Southgate Veterans Memorial Library Policies

Library Cards

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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.

Card holders are also able to check out eBooks via Overdrive, access a number of databases, and use our public computers using their library cards.

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.

Card policies

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.

The Southgate Veterans Memorial has removed overdue item fines! After much consideration and debate, it was agreed that charging fines for overdue items works against our goal of providing access to information to everyone. This change is being undertaken on a trial basis, while we gather information, to ensure that removing fines helps us reach more people, does not disrupt library operations, or impede the sharing of resources. We are confident that this change will make the library a more pleasant and inviting place for all. Please click HERE for more information.

As noted on the page detailing our ending of late fees, items loaned from other TLN libraries which DO assess late fees will still incurr those fees. We must respect those other libraries' policies just as they do ours.

Patrons who lose materials or damage materials beyond usability will still 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 removed.

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.

Public Computers

The adult computer lab

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

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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:

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".

Unacceptable Use

Failure to observe and comply with these rules may result in loss of Internet use priviledges, and possibly other library priviledges as well.

Meeting Rooms

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Publis Use Of Library Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms in the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library provide an opportunity for bringing together the resources of the Library and the activities of the community for educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, and charitable purposes. The Library values the pursuit of individual and community goals by ensuring the open exchange of diverse materials and ideas. Public use of library rooms is subject to availability and compliance with the terms of this policy. When the meeting rooms are not being used by the library or library-sponsored or co-sponsored events, the space will be made available to the public on equal terms regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Meeting rooms are to be used for general information, educational, cultural and civic needs, including activities such as discussion groups, panels, forums, lectures, conferences, seminars, and meetings. The library meeting rooms are intended to host organized meetings and are not available for party-type functions.

Provision of library meeting rooms for public use does not constitute endorsement by Southgate Veterans Memorial Library or by its staff, of the groups or individuals using the meeting room or their beliefs. Public meetings and events held in the library are not sponsored by Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, unless agreement to such sponsorship, or cosponsorship, has been provided in writing by the Library Director or his/her designee prior to scheduling of the meeting room. Unless sponsored or co-sponsored by the library publicity for public events in library facilities must not imply sponsorship by, or affiliation with, the library and must contain the statement, This program is neither sponsored, co-sponsored nor endorsed by Southgate Veterans Memorial Library. A sample of the literature must be received prior to distribution for approval by the Library Director or his/her designee.

This policy does not apply to meetings or use of the meeting rooms by the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library or programs sponsored or co-sponsored by 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.

Contact Info - Phone: 734-258-3002 - Address: 14680 Dix-Toledo Rd. Southgate, MI 48195

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