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ADA Policy

The Lyon Township Public Library (“Library”) is subject to the provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The ADA requires that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of a disability, be denied the benefits of local government services, programs or activities.

  1. Policy:  Reasonable Accommodations

Accordingly, reasonable accommodations may be made in accordance with the law.  Individuals needing special auxiliary aids or services or other reasonable accommodations for access to Library programs, services, activities or meetings should contact the Library a reasonable time in advance of the needed service, program, activity or meeting in order that arrangements may be made.

  1. Policy:   Reasonable Accommodations Dealing with Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power Driven Mobility Devises
  1.  Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power Driven Mobility Devises (“OPDMDs”) are only permitted by those who require them because of a disability.  All other uses of OPDMDs inside the Library are prohibited.  The Library is permitted to ask the person using the device to provide a “credible assurance” that the device is necessary because of a disability.  The Library Director or his/her designee shall obtain such credible assurances if required.
  • OPDMDs shall be permitted in all areas where patron pedestrian traffic is permitted.
  • OPDMDs shall be operated at the speed of walking pedestrian traffic, which is approximately 3 miles per hour.
  • OPDMDs that use a gas or combustion engine are prohibited from operating inside of the Library.
  • When not in use, OPDMDs must not be left in any aisles or hallways.
  1. Grievance Procedure

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the ADA.  It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability by the Library in the provision of its services, activities and programs.  Please note that the Policy applies to patrons and users of the Library.

A complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem.  Alternative means for filing a complaint, such as personal interviews or a tape recording, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.  A complaint should be submitted by the grievant or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 15 business days after the date of the alleged violation to:

Lyon Township Public Library

Attn:  Library Director

27005 Milford Road

South Lyon, MI  48178              

(248) 437-8800                                     

Within 15 business days after receipt of a complaint, the Library Director or his/her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions.  Within 15 business days of the meeting, the Library Director will respond in writing and, when appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print or audio tape.  The response will explain the position of the Library and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by the Library does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 business days after receipt of the response to the Library Board.  After receipt of the appeal, the Library Board shall hear the appeal and notify the complainant in writing and, when appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by the Library Director or the Lyon Township Public Library Board of Trustees will be retained by the Library for at least three (3) years.

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Approved: 1/26/2021

Children & Vulnerable Adults in the Library Policy

I.          Purpose

            Children and vulnerable adults are welcome and encouraged to use the Lyon Township Public Library (“Library”) at all times. The Library desires to make each visit an important one.  The Lyon Township Public Library Board (“Library Board”) adopts the following Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Library Policy (“Policy”) with regard to children and vulnerable adults at the Library.  

II.         Definitions

            A.         “Child” means a minor under the age of 18.

B.         “Vulnerable Adult” means an individual age 18 or over who, because of developmental disability, mental illness, physical disability or other similar reasons, (1) requires supervision or personal care or (2) lacks the personal and social skills required to live independently.

C.         “Responsible Caregiver” is an individual who is responsible for monitoring or caring for a child or vulnerable adult and who must be at least 16 years old.

III.        Rules and Regulations Regarding Children

A.         All patrons, including children, are expected to comply with the Library’s policies, including its Patron Behavior Policy.  Parents, guardians or Responsible Caregivers shall review and be fully aware of all Library policies governing children, particularly the Internet Use Policy.

B.         Parents, guardians and Responsible Caregivers are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children regardless of age while in the Library. 

            C.         Library staff will not be expected to supervise or monitor children’s behavior.  

D.         Children 12 and under must be attended by a parent, guardian or Responsible Caregiver.  The parent, guardian or Responsible Caregiver shall remain in the Library at all times.  If a child under the age of 12 is attending a Library-sponsored program on the premises, a parent, guardian, or Responsible Caregiver is to remain on the premises for the duration of the program or sign a permission slip authorizing the child to attend the program unattended. 

E.         Children of any age who, because of developmental disability, mental illness, physical disability or other similar reason, require supervision or personal care shall be attended by a parent, guardian or Responsible Caregiver at all times.

F.        Children ages 7 and under must be within the visual contact of a parent, guardian or Responsible Caregiver at all times, including during programs and visits to the restroom.  Children 7 and under may not be left in the Children’s Area alone.

G.         Library staff will not be responsible if unattended children of any age leave the Library premises alone or with other persons.  Further, Library staff will not be responsible for children who may be asked to leave the Library if the child is in violation of Library policy.

H.         We request that all unattended children be picked up at least 15 minutes before closing time.  Parents, guardians and Responsible Caregivers need to be aware of when the Library closes.

I.          Children 13 years or older must know their telephone number and other contact information if they are unattended at the Library.  It is a violation of Library policy not to come immediately and pick up your unattended child if the Library calls. 

IV.        Rules and Regulations Regarding Vulnerable Adults

A.         All patrons, including vulnerable adults, are expected to comply with the Library’s policies, including its Patron Behavior Policy.  Parents, guardians or Responsible Caregivers shall review and be fully aware of all Library policies, particularly the Internet Use Policy.

B.         Parents, guardians and Responsible Caregivers are responsible for the behavior and supervision of the vulnerable adult in their care while in the Library or on Library property.

C.         Vulnerable adults who are unable or unwilling to care for themselves or who do not have the ability to use the Library independently may not be left alone in the Library and must have adequate supervision while in the Library.

D.         Vulnerable adults who can understand and follow the Patron Behavior Policy and who can care for themselves are allowed to be in the Library unattended. They should have contact information for someone who can assist them in an emergency.

E.         We request that all vulnerable adults be picked up at least 15 minutes before closing time.  Parents, guardians and Responsible Caregivers need to be aware of when the Library closes.

F.         Vulnerable adults must know their telephone number and other contact information if they are unattended at the Library.  It is a violation of Library policy not to come immediately and pick up your vulnerable adult if the Library calls.

V.         Contact with Parent, Guardian or Responsible Caregiver for Unattended Child or Vulnerable Adult

A.         Library staff will attempt to contact a parent, guardian, or Responsible Caregiver when:

                        1.         The health or safety of an unattended child or vulnerable adult is in doubt.

                        2.         A child or vulnerable adult is frightened while alone at the Library.

3.         The behavior of an unattended child or vulnerable adult violates Library policy.

4.         The unattended child 12 years of age or younger or vulnerable adult has not been met by a parent, guardian, or Responsible Caregiver at closing time.  An individual is considered an unattended vulnerable adult when he/she is not picked up by closing time and needs assistance procuring transportation.  A child is considered unattended at closing time if the child is under the age of 12 or a child of any age needs assistance procuring transportation.

B.         If a parent, guardian, or Responsible Caregiver cannot be reached within 15 minutes after closing, fails to arrive within a reasonable time after being contacted, or arrives 30 minutes or more after the Library closes, Library staff will contact law enforcement to take charge of the situation involving the unattended child or vulnerable adult.  Library employees are not permitted to transport an unattended child or vulnerable adult under any circumstances.

C.         If the parent, guardian, or Responsible Caregiver can be reached within 10 minutes after closing and arrives in a reasonable time, the staff member shall explain the Library’s policy and provide a copy of this Policy.

D.         Two Library staff members shall remain with the unattended child or vulnerable adult until a parent, guardian, the Responsible Caregiver or law enforcement arrives. 

VI.        Violation; Enforcement; Appeal

The Library Director or the Library Director’s designee may restrict access to Library facilities with immediate dismissal of the patron from the premises, by suspending the patron’s access to Library facilities for a set period of time, or by denying access to specific services and/or programs for violations this Policy.  When necessary, law enforcement may be called to intervene.

A.         Incident Reports.  Library staff shall record in writing in the form of an Incident Report any violation of this Policy that resulted in a verbal warning or a suspension of Library privileges.  By the end of the day on which the incident occurred, an Incident Report shall be written and forwarded to the Library Director for logging and review.  The report should include physical descriptions in addition to the name of the patron.  A copy of the suspension of privileges letter should be attached, if applicable.

B.         Violation of the Policy – Suspension of Privileges.  Even if law enforcement has been called to intervene, the Library may still take action to suspend privileges for violations as follows:

1.         Initial Violation:  Library patrons observed violating this Policy will be asked to cease the violation with a verbal request.  If the patron does not comply with the request, he or she will be asked to leave the building for the day.  If he or she refuses, law enforcement may be called.

2.         Subsequent Violations:  The Library Director or the Library Director’s authorized designee may further limit or suspend the patron’s Library privileges if infractions continue.  Such limitation or revocation shall be in writing specifying the nature of the violation.  Subsequent violations of the same rule shall result in additional suspensions of increasing length. 

C.         Reinstatement.  The patron whose privileges have been limited or suspended shall attend a meeting with the Library Director or the Library Director’s designee to review the Library Patron Behavior Policy before their privileges may be reinstated.  The Library Director may impose conditions for the reinstatement.

D.         Right of Appeal.  Patrons may appeal (1) a decision to limit or suspend privileges or (2) the conditions placed on reinstatement by sending a written appeal to the Library Board within 10 business days of the date of the decision.  The appeal should be sent to the President of the Library Board.  The decision of the Library Board is final.

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Approved: 1/26/2021

Circulation Policy

I.          Eligibility for a Library Card at the Lyon Township Public Library

  1. Full Access – Township Residents.  An individual residing in or paying real property taxes (which would include the owners of businesses that pay property taxes) to Lyon Township (“Library Residents”) is eligible for a Library Card from the Lyon Township Public Library (“Library”).   Township Residents are entitled to all Library services provided by the Library. Lyon Township Public Library is a member of The Library Network (“TLN”) and its Shared Automation System (online catalog). Any resident or library patron is only allowed one (1) Library Card in the Shared Automation System.   

B.         Access – Others.  Other individuals eligible for a card and access to Library services provided by the Library at no charge are as follows:

1.         Residents residing in an area served by TLN that are not a part of the Shared System that own a Library Card from their home library will be entered into the Shared System as a SAS Guest. Using their home Library Card, access is valid for 1 year to check out physical items within the system (no digital content). SAS Guests are limited to 10 item checkout limit, 3 simultaneous unfilled holds. SAS Guests are not permitted to check out items from our Library of Things.

2.         Persons living outside the area served by The Library Network, but employed by a business or organization within Lyon Township. These Library users will receive a Non Resident User (Ultra Low) card, that is valid for one (1) year.

C.         Temporary Card. Temporary residents may apply for a temporary Library Card with proper identification. Temporary Cards are valid for 30 days and limited to check out 3 items. Temporary Cards are not entitled to digital content nor to holds.

II.         Receiving a Library Card

A.         Application; Proof of Residency.  Every person wishing to receive a Library Card from the Library must complete an Application for a Library Card.  Applications will be accepted up to 30 minutes before closing.  To obtain a Library Card, applicants (or parents or guardians of minors under 18 years of age) must provide a valid photo ID with their current address on it, such as a driver’s license, passport or state ID card.  If the address on their ID is not current or the ID is from a state other than Michigan, the applicant must provide a proof of address in the form of mail, such as a lease or utility bill, received at their place of residence.  For those individuals who are eligible for Library Resident status because they pay property taxes, they must provide documentation of taxpayer or business owner status.  Guardians must show proof of guardianship to apply for a Library Card on behalf of the minor.

B.         Signing Application; Acknowledge Policies.  By signing the Application, the person (or parent or guardian for minors under the age of 18) agrees to and acknowledges that they are subject to the policies and procedures of the Library, which may be amended from time to time. 

C.         Term of Card.  Library Cards are valid for a period of three (3) years, allow 100 check outs and 25 simultaneous unfilled holds.

D.         Renewal.  Cards will be renewed at the Circulation Desk after identification (picture ID), current address, email address and telephone number have been verified for accuracy and all fines and fees have been paid.  Borrower records are removed from the system six (6) months from the expiration date if not renewed.

E.         Minors.  Minors under the age of 18 are eligible for a Library Card.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when applying for or renewing a card.  The parent or legal guardian must provide the same valid ID as stated above.  By signing the Application, the parent or legal guardian agrees to be liable for payment or return of the materials identified in that Library record. Put another way, the signing parent/guardian is financially responsible for all items checked out on a child’s card.  The accounts of the parent/guardian and minor children living in the same household must be in good standing before the parent/guardian may obtain a new Library Card for a minor child.

F.         Use of Cards.  Library Cards or photo identification must be presented at checkout and patrons are responsible for maintaining control over their cards. Library cards are non-transferable and the cardholder is responsible for all fines or fees for materials checked out using the card. The cardholder is responsible for updating any contact information. Adult library card holders may give permission to a designated person that allows that person to pick up holds and check out items to the card holder. The card holder must contact the library and have a note put in their record waiving their privacy to that designee. In signing the card, they agree to abide by the Library’s lending rules and all policies and regulations. Possession of a library card by someone other than its owner (when not reported as lost) implies the consent of the individual named on the card for the holder’s use of the card.

G.         Lost Cards.  Lost cards must be reported immediately because the patron is responsible for all materials checked out to their card. 

III.        Circulation of Material; Interlibrary Loan

            A.         Library has Exclusive Authority over Circulation.  The Library has exclusive authority to determine what materials will be circulated.  Books in the reference section will not be circulated unless specifically authorized by the Library Director.

            B.         MelCat.  Lyon Township Public Library participates with the State of Michigan Electronic Library Interlibrary Loan System (MelCat). If the TLN Shared Automation System (shared catalog) does not own a book a patron wants, they may request it from another library participating in MelCat. Once it has been successfully requested, the item will be sent to the Library where it will be processed, and the patron will be notified they can pick up their item.

            C.         Parent/Guardian Responsibility for Minors Selections.  It is the responsibility of parents or guardians of minor children to monitor and approve the selection of materials made by minor children. It is the parents or guardians who may restrict their children from borrowing specific library materials. Parents or guardians who wish their children not to have access to certain materials must accompany, supervise, and advise their children on their choices. Library staff and trustees cannot and do not act in loco parentis.

            D.         Responsibility for Material.  All materials checked out to a borrower on that borrower’s Library Card are the responsibility of the borrower. It is the borrower’s responsibility to handle the Library’s materials with care and to report lost or damaged items or materials to Library staff immediately. It is also the responsibility of the borrower to return materials to the library and to pay all fines due on the account, including minors’ accounts.

IV.        Reserving and Reserved Material

Patrons may place holds on certain materials that are currently checked out by other patrons by reserving the material in the Library’s online catalog, calling the Library or requesting in person.  Patrons will receive a notice by phone, email or text from the Library when the item is available for them.  Library materials will be held for seven (7) days.  Materials must be checked out on the account of the person placing the request.  

IV.        Loan Periods

A.         Loan Periods.  Items are loaned out according to the following schedule.  The Library also limits the number of items checked out at one time and the number of renewals allowed as identified in the chart below.  There is a total number of one hundred (100) items allowed per Resident Library Card at one time.


Material
Loan PeriodLimit on Number of Items Checked Out at One Time  Renewals Allowed
New Books & Audio books2 weeksNo limitOne (1) renewal of (2) additional weeks  
All Books Except New Books3 weeksNo limitTwo (2) renewals of three (3) additional weeks  
Magazines1 weekNo limit.Two (2) renewals of one (1) additional week  
Audio Books3 weeksNo limitTwo (2) renewals of three (3) additional weeks  
DVDs and CDs1 weekNo limitTwo (2) renewals of one (1) additional week  
New DVDs and CDs1 weekNo limitNo renewals allowed
Discovery Kits1 weekNo limitNo renewals allowed
Launchpad Tablets2 weekNo limitTwo (2) renewals of two (2) additional weeks
Vox/Wonder Books & Media Kits2 weekNo limitTwo (2) renewals of two (2) additional weeks
Library of Things1 week1 at a time 
Peripherals in Library Use Only  2 hours1 at a timeOne (1) renewal of two (2) hours.
Interlibrary Loans/MelCatAccording to the Library or MelCat policy.  
HotSpot  2 weeks1 per household at a timeNo renewals allowed
Chromebook1 week1 per household at a time No renewals allowed

B.         Renewals.  Renewals are permitted as identified above.  No renewals are permitted for Library material that has been placed on hold or on reserve by other patrons.

C.         Non Circulating Material.  Encyclopedias, reference items and reference genealogy materials are non-circulating.

D.         Account Information; Reminder.  Patrons receive a printed receipt when checking out materials, and can also opt to have a receipt emailed to them. Patrons can also access their accounts twenty-four (24) hours a day online. Patrons may choose to receive coming due notices via email and text and will typically receive a reminder three (3) days prior to the due date. If a patron does not receive a reminder due to system failure, routing of email to spam folders, or an incorrect email address or phone number on the account, the patron is still responsible for returning materials on time. 

E.         Returns. Most items may be returned to other libraries in the TLN system but at the risk of the patron.  If the item(s) do not arrive back at Lyon Township Public Library the cost of replacement is ultimately the responsibility of the patron.  Items returned to libraries not in the TLN Shared System will not be discharged until the item reaches its home library. This might result in fines from other Libraries even if the item was returned before the due date. It is highly recommended to Lyon Township Public Library patrons that items only be returned to TLN Shared System libraries.

  Chromebooks, Hotspots, Discovery Kits, Launchpad Tablets, items from our Library of Things, and Vox/Wonder Books MUST be returned to Lyon Township Public Library.

F.         Privileges Suspended.  Patrons with 25 or more overdue items will be blocked from further checkouts. Patrons are limited to 25 items on hold. The limit on checkouts is 100 per card.  Failing to return mobile hotspots or Chromebooks on time, not returning them to the Circulation Desk, or not following other lending policies, will result in a six (6) month suspension from borrowing hotspots.

V.         Hotspots

A.         Eligibility for Checkout.   Patrons must be at least 18 years and have a valid Lyon Township Public Library Card in order to check out a hot spot.

B.         Returns.  If not returned by the due date, the data plan will be cancelled for the device and the Hotspot will no longer function.  Hotspots must be returned to the Circulation Desk.

C.         Use.  Hotspots only work in the Continental U.S., Canada & Mexico.  Ten (10) devices can be connected at one time to the hotspot. Only one (1) hotspot can be checked out per household at one time.

D.         Privileges Suspended.  If hotspots are repeatedly returned late, or are returned in the dropbox, a suspension of 6 months may occur for borrowing hotspots.

VI.        Chromebooks

A.         Eligibility for Checkout.  The Chromebook computers can only be checked out by patrons 18 years or older with a LTPL library card in good standing, and a current ID.  Patrons who have fines over $15.00 are ineligible to use this service.

B.         Use.   An eligible patron is allowed to borrow one (1) Chromebook at a time. Only one card per household is allowed at one time. Chromebooks may be checked out for (7) seven days with no renewals. Patrons may borrow a LTPL hotspot with the Chromebook if they do not have internet access. Chromebooks are filtered to comply with the Child Internet Protection Act.

C.         Prohibited Use.  Patrons may not install software on the Chromebooks.   Patrons may not alter, delete or copy any software loaded on the Chromebook or otherwise change its existing configuration.

D.         Check out Procedure.     Patrons who check out Chromebooks must agree to abide by the Lyon Township Public Library policies, including the Lyon Township Public Library Internet Policy.  The Patron must also complete and sign a Borrower Agreement.

1.         A patron borrowing a Chromebook is required to present a valid LTPL Library Card and picture ID.

2.         At the time of checkout, the Chromebook will be inspected by a staff member to make sure it is intact and functioning properly. However, the patron borrowing the Chromebook is responsible for making sure that the Chromebook is in working order and without physical damage when it is checked out.

E.         Patron Files.  A patron borrowing a Chromebook will be cautioned to save his/her files on a removable drive, or saved to cloud storage. All files, downloads and history will be cleared at the end of the session. The library is not responsible for any damage to the user’s removable drives or loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning library hardware and/or software.

F.         Return Process.  The patron must return the Chromebook along with charging cable, case and documentation to the Circulation Desk at LTPL. Chromebooks may not be returned in the drop box nor to any other library.

1.         When returning, the borrower should allow at least five (5) minutes for a staff member to check the equipment.

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2.         At the Circulation Desk, a staff member will verify that all parts are present and that the Chromebook and all accessories are in good working order.

3.         The Chromebook will then be checked in from the patron’s Library account.

G.         Privilege Suspended.  A patron’s privilege to check out a Chromebook may be removed for six (6) months if the patron fails to return loaned equipment by the due time, in the drop box, or attempts to return at another library.

H.          Disclaimer. The Lyon Township Public Library makes no warrantees or guarantees regarding the use of the Chromebook.  The Library is not responsible for any damage or claims that may result from the use of the Chromebook, including but not limited to damage to any removable drive (flash drive) or loss of data that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.

VII.         Lost and Damaged Material

A.         Patron Responsibility.  Library patrons are responsible for returning borrowed materials on or before the due date. Returns may be made either in person or by using the book drop at the entrance of the library.

B.         Lost Material.  Material not returned within three (3) weeks of the due date is considered lost and the patron who checked out the material is responsible for all replacement costs and accrued overdue fees. Library items with multiple pieces such as audio books, DVDs, and books with accompanying materials will be considered lost if all pieces are not present when the item is returned. Failure to return all pieces will result in the patron being charged with the price of replacing the entire set.  If the item is subsequently found after the replacement costs have been paid, the patron may keep the material but no refunds shall be issued.

C.         Damaged Material.  If material is returned damaged and may not be put back into circulation, the patron checking out the material is responsible for the payment of the replacement costs.  The Library staff has the authority to determine whether a repair or replacement fee shall be assessed depending on the cause and nature of the damage; for example, whether the damage was a result of negligent use or misuse.  The Library shall have the exclusive and final authority to determine whether the item may be repaired.

D.         Lost, Stolen or Damaged Hotspot.  If the hotspot is lost, stolen or damaged, the data plan will be deactivated for the device and the patron will be charged the replacement cost.  Charge for lost or damaged items:  $90 for entire kit, $13 for case, $5 for cable, $5 for charger.

E.         Lost, Stolen or Damaged Chromebook.    Chromebooks not returned by the due date will be deactivated within 24 hours. You will be instructed to return the device that day to the library. All borrowers assume full financial responsibility for the cost of repair or replacement due to accidental damage, theft, loss or misuse. Replacement costs of items: $250 for Chromebook, $90 for Hotspot (if checked out with the Chromebook), $15 for case, $5 for charger.

VIII.        Lost or Damaged Materials Charges

A.         The Library will not charge overdue fines for Lyon Township Public Library materials that are returned to the Library. However, items that are loaned through MelCat or the Shared Automation System may accrue overdue fees. 

B.         The Library is not required to provide notice of overdue material or fines.  The patron is responsible for any fines and fees and the return of material.

C.         When a patron has accumulated fines greater than $15.00 or has overdue items, the patron shall be considered delinquent. 

D.         After an item is overdue by 35 days, the Library reserves the right to turn over any delinquent account over $25.00 to a collection agency and the patron will be responsible for all actual costs of collection and costs that the court may order.

E.         Patrons who are delinquent by $15.00 or more may not check out any additional items until the outstanding fines have been paid in full.

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Approved: 1/26/2021

Display & Bulletin Board Use Policy

The Lyon Township Public Library (“Library”) provides space for exhibits, displays and postings of a civic, charitable, educational, cultural, governmental or recreational nature.  Display Spaces and Bulletin Boards may also be used for Library purposes such as to display materials from the Library’s collection, or to publicize Library services, collections, or activities.  Thus, this Display Spaces and Bulletin Board Policy (“Policy”) does not apply to the Library’s use or co-sponsored use. and that the Library’s use and co-sponsored use has first priority.  When not used for Library sponsored or co-sponsored events, space designated by the Library for public use may be used for exhibits, displays and postings pursuant to this Policy. 

I.          General Requirements:

A.         The Display Spaces are limited to the following (“Display Spaces”):

1.         Library display kiosk

2.         Other areas as designated by Library Director.

B.         Bulletin Board space is also limited to the following areas (“Bulletin Boards”):

            1.         Community Center Bulletin Board

2.         Other areas as designated by Library Director.

C.         Display Spaces and Bulletin Boards shall be used for displays or postings of an educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable or recreational nature.  Commercial displays, postings or exhibits, including the display or posting of any items for sale, is prohibited. 

D.         All pre-approved Display Spaces and Bulletin Boards within the Library are open to adults and children of all ages and sensibilities.

E.         Display Spaces and Bulletin Boards are available on an equitable basis regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.   However, no person or organization may use the space for more than four (4) weeks any calendar year.

F.         The Library does not endorse content nor imply agreement or disagreement with beliefs or viewpoints expressed in the exhibits, displays or postings.

II.         Display Spaces:

A.         Application for Display Spaces.

1.         A person or organization (“Exhibitor”) that desires to use the Display Spaces must submit an application to the Library Director.

2.         The Library reserves the right to determine at its sole discretion what materials will be displayed as well as scheduling, duration, and assignment of Display Spaces.  Applications for displays will be reviewed in light of the Library’s educational, cultural, intellectual, or recreational purpose and community interest.  The limitations on space will also be taken into consideration.  Although applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, residents of Lyon Township or organizations based in Lyon Township (and primarily serving Lyon Township residents) shall have priority.  Also, the Library will prioritize those who have not used the space or not recently used the space over those who have used the space more recently.

3.         The Library Director or his/her designee shall make the determination regarding the use of Display Spaces.  The Library Director or his/her designee has the right to review the materials, including promotion or publicity materials, in advance.  

4.         The Library reserves the right to remove any item from a Display Space on the above grounds or if the exhibition is a possible safety hazard, is too large for the Display Space, creates a maintenance problem, exceeds acceptable noise and light levels, interferes with the public service or other activities in adjacent Library areas or has been displayed without authorization.

5.         The Library reserves the right to remove any exhibit or display upon reasonable notice if the Library needs the Exhibit or Display Space for Library purposes.

B.         Display Guidelines.

1.         Exhibit and Display Spaces must be reserved in advance.

2.         All materials are displayed at the Exhibitor’s own risk.  The Library is not responsible for any damage, defacement or removal of the Exhibitor’s material.  Exhibitors shall understand that the Display Spaces are not locked or secure.  The Exhibitor shall sign a release of liability.  The Exhibitor shall be responsible for any insurance coverage of the materials in the Display Space.

3.         A notice is to be posted with each exhibit or display stating that:  “The material within the exhibit is the presentation of [the Exhibitor].  The Lyon Township Public Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of exhibits and Exhibitors.”

4.         The Exhibitor may be identified by name within the exhibit or display.  The Exhibitor may also include contact information.

5.         The Exhibitor is responsible for installing and labeling the exhibit or display on the agreed upon date.  The Exhibitor may not change the exhibit or display without the Library Director’s approval.

6.         All exhibits or displays must be set up and removed with as little interference as possible to the daily operations of the Library.  Once the exhibit or display is installed, changes may be made only with Library approval. Library staff will not assist with the set-up, installation or removal.

7.         The Exhibitor shall remove the exhibit or display promptly on the agreed upon date at the end of the scheduled period.  Exhibits or displays will be considered for exhibit for longer than the scheduled period with written approval of the Library Director or his/her designee.

8.         The Library has the right to remove exhibit or display materials if they are not picked up by the agreed upon date.  Exhibit materials may be disposed of if not claimed within sixty (60) days after the scheduled display period.

9.         Exhibitors may not charge an admission fee or request donations.  The Exhibitor’s may not affix any prices or sell any items at the Library.

10.        Damages to the premises, equipment or furnishings as a result of the Exhibitor’s use will be charged to the Exhibitor.

11.        Wall artwork must be suitably framed and ready for hanging.  No artwork is to be attached directly to the wall. 

III.        Bulletin Board Space.  

A.         All notices for the Bulletin Board are to be given to the Library Director for approval and posting pursuant to this Policy.

B.         Materials shall be posted for no more than two (2) weeks after receipt.  Time sensitive material shall also be removed the day following the announced event or final date listed on the document.  

C.         Materials posted are limited to postings that are of educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable or recreational nature.  Commercial notices or personal notices, including anything for sale, will not be posted.  

D.         Posting of materials does not necessarily indicate the Library’s endorsement of the issue(s) or event(s) promoted by these materials.  

E.         There is a limit of one (1) posting per sponsor at a time in any Bulletin Board.  On the Bulletin Board, items must contain the name of the sponsor of that item and may not be larger than 11 x 17 inches.  Further, multiple copies may not be posted.

F.         Any postings that violate Michigan law or would cause the Library to violate Michigan law are not permitted.  

G.         No posting may interfere or damage existing approved postings on the Bulletin Board space.

H.         The Library does not permit petitioning, solicitation or distribution of literature, leaflets or similar types of appeals in the Bulletin Board.

IV.        Right of Appeal

Any person or organization aggrieved by the Library Director or his/her designee’s decision regarding the use of the Bulletin Board or Display Spaces may appeal that decision to the Lyon Township Public Library Board (“Library Board”).  Such appeal shall be made within ten (10) business days of the decision.  The appeal letter must indicate it is an appeal and be sent to the Library Director.  The person or organization must include the reasons for the appeal.   The decision of the Library Board is final.

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Freedom of Information Act

TheLyon Township Public Library (“Library”) adopts this written public summary pursuant to the requirements of Section 4(4) of the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, 1976 PA 442 (“FOIA”) so that the public will understand the Library’s Procedures and Guidelines for processing FOIA requests.  This is a summary of the Procedures and Guidelines.  A complete copy of the Procedures and Guidelines is available at the Library located at 27005 Milford Road, South Lyon, Michigan 48178 or on the website at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________________________________.

A.         How Can I Request a Public Record?

  • A person (except those persons incarcerated in state, county or federal correctional facilities), may request public records.
  • The requestor must send a written request for the public record to the Library.  A request can be made through a letter, in person, or sent by electronic transmission. The requests should be directed to the FOIA Coordinator.  The contact information is as follows:

Lyon Township Public Library
Attn:  FOIA Coordinator
27005 Milford Road
South Lyon, MI 48178

E-Mail:      hteasdle@lyon.lib.mi.us                
Fax:      248-437-4621                                    

  • A request from a person must include (unless the request is from an individual who qualifies as indigent) the person’s complete name, address (in compliance with United State Postal Service standards), and contact information, and if made by a person other than an individual, the complete name, address, and contact information of the person’s agent who is an individual. Contact information must include a valid telephone number or electronic mail address.
  • The requestor will not be required to use a specific form or format, but requests must identify the public record sufficiently to allow the Library to find the requested record. 
  • The Library may, but is not required to, respond to a verbal request.  However, if the Library believes the information is available on its website, the Library will inform the requestor of the website location where practicable and to the best of his or her knowledge. 

B.         When Can I Expect a Response?

  • Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, the Librarywill respond or seek a deposit within 5 business days after it receives the request.  However, the Library may extend that time period by 10 business days.
  • Please keep in mind that a request sent by e-mail or other electronic means is not considered received until 1 business day after it is transmitted. If the request is sent to a  spam or junk mail folder, it is not considered received until 1 day after it is discovered.

C.         How Can I Understand the Response?

  • If the Library grants a written request in full, the requestor will receive a notice indicating that it has been granted.
  • However, if the request is denied or denied in part, the Library shall provide any or all of the following information, depending upon the reason for the denial:
  • An explanation of the basis that the public record, or portion of that public record, is exempt from disclosure, including a description of the information that is separated or deleted.
  •  A certificate that the public record does not exist under the name given by the requestor or by another name reasonably known to the Library.
  • A full explanation of the requesting person’s right to (1) submit to the Lyon Township Public Library Board (“Library Board”) a written appeal; or (2) seek judicial review of the denial under Section 10 of the FOIA. (See below for more details).
  • Notice of the right to receive attorneys’ fees and damages if a court determines that the Library has not complied and orders disclosure of all or a portion of a public record.
  • If a request is granted in part or granted in full, the Librarywill require payment before providing documents.

D.         What if I Request Documents Available on the Website?

  • If documents are available on the website, to the degree practicable, the response will include a specific webpage address where the requested information is available.
  • The Library will inform the requestor of the additional charge to receive copies of the public records that are available on its website.

E.                     What Fees Will the Library Charge?

  • The FOIA Coordinator will provide a detailed itemization of costs.
  • For labor costs, the fee shall not exceed the sum of the following components:
  • Hourly Wage.  The Library will not charge more than the hourly wage of its lowest-paid employee capable of searching for, locating, and examining the public records; separating and deleting exempt information from non-exempt information; and for duplication and publication regardless of whether that person is available or who actually performs the labor, except if the Library does not employ a person capable of separating and deleting exempt information from non-exempt information,  it may treat necessary contracted labor costs for that purpose in the same manner as employee labor costs but may not exceed 6 times the State minimum hourly wage.
    • Time Increments:  The fee will be charged in fifteen (15) minute increments, with all partial time rounded down, except the labor fee for duplication and publication, which shall be charged in one (1) minute increments.
    • Determination of Unreasonably High Labor Costs.  The fee for searching for, locating and examining public records and separating exempt information from non-exempt information (including redacting) will not be charged, unless failure to charge a fee would result in unreasonably high costs to the Library because of the nature of the request in the particular instance, and the Library specifically identifies the nature of these unreasonably high costs. 
    • Overtime.  Overtime wages shall not be included unless agreed to by the requestor.
    • Description of Charge.  The detailed itemization will include both the hourly wage and the number of hours charged.
    • Fringe Benefit Costs. The Library may also add up to 50% to the applicable labor charge amount (but may not exceed actual costs) to cover or partially cover the cost of fringe benefits if it clearly notes the percentage multiplier used to account for benefits, unless a requestor wants records that are available on the website.  In which case, the fringe benefit multiplier can be greater than the 50% limitation.
  • For public records provided to the requestor on nonpaper physical media (discs, flash drives, e-mails), the Library may charge the actual and most reasonably economical cost of the media.
  • For paper copies, the Library may charge the actual total incremental cost of necessary duplication or publication not to exceed $.10 per page (single or double sided) for 8½ by 11 inch paper or 8½ by 14 inch paper. The Library will charge the actual cost of copies made on paper of a different size. The Librarywill use double-sided printing, if cost saving and available.
  • The Library may charge the actual cost of mailing and the least expensive form of postal delivery confirmation.

F.         Will a Deposit be Required?  When do I have to Pay the Deposit?

  • The Library may require a good-faith deposit of ½ of the estimated fee if the entire fee estimate or charge authorized under the FOIA exceeds $50.00, based on a good-faith calculation of the total estimated fee.
  • The Library will also provide a best efforts, nonbinding estimate of the time frame it will take the Library to provide the public records to the requestor.
  • If the Library has granted a prior request but has not been paid in full, the Library may require a deposit of up to 100% of the estimated fee if all of the following apply:
  • The final fee for the prior written request was not more than 105% of the estimated fee.
  • The public records made available contained the information being sought in the prior written request and are still in the Library’s possession.
  • The public records were made available to the individual, subject to payment, within the time frame estimate described Section 4(7) of the FOIA.
  • Ninety days have passed since the Library notified the individual in writing that the public records were available for pick up or mailing.
  • The individual is unable to show proof of prior payment to the Library.
  • The Library calculates a Detailed Itemization that is the basis for the current written request’s increased estimated fee deposit.

The Library shall no longer require an increased estimated fee deposit if any of the following apply: 

  • The individual is able to show proof of prior payment in full to the Library;
  • The Library is subsequently paid in full for the applicable prior written request; or
  • Three hundred sixty-five days have passed since the individual made the written request for which full payment was not remitted to the Library.
  • If a deposit is not received within 45 days from receipt of the deposit notice letter (it is considered received 3 days after it is sent), and no appeal of the deposit amount is filed, the request is abandoned. The notice of a deposit will include the date by which the deposit must be received (48 days after notice is sent).

G.         Am I Entitled to a Wavier or Reduction of Fees? 

  • A reduction of the fee by $20.00 is available to certain individuals who submit an affidavit stating they are indigent and receiving public assistance, or if not receiving public assistance, stating facts showing inability to pay because of indigency.  For this reduction to apply, the individual may not have received discounted fees twice during that calendar year and the person may not be requesting on behalf of parties who are paying to make the request.
  • A reduction of the fee by $20.00 is also available to certain non-profit organizations formally carrying out activities under subtitle C of the developmental disabilities assistance and bill of rights act of 2000, and the protection and advocacy for individuals with mental illness act, provided that the request is made on behalf of the organization or its clients, is made for a reason consistent with the laws under Section 931 of the mental health code and is accompanied by documentation of its designation by the state.
  • The FOIA Coordinator may reduce or waive the imposition of fees if the FOIA Coordinator determines that a waiver or reduction of the fee is in the public interest because searching for or furnishing copies of the public record can be considered as primarily benefiting the general public.
  • If the Library does not respond to a written request in a timely manner as required by the FOIA, the Library shall reduce the charges for labor costs by 5% for each day the Library exceeds the time permitted, with a maximum 50% reduction, if the late response was willful and intentional or the written request included specific language as set forth more fully in the Procedures and Guidelines.

H.                                 How Can I Appeal a Decision to Deny All or Part of My Request?

  • If a requestor desires to appeal all or part of a decision to deny a request, the requestor must submit to the Library Board a written appeal that specifically states the word “appeal” and identifies the reason or reasons for reversal of the denial.
  • The Library Board is not considered to have received a written appeal until the first regularly scheduled meeting after submission of the written appeal.
  • The Library will respond within 10 business days by reversing the disclosure denial, upholding the denial, revising in part and upholding in part the denial or issuing a 10 business day extension. 

I.          How Can I Appeal a Determination of the Fee or Deposit Amount?

  • The requestor may submit to the Library Board a written appeal for a fee reduction that specifically states the word “appeal” and identifies how the required fee exceeds the amount permitted under the Procedures and Guidelines or Section 4 of the FOIA.
  • The Library Board is not considered to have received a written appeal until the first regularly scheduled meeting after submission of the written appeal.
  • The Library will respond within 10 business days by waiving the fee, reducing the fee and explaining the basis for the remaining fee, upholding the fee or issuing a 10 business day extension. 

J.         Can I File a Lawsuit Regarding the Denial of a FOIA Request?

  • If the Library Board fails to respond to a written appeal or if the Library Board upholds all or a portion of the disclosure denial that is the subject of the written appeal, the requestor may seek judicial review of the nondisclosure by commencing a civil action within 180 days after the Library’s final determination to deny a request.   A requestor may also commence a civil action in the circuit court to compel the Library’s disclosure of the public records within 180 days after the Library’s final determination to deny a request.  The requestor is not required to appeal the denial to the Library Boardbefore commencing the civil action.
  • If a person prevails in an action regarding the denial of a request, the court shall award reasonable attorneys fees, costs and disbursements.  If the person prevails in part, the court may award all or a portion of the attorneys’ fees, costs and disbursements.  If the court determines the FOIA was arbitrarily or capriciously violated, the court shall order a civil fine of $1,000.00 to be paid to the state treasury.  The court may also award actual, compensatory or punitive damages.

K.         Can I File a Lawsuit Regarding the Fee Charged For a FOIA Request?

  • A requestor may commence a civil action in the circuit court for a fee reduction if the Library (1) failed to respond to a written appeal or (2) issued a determination of a written appeal.  This action must be filed within 45 days after receiving notice of the determination of an appeal to theLibrary Board.  The requester must file an appeal for a fee reduction before commencing a circuit court action.
  • If a person prevails in an action by receiving a reduction of 50% or more of the total fee, the court may award all or a portion of the reasonable attorneys’ fees.  If the court determines FOIA was arbitrarily or capriciously violated, the court shall order a civil fine of $500.00 to be paid to the state treasury.  The court may also award actual, compensatory or punitive damages.

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General Operating Policy

I.          Fees

Patrons shall be responsible for any of their fees or other charges in accordance with the Lyon Township Public Library’s (“Library”) standard schedules.  Such schedules shall be adopted by Resolution of the Library Board and may be changed from time to time.  Failure to pay these may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.  The fines and fees associated with the circulation of material are found in the Library’s Circulation Policy.  The other current fees and fines are as follows:

A.         Copier Fees:

                        Black & White copies

                        8 ½ x 11 copy              $0.10 per copy
                                                              $0.20 per copy double sided

                        8 ½ x 14 copy               $0.15 per copy
                                                               $0.30 per copy double sided

11 x 17 copy                 $0.50 per copy
                                                               $1.00 per copy double sided

                        Color photocopies

                        8 ½ x 11 copy              $0.50 per copy
                                                             $1.00 per copy double sided

                        8 ½ x 14 copy               $0.75 per copy
                                                               $1.50 per copy double sided

11 x 17 copy                 $1.00 per copy
                                                              $2.00 per copy double sided

There will be no discount for non-profit groups excluding the Friends of the Library.

Scanning is available for all patrons free of charge.

B.         Computer Print Outs:

Computer print outs are the same as copier fees for Black & White and Color. Please see rates above.

 C.         Fax Machine:

1.         Outgoing Faxes.  Faxing of documents will be done by the Library staff.  Fax cover sheets must be filled out for each transmission and are available at the circulation desk.  A confirmation page is given with each fax that is sent to indicate the success or failure of the fax.

2.         Incoming Faxes.  The Library will receive incoming faxes if contacted and informed of when to expect the transmission, who the incoming fax is addressed to and who will be paying for it.  However, you must be present to pick up the incoming fax.  The Library will attempt to contact the recipient if the contact information is available, but is not required to do so.  The Library reserves the right to discard any fax, particularly if the fax is not picked up within 48 hours after receipt.

3.         Errors.  The Library is not responsible for errors due to poor image quality, problems on the receiving fax end, incorrect fax numbers or other related problems.

4.         Charges.  The cost of sending and receiving a fax is as follows:

                        Faxes in the US             $1.00 for the first page/$0.25 a page                                                                               after

                        Each page received                   $0.25 a page

II.         School Use of Library

At the discretion of the Library Director and/or staff, a class can use the Library as a research facility if their teacher is present. 

III.        Library Hours

Monday through Thursday          10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday                    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday                         12:00 pm to 4:00 pm,
Labor Day – Memorial Day

IV.        Closing for Holidays

            The Library will be closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • MLK Day
  • Good Friday
  • Saturday before Easter
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Saturday before Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day            
  • Independence Day    
  • Saturday before Labor Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Friday after Thanksgiving 
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

If the holiday above falls on a Saturday, the Library will also be closed on the Friday before the holiday.  If the holiday above falls on a Sunday, the Library will also be closed on the Monday after the holiday.

V.         Library Closing               

 The Library Director, or a designated person, will close the Library when conditions are such that remaining open can be harmful to the staff and/or the patrons, for example due to inclement weather or natural disaster.  The staff will be dismissed at the discretion of the Library Director.

VI.        Designated Newspaper

For any notice that requires publication by newspaper, the Library shall publish such notice in the South Lyon Herald.

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Gift & Donations Policy

The Lyon Township Public Library invites and appreciates donations of monetary and non-monetary items such as materials, equipment, property and objects of art. Since the Library is fortunate to receive many kinds of gifts from donors who have a variety of wishes concerning those gifts, this Gift and Donations Policy establishes guidelines for the Library to properly receive, channel and recognize donations and donors in appropriate fashion.

I.          General Provisions.  These provisions are applicable to all gifts to the Library.

A.         All gifts received by the Library should be compatible with the Library’s long-range plans and mission.

B.         Gifts will be accepted as indicated in this Policy and the Materials Selection Policy, provided the gift does not unnecessarily obligate the Library’s funds (gifts that require maintenance or other expenditures).

C.         The Library reserves the right to decline any gift.

D.         All gifts become the property of the Library.

E.         The Library has the right to retain or sell any gift, unless there are donor restrictions and the Library Board has agreed to such restrictions. 

F.         The Library will not appraise any gifts for income tax purpose; the donor is responsible for all appraisals.

II.         Gifts of Books and Other Library Collection Material.  Books and other materials such as DVDs can be donated either new or used (in good condition).

  1. All donated materials become the property of the Library and are subject to the needs of the Library. 
  • Materials may be added to the Library collection pursuant to the terms of the Materials Selection Policy and the Library maintains full discretion to determine whether any donated item is added to the collection. 
  • Appraisals of gifts to the Library are the responsibility of the donor. The Library will give the donor a Materials Donation Receipt listing the number of items to which the donor may assign his/her value. 

III.        Monetary Gifts.  The Library encourages and welcomes cash gifts and bequests for purchasing Library materials, improving the Library facilities, for the benefit of the Library staff, and for any purpose authorized by law.  The Library reserves the right to decline acceptance of a gift that does not meet the needs of the Library or with donor-designated restrictions the Library is not able to accommodate.

IV.        Equipment & Furniture.  Computers, typewriters, calculators, desk lamps, desks, chairs, and any other such equipment are not generally accepted and should not be left at the Library. Exceptions for appropriate items may be made at the discretion of the Library Director.

V.         Property, Real Estate, & Objects of Art.  Objects of art include such items as paintings, statuary, or decorative furnishings.

A.         Offers of donations of such items will be considered by the Library Board and voted on by the full Library Board.

B.         The Library may also accept donations of certain personal property items on a case-by-case basis.

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Internet Policy

I.          General Statements Regarding Internet

A.         Internet Access.  The Lyon Township Public Library (“Library”) provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet.  Access to the Internet enables the Library to expand its information services significantly.  This Policy applies to both the Library owned computers and wireless access available at the Library.

  • Validity of Information.  The Internet offers access to a wealth of information and Internet sites including useful ideas, information and opinions from around the world.  However, not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete or legal.  Internet Users will need to evaluate for themselves the validity of the information found.
  • Library Does Not Endorse Information on Internet.  The Library provides a home site on its public computers pointing to a variety of quality Internet sites.  However, because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it also enables access to information, ideas and commentary beyond the confines of the Library’s mission, selection criteria and collection development policies.  The provision of access does not mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary that may be found on the Internet.
  • View Internet at Own Risk.  The Internet may contain information that is controversial, sexually explicit or offensive.  Users are cautioned that ideas, points of view and images can be found on the Internet that are controversial, divergent and/or inflammatory.  Because of this and the fact that access points on the Internet can and do change often, rapidly and unpredictably, the Library cannot protect individuals from information and images which they might find offensive, disturbing or inaccurate. Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk.  Parents or guardians of minor children are responsible for their child’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection as stated more fully below.
  • No Liability.  The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet.  Users shall use Library computer hardware and software at their own risk.  The Library is not responsible for equipment malfunction, loss of data, any damages to the User’s disks, data or electronic transactions of any type.  The Library is not responsible for the loss of any portable media.

II.         Nature of the Public Library Setting

A.       Respect Others.  Because Library patrons are of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities are using the computers, Library Internet Users are asked to be sensitive to other’s values and beliefs when accessing potentially controversial information and images

B.       Use with Caution of Risks.  Users are cautioned that, because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files, accounts and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use.  Users should be cautious about using the public computers or public Internet Access for sensitive, private or valuable information or transactions because safety from unauthorized access and use cannot be guaranteed.  The Library is not responsible for any damages or loss that results from unauthorized access or use of User’s files, accounts, communications or similar documents.

III.        Internet Filtering; Children Under 18

A.         Internet Filtering – General.   

1.         Filtered AccessIn order to comply with the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”) and Michigan’s Public Act 212 of 2000 (“PA 212”), all computer terminals are filtered.  Further, the Library’s wireless access is also filtered.  Filtered access means the computer or wireless system has a program installed that is designed to restrict minors[1] from receiving obscene materials or sexually explicit materials that is harmful to minors as defined by PA 212 and visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors as defined by CIPA.  This filtering method is designed to prevent access by minors to inappropriate matters on the Internet.  Children under the age of 18 shall only use the Library computers designated and posted for use by minors.

2.         Safety of Minors Regarding E-Mail The Library does not filter e-mail or other direct electronic communications.  It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to educate the minor on safety and security and monitor the use of these communications.

3.         Internet Access.  Patrons wishing to access the Library’s terminals must go to the circulation desk and request that a computer be turned on.  Then, the patron must read and accept the Library’s Internet Use Policy.  All patrons should be able to show proof of identification if requested by a Library staff member.

B.         Internet Filtering – Patrons 18 Years of Age or Older. 

1.         Disable FiltersPatrons 18 years of age or older may request to have the filters disabled for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.  The Library’s wireless access cannot be disabled, so any patron who desires to have the filters disabled must use the Library’s computers.

2.         Unblock SitesIndividuals 18 years of age or older who believe an Internet site has been improperly blocked can request that the site be “unblocked.”  A request to unblock should be in writing to the Library Director and signed by the person making the request.  A decision on the site’s status will be made by the Library Director, who will prepare a written reply to the individual submitting the form.

C.         Internet Filtering – Patrons Under 18 years of Age. 

1.         Responsibility of Parents and Legal Guardians.  As with other materials in the Library’s collection, it is the Library’s Policy that parents or legal guardians are responsible for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their children.  The Library urges parents and guardians to discuss Internet use with their children and to monitor their use of this educational tool.  Parents and youth patrons are encouraged to participate in the Library’s training offered on Internet use that explains both the benefits and pitfalls inherent in its use.

2.         Library Card.  Patrons under 18 years of age wishing to access the Library’s terminals or wireless access must check in with the circulation desk.

3.         Unfiltering Terminals.  Minors who are 17 years old may only have the filters (filters used to filter visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography and materials that is deemed harmful to minors as prohibited by CIPA) disabled on a computer used by that patron for (1) bona fide research or other lawful purposes and (2) only if a parent or legal guardian has accompanied them to the Library and is sitting at the computer station or terminal at all times.  Patrons under the age of 17 may not ask for the terminal to be unfiltered pursuant to the requirements of CIPA.

4.         Unblocking Websites.  Patrons under the age of 18 may request in writing that a particular site be unblocked, but only if the site does not include obscene or sexually explicit materials deemed harmful to minors or other materials prohibited by law.  The Library Director shall make that determination.  

IV.        Procedure for Use

A.         Reservation/Time Limits.  If a User wishes to use the Internet station, he or she must first sign the sheet at the Circulation Desk to reserve a time.  The User may sign up to use the Internet station for periods of only 30 minutes at a time.  Use of the Internet stations is available on a first-come-first-served basis, as shown on the sign-up sheets at the Circulation Desk.  If no one is waiting, the User may use the terminal for additional 15 minute increments until another User signs up to use the terminal. 

B.         Staff Assistance.  Library staff provides limited assistance for basic start-up procedures.  Several circulating books on Web searching are available.

V.         Acceptable Use

All Users of the Library’s Internet connection and terminals are expected to use this resource in a responsible and courteous manner, and to follow all rules and procedures as established in this Policy. 

A.         Lawful Use.  The Library Internet connection and terminals shall be used in a lawful manner.  The Library’s Internet and terminals cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose prohibited under any applicable federal, state or local law, including, but not limited to (1) accessing materials that can be classified as obscene or child pornography; (2) gaining unauthorized access to or use of patron information or accounts; (3) engaging in identity theft; (4) engaging in civil rights violations; or (5) monitoring or capturing information regarding individuals and their use of the computers or Internet illegally, such as by using a keylogger.

B.         Intellectual Property.  Users must respect intellectual property rights and obey the copyright laws of the United States and all other intellectual property rights.  Responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement or violations of other laws or agreements lies with the User.  The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

C.         Use Must Not be Harmful to Minors.  Michigan law prohibits Users from allowing minors access to sexually explicit materials harmful to minors. Internet Users shall also not permit any minor to view sexually explicit materials or any other materials deemed harmful to minors.

D.         Compliance with Code of Behavior.  The same rules apply to the use of the Internet as with the use of any other Library materials.  The Library has adopted a Patron Behavior Policy.  All Internet Users must comply with the Library’s Patron Behavior Policy, which shall be posted in the Library.

E.         Privacy; Unauthorized Access.  Users must respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another User; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others; and by not hacking or seeking disallowed access to any computer system via the Internet.

F.         Time Limit.  Failure to leave a computer terminal upon the expiration of the allotted time is a violation of this Policy.

G.         Reimbursement.  The User shall reimburse the Library ten cents ($.10) a page for printing.

H.         Personal Software Prohibited.  Users shall refrain from use of personal software, the attachment of equipment to the Library’s computers or networks or the modification of any operating system or network configuration.  Users shall also refrain from downloading/uploading files to/from the Library’s computers.

I.          System Modifications; Hardware Modifications.  Users are not permitted to change the security setup, operating systems, the network configuration or any other configuration of any Library computer terminal without authorization.  Users are also not permitted to add any hardware or devices to the computer terminal except for external storage, such as a flashdrive.

J.         Damage.  The User shall be responsible for repayment of any costs to the Library for damage to the computer terminals or system.

K.         Terminal Use.  No more than two (2) Users may sit at a terminal.  No person may stand behind another person while using a terminal.  Upon request, a Library staff member may approve or allow additional Users at a terminal.

L.         Chat Rooms; Instant Messaging.  The use of chat rooms and instant messaging is prohibited.

M.        Personal Information; Unauthorized Release.  No patron, including minors, may engage in the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information of any person, including minors.

N.         Saving Files and Documents.  Patrons who wish to have a permanent record of their work need to save files and documents on their own portable media.  Library computers do not allow Users to permanently save documents or personal files to the hard drive.

VI.        Violations of Internet Use Policy

The Library Director or his/her designee may restrict access to Library facilities by (1) terminating or limiting computer, Internet Access or Library facilities; (2) immediately dismissing the patron from the premises; (3) suspending the patron’s access to Library facilities for a set period of time; or (4) by denying access to specific services and/or programs pursuant to this Policy.  If necessary, the local police may be called to intervene.

A.         Incident Reports.  Library Staff shall record in writing in the form of an Incident Report any violation of this Policy that resulted in a verbal warning or a suspension of Library privileges.  By the end of the day on which the incident occurred, an Incident Report shall be written and forwarded to the Library Director for logging and review.  The report should include physical descriptions in addition to the name of the patron.  A copy of the suspension of privileges letter should be attached, if applicable.

B.         Violation of the Policy – Suspension of Privileges.  Unless otherwise provided in this Policy (see Section C below), the Library shall handle violations as follows:

1.         Initial Violation.  Library patrons observed violating this Policy will be asked to cease the violation with a verbal request.  If the patron does not comply with the request, he or she will be asked to leave the building for the day.  If he or she refuses, police may be called.

2.         Subsequent Violations.  The Library Director or his/her authorized designee may further limit or revoke the patron’s Library privileges if infractions continue.  Such limitation or revocation shall be in writing specifying the nature of the violation.  Subsequent violations of the same rule shall result in additional suspensions of increasing length. 

C.         Violations That Affect Safety and Security.  Violations involving violations of law (including child pornography and allowing minors to view sexually explicit or other materials deemed harmful to minors), violence, threatening behaviors, sexual or other harassment, vandalism, theft or attempted theft, sexual misconduct or any behavior that threatens the safety and security of staff and/or patrons shall be handled as follows:

1.         Initial Violation.  The police will be called immediately.  If the conduct constitutes a violation of local, state or federal law, arrest or criminal prosecution may ensue.  Violations of this nature will result in an immediate minimum two-week suspension of Library privileges.  The Incident Report shall specify the nature of the violation.

2.         Subsequent Violations.  The police will be called immediately.  If the conduct constitutes a violation of local, state, or federal law, arrest or criminal prosecution may ensue.  The Library Director or his/her authorized designee may further limit or revoke the patron’s Library privileges in escalating responses, which will be documented in writing.  Subsequent violations of the same rule will result in additional suspensions of increasing length.

D.         Reinstatement.  The patron whose privileges have been limited or revoked shall attend a meeting with the Library Director or his/her designee to review the Library Patron Behavior Policy before their privileges may be reinstated.  The Library Director or his/her designee may attach conditions to such reinstatement and shall provide written notification of those conditions and the duration of the conditions.

E.         Civil or Criminal Prosecution.  Illegal acts involving the Library’s Internet Access service may be subject to civil or criminal prosecution.

 

VII.       Right of Appeal

Patrons may appeal a decision to (1) limit or revoke privileges or (2) attach conditions to reinstatement by sending a written appeal to the Library Board within ten (10) working days of the date the privileges were revoked or limited or the written statement of conditions was provided, whichever is applicable.  The appeal should be sent to the President of the Library Board.  The decision of the Library Board is final.

VIII.      Staff Assistance

Library staff may assist Library Users in getting started on the Internet.  However, the Library cannot guarantee that Internet-trained staff will be available to assist Users at all times the Library is open.  Because of the many different applications available on the Internet, staff may not be able to provide specialized or technical knowledge about a particular application.  Users who need training on Library software or digital collections should request an appointment.

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[1]  Under Michigan Law, “adults” are 18 years of age or older.  CIPA defines an adult as 17 years of age or older.  As required by CIPA, 17 year olds may have the filter disabled, but only as specifically described in Section C.3 below.

Material Selection Policy

I.          Purpose

The purpose of the Lyon Township Public Library’s Material Selection Policy is to set broad guidelines in order to assemble, preserve, organize, administer and promote the use of a wide range of communication media and to inform the public about the principles upon which selections are made.  These functions are undertaken to further the objectives of the Lyon Township Public Library.

II.         Definitions

The term “Library Materials” means books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, library programs or other synonyms as they may occur in this Policy having the widest possible meaning.  This statement of Policy applies to all Library Materials in the collection, including adult, young adult and juvenile.  However, this Policy and the term “Library Materials” does not apply to Internet sites available through the Library’s computers or Internet collection.  The Library has no control over the content of the Internet.  Please see the Internet Use Policy for any issues related to computer or Internet Use.

The term “selection” refers to the decision to add, retain or withdraw material in the collection.  It does not refer to reader guidance.

III.        Goals of Materials Selection

A.         To meet the individual’s need for information through maintenance of a well-balanced and broad collection of materials for information, reference and research.

B.         To help the individual attain maximum self-development through life-long intellectual and cultural growth.

C.         To support the democratic process by providing materials for the education and enlightenment of the community.

D.         To assist individuals in their pursuit of occupational activity and practical affairs.

E.         To provide diverse recreational experience for individuals and groups.

F.         To assist institutions of formal education with services that will assist individual study.

G.         To maintain Michigan and local history collections.

IV.        Responsibility for Selection

The responsibility for selection lies with the professional staff of the Library.  That Library staff operates within the areas of service to children, young adults and adults.  Both the general public and Library staff members may recommend materials for consideration.  The ultimate responsibility for book selection, however, rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees.  The Library Director shall be responsible for ensuring that the funds budgeted for collection development are allocated appropriately depending upon the needs of the Library and the fulfillment of the above Goals of Material Selection.

V.         General Principles

A.         Selection of Library Materials is based on the relationship of such work to the needs, interests and demands of the community.  Basic to this Policy is the Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Statement of the American Library Association to which this Library subscribes.   

            Selection is not made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval by patrons or Library users, but solely on the merits of a work, without regard to the race, nationality, political or religious view of the writer.

B.         Responsibility for the reading material of children rests with their parents or legal guardians.  Selection shall not be inhibited solely by the possibility that books may inadvertently come into the possession of children.

            The Library respects each individual parent’s right to supervise his/her children’s choice of reading materials.  However, the Library does not have the right to act in loco parentis (in place of the parent).  Therefore, a parent who chooses to restrict the materials his/her children select must accompany those children when they use the collection in order to impose those restrictions.

C.         Further, Library Materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of contents, and no catalogued book or other item will be sequestered, except for the express purpose of protecting it from injury or theft.  The use of rare and scholarly items of great value may be controlled to the extent required to preserve them from harm, but no further.

D.         It is the responsibility of the Library to provide circulating, reference and research materials for the general public and students based on the services it is expected to perform.

VI.        Specific Principles for Selection

The following principles, individually or collectively, will prevail in the selection of all Library Materials.  The total collection will attempt to represent opposing points of view. 

  • Contemporary significance or permanent value
  • Accuracy
  • Lack of bias, factual
  • Diversity of viewpoint
  • Portrays issues sensitively
  • Authority of author
  • Relation of work to existing collection
  • Price, format and ease of use
  • Scarcity of information in subject area
  • Available shelf or storage space
  • Availability of material through inter-library loan
  • Popular demand:  The Library will make an effort to have materials available which are in high demand by the public; however, selections by popular demand will still be guided by consideration of merit, use and the specific principles for selection.
  • Duplication of materials already in the collection; i.e., purchase of additional copies of materials, shall be governed by intrinsic or historical value, or immediate need.
  • Collection objectives
  • Community relevance
  • Audience for material
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VII.       Gifts

Acceptance of gifts shall be governed by the same principles and criteria applied to the selection of items for purchase.  Gifts of books or other materials which do not comply with the Library’s objectives and policies will be refused.  No conditions may be imposed relating to any item either prior to or after its acceptance by the Library.  All gifts and donated materials (including works of local authors) become the property of the Library.  The manner of disposition of any materials which are not added to the collection will be decided by the Library.

VIII.      Maintenance of the Collection

The collection shall be periodically examined for the purpose of eliminating obsolete, damaged, duplicate or unneeded materials, and for binding or repair of materials, in order to maintain a balanced, attractive and useful Library Materials collection.

IX.        Challenges to Materials

No material shall be removed from the Library’s collection until all steps in the following process have been completed.

A.         Patrons who object to particular Library Materials will be sent to the Library Director. 

B.         The Library Director will discuss the Library Materials in question with the patron, attempting to resolve the concern to both the patron’s and Library’s satisfaction.

C.         If the patron wishes to carry the request further, the Library Director will provide the patron with a copy of the Materials Selection Policy, including the Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials (“Request for Reconsideration”).

D.         Once a completed, signed copy of the Request for Reconsideration is received, the Library Director shall make a decision regarding the Request for Reconsideration, taking into consideration the Library’s Materials Selection Policy and any other relevant information to reach a decision.  The Library Director may consult with any other Library staff or consultants when making this decision. 

E.         The Library Director shall send the decision in writing to the complainant within seventy-five (75) days of the receipt of the completed Request for Reconsideration form.  If the decision is that the questioned material should be removed from the collection, the complainant will be notified in writing by the Library Director and all copies of the item will be withdrawn.  If the decision is that the questioned material is to be retained, the complainant will be notified in writing by the Library Director that the material will be retained.  

F.         A written appeal of the Library Director’s decision may be made by the requester to the President of the Library Board within ten (10) business days after the written decision is made by the Library Director. The Library Board will review any documentation it deems necessary to make a decision and render their decision within sixty (60) days of receipt of the appeal.

G.         The Library Board serves as the final authority in cases involving retention or withdrawal of Library Materials.

X.         Revision of this Policy

This Policy shall be reviewed and revised to be consistent with the objectives of the Library. 

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Patron Behavior Policy

  1. Introduction

The Lyon Township Public Library (the “Library”) is open for specific and designated civic, educational and cultural uses, including reading, studying, writing, participating in scheduled Library programs, and using Library materials.  In order to provide resources and services to all people who visit the Library facilities in an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, and excellent service, the Library Board has adopted this Patron Behavior Policy. The purpose of the Patron Behavior Policy (“Policy”) is to assist the Library in fulfilling its mission as a community resource enriching life, stimulating intellectual curiosity, fostering literacy, and encouraging an informed citizenry.

The following rules of conduct shall apply to all buildings – interior and exterior – and all grounds controlled and operated by the Library (“Library facilities”) and to all persons entering in or on the premises, unless otherwise specified.  

II.         Rules for a Safe Environment

A.         Violations of Law.  Committing or attempting to commit an activity in violation of federal, state, or local law, ordinance or regulation (including but not limited to assault, indecent exposure, larceny, removing Library material from the property without authorization through the approved lending procedures, vandalism, child pornography or copyright infringement) is prohibited.

B.         Weapons.  Carrying guns, pistols or other weapons, except as specifically permitted and exempt from local regulation by law, is prohibited.  For the purpose of this Policy, weapons include but are not limited to pocketknives, knives, billy clubs, blackjacks, nunchucks, throwing stars, fireworks or other explosive devices.  Pellet guns, paint ball guns and bb guns are also prohibited.  Mace is also prohibited inside the Library building.

C.         Alcohol; Drugs.  Possessing, selling, distributing, or consuming any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage, marijuana, illegal drug, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited; provided that alcohol may be permitted at certain Library-sponsored events if specifically approved by the Library.  Persons noticeably under the influence of any controlled substance, marijuana or alcoholic or intoxicating liquor are not allowed on Library property.

E.         Recreational Equipment and Personal Transport Devices.  Use of skateboards, rollerblades, roller skates, hoverboards or other wheeled form of recreational equipment is not allowed in the Library or on Library property.  Library patrons must park bicycles or other recreational vehicles only in authorized areas.  Wheelchairs, scooters, and other power driven mobility devices are permitted by those individuals with disabilities in accordance with Library rules, unless a particular type of device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements.

F.         No Blocking of Doors, Aisles or Entrances.  All doors, aisles and entrances must remain obstacle-free.  This includes a prohibition of running power cords across aisles or other areas that are used for walking.

G.         Animals.   Animals are not permitted in the Library other than service animals (as defined by law) for those individuals with disabilities, those used in law enforcement or for Library programming.

H.         Incendiary Devices.  The use of incendiary devices, such as candles, matches, and lighters, is prohibited inside the Library.

  1. Staff Only Areas.  Patrons shall not be permitted in any areas designated as “staff only” unless otherwise permitted by the Library Director.

J.         School Groups.  School groups using the Library must have approval of the Library Director and must have a teacher and other appropriate staff present to ensure that the students use the Library in conformance with these rules.

III.        Rules for Personal Behavior

A.         Personal Property.  Personal property brought into the Library is subject to the following:

1.         The Library staff may limit the number of parcels carried into the Library.  The Library may also limit the size of items, for example, the Library prohibits large items such as suitcases, duffle bags or large plastic garbage bags. Items must be small enough to fit under a chair at the Library.

2.         The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended and Library staff is not permitted to guard or watch personal belongings.

3.         The Library does not guarantee storage for personal property.

4.         Personal possessions must not be left unattended or take up seating or space if needed by others.

B.         Food and Beverages.  Food and covered beverages are only permitted in the Library.  However, patrons are not permitted to bring food and covered beverages while working at the computer terminals.  Patrons are responsible for the cleanup of any food or beverages brought into the Library and must alert Library staff if there is a spill that is likely to cause damage to property. 

C.         Unauthorized Use.  Patrons must leave the Library promptly at closing time and may not be in the Library when it is not open to the public. Further, any patron whose privileges to use the Library have been denied may not enter the Library.  Any patron whose privileges have been limited may not use the Library in any manner that conflicts with those limits placed on the patron by the Library Director, his/her designee, or the Library Board.

D.         Engaging in Proper Library Activities.  Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of the Library while in the building or on Library property.  Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, writing, participating in scheduled Library programs, or using Library materials shall be required to leave the building and shall not remain on Library property.  This includes sleeping on Library furniture or floor.

E.         Considerate Use.  The following behavior is prohibited in the Library or on Library property:

1.         Spitting.

2.         Running, pushing, shoving, fighting, throwing items, provoking a fight or other unsafe physical behavior.

3.         Climbing on furniture.

4.         Using obscene or threatening language or gestures.

5.         Engaging in sexual behavior (1) that is a violation of the law; (2) which can reasonably be expected to disturb Library users or Library staff while such Library staff or patrons are in the Library or on Library property; or (3) that interferes with the Library patrons’ use of the Library or the ability of the Library staff person to do his or her job. 

F.         Panhandling or Soliciting.  Panhandling or soliciting Library staff or patrons for money, products, or services inside the Library or on Library property is prohibited. Sales of products or services that are incidental to Library programming may be permitted if approved in advance by the Library Director.

G.         Interference with Library Staff.  Patrons may not interfere with the Library staff’s performance of duties in the Library or on Library property.  This includes engaging in conversation or behavior that monopolizes or forces the attention of Library staff for an inappropriate period of time, inappropriate personal comments, sexual advances, or physical and/or verbal harassment, either in person or on the phone

H.         Campaigning, Petitioning, Interviewing and Similar Activities. As a limited public forum, the Library reserves the right to regulate the time, place, and manner for campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting on Library grounds as follows:

1.         Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting are prohibited inside the Library building.

2.         Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting outside the Library building but on Library property are subject to the following requirements:

a.         Persons or groups are requested to sign in at the Checkout Desk in advance.

b.         Use of the Library property does not indicate the Library’s opposition or endorsement of the candidate or issue that is the subject of the petition, interview, campaign or discussion.

c.         Permitted areas for campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting outside of the Library building shall be limited to the areas 25 feet from all entrances.

d.         No person shall block ingress or egress from the Library building. 

e.         Permitted times will be limited to the operating hours of the Library.

f.          Campaign material, literature or petitions may not be brought into the Library, posted at the Library or left on Library property.

I.          Sales.  Selling merchandise on Library property without prior permission from the Library Director is prohibited.

J.         Distributions; Postings.  Distributing or posting printed materials/literature on Library property not in accordance with Library policy is prohibited.

K.         Restrooms.  Misuse of restrooms, including laundering, sleeping, shaving, hair cutting or trimming, bathing, and sexual activity is prohibited.  Unless a parent or guardian is assisting a child or a patron is assisting a person with a disability, there shall only be one (1) person to a stall.   Library materials may not be taken into restrooms.

L.         Harassment.  Staring, photographing, video recording, audio recording, following, stalking, harassing, arguing with, threatening, talking or behaving in a manner (1) which can reasonably be expected to disturb Library patrons or Library staff while such Library staff or patrons are in the Library or on Library property; (2) that interferes with the Library patrons’ use of the Library or the ability of the Library staff person to do his or her job is prohibited; (3) that would create or may result in a hostile work environment for Library staff; and/or (4) that violates Michigan law or federal law.

M.        Loud Noise.  Producing or allowing any loud, unreasonable, or disturbing noises that interfere with other patrons’ use of the Library or which can be reasonably expected to disturb other persons or have the intent of annoying other persons, including yelling, cheering, talking (with others or in monologues) or noises from electronic, entertainment, and communication devices, such as cell phones, tablets, headphones, and radio, is prohibited.  Patrons may use headphones or earbuds but at a volume that cannot be heard by other Library patrons or staff.

            Adults may read aloud to children in the Youth Area, provided that they are reading in a voice that would not reasonably disturb others.

N.         Odor.  Offensive odor, including but not limited to body odor due to poor personal hygiene, overpowering perfume or cologne, or odors from items brought into the Library, that causes a nuisance is prohibited.  (For example, if the patron’s odor interferes with Library staff or other patrons’ use of the Library, the patron violates this Policy.)

  • Phones.  Patrons who receive phone calls while in the Library shall keep conversations at a low volume.  Those patrons desiring to use phones to place or receive calls must use the phones outside of the Library buildings or in the Library’s lobby, hallway and away from other patrons.  Loud conversations on a phone that interfere with other patron’s use of the Library must immediately be taken outside or ended.
  • Library Policies.  Patrons must adhere to all Library Policies.

Q.         Identification.  Patrons must provide identification to Library staff when requested.

  • Tables or Structures on Library Property.  No person may use or set up a table, chairs, cart, stand, sign or similar structure on Library property.  This does not apply to Library-sponsored or co-sponsored events.
  • Smoking; Tobacco or Marijuana Use.  Smoking, using e-cigarettes, vaping, electronic nicotine delivery systems or chewing tobacco is prohibited on Library property.  Using or smoking or marijuana on Library property is also prohibited.
  • Shirts and Shoes.  Shirts and shoes are required for health reasons and must be worn at all times inside the Library and on Library property.

U.         Photography.  All patrons must seek permission from the Library Director or his/her designee before taking photographs or filming at the Library, unless attending a meeting that is open to the public under the Michigan Open Meetings Act.  Official identification must be shown.  Unattended children may not have their photographs taken.

IV.        Rules for the Use and Preservation of Library Materials and Property

A.         Care of Library Property.  The Library has a property interest in maintaining and preserving its property.  As a result, patrons must not:

1.         Deface, vandalize, damage, improperly use, use in any manner that’s contrary to Library instruction or policy, or improperly remove Library materials, equipment, furniture, or buildings.

2.         Load or install any programs or software on Library computers.

3.         Cause damage by returning books containing bedbugs or bringing bedbugs into the Library.

4.         Be in the Library with bodily fluids and/or bodily waste on themselves, their clothes or their belongings.  Patrons must also not allow bodily fluids or waste to spill or otherwise come in contact with furniture or other surfaces in the Library where patrons or Library staff could be exposed to contact with the bodily fluid or waste.

Patrons shall be responsible to reimburse the Library for costs incurred by the Library for violating this provision.  This includes any costs the Library incurs for proper and safe cleanup of bodily fluids or bodily wastes.

B.         Internet Use.  Patrons must abide by established time limitations and all other provisions of the Library Internet Use Policy.

C.         Equipment.  Library staff computers are for Library staff use only.

D.         Authorized Lending.  Library materials may only be removed from the premises with authorization through established lending procedures.

E.         Use of Tables and Computers.  Only four (4) people may be seated at a table and no additional people may stand around any one (1) table.

V.         Disciplinary Process for Library Facilities

Violations and appeals of this Policy shall be processed according to the Violations Policy.

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Programming Policy

The Lyon Township Public Library (“Library”) supports its mission of being a community space, enriching life, providing resources and stimulating intellectual curiosity, and strengthen our community by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities to further the Library’s mission to provide for information, learning, and entertainment. Programming is an integral component of Library service that:

  • Expands the Library’s role as a community resource
  • Introduces patrons and non-users to Library services
  • Provides entertainment
  • Provides opportunities for learning
  • Expands the visibility of the Library
  • Furthers the mission of the Library

I.          Program Determination

Ultimate responsibility for programming at the Library rests with the Library Director, who administers under the authority of the Lyon Township Public Library Board (“Library Board”). The Library Director, in turn, delegates the authority for approved program management to the appropriate programming staff, who can then delegate program work to selected staff members.  The Library Director has the discretion to determine which programs the Library shall sponsor or co-sponsor.

II.         Criteria for Programs

Library staff plans and develops programs for the community based on relevance to community interests and issues, popular appeal, the mission of the Library and suitability for general or targeted audiences. 

Program presenters are chosen for their expertise and public performance experience.

The Library does not plan programs or classes that are commercial in nature. Although a professional or business person may be invited to speak, the purpose of the program is to educate, inform, or entertain and otherwise further the Library’s mission. Programs are not designed for commercial purposes or for the solicitation of business.

III.        Co-Sponsorship of Programs

The Library may co-sponsor programs with other persons, agencies, organizations, and institutions. The Library Director has the sole discretion to determine whether to co-sponsor a program according to the criteria set forth in this Programming Policy.  If the Library desires to co-sponsor a Library program, these individual or organizational partners must coordinate marketing efforts with the Library’s Assistant Director/Program Coordinator.  No co-sponsor may use the Library’s name in any marketing material without prior approval of the Library Director.  If a person or organization desires to co-sponsor a program, the person or organization shall make such request in writing to the Library Director.

IV.        Non-discrimination

The Library does not discriminate in its programs. Library sponsorship or co-sponsorship of a program does not constitute endorsement of the content or the views expressed by the presenter or the participants. Program topics, speakers, and resources are not excluded from programs because of possible controversy, and the Library will strive to offer multiple viewpoints.

V.         Program Attendance

Library programs and classes are open to the public; however, due to the nature of certain programs, attendance may be limited.  For example, some children’s programs may be limited based on age.  

Further, attendance may be limited based on the occupancy permitted in the room.  When occupancy limits must be established, advanced registration may be required.  In the cases where advanced registration is not required, the Library may limit the number of people that may attend any program at the door.  Attendance will be determined on a first come, first served basis, either with advanced registration or at the door.

Generally, Library programs are free; however, some classes or programs may require a nominal materials fee or require a ticket to be purchased.

VI.        Library Staff

Library staff members who present programs or classes do so as part of their regular duties.

VII.       Programming Concerns

The Library welcomes expressions of opinion from patrons concerning programming. If a customer questions a Library program, he/she should first address the concern with the Library Director. Patrons who wish to continue their request for review of Library programs may submit a letter or email to the Library Director. Requests for review of programs will be considered in the same manner as requests for reconsideration of Library materials as outlined in the Library’s Material Selection Policy.

VIII.      Guidelines for Selling Books, Recordings, Art or Other Items at Library Programs

Program presenters who are authors or artists are invited to sell and sign books, music, movies and art following Library programs upon prior approval by the Library Director.

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Security Camera Policy

  1. Purpose

The purpose of security cameras is to enhance the safety and security of the Lyon Township Public Library patrons, staff, and property.  The Library strives to take reasonable precautions to assure a safe and secure environment for its patrons and staff. Because Library staff is unable to provide direct supervision over all areas within the Library and Library grounds, security cameras have been placed at selected locations in order to observe and record images of activities of persons in the Library and on Library grounds.  Security cameras are also provided to assist the Library with enforcement of the Library’s Patron Behavior Policy.

  1. Signs

Signs will be posted at the Library entrances, informing the public that security cameras are in use. 

III.        Data Captured

The security cameras only capture video images.  Conversations or other audible communication shall not be monitored or recorded by the security cameras. 

IV. Security Camera Locations

Security cameras may be installed in locations where individuals lack a reasonable expectation of privacy. Examples include common areas of the Library such as entrances, near book and media collections, public seating areas, public computers, and areas prone to theft or misconduct. 

Cameras will not be installed in areas of the Library where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms or private offices.

V.         Security

The Library has no obligation to monitor the cameras in real time. As the cameras are not constantly monitored, Library staff and the public should continue to take appropriate precautions for their safety and for the safety of their personal property. The Library is not responsible for the loss of property or personal injury.

VI.      Surveillance Footage

The Library considers the recorded surveillance videos to be “Library Records” as defined by the Michigan Library Privacy Act.  As such, the procedures for the protection and access to those Library Records shall be as provided for in the Library’s Confidentiality Policy.  The surveillance videos shall be kept according to the Library’s Record Retention Policy.

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Violations Policy

I.          Purpose.

The purpose of this policy is to provide a process for addressing violations of the Lyon Township Public Library policies.  This Library Violations and Appeal Policy (“Policy”) will set forth the process and procedure for violations of certain Library policies, including but not limited to the Patron Behavior and Internet Use.

II.         Library Director/Designee’s Right to Suspend Privileges.

Upon determining that a Library policy has been violated, the Library Director or the Director’s designee may restrict access to Library facilities with immediate dismissal of the patron from the premises, by suspending the patron’s access to Library facilities for a set period of time, or by denying access to specific services and/or programs pursuant to this Policy.  If necessary, the local police may be called to intervene.

III.        Incident reports. 

Library Staff shall record in writing in the form of an Incident Report any violation of Library policy that resulted in a verbal warning or a suspension of Library privileges.  By the end of the day on which the incident occurred, an Incident Report shall be written and forwarded to the Library Director for logging and review.  The Incident Report should include physical descriptions in addition to the name of the patron.  A copy of the limitation or suspension of privileges letter should be attached, if applicable.

IV.        Violation of the Policy – Suspension of Privileges

A.         General Violations.  Unless otherwise provided in Section IV.B of this Library Violations Enforcement Policy, the Library shall handle violations as follows:

1.         Initial Violation:  Library patrons observed violating a Library policy will be asked to cease the violation with a verbal request.  If the patron does not comply with the request, he or she will be asked to leave the building for the day.  If he or she refuses, police may be called.

2.         Subsequent Violations:  The Director or the Director’s authorized designee may further limit or suspend the patron’s Library privileges if violations of the same rule continue.  Such limitation or suspension shall be in writing specifying the nature of the violation.  Subsequent violations of the same rule shall result in additional suspensions of increasing length.
 

B.         Violations that Affect Safety and Security.  Violations of Library policy that affect safety and security, including but not limited to violations involving verbal abuse, violence, threatening behaviors, child pornography or obscenity, sexual harassment, vandalism, drug sale or use or attempted drug sale or use,

intoxication, theft or attempted theft, physical harassment, sexual misconduct or any behavior that threatens the safety and security of staff and/or patrons shall be handled as follows:

1.         Initial Violation:  The police will be called immediately if the conduct constitutes a violation or suspected violation of local, state, or federal law.  Arrest or criminal prosecution may ensue.  Violations of this nature will result in an immediate minimum two-week suspension of Library privileges in order to give the Library sufficient time to investigate the incident.  After the investigation is completed, the Library Director or his/her designee may add additional time to the initial limitation or suspension period. 

2.         Subsequent Violations:  The police will be called immediately if the conduct constitutes a violation or suspected violation of local, state, or federal law.  Arrest or criminal prosecution may ensue.  Subsequent violations of the same rule shall result in additional limitations or suspensions of increasing length.  Such limitations or suspensions shall be in writing specifying the nature of the violation. 

V.         Reinstatement. 

The patron whose privileges have been limited or suspended shall attend a meeting with the Director or the Director’s designee to review the Library policy that was the subject of the violation before their privileges may be reinstated.  The Director may also attach reasonable conditions to any reinstatement.

VI.        Right of Appeal.

Patrons may appeal a decision (1) to limit or suspend privileges or (2) to attach conditions to any reinstatement by sending a written appeal to the Library Board within ten (10) business days of the date the privileges were revoked or limited or the conditions were made.  The appeal should be sent to the President of the Library Board.  The decision of the Library Board is final.

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Approved: 1/26/2021

Volunteer Policy

The Lyon Township Public Library recognizes the need for and welcomes community volunteers. Volunteers are individuals who give their time and talents to the Library without compensation.  The Library Director shall have the authority to approve the use of volunteers.

Volunteers will be recruited without regard to any individual’s age, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, physical appearance, socioeconomic level, education level or any other legally protected characteristic.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parental approval and cannot work more than four (4) hours per day. Generally, the Library will not accept volunteers under the age of 14.

Volunteers will work under the direction of the Library Director or staff person designated by the Library Director and will follow all Library policies and standards, including the policies and laws regarding privacy of Library records. Training and information will be provided for the assigned tasks.

Volunteers may not:

  • Perform activities that could reveal confidential patron information
  • Use the Integrated Library System (ILS)

Volunteers can be released from volunteer duties at any time at the discretion of the Library Director.

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Approved: 1/26/2021