Southgate Veterans Memorial Library Policies
Residents of Southgate may sign up for a library card, which entitles them to borrow materials from not only this library, but also all other members of The Library Network. Similarly, holders of a card from any other TLN library may check items out from Southgate.
Applying for a new card
To apply for a new card, you must come to the circulation desk and provide a valid photo ID that shows your residency in Southgate, or if your address is not updated on your ID yet you may provide some other proof of address (e.g. a bill, a lease, a piece of mail, etc.)
Parents and guardians may sign children up for their own cards, with the understanding that the adult will be responsible for any lost items, overdue fees etc. Children must be at least 8 years old to receive a card. Minors will not be able to use the public computer stations without express permission from the parent or guardian, either verbally each time the child wishes to use a computer, or by signing a computer use contract kept on file with us.
Cardholders are responsible for the items checked out on their cards, even if the card has been loaned to someone else. If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately so that we may prevent unathorized use. Initial cards are free, but replacement cards cost $2.00.
Books and audiobooks may be checked out for 3 weeks, and renewed indefinitely unless another patron places a hold on that item. Movies, music CDs, and Magazines all check out for one week. CDs and Magazines may be renewed like books, movies may not be renewed. Items can be returned to the circulation desk, to the book drop to the left of the main entrance, or to any other TLN library. There is no limit on how many books, CDs, or movies a given patron may check out at one time, but patrons are limited to two video games checked out at the same time. There are no rental or borrowing fees for any materials.
Late fees are as follows:
- Adult books, audiobooks, and Magazines: $0.20 per day late, maximum fine per item $5. Most items may be renewed twice, new items may only be renewed once.
- Juvinile and Young Adult Books and audiobooks: $0.10 per day late, maximum fine per item $2.50. Most items may be renewed twice, new items may only be renewed once.
- Movies (all DVDs, Blu-Ray, and VHS items) and CDs: $1.00 per day late, maximum fine per item $10. Most items may be renewed once, new items cannot be renewed.
- Video games: $0.10 per day late, maximum fine per item $2.50. Video games may be renewed once.
All late fees for an individual item will not surpass the maximum fine per item, no matter how late it is. Materials not returned for a long period of time will be assumed to be lost, and a replacement fee will be charged instead, as specified below.
Patrons who lose or damage materials beyond usability will be responsible for paying the replacement cost of the materials lost or damaged. This is based on our cost to replace the item and cannot be negotiated. If a lost item is found and returned, the replacement fee will be replaced by the (usually lower) late fee, which is at most $10 per item.
Library cards are not transferable. Sharing of library cards will be grounds for revocation of Internet access privileges and may result in loss of other library privileges.
General computer use information
Everyone may use our public computers. Card holders may sign up at an available computer by entering their card number and PIN. PINs can be changed online, or by request. If you do not know yours, library staff can look it up for you upon request.
People without library cards may use the computers by first requesting a guest pass from the service desk. These passes only work for two login attempts on the day that they are issued.
Adults must use the adult computers, unless they are accompanying a child. Children must use the children's computers.
To print, library cards or guest passes must first be charged with print funds. It costs $0.10/ page to print. Patrons are responsible for all the prints they authorize, even if they are not satisfied with the result etc. Printing is only available in black and white, color printing is not available. Print jobs must be released from the print station in the back of the computer lab, which has instructions posted on it. For help, please see a staff member. Printing from children's computers only differs in that the print jobs are sent to a printer in the staff area, and a staff member will have to pick up your prints for you. Please see the circulation desk for this.
Official Internet Use Policy
The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of materials and opinions from varied points of view. Provision of access does not mean or imply endorsement or sanction by the Library of any of the information, images, or commentary found on the Internet.
It is not possible to use the same selection criteria on internet sources as that used for other materials. In offering the internet connection, library staff cannot control access points, which often change rapidly and unpredictably.
Users are responsible for the access points they reach. The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and library patrons use it at their own risk.
The Southgate Veterans Memorial Library assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, loss of data, or loss of privacy arising from use of its World Wide Web server or from its connection to other internet services.
Use by Minors/Filtering
In accordance with Federaal and State law (the Children's Internet Protection Act, 47 US C §254 and 20 USC §101 , and Section 6 of hte Michigan Library Privacy Act, 1982 PA 455, MCL 397.606) anyone who cannot prove with written documentation that s/he is 18 or older must use a filtered internet workstation unless s/he is accompanied at the computer by his/her parent or guardian who is older than 18. Note, however, that no filter is 100% effective.
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their minor child's reading, listening, and viewing of Library material, including the Internet. A minor shall not use an adult's library card for access to the Internet unless the minor is physically accompanied by a parent or guardian at the computer terminal at all times. This policy prohibits the display of inappropriate material. The Library holds the parents or legal guardians responsible for their minor children's use of the Internet in light of hte fallibilities of filters and other demands on Library staff time. To address the issue of the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications, as well as unauthorized disclosure of, use, and dissemination of personal identification regarding minors, the Library urges minors to follow the safety guidelines below:
- Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name, or telephone number.
- Let parents or guardians decide whether personal information such as age or financial information should be provided online.
- Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone through a computer without parent or guardian approval.
- Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, or threatening.
- Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.
To address the issue of unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking" and other unlawful activities by minors, or others, online:
"Library computers are not to be used for any illegal activity".
- Minors under the age of 18 must have an Internet contract on file in the library before using a library Internet workstation. This contract must be signed in person by the child's legal parent or guardian.
- A parent or guardian MUST accompany all minors under 18 years of age when using a library Internet workstation, if the minor does not have an Internet contract on file in the library.
- All persons using a workstation must have the proper permissions to be at that workstation: 2 students sharing a workstation must both have parental permission to use an Internet workstation unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Unauthorized users will be asked to leave the library.
- Library cards are not transferable. Sharing of library cards will be grounds for revocation of Internet access privileges and may result in loss of other library privileges.
- It is illegal to use the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library internet connection for any purposes that violate U.S or State laws.
- It is not acceptable to interfere with or disrupt network users, services, or equipment. Disruptions include, but are not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, propogation of computer worms and viruses, and using the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the network. Illegal acts involving the Library's internet connection may be subject to prosecution by logal, state or federal authorities.
- It is assumed that information and resources accessible via the Internet are private to the individuals and organizations that own or hold rights to those resources and information, unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners or holders of those rights. It is therefore not acceptable for an individual to use the Library's internet connection to access information or resources unless permission to do so has been granted by the owner or holder of rights to those resources or information.
- Malicious use of equipment is not acceptable. Use of the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library internet connection and any attached network in a manner that precludes or significantly hampers others is not allowed.
Failure to observe and comply with these rules may result in loss of Internet use priviledges, and possibly other library priviledges as well.
Rooms available for use by the public
The Southgate Veterans Memorial Library has space available for public meetings. These are to be used for informational, educational, cultural, and civic needs. Local non-profit groups may make use of these spaces for free, but a fee will apply for other groups. Please read the full meeting room policy document before signing up. The meeting room application can be downloaded here, but please note that you must print it out, fill it out, and turn it in to the library in person or by mail.
If you would like to schedule a meeting or other event, or have any questions, please call us or speak with us at the circulation desk in the library.
Meeting Room Calendar
The full schedule for events in the meeting room can be found here.
Study Rooms - Individual and Small Group Study
Soutghate Veterans Memorial Library offers small rooms for quiet individual, or small group, study. First consideration will be given to tutoring sessoins. When not reserved, they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of 4 hours of use per day. Rooms A, B, and C have a 1-4 person capacity. Room D may be used by up to 6 persons.
Rooms may be reserved for a maximum of 6 weeks, renewable at the librarian's discretion, depending upon demand.
For-profit group use of the study rooms requires a fee of $10 per 4-hour use.
Study rooms may not be used for social purposes, and users must not disrupt library patrons or violate any other library policies.
The Library reserves the right to make occasional use of the study rooms for library events.