These policies were taken from an out-of-date reference copy. Pending the next board meeting, they will be updated.
This page features new and recently amended policies and their implementation. For more information, see specific pages for
- Library building and use policies
- Library services policies
- Patron policies
- Staff policies
- Materials selection policies
- 1 New policies
- 2 Implementation
Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices which are brought into the library must be set on silent or vibratory modes. These devices may be used only in the vestibule and outside areas. For patron safety, headsets are not permitted. Use of personal devices is governed by the same criteria as Library computer usage.
Except for Library sponsored events, food and drink are permitted only in the Library Cafe and the Reading Gardens. Bottled water is permitted throughout the Library except in the New Jersey History Room and when using computers or other library equipment.
The Group Study Room is provided for study and project discussion for small groups. The maximum capacity of the Group Study Room is ten. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All patrons are welcome to enjoy the Children’s Reading Garden and the Adult Reading Garden. Food and drink are permitted in these outside locations. Occasional Library use of these areas for program activities may prohibit or restrict general public usage.
Except for entering to retrieve items in the collection, use of the Teen Zone is limited to those in grades 7-12. Library sponsored activities may extend access to younger or older patrons.
The New Jersey Room collection is provided for research on New Jersey, Monmouth County, and Middletown history. The door shall remain locked except when in use for its intended purpose. Access shall be by presentation of current identification which shall be retained for the duration of the visit. The Reference Librarian on duty shall be in charge of access to the New Jersey Room.
Library visitors are expected to exercise good judgment in attire that is worn on the premises. It is essential that shoes and shirts be worn at all times when on Library premises.
The Library will have decorations and displays to acknowledge seasonal events and holidays. All displays are selected by and remain the property of the Library. The public may not add personal items to such displays.
Members of the public may not solicit the public or the staff. This includes, but is not limited to, the sale or distribution of merchandise, services, political campaign materials, or petitions. Exceptions: Fund raising activities organized and directed by the Library Administration, Friends of the Library, the Middletown Public Library Foundation, or the Library staff association, for the benefit of the Library.
- Tutoring for a fee is not permitted.
- Conduct of businesses within the library is not permitted. This includes interviewing, meeting with clients or customers, running a business from library computers, or solicitations (above).
- The Library does not collect batteries, labels, recyclables, etc. for the public.
Patrons will be advised of Library Policies in the following ways:
- Copies of Library Policies will be kept in Official Policy Books which will be kept in Administration, at the Circulation and Reference Desks, and at the Children’s Department Help Desk.
- Selected Library Policies may be posted on the entry door, bulletin board, the Library’s patron brochure, the Library’s web site, or other informational publications.
- The Library has a Patron Comment Form for patrons to use to comment on Library policies or procedures. This form may be obtained from the Administration office.
Introduced: February 18, 2004
Approved: March 17, 2004
Implementation Date: April 5, 2004