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.

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

  • No child under the age of 9 may be in any library building without a supervising parent or other caretaker over the age of 13 designated by the child’s parent or legal guardian in attendance.
  • If we find a child under age 9 and we can’t reach a parent or other adult responsible for the care of the child, we will call the police.
  • Parents must be in the library building before or at closing time to pick up their child. If a child has not been picked up by the time the library closes, the Children’s Librarian-in-charge and Security staff (if available) or Custodian (if available) will wait with your child for no more than 15 minutes and then call the police.

Revised 4/17/2014

 

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.
  • For users in school grades K through 6, content filtered computers are available for use in our Children’s Library Computer Lab. For users in school grades 7 – 12, non-filtered access is available in our Adult Computer Lab. 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.
  • 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.