rules,
    procedures and Policy on Library Conduct.
  • Users must comply with New York State’s applicable laws regarding Cyber Bullying.
  • Users understand that while using the Internet they have access to a wide variety of materials, some
    of which may be inaccurate or outdated and that he or she uses it at their own risk.
  • Users understand that the Library makes no warranties, expressed or implied, that the functions of or
    content accessed through the Westbury Library’s computers, Internet connections or computer
    resources will meet the user’s specific requirements, or that it will be error-free, trouble-free, current,
    uninterrupted, not viewed by third-parties or be virus/spyware/malware free.
  • The user further understands that the Library reserves the right to remove the privileges of anyone
    who tampers with or damages equipment or programs involved with computers or Internet access,
    and to charge for damages.
  • By allowing children under 18 to possess a library card, parents and guardians are expressly permitting
    their children to have access to the Internet as an information resource. Parents and guardians who
    believe that their children cannot responsibly use Internet access are requested to personally monitor
    their children’s Internet use.
  • Children’s Library computers are for children 6th grade and under, with the exception of designated
    computers which may be used only by adults who are accompanied by children.
  • Teen Area computers are for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
  • Computer use by children in the Adult Library is at the discretion of Library staff.Use of the Internet and library computers presupposes that this Policy has been read and understood
    by the user and that the user agrees to abide by them without reservation.

Group and Tutor Policy

As per Westbury Memorial Public Library’s mission statement, the Library supports the educational needs of the community.  As part of this educational purpose, the Library permits tutoring on the premises in accordance with this policy.  The Westbury Memorial Public Library encourages visits to the library by local daycares, schools, and other groups.

  • Tutors are individuals who provide instruction to others either on a paid or volunteer basis. Tutors shall work with a maximum of 2 students per tutor per session, unless they are using the small meeting room.
  • Groups (6 or more persons) must make an appointment with a Librarian at least a week in advance.
  • Due to its large service population, the Library cannot accommodate groups (6 or more persons) on a regularly-scheduled basis.
  • Westbury/Carle Place residents must make up at least 50% of the attending group.
  • Groups (6 or more persons) must stay only the allotted length of time scheduled up to one hour.
  • The Library does not sponsor, recommend, or assume liability or responsibility for the work and/or activities of tutors who use available library space. All arrangements must be made between the tutor, student and parents.
  • All tables and chairs located in the library will be available for use by groups/tutors on a first-come, first-served basis during Library operating hours. Tables and chairs may not be available if being used by others or are needed for library programs or activities.  Tables and chairs may not be reserved in advance.
  • The Library reserves the right to limit group/tutoring sessions if space resources are monopolized or activities interfere with Library operations.
  • Groups, tutors and their students are required to follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • The Library reserves the right to ask groups that are too large and/or disruptive to leave the Library.
  • Groups must be well-supervised. Teachers or adult supervisors and caregivers must remain with the group at all times.
  • Tutors and students must bring their own supplies, such as paper, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Group/Tutoring sessions must end 15 minutes prior to closing.
  • The exchange of money will not be permitted in the Library.
  • Tutors may not advertise their business in the Library. Tutors may not use the Library’s name in promotional material.
  • Publicized Library-sponsored programs and activities are open to individuals and families. Groups (6 or more persons) cannot be accommodated.
  • The Library is not to be used as a classroom, but as a safe workspace for students, children and families.
  • For instructional programs and groups (6 or more persons) that require a meeting space please refer to the Library’s Meeting Room Policy.