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General Operation

II. General Operation of the Library

A. Who May Use the Library?

Library services are available to all residents of Cabot and surrounding communities, free of charge.  Service will not be denied because of religious, racial, social, economic, sexual, or political status.

B. Borrowers’ Cards

Upon completing a library registration card with name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address, if applicable, one may receive a borrower’s card.  Children under 18 become borrowers by having an adult sign a registration card for them.  Borrowers are legally responsible for the return, in good condition, of any materials borrowed on their card.  Use of facilities and resources may be denied by the Library Co‑Directors for abuse of privileges.

C. Loan Periods

Books, audiobooks, and MP3 players are loaned for two weeks.  Magazines and videos are loaned for one week.  Generally, reference books do not circulate.  Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.  Interlibrary loans are due the date indicated by the lending library.  The Co‑Directors may establish the loan period for special collections, materials that are temporarily in great demand, such as student projects, or materials added to the collection that are in a new format, e.g., computer software.  There is no limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time, with one exception – two items on a subject is the limit for a known school assignment.

D. Renewals, Overdues, and Fees

Library materials, if not in demand, may be renewed by telephone, email, or in person.  No fines will be levied on overdue materials.  However, patrons are expected to return borrowed materials on time.  Overdue notices are sent when materials are overdue.  Bills for unreturned materials will be sent a minimum of four times a year.  The Library Co‑Directors will determine the amount to be paid, based on the cost of replacement.  Borrowing privileges may be suspended until materials are returned, payment is received, or other arrangements are made, at the Library Co‑Directors’ discretion.

E. Confidentiality

The choice of books and other library materials, along with the use of informational resources at the Library, is essentially a private endeavor on the part of each individual patron.  The Library shall make every reasonable and responsible effort to see that information about that patron and their choices remain confidential.

The Cabot Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of the Vermont State Statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its users, as stated under Title 22, Libraries, History and Information Technology, Chapter 4. Library Patron Records.

i. Guidelines for Confidentiality

No information will be released and/or disclosed to any individuals, corporations, institutions, or government agencies without a valid process order or subpoena, including:

  • A patron’s name (or whether a patron is a registered borrower or has been a patron)
  • A patron’s address
  •  A patron’s telephone number
  •  A patron’s email address
  •  A patron’s borrowing records
  • The number or character of questions asked by a patron
  • The frequency or content of a patron’s lawful visits to the Library
  •  Or any other information supplied to the Library (or gathered by it)

All Library employees and volunteers are instructed to comply with these guidelines.  The Board of Trustees recognizes that it is only through continued adherence to these guidelines that the public can maintain its confidence in the public library.  This confidence is vital to the Library’s role in the community and the community’s right to know.

F. Hours of Operation

The Library is open 25 hours weekly at regularly scheduled times, to best serve the public within the limits of its budget.  Hours are posted on the Library doors and the Willey Building doors.

G. Emergency/Weather Closings

In the event of an emergency or inclement weather, the Library will follow the recommendation and actions of the Cabot School District when applicable.  Closing during other days and hours will be at the discretion of the Library Co‑Directors.

H. Holidays

The Library will be closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.  The Library may be closed at other times as approved by the Trustees.

I. Use of Library Facility

The Library will be used for Library purposes and other functions and events as approved by the Trustees.  Other uses are subject to Board approval.  Food and drink are not allowed.  For more information, please see Appendix A, Room Use Policy and Room Use Contract.