Bulletin Board Use Policy
  1. Bulletin Boards for Exclusive Library Business.
    1. Display areas located at Library entrance are reserved exclusively for use by the Library.
    2. This area is used for the display of meeting notices, notices of Library business, information on Library programs or materials, and other documents necessary for the conduct of Library business.
    3. The Library reserves sole and exclusive authority to determine the documents that are displayed in this bulletin board reserved for Library business.
  2. Bulletin Boards Not Exclusively Limited for Library Use.
    1. Display areas located in Community Center hall may be used by non-Library organizations in conformance with this policy.
    2. All notices for the Bulletin Board are to be given to the Library Director for approval and posting.
    3. Signs and notices shall be posted for no more than two weeks after receipt. Time sensitive material shall be posted for no more than two weeks and will be removed the day following the announced event or final date listed on the document.
    4. Materials posted are limited to non-profit or governmental organizations of a civic, educational, cultural or recreational nature. Commercial notices will not be posted.
    5. Posting of materials does not necessarily indicate the Library’s endorsement of the issue or events promoted by these materials.
    6. Limit one posting per sponsor at a time on the bulletin board. Items must contain the name of the sponsor of that item. Further, no multiple copies may be submitted.
    7. Partisan political postings are not permitted.
    8. The Library reserves the right to remove or deny any postings that do not follow these guidelines, including but not limited to any document that was not approved by the Library Director.
    9. Library and Library affiliated programs shall have the first priority for any display and bulletin board space.
    10. The Library does not permit petitioning, solicitation or distribution of literature, leaflets or similar types of appeals on Library bulletin boards.

Initiated:        November 21, 2005
Approved:     November 29, 2005
Ammended:  June 30, 2009
Reviewed:     August 27, 2013

Cell Phone Use Policy

In order to provide an optimum environment for using the Library we ask the following:

  1. Patrons lower the volume of their ringers or use the vibrate mode while in the Library.
  2. Patrons who receive or make calls while in the Library should keep conversations at low levels and as brief as possible.

Initiated:     November 21, 2005
Approved:  November 29, 2005
Reviewed:  August 27, 2013

Children in the Library Policy

Children are welcome and encouraged to use the Library at all times. The Library Board adopts the following guidelines with regard to children at the Library.

  1. All patrons, including Children, are expected to comply with the Library’s policies, including its Code of Behavior. Parents or guardians should review and be fully aware of all Library policies governing children, particularly the Circulation Policy and Internet Use Policy.
  2. Parents and guardians are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children regardless of age while in the Library or on Library property.
  3. Library Staff will not be expected to supervise or monitor children’s behavior.
  4. Children under the age of 13 must be attended by a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver. The minimum age of the caregiver is 16 years of age. The parent or guardian shall remain in the Library at all times.
  5. If a child under the age of 13 is attending a Library sponsored program on the premises, the parent or guardian is to remain on the premises for the duration of the program.
  6. Children who are 13 or older may be left unattended in the Library, if the parent determines that they are capable of being left without supervision. Staff will not be responsible for their supervision or if unattended children leave the library premises alone or with other persons. Further, staff will not be responsible for children 13 years or older who may be asked to leave the Library if the child is in violation of Library policy.
  7. We request that all unattended children be picked up at least fifteen minutes before closing time. If a child is left after closing time or if a child under the age of 13 is left unattended at the Library, the police will be called. Under no circumstance will a Staff member transport a child to another location.

Initiated:      November 21, 2005
Approved:   November 29, 2005
Amended:   July 14, 2009
Reviewed:   August 27, 2013

Circulation Policy

Section I –Terms of Eligibility for a Library Card

 All residents of Lyon Township over four years of age are eligible for a card at no charge. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status.

  1. Other individuals eligible for a card at no charge are:
    1. Residents residing in an area served by The Library Network that are not a apart of the Shared System that own a library card from their home library.
    2. Persons living outside Lyon Township, but owning property or a business within the township.
    3. Persons living outside Lyon Township, but employed by a business or organization within the township.
  2. Patrons must fill out and sign an application form in person at the library and present proper identification to register for a new library card. Patrons who are unable to come into the Library should contact the library for assistance with obtaining a library card.
  3. Residents applying for a library card must present a valid Michigan Driver’s License or a State of Michigan ID card with a Lyon Township address. Patrons who sign the application form agree to abide by the present and future rules and policies of the Lyon Township Public Library.
  4. Cards for minor children will require the driver’s license or State of Michigan ID card of the child’s parent or legal guardian. Minors must be over 4 years of age to be eligible for a Lyon Township Public Library card. Parents or legal guardians of minors may not have access to library records of the minor child unless the parent or legal guardian agrees to be liable for the payment for or return of the materials identified in the library record.
  5. Unpaid fines from a previous library card must be paid before a new card is issued. Patrons blocked from using their library card and/or who have another minor child under their responsibility who is blocked may not obtain a library card for another minor family member until those accounts are brought back into good standing.
  6. Temporary residents may apply for a temporary library card with proper identification.

 

Section II –Borrowing Privileges

Borrower cards will be valid for three (3) years from date of issue. Patrons may renew their borrowing privileges at the circulation desk. Borrower records are removed from the system six months from the expiration date if not renewed.

  1. Patrons wishing to borrow or rent DVDs must have read a copy of the Lyon Township Public Library DVD Borrowing Policy. Minor children (under 18 years of age) must have the policy read by a parent or guardian.
  2. Minors (under 18 years of age) must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature on file at the Lyon Township Public Library allowing the child to borrow 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.
  3. Borrowers are required to present their library card or photo identification when borrowing materials. It is the borrower’s responsibility to notify library staff if there are any changes in address or telephone number or if the card is lost or stolen. There is a $1.00 fee for a replacement library card.
  4. 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 books 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.

 

Section III — Circulation of Materials

 The following items may be checked out with the limits as stated:

Item

Loan

Period

Renewals

Allowed

Overdue

Fee

Maximum

Fine

Rental

Fee

Books/Audio books/CDs 21 days 2 20c/day $5.00 0
New Books 14 days 1 20c/day $10.00 0
DVD 7 days 2 $1/day $10.00 0
Rental DVD 3 days 0 $1/day $25.00 $1/ 3days
Magazines 7 days 2 20c/day $5.00 0
Software 7 days 2 10c/day $5.00 0

Interlibrary

Loan/MelCat

 

 

As per owning library’s policy 1 As per owning library’s policy As per owning library’s policy As per owning library’s policy

Reference

Materials

For use in library only N/A N/A N/A N/A
  1. Some new books may have a shorter loan period as designated on the cover.
  2. Items may be renewed at the library, by telephone, or online.

Initiated:    January 26, 2006
Approved:  January 31, 2006
Amended:  July 14, 2009; January 26, 2010; January 31, 2012; August 27, 2013

Collection Development Policy

I.          Purpose  

Collection decisions will be made in light of the mission of the Lyon Township Public

Library: enrich lives by fostering diverse opportunities for all people to read, learn and connect in an open and friendly environment.

II.         General Selection Policy  

The Lyon Township Library selects material in accordance with guidelines stated by the American Library Association in the Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read statement.  Authority and responsibility for selection of materials is delegated by the Library Board of Trustees to the Library Director and the Director’s designated staff.

The selection of materials is characterized by flexibility, open-mindedness, and responsiveness to the changing needs of the community.  Materials are evaluated as complete works and not on the basis of a particular passage or passages.  A work will not be excluded from the library’s collection solely because it represents a particular aspect of life, because of frankness of expression, or because it is controversial.

All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are evaluated by the following standards. An item need not meet all of the criteria to be acceptable, nor will any single criterion be decisive.

  1. Present and potential relevance to community needs;
  2. suitability of subject, style and reading level for the intended audience;
  3.  importance as a document of the times;
  4.  appropriateness and effectiveness of medium to content;
  5.   reputation and/or significance of author, publisher or producer;
  6.  positive review in one or more appropriate professional journals;
  7.  positive critics’ and staff member’s reviews;
  8.  relationships to existing materials in the collection;
  9.  constraints of budgets for materials;
  10.  limited availability from other lending sources;
  11.  insufficient materials available on the same subject;
  12.  author or illustrator or performer is local;
  13. format is appropriate to library use and is not easily damaged;
  14. enhances a specific collection within the library;
  15. author or illustrator is already represented in the collection;
  16. literary and artistic merit;
  17. accuracy of content;
  18. popularity with library users.

III.         Gifts

All gifts are subject to the policy on Gifts and evaluation by the general criteria listed above.

IV.          Collection Maintenance 

As materials become worn, dated, damaged or lost, replacement will be determined by    the Library Director or designated staff members who will determine whether or not:

  1.        the item is still available and can be replaced;
  2.        another item or format might better serve the same purpose;
  3.        there remains sufficient need to replace that item;
  4.        updated, newer or revised materials are available to replace the item;
  5.        the item has historical value;
  6.        another lending source could better provide that or a comparable item.

Initiated:     December 20, 2005
Approved:  January 31, 2006
Amended:  August 27, 2013

Community Center Rules

The primary purpose of the WKSCC is for the use of the Lyon Township Community.  Priority will be given to the needs of the Lyon Township government agencies, including the Township Government, Fire Department, and Public Library.  The next priority goes to the community groups that meet in an ongoing basis at the WKSCC, and finally, Lyon Township residents looking to use the facility for private parties, etc.  WKSCC may not be used to sell or to promote the sale of goods or services. Religious services are not permitted, however religious book clubs or discussion groups would be considered a community group. The facility may not be used for political campaigning of any kind.

A $100.00 deposit (by check made out to the Lyon Township Public Library) is required for use of the WKSCC for community groups, meetings, private parties, receptions, and showers. It is required that the person reserving the WKSCC is a resident of Lyon Township and that person will be responsible for cleaning and securing the premises after use. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the deposit. The Fire Marshall allows for a maximum of fifty (50) persons in the facility.

SCHEDULING THE FACILITY

  • Schedule the WKSCC by visiting the library or by telephone at (248) 437-8800 during library hours.
  • Reservations are first come – first serve. Two small groups may be required to divide the room.
  • The facility is available from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM Monday – Thursday; from 12:00 – 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on Sunday. Failure to vacate the premises on time may result in forfeiture of your deposit.
  • Please notify the library as soon as possible if you decide to cancel your booking.

USE OF THE FACILITY

  • Bring with you all tablecloths, coverings, decorations, scissors, tape, tableware etc. that are necessary for your event.  Confetti and glitter of any sort are not allowed for decorating.
  • Cover the tables with paper or plastic before using them for food or crafts.
  • Do not use tape or pins on walls, doors, ceilings or and other painted surfaces.
  • In the kitchen, you may use the refrigerator/freezer, the microwave oven, sink and stovetop.  Food may only be warmed and served as the Oakland County Health Department forbids the actual preparation of meals in the facility.
  • Alcohol, smoking, the use of candles, fireworks, gambling, weapons, and illegal activities are all prohibited in and around the WKSCC.
  • There is an emergency button over the sink in the kitchen. Using the button will summon the police. You may be fined for activating the button for a non-emergency.
  • Swimming, boating, and fishing in Lake Angela are not permitted from the WKSCC or Library frontage.
  • Animals, other than those accompanying the disabled, or approved for programming purposes, are not allowed in the WKSCC.
  • The consumption of red pop or juice is prohibited.
  • Please bring your own dish towels if you need them.

CLEANING UP THE FACILITY

  • Remove your trash upon leaving. Replacement trash bags are in the drawer next to the refrigerator – please leave the trash cans clean for the next user!
  • Please do not leave any food or ice in the refrigerator/freezer.
  • Wash and put away any dishes/utensils used.
  • Wipe off tables and chairs.  There is a cleaning solution underneath the sink.
  • Return tables to the location they were found and stack all chairs in chair dollies.
  • Make sure all lights are out in the WKSCC – including the restroom lights.
  • Make sure that all windows are closed and outside doors are locked before leaving the site.
Click here to download an agreement form for scheduling.
Confidentiality Policy: Disclosure of Library Patron Records
  1. Policy; Library Records: It is the policy of the Lyon Township Public Library to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of Library Records to the fullest extent permitted by law. A “Library Record” pursuant to the Michigan Library Privacy Act and for the purpose of this policy means a document, record, or other method of storing information retained by a library that contains information that personally identifies a library patron, including the patron’s name, address, or telephone number, or that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials from a library. “Library Record” does not include nonidentifying material that may be retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the circulation of library materials in general.

Pursuant to the Library Privacy Act, unless ordered by a court after giving the affected library notice of the request and an opportunity to be heard on the request, the Library or an employee or agent of a Library shall not release or disclose a Library Record or portion of a Library Record to a person without the written consent of the person liable for payment for or return of the materials identified in that Library Record. This Policy also prohibits disclosure of whether or not a person has a library card unless required by law or this Policy.

The library takes seriously its obligation to protect the privacy of every patron, as required by law. This commitment to patron’s privacy may appear to cause inconvenience on occasion. However, this is a small price to pay for the assurance that an individual’s reading preferences and use of the library will remain exclusively his or her own business.

To that end, Library Records or other confidential information shall be released or disclosed only as provided for herein or otherwise provided by Michigan Law.

  1. Freedom of Information Act Requests: All written requests for public records that are not subpoenas or other legal process must be processed according to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).

A.  Receipt of Request. When the Library receives a FOIA request, the Library employee shall immediately provide a copy of the request to the Library Director. A FOIA request includes any written request for documents, information or records. If an individual makes a verbal request, the Library employee shall contact the Library Director immediately regarding the request.

B.  FOIA Coordinator. The Library Director shall be the FOIA Coordinator and shall be responsible for providing written responses to FOIA requests. Pursuant to the FOIA, the Library has five (5) business days to respond to the request; however, the FOIA provides that the response time may be extended for an additional ten (10) business days upon written notice to requester.

C.  Exemptions. The FOIA permits the Library to exempt certain documents from disclosure. The exemptions that assist in protecting patron privacy include but are not limited to the following:

1. Statutory Exemptions. Pursuant to the Library Privacy Act, Library Records are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). According to the FOIA, the Library may refuse to disclose documents exempt by statute, such as the Library Privacy Act. Thus, Library Records are exempt under the FOIA and under the Privacy Act.

2. Privacy. Other records not covered under the definition of “Library Record” but are considered confidential may be exempt from disclosure because the release of the record would result in a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy under Section 13(1)(a) of the FOIA.

3. Other Exemptions. Section 13 of the FOIA contains other exemptions to further protect other library records, including but not limited to exemptions from disclosing social security numbers and attorney-client privileged information.

D.  Action by FOIA Coordinator. Within the time required by the FOIA, the FOIA Coordinator shall respond in writing to a FOIA request. The FOIA Coordinator has the duty to determine if any requested record is exempt from disclosure.

E.  Consultation with Attorney. The FOIA Coordinator has the authority to consult with the Library Attorney regarding any matter related to a FOIA request.

  1. State or local Subpoenas or Court Orders: Any employee of the Lyon Township Public Library who is served with a subpoena, court order, or other legal process to release or disclose any Library Record or other library document from a State or Local law enforcement agency shall promptly notify the Library Director, or his or her designee. If neither is available, the Library Board President shall be contacted.

A.  Consultation with Attorney. The Library Director, his or her designee, or the Board President has the authority to consult with the Library Attorney regarding the sufficiency, scope or any other matter related to the subpoena, court order or other legal process.

B.  Action by Library Director. After review of the subpoena or court order the Library Director, his or her designee, or the Board President shall take appropriate action to respond.

C.  Opportunity to be Heard. The Library may appear and be represented by counsel at a hearing regarding the subpoena.

D.  Confidentiality. If a subpoena, court order or other legal process is submitted to the Library by the State or Local Agency, the Library shall maintain the confidentiality as permitted by court order or Michigan law.

  1. Federal Subpoenas or Court Orders or other document: Any employee of the Lyon Township Public Library who is served with a subpoena, court order, or other legal process to release or disclose any Library Record or other library document from a federal law enforcement agency shall promptly notify the Library Director, or his or her designee.

A.  Opportunity to be Heard: The Lyon Township Public Library retains any rights it may have to legal process or opportunities to be heard regarding a federal subpoena, court order and other legal process as permitted by law.

B.  Consultation with Attorney. The Library Director has the authority to consult with the Library Attorney regarding the sufficiency, scope or any other matter related to the subpoena, court order or other legal process.

C.  Action by Library Director. After review of the subpoena, court order or other legal process, the Library Director shall take appropriate action to respond. The Library Board acknowledges that the Library Director, if required by order or subpoena, may not be permitted to inform the Board that the federal law enforcement agency has requested records.

D.  Confidentiality. If a subpoena, court order or other legal process is submitted to the Library by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and if required by such subpoena, court order, other legal process or law, no person shall disclose to any other person (other than those persons necessary to produce the tangible things under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.)) that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has sought or obtained such tangible things. The Library may not be able to inform the patron that his or her records were sought.

  1. Consent: In compliance with the amended Michigan Library Privacy Act a person who is liable for the payment or return of the materials identified in a Library Record or portion of a record may consent to the release of that record.  Further, a parent or legal guardian who signs to accept legal responsibility for return of his/her child’s (under the age of 18) library materials and accepts financial liability for that child’s library fines and other charges, may authorize the disclosure of the minor’s library records by signing the disclosure and release statement granting consent on behalf of the minor.
  1. Patron Behavior: The Lyon Township Public Library’s policy is to protect the privacy if its patrons. However, if any employee observes any behavior by a patron that the employee believes is harassing, disrupting or otherwise violating Library policy, the employee shall report such behavior to the Library Director.

Initiated:     August 11, 2009
Approved:  August 25, 2009
Reviewed:  August 27, 2013

DVD Borrowing Policy
  1. DVDs may be borrowed by holders of valid library cards who have accepted the Lyon Township Public Library Borrowing Policy. A parent or guardian must co-sign for persons under age l8.  Patrons must have their card each time they borrow a DVD. ID must be furnished upon request. Please notify library immediately of any changes in address or telephone number.
  2. The loan period for New DVDs and New Blu-Rays is 1 week. Holds are allowed on New DVDs and Blu-Rays for LYON cardholders only. There are no renewals allowed on New DVDs and New Blu-Rays.
  3. All feature film DVDs (green sticker), non-fiction (numbered) and children’s (yellow-sticker) DVDs may be checked out for 1 week. Two renewals are allowed on all non-new films if no holds are pending. Renewable items can be renewed in person or by telephone or Internet.
  4. Fines for all DVDs and Blu-Rays are .50 cents per day with a $5 maximum fine.
  5. The borrower is responsible for returning DVDs in good condition. Keep DVDs in a cool, dry place and avoid storage in direct sunlight or near sources of heat. Please do not leave DVDs in automobiles where extreme temperatures may develop. Report any pre-existing problems with DVDs to library staff immediately.
  6. Regardless of the age or original cost of the item, full replacement cost will be charged for lost, stolen, or damaged. Replacement costs for items that are part of a set or series will be for the full price of the set or series. The patron may opt to replace the lost item with a new copy. All payments will be considered final, and no refunds will be given if the item is later found and returned.
  7. Patrons will be assessed a $3.00 fee for damaged or lost security cases.
  8. Lyon Township Public Library is not responsible for the content of feature films. Some films are unrated or R-rated for mature audiences.  Parents or guardians are responsible for accompanying children and assisting with their choices of feature films.  Questions about film ratings can be directed to library staff, but library staff will not be responsible for determining the suitability of films for viewing by children.
  9. DVDs and Blu-Rays are loaned for unadvertised home use only, and are not available for broadcast, public presentation or classroom use unless indicated. Borrowers are expected to abide by any copyright restriction imposed by producers or distributors. Duplication is prohibited by law.
  10. The library assumes no responsibility for damage caused to a borrower’s DVD/Blu-Ray player/recorder by a library DVD/Blu Ray.
  11. Failure to follow these rules will result in the revocation of library borrowing privileges.
Public Use of the Internet Policy

To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats, The Lyon Township Public Library provides access to Internet resources. The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found. Access to the internet is made available by means of Library-supplied computers as well as through wireless access available to users from personal equipment. This policy applies to the use of the Internet by any means.

Choosing and Evaluating Sources  

The Internet is a series of communication linkages leading to a highly diverse array of information content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. In choosing sources to link to from its home pages, the Library follows its materials selection guidelines. Beyond this, the Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet, changes in content of the sources to which the Library home pages link, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.

Filtering  

The Library uses filters to restrict access to pornographic content on the Internet, to prevent a minor from viewing obscene or sexually explicit matter.  This is in compliance with the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA, Pub. L. 106-554), in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding. The software installed on Internet-accessible computers at the Library protects against access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and in the case of persons under the age of 17 years, materials that are “harmful to minors”.  The Library has attempted to select filtering software that best complies with CIPA while providing Library users with the broadest possible access to constitutionally protected speech and information.  The Library cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, child pornography, or materials that are harmful to minors.  Nor can the Library guarantee that the filtering software will not restrict access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value. In order to help address the over blocking problem and to enhance users’ access to constitutionally protected speech and information, the Library requests that all users, both adults and minors, contact the Library to request unblocking of an incorrectly blocked site.  Parents or legal guardians should be aware they have the ultimate responsibility for supervising their children’s use of the Internet.

Access by Minors  

Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use.

Rules Governing Use   

Due to the limited resources available for provision of public access to the Internet, the Library may set limits, for example, on use of large files of still or moving images or sound, or on downloading files in any medium. The Library also reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual user can devote to a single session. The public must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including laws governing the transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the Internet, and with all Library policies and procedures.

Users may not:

  • Use the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational or communication services or resources.
  • Distribute unsolicited advertising.
  • Invade the privacy of others.
  • Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
  • Engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
  • The Library’s Internet access may not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including activities prohibited under applicable federal or Michigan laws. Illegal uses include, but are not limited to, harassing, slandering or libeling others; disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communication; and copyright infringement. Any viewing, possessing, or manufacturing of child pornography is illegal and prohibited.

Violations may result in loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Public Users’ Security  

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities. However, Lyon Township Public Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.

The library cannot be held responsible for the security or accuracy of an Internet site.  When using wireless access with patron-owned computers or devices, patrons should ensure that their equipment is adequately protected against viruses, spyware and intrusion by other internet users inside or outside of the library.

Compliance  

The Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to insure compliance with this policy.

Guidelines on Access to Information  

The Lyon Township Public Library is guided by the following American Library Association statements on access to information:

  • The Library Bill of Rights
  • Freedom to Read Statement
  • Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights: Free Access to Libraries for Minors and Access  to Electronic Information Services and Networks

In general, the Library is guided by a commitment to access to information policies that provide appropriate protections to its patrons while being consistent with the Library’s long standing commitment to the principles of free expression as set forth in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Initiated:     November 21, 2005
Approved:  January 31, 2006
Amended:  December, 2010
Reviewed:  August 27, 2013

Open Meetings Policy

It is the policy of the Lyon Township Public Library Board of Trustees to conduct all meetings in accordance with the requirements specified in the Open Meeting Act – Act 267 of 1976.  Major elements as applied to the Township Library are:

  1. All meetings of the Library Board shall be open to the public and shall be held in a place available to the general public. All decisions of the Library Board shall be made at a meeting open to the public and all deliberations of the Library Board constituting a quorum of its members shall take place at a meeting open to the public.  This act does not apply to a meeting, which is a social or chance gathering of board members.
  1. Regular meetings of the Library Board shall be posted in a public notice within 10 days after the first meeting of the Library Board in each calendar or fiscal year. The notice must state the dates, times, and places of the meetings.
  1. A public notice for a library special meeting shall be posted at the Library and on the Township Hall bulletin board at least 18 hours before the scheduled meeting. The notice shall contain the, telephone number and address of the library. Cable television may also be utilized for purposes of posting public notice.
  1. A closed session may be called with a 2/3 roll call of Library Board Members. The Board may meet for the following purposes:
  • To consider the dismissal, suspension, or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, or to consider a periodic personnel evaluation of, an employee, or staff member.
  • A named person may request a closed hearing.
  • For strategy and negotiation sessions connected with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement if either negotiating party request a closed hearing.
  • To consider the purchase or lease of real property up to the time an option to purchase or lease that real property is obtained.
  • To review and consider the contents of an application for employment if the candidate requests that the application remain confidential.  All interviews for employment shall be held in an open meeting.
  • A separate set of minutes of the closed meeting will be taken by the secretary and are not available to the public.  They may be destroyed 1 year and 1 day after approval.
  1. Minutes of a regular board meeting shall be taken showing the date, time, place, members present, members absent, any decisions made at a meeting open to the public and the purpose for which a closed session is held. The minutes shall include all roll call votes taken at the meeting. Corrections in the minutes shall be made not later than the next meeting after the meeting to which the minutes refer. Corrected minutes shall be available no later than the next subsequent meeting after correction. The corrected minutes shall show both the original entry and the correction.
    1. Minutes shall be public records open to public inspection and shall be available at the address designated on posted public notices. Copies of the minutes shall be available to the public at the reasonable estimated cost for printing and copying.
    2. Proposed minutes shall be available for public inspection not more than 8 business days after the meeting to which the minutes refer. Approved minutes shall be available for public inspection not later than 5 business days after the meeting at which the minutes are approved by the Library Board of Trustees.
  1. Violations – A public official who intentionally violates this act is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.

Initiated:    December 16, 2005
Approved: January 31, 2006
Reviewed: August 27, 2013

Patron Behavior Policy

I.  Introduction

 The Lyon Township Public Library is open for specific and designated 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 Lyon Township Public Library facilities in an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, and excellent service, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted this Patron Behavior Policy. The purpose of the Library Patron Behavior Policy is to assist the Lyon Township Public 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 Lyon Township Public Library and to all persons entering in or on the premises.

II.  Rules for a Safe Environment

  1.  Violations of Law. Committing or attempting to commit an activity in violation of federal, state, or local law, ordinance or regulation is prohibited.
  2. Weapons. Carrying weapons, except bona fide officers of government jurisdictions or individuals with a lawful permit, is prohibited.
  3. Alcohol; Drugs. Possessing, selling, distributing, or consuming any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited.
  4. Under the Influence. Persons noticeably under the influence of any controlled substance or intoxicating liquor are not allowed on library property.
  5. Use of Library Buildings and Grounds.
    1. Use of skateboards, rollerblades, rollerskates, or scooters is not allowed in the library or on library premises.
    2. Library patrons must park bicycles or other vehicles only in authorized areas.
    3. All doors and entrances must remain obstacle-free.
    4. Animals or personal transport vehicles are not permitted in the library other than those required by persons with disabilities or those used in law enforcement or for library programming.
    5. Smoking inside library facilities is prohibited and smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any entrance. Smokers must use exterior ashtrays and refrain from littering with cigarette butts.
    6. Shirts and shoes are required for health reasons and must be worn at all times inside the library.
    7. The use of incendiary devices, such as candles, matches, and lighters, is prohibited inside the library.

III.  Rules for Personal Behavior

  1.  Personal Property. Personal property brought into the library is subject to the following:
    1. The Library personnel may limit the number of parcels carried into the library.
    2. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
    3. The Library does not guarantee storage for personal property.
    4. Personal possessions must not take up seating or space if needed by others.
  2. Food and Beverages. Food and drink must be consumed in designated areas.
  3. Unauthorized Use. Patrons must leave the library promptly at closing    time. 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 Director, his or her designee, or the Library Board.
  4. Engaging in Proper Library Activities. Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of the Library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, writing, participating in scheduled library programs, and using library materials shall be required to leave the building.
  5. Considerate Use. The following behavior is prohibited in the Library in the Library Building:
    1. Spitting
    2. Running
    3. Putting feet or legs on furniture
    4. Using obscene or threatening language or gestures.
  6. Panhandling or Soliciting. Panhandling or soliciting library staff or patrons for money, products, or services inside the library or on library property is prohibited.
  7. Interference with Staff. Patrons may not interfere with the 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 staff for an inappropriate period of time, inappropriate personal comments, sexual advances, or physical and/or verbal harassment.
  8. Campaigning and Similar Activities. Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing are prohibited in the Library building.
  9. Sales. Selling merchandise on Library property without prior permission from the Director is prohibited.
  10. Distributions; Postings. Distributing or posting printed materials/literature on Library property not in accordance with Library policy is prohibited.
  11. Restrooms. Misuse of restrooms, including laundering, sleeping, shaving, hair cutting or trimming, bathing, and sexual activity is prohibited.
  12. Harassment. Staring, photographing, following, stalking, harassing, or threatening library users or staff while in the Library or on Library property so that it interferes with the Library patrons’ use of the Library or the ability of the staff person to do his or her job is prohibited.
  13. Loud Noise. Producing or allowing any loud, unreasonable, or disturbing noises that interferes with other patrons use of the Library or which can be reasonably expected to disturb other persons, including those from electronic, entertainment, and communication devices, such as cell phones, headphones, and radio is prohibited. Cell phones and pagers should be answered promptly. Patrons should speak in low tones and keep conversations brief. If phone calls cannot be completed quickly, patrons should move away from reading, research, and study areas.
  14. Body Odor. Offensive body odor due to poor personal hygiene, overpowering perfume, or cologne that causes a nuisance is prohibited.

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

  1.  Care of Library Property. Patrons must not deface, vandalize, or improperly remove library materials, equipment, furniture, or buildings.
  2. Internet Use. Patrons must abide by established time limitations and all other provisions of the Lyon Township Library Internet Use Policy.
  3. Equipment. Library phones and staff computers are for staff use only.
  4. Authorized Lending. Library materials may only be removed from premises with authorization through established lending procedures.
  5. Restrooms. Library materials may not be taken into restrooms.

V.  Rules for the Safety of Youth 

  1. Supervision of Children. Parents or caregivers must be present and responsible for the supervision of children age 13 and under pursuant to the Library’s Children in the Library Policy.
  2. Restriction of Youth Areas. Staff may restrict Adult use of Youth areas.

VI.  Disciplinary Process for Library Facilities

 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Director or the Director’s 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.
  3. Violations that Affect Safety and Security: Violations involving verbal abuse, violence, threatening behaviors, 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 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 Director or the Director’s authorized designee, may further limit or revoke the patron’s library privileges in escalating responses, which will documented in writing. Subsequent violations of the same rule will result in additional suspensions of increasing length.
  4. Reinstatement: The patron whose privileges have been limited or revoked shall attend a meeting with the Director or the Director’s designee to review the Library Patron Behavior Policy before their privileges maybe reinstated.

   VII.        Right of Appeal

 Patrons may appeal a decision to limit or revoke privileges by sending a written appeal to the Library Board within 10 working days of the date the privileges were revoked or limited. The appeal should be sent to the President of the Library Board. The decision of the Library Board is final.

Initiated:     June 23, 2009
Approved:  June 30, 2009
Reviewed:  August 27, 2013

Reconsideration of Materials Policy

Lyon Township Public Library welcomes interest in the public library. All specific written citizen responses to the collection will be personally handled by the appropriate Lyon Township Public Library professional staff member.

Citizens are asked to make their specific comments IN WRITING. The completed form facilitates the further study of the material in question and permits the Library to respond to its citizens’ requests and concerns in writing.

Please note, however, that once an item has been accepted as qualifying for purchase under this policy, it will not be removed at the request of those who disagree with it unless the material can be shown to be in violation of this policy.

If a patron complains about an item in this library’s collection, a senior staff member available will establish the specific nature of the complaint with the patron.  If the patron wishes to have the material formally reconsidered, the library staff member will:

  1.    Provide a copy of the complete Lyon Township Public Library Collection Development policy to the patron
  2.    Provide a request for Reconsideration form to the patron
  3.    Provide the patron with a copy of the completed form.
  4.    Forward the request to the Library Director.

The Director and involved staff will review the material, including reviews, recommendations and/or other reasons for the initial purchase. After such review:

  1. The patron will receive a letter from the Director describing the results of this review.
  2. Copies of the complaint, staff responses and, the material in question will be forwarded to the Policy Committee of Lyon Township Public Library Board of Trustees and then forwarded to the entire Board upon discretion of the Policy Committee.

If the patron is not satisfied with the result of the staff review, a formal Board hearing may be requested in writing.

Initiated:     January 21, 2006
Approved:  January 31, 2006
Reviewed:  August 27, 2013

 

Bulletin Board Policy
  1. Bulletin Boards for Exclusive Library Business.
    1. Display areas located at Library entrance are reserved exclusively for use by the Library.
    2. This area is used for the display of meeting notices, notices of Library business, information on Library programs or materials, and other documents necessary for the conduct of Library business.
    3. The Library reserves sole and exclusive authority to determine the documents that are displayed in this bulletin board reserved for Library business.
  2. Bulletin Boards Not Exclusively Limited for Library Use.
    1. Display areas located in Community Center hall may be used by non-Library organizations in conformance with this policy.
    2. All notices for the Bulletin Board are to be given to the Library Director for approval and posting.
    3. Signs and notices shall be posted for no more than two weeks after receipt. Time sensitive material shall be posted for no more than two weeks and will be removed the day following the announced event or final date listed on the document.
    4. Materials posted are limited to non-profit or governmental organizations of a civic, educational, cultural or recreational nature. Commercial notices will not be posted.
    5. Posting of materials does not necessarily indicate the Library’s endorsement of the issue or events promoted by these materials.
    6. Limit one posting per sponsor at a time on the bulletin board. Items must contain the name of the sponsor of that item. Further, no multiple copies may be submitted.
    7. Partisan political postings are not permitted.
    8. The Library reserves the right to remove or deny any postings that do not follow these guidelines, including but not limited to any document that was not approved by the Library Director.
    9. Library and Library affiliated programs shall have the first priority for any display and bulletin board space.
    10. The Library does not permit petitioning, solicitation or distribution of literature, leaflets or similar types of appeals on Library bulletin boards.

Initiated:        November 21, 2005
Approved:     November 29, 2005
Ammended:  June 30, 2009
Reviewed:     August 27, 2013