Materials Selection Policy

Introduction

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries will select and preserve, without bias or limitation on the right to know, a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of all citizens of Glynn County.

The final authority for the determination of policy to guide the selection and acquisition of library material is vested in the Board of Trustees of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries.

The ultimate responsibility for selecting materials for the library locations rests with the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director. However, under the Director’s authority, he/she delegates selection responsibilities to appropriate staff members. Suggestions from the general public are encouraged and are evaluated by the staff based on the library’s criteria for selection.

As ours is a free society, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will provide access to information in all fields and from all points of view. The library, in collecting and acquiring publications and related materials representing the widest diversity of views, will include items which reflect controversial, unorthodox, or even unpopular ideas.

Guidelines for Selection and Use of Materials

Selectors first evaluate or judge the intrinsic merits and quality of the materials available for selection using rigorous evaluative criteria. They select from the available options those items that best meet the needs of the community, while weighing fiscal and spatial limitations with the availability of the material elsewhere.

The criteria for selection of materials for the Marshes of Glynn Libraries collections will include the following:

  • Quality of writing/production (as determined by reviews)
  • Importance of subject matter
  • Timeliness
  • Reputation of the publisher/producers
  • Readability and popular appeal
  • Authoritativeness
  • Reputation and significance of the author/artist/composer/producer/etc.
  • Format and price
  • Request from patrons
  • Recommendations of work in standard review sources or inclusion in standard bibliographies
  • Value (permanent, current, temporary, educational, recreational)
  • Potential local use
  • The Marshes of Glynn Libraries do not purchase textbooks

Collection Maintenance

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries use weeding as a collection development tool. Its purpose is to maintain library collections of high quality appropriate in size to the capacity of the library location which is current, accessible, and appealing to users. All collections need to be weeded on a continuing and scheduled basis. Regardless of use, materials should be removed if they are damaged, worn, have missing pages, contain dated/obsolete information, are unused duplicates, or have been replaced by a newer edition.

Patron Request for Purchase Consideration

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries welcomes suggestions from patrons for titles to purchase. All suggested titles are considered according to the criteria outlined in the Materials Selection Policy. Not all titles suggested will be purchased.

Reconsideration of Materials

Any patron has the right to request reconsideration of an item in the collection. Should a member of the community question the place of a book or other material in the collection, he or she may submit a Reconsideration of Materials form to the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director. This form is available at all library locations. Library staff will reevaluate the item to see if it meets the stated evaluative criteria, and review the selection decision to see if the item falls within the Materials Selection Policy. The Marshes of Glynn Libraries supports the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read, Free Access to Libraries for Minors, and Freedom to View a Statement.

Approved by the MOGL Board of Trustees on July 10, 2013

Gift Policy

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries welcomes gifts of library materials, money or tangible property. All gifts become the sole property of the libraries. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Donations will be acknowledged for tax purposes as required.

Donations of books and other library materials are accepted with the understanding that the libraries may make whatever use of the material it feels appropriate. Items are evaluated on the same basis as purchased materials and may be added to the library collection, donated to the respective “Friends” book sale to benefit the respected library, or disposed of if deemed unacceptable due to condition.

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries accept monetary donations. Monetary donations may be directed for a specific purpose that furthers the mission of the library as desired by the donor, or if unspecified, will be utilized for the benefit of the library.

Donations that have “stipulations” attached are not accepted without approval by the Director and/or Library Board. The Marshes of Glynn Libraries reserve the right to refuse donated items due to space limitations, condition of the items, or if the item does not further the mission of the library.

Approved by the MOGL Board of Trustees on July 10, 2013

Unattended Children Policy

The Board of Trustees of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries, in order to assist library personnel to complete their duties, provide an atmosphere conducive to study and the appropriate use of the library’s services and facilities, and provide for the safety, comfort and welfare of patrons of all ages has adopted the following policy:

  1. The library is not responsible for the care of unattended minors.
    The library will provide services consistent with its mission statement but will not act as nor provide services associated with a daycare, after school care facility, summer camp or babysitting service. The library will make no determination as to the suitability or authority of anyone arriving or being contacted to transport a minor from library grounds or for minors leaving library grounds with either another minor or an adult.
  2. Children age 8 and under may not be left unattended in the library.
    Care providers must supervise and provide guidance and control for their charges at all times. Adult supervision (age 18 or older) must be provided to all children under the age of 8.
  3. Children between the ages of 9 and 12 should not be left unattended in the library for extended periods of time.
    Attendance at library programs, browsing for recreational reading and after school use of the library for homework and study are encouraged and considered appropriate. In general, the library considers more than 2-3 hours (depending on the age and conduct of the child) to be excessive and inappropriate. Parents may be notified and asked to pick up and/or provide supervision for their child.
  4. Children between the ages of 13 and 17 may be in the library without a parent or caregiver.
    However, they are still legally the responsibility of their parent or guardian and must abide by library rules and policies. The library may require children between these ages to be accompanied by a parent or guardian if rules and policies are not followed.
  5. Children under 12 attending any Children/Youth program must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver during the duration of the program.
  6. Those unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave, and/or call their parents for a ride.
    If a minor is unable to contact their parents or if a ride does not arrive after 15 minutes, they may be considered abandoned and the authorities called. Library employees will wait with minors for 15 minutes before contacting the authorities.
  7. The library is not responsible for minors without a ride home at closing.
    Minors without a ride home at closing may be considered abandoned and the authorities called after 15 minutes. Employees of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries may not offer to or transport minors to their home or any other location, either in the instance that the minor is left on library grounds after closing or at any other time.
  8. Medical Emergencies.
    The library will immediately contact emergency medical services if cause of need is given. The library will not be responsible for any treatment administered or any result thereof nor any cost associated with the provision of such services.
  9. Approved by the MOGL Board of Trustees on May 14, 2014

Meeting Room Policy & Regulations

Pease note: Meeting rooms will be unavailable from June 2018 through June 2019 due to the expected construction schedule during the library renovation. This policy is expected to change in order to to reflect the improved and expanded meeting facilities.

Introduction

As part of its service to the community, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library provides its Auditorium and Small Meeting Room for Library-sponsored activities, community groups, agencies, and organizations, available on equal terms for the lawful activities of all groups and individuals, regardless of their beliefs or affiliations, subject to the regulations set out below. Meetings must be free and open to the public and media. Permission to use the Library facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the Library of the user or user’s beliefs.

Application

Reservations must be made by an adult (18 years of age or older) representative of the group. The representative must have a PINES library card to reserve the Meeting Room. The representative that has reserved the space shall be liable for all damages and any clean up fees. Fees may be assessed to the library card of the representative who signs the Reservation Form.

The Auditorium and Small Meeting Room are booked on a first come, first served basis. A group may schedule only one meeting on the calendar at a time unless authorized by the Library Manager. No regularly scheduled meetings are permitted. The following reservation and usage fees for half-day use are due when the reservation is made: $50.00 for use of the Auditorium and $35.00 for use of the Small Meeting Room. The following reservation and usage fees for full-day use are due when the reservation is made: $80.00 for use of the Auditorium and $55.00 for use of the Small Meeting Room. A 7-day cancellation notice is required in order to receive a refund.

Upon adequate notice and for adequate reasons, the Library reserves the right to revoke permission to use the Auditorium or Small Meeting Room.

Rules & Regulations

  • Programs must take place within usual Library hours (please visit the library website for a current listing). Meetings must adjourn 15 minutes prior to closing. Any extensions of time to hold meetings beyond usual Library hours must be specifically granted in writing by the Library Manager. Groups using the meeting rooms after hours may be required to pay an additional fee for maintenance and security.
  • Neither the name nor the address of the Library may be used as the official address or headquarters of an individual or organization.
  • Groups will not be permitted to post any signs or materials on Library property.
  • Facilities shall be left in a clean and orderly condition. Room arrangement shall be the responsibility of the user group and must be left in the same arrangement as found.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the Library.
  • The Auditorium’s capacity is 125 as specified by the laws and ordinances of the City of Brunswick. All groups must observe the meeting room capacity. There are approximately 90 chairs and 25 tables available for set up. Meetings may not disrupt the use of the Library by others, and persons attending the meetings are otherwise subject to all Library regulations and policies.
  • The reservation representative must check-in and check-out with the Library Manager on Duty before and after the event.
  • The Library does not assume liability for injury or damage to a person or property which occurs as a result of the actions of the sponsors or participants in a meeting scheduled at the library.
  • The Director is authorized to reduce or waive any fees contained in this policy when the Auditorium or Small Meeting Room is used by a group for activities which, in the opinion of the director, raise funds for the Libraries or which directly support, in the opinion of the Director, a mission of the Libraries.

Refreshments and Equipment

All refreshments must be approved prior to event.

Groups may serve approved packaged snack food and nonalcoholic refreshments such as bottled water, soft drinks or coffee in the Meeting Room. However, there will be an additional charge of $30.00 for any non-Library group or individual who plans a meal service. This includes commercially-catered food service, carry out or delivered meals and covered dish meals.

Clean up is mandatory. The user group will be charged an additional clean up fee if the Auditorium or Small Meeting Room are left unclean.

Requests for audio/visual equipment must be indicated on the Reservation Form. A ceiling-mounted projection screen, video cable (excludes Macs), audio cable, VCR and DVD players with remotes, ethernet cable, and a power strip are available in the room. Users must provide their own media hardware and are responsible for all setup.

The Library is not responsible for materials or equipment brought into the Library by individuals or groups. Such materials or equipment may not be stored in the Library between meetings.

Prohibited Uses of the Meeting Room

Neither the Auditorium nor the Small Meeting Room will be used for:

  • Sectarian or denominational religious instruction, worship services or ceremonies. Discussion groups studying great religious books such as the Bible, Koran, Torah, etc. are permitted.
  • Rallies or campaigns for specific partisan political issues or candidates.
  • Non-Library related groups soliciting business or actively selling items or services.
  • Non-Library related groups charging admission, fees or contributions or soliciting donations.
  • Activities likely to disturb regular Library functions.
  • Commercial purposes such as a meeting for the promotion or sale of products or services immediately or at a later time.
  • Fund-raising activities or events, except those sponsored by the Library for funds for the Library.
  • Any unlawful purposes.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS OR ABUSE OF ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED PRIVILEGES WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION OF RIGHT TO USE.

Problems or complaints must be submitted in writing to the Director.

I have read, understand and accept responsibility for: (1) following and implementing the foregoing rules and regulations; and (2) paying all associated fees. I understand that a failure to comply with any of the rules and regulations or other staff directives will result in the immediate termination of Auditorium or Small Meeting Room privileges. Finally, I hold harmless the Marshes of Glynn Libraries, its officers, trustees and employees, and Glynn County, its officers and employees from all liability and damages directly or indirectly resulting from the uses of the Auditorium and/or Small Meeting Room.

Adopted by the MOGL Board of Trustees on May 14, 2014

Plan for Distribution of Services

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries will provide library services from one location at 208 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520, which will also house administrative offices; and the other location at 530A Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

Adopted by the MOGL Board of Trustees on July 10, 2013

Agenda Setting Policy

The Chair of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board of Trustees and the Library Director will meet eight days prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting to set the meeting agenda.

Adopted by the MOGL Board of Trustees on July 10, 2013

Patron Behavior and Library Use Policy

SECTION 1.   PURPOSE AND POLICY STATEMENT

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries consists of the Brunswick-Glynn County Library in Brunswick, Georgia, and the St. Simons Public Library on Saint Simons Island, Georgia (hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as the “Libraries” or individually as “Library”). It is the mission of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries to provide quality library services and resources at the Libraries for the educational, recreational, and informational needs of Library patrons and to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere conducive to the appropriate use of library services and resources.  Use of the Libraries is intended for activities normally associated with the use of a public library as set forth below.

SECTION 2.   RULES AND REGULATIONS

While on the premises of the Libraries, all Library patrons are required to comply with this Patron Behavior and Library Use Policy. In order to maintain an appropriate atmosphere conducive to accomplishing the Marshes of Glynn Libraries’ mission and in order to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, to protect the rights and safety of Library employees, and to protect and preserve the resources, facilities and property of the Libraries, the Board of Trustees of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries has adopted the following patron behavior and library use rules and regulations:

(A)     While on the premises of either of the Libraries, LIBRARY PATRONS SHALL:

  1. Engage in activities normally associated with the use of a public library, which includes, but is not limited to: a) selecting and checking out Library books or materials: (b) reading, studying, writing, researching, listening to, and accessing ideas, materials, and information; (c) tutoring; (d) using Library materials or equipment; and (e) attending programs, meetings, classes, or events. Patrons not engaged in activities normally associated with the use of a public library may be required to leave the library; and
  2. Respect the rights of other patrons. Patrons shall not harass or annoy others through noisy or boisterous activities, by staring at another person with the intent to annoy that person, by following another person about the building with the intent to annoy that person, by playing audio equipment so that others can hear it, by singing or talking loudly to others or in monologues, or by behaving in a manner which can be reasonably expected to disturb others.

(B)     While on the premises of either of the Libraries, LIBRARY PATRONS SHALL NOT:

  1. Bring or consume any food or beverages in the reading room or smoke or use any tobacco or tobacco products, e-cigarettes or vaporizers inside the Libraries;
  2. Be under the influence of, use, or possess any alcohol or drugs;
  3. Engage in any illegal activity or any activity that would constitute a violation of applicable City or County Ordinances;
  4. Interfere with the use of the Library by other patrons, or interfere with library employees’ performance of their duties;
  5. Deface, mar, or destroy, library materials, such as books, magazines, newspapers, recordings, computers, or other items of the Library, nor shall patrons deface, mar, move (without authorization), or in any way destroy or damage library furnishings, furniture, walls, machines, or other library property. This provision shall apply whether or not the defacing, marring, or destruction occurs on the premises of the Libraries;
  6. Patrons shall not place their legs or feet on the furniture;
  7. Enter the library without shirt or shoes. Patrons must wear a covering of their upper bodies and shoes or other footwear at all times. Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other patrons may be required to leave the building;
  8. Bring pets or animals into the library (other than service animals to accompany people with disabilities);
  9. Create any fire or open flame;
  10. Leave children age 8 and under unattended. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older) at all times in the library. See Unattended Children Policy;
  11. Leave a child or young adult (under the age of 18) on library property after closing time. See Unattended Children Policy;
  12. Sleep, nap, doze, or lay your head on a table;
  13. Possess, brandish, or threaten the use or display of any explosive, knife, or gun (except to the extent explicitly permitted by federal and state law) or use any other object in such a manner that a reasonable person would consider it to be a weapon;
  14. Engage in or solicit any sexual contact, activities, or conduct;
  15. Sell, solicit, survey, distribute or post written materials, panhandle or canvas for any political, commercial, charitable or religious purposes or take photographs inside a library building, doorway or vestibule without prior authorization of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board of Trustees or the Library Director;
  16. Run, jump, or climb inside the library;
  17. Bring personal possessions or items that are collectively too large to fit under one of the library’s study chairs;
  18. Change or wash clothes, bath, or shave in any restroom or take any library materials into any restroom;
  19. Enter non-public areas of the library, such as staff workrooms, staff lounges, offices and storage areas, without permission;
  20. Violate the library’s rules for acceptable use of the internet and library public computers;
  21. Willfully conceal and/or remove library property from the library without authorization;
  22. Engage in any fighting or physical violence or use any language or engage in any behavior or conduct which can be reasonably expected to provoke violence or be a disturbance or threat to others;
  23. Use any skateboard, rollerblade, or bicycle, except exclusively as a means of travel to and from the library;
  24. Make repetitive noises which can be reasonably expected to disturb others, such as repetitively tapping a pencil, rapping fingers or knuckles; and/or slamming books down or slapping book covers; or
  25. Fail to correct the behavior of any minor child of the Library patron or that is under the supervision of the Library patron when such behavior violates this Policy.

SECTION 3.   ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

The Library Director shall be responsible for the administration and enforcement of this Patron Behavior and Library Use Policy. The Library Director may also delegate the enforcement of this policy to other members of the library staff. This Policy and the rules and regulations established herein shall be enforced in a consistent and impartial manner. When enforcing these Rules, law enforcement shall be contacted if: (1) a Library patron refuses to leave the premises of either library after being asked to leave by Library staff due to a violation of the Rules; (2) a Library patron is on Library Premises in violation of a Notice of Exclusion; or (3) if otherwise determined appropriate by staff of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries.

SECTION 4.   VIOLATIONS

Failure to comply with the rules and regulations set forth in this Policy may result in access to the Libraries being denied for a period of time, as well as suspension of library privileges.  Violations of this Policy will typically first result in a verbal warning and library staff attempting to educate or warn individuals about the Policy. If an individual continues to violate this Policy after a verbal warning, Library staff may order them to leave for the remainder of the day, until the violation is corrected, or for such other period of time as severity of the violation may justify.

However, repeated violations of this Policy over a period of time or any single violation (even in a single isolated event) where a warning will not suffice (e.g. violations that involve any illegal behavior, sexual misconduct or physical violence of any kind, any behavior that a reasonable person would find harassing, threatening, or harmful, or any behavior that threatens the life or safety of any person or that is damaging to library property, equipment or facilities) may result in the immediate expulsion from the library premises.

Violations of this Policy may result in individuals being excluded from the Libraries: 1) until the violation is corrected; 2) for the remainder of current day; or 3) for a minimum of one full day to a maximum permanent exclusion. The severity of the conduct and/or any prior bans will determine the length of the exclusion.  Any person who disregards a request by Library staff to leave the Library as authorized under this Policy or will be considered trespassing and will immediately be reported to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

If a Library patron is asked to leave the library or is excluded from the Libraries for any length of time, Library staff shall provide the Library patron with a copy of this Policy and a Notice of Exclusion that advises the Library patron of the length of the exclusion and of the ability to appeal the Notice of Exclusion. However, the enforcement of this policy and/or any exclusion from the Libraries shall not be affected by the refusal of the Library patron to accept the Notice of Exclusion or if the Library patron leaves the Library premises before Library staff can provide the Library patron with a Notice of Exclusion.

SECTION 5.   APPEAL

A Library patron may appeal a Notice of Exclusion and request a hearing by submitting a signed and completed “Hearing Request Form” specifying the grounds of the appeal, along with a copy of the Notice of Exclusion, in person or by mail to the Library Director at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library, 208 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520, no later than five (5) days from the date of the Notice of Exclusion. Being on the Library premises for the limited purpose of submitting a Hearing Request Form shall not be a violation of a Notice of Exclusion.  Failure to make a timely request for a hearing will render the exclusion decision final. The filing of an appeal does not affect the enforcement and validity of the Notice of Exclusion while the appeal is pending. The hearing on the appeal of a Notice of Exclusion shall be held as soon as reasonably practicable before the Board of Trustees of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries. A decision on the appeal shall be rendered by the Board of Trustees as soon as reasonably practicable and shall articulate the grounds for the decision in writing. The Board of Directors may affirm, reverse, or modify the decision of the Library Director. The Library patron shall be provided with a copy of the decision of the Board of Trustees, which shall be final.

SECTION 6.   ADOPTION

This Patron Behavior and Library Use Policy was adopted by the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board of Trustees on January 11, 2017. This policy and the rules and regulations of conduct established herein shall be effective immediately and shall supersede all previous patron behavior and library use policies.

Fines-Fees Structure

As a member of the Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES)system, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will follow policy set forth by the Georgia Public Library Service and the PINES system.

Fine Levels

Every item has an attribute called “Fine Level” that determines the level of recurring fine with which the item circulates, within a pre-determined range of levels. Fine levels for the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will be set at the “Normal” range of$.20 per day.

Duration

Every item also has a “Loan Duration” attribute, which affects the length of time an item circulates. The Marshes of Glynn Libraries loan duration will be set at the “Normal” range of14 days for books, music and audiobooks with 2 renewals; 7 days for movies with 2 renewals;and 7 days for state and local passes with 1 renewal.

Maximum Fine Levels

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries will set the maximum fines levels at “Medium-Max” fine levels of $10.00

Adopted by the MOGL Board of Trustees on July 10, 2013.

Policy of Basic Services

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries will provide access to information in all fields and from all pointsof view. The Libraries will provide a comprehensive collection of print, non-print, and electronically accessed materials to meet the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of all citizens of Glynn County. The minimum services that will be provided at no charge to the community at large are:

  • Organized collection of library materials;
  • Library system sponsored programs;
  • Assistance in the use of library resources from professional librarians and other qualified staff for general reference and information purposes as defined by library system policy;
  • Access to Internet services in accordance with the library system Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Adopted by the MOGL Board of Trustees on June 12, 2013

Political Activity in Library Facilities Policy

Purpose

Although libraries collect materials that represent a diverse array of viewpoints and opinions in political matters, it is not in the interest of the library to become a setting for political activities such as the display or distribution of campaign materials for elected officials or ballot measures. The purpose of this policy is to define the types of political activities prohibited on library premises.

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy:

  • “Ballot initiative” refers to any ordinance, measure, referendum, or amendment authorized by popular vote;
  • “Candidate” refers to any individual campaigning for an elected office;
  • “Library” refers to the Marshes of Glynn Libraries consisting of the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and the St. Simons Island Public Library;
  • “Premises” refers to library facilities including exterior and interior walls, windows, entrances or doorways, hallways, offices, and any public areas.

Policy

The following political activities are prohibited on library premises:

  • In person solicitation of votes for any candidate or ballot initiative;
  • In person solicitation of contributions for any candidate or ballot initiative;
  • Display of posters or flyers in support of any candidate or ballot initiative;
  • Distribution of flyers, brochures, or other printed material in support of any candidate or ballot initiative;
  • Use of the library website or social media accounts for any of the above activities.

Library employees will adhere to Section 14.3, “Ethics and Conduct – Political Activity”, of the Glynn County Personnel Policy in regards to any of their own political activities.

As part of an exhibit, the library may allow the display of historical campaign materials to promote voting or to provide history education.

Adopted by the MOGL Board of Trustees on November 18, 2015

Calendar of Events

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HOURS

BRUNSWICK
MON & WED
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
TUE & THU
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
FRI & SAT
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
SUN CLOSED

ST. SIMONS
MON, TUE, THU & FRI
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
WED
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
SAT
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
SUN CLOSED

LOCATIONS

BRUNSWICK-GLYNN COUNTY LIBRARY
208 GLOUCESTER ST.
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA 31520

ST. SIMONS ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
530A BEACHVIEW DR.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA 31522

CONTACTS

BRUNSWICK
912-279-3740
EMAIL

ST. SIMONS
912- 279-3750
EMAIL