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A State Mandated Access Card allows an individual who lives in an area in Nassau County which does not currently support local public library service to borrow materials from the member libraries of the Nassau Library System. These cards are an interim accommodation while mechanisms can be put into place so that all Nassau County residents are able to contribute their fair share of tax support for public libraries.


Because the State will not allow a fee to be charged for these cards and because the individuals issued these cards are not currently taxed for local library service, the State has approved some limitations on their use.

Libraries with a high volume of use by individuals who reside outside of their taxing areas are not required to loan recently acquired books or audiovisual materials (videos, CD's, books-on-cassette, etc.) to non-residents.

Libraries may also give preference to their own local cardholders for the onsite use of computers and library program attendance.

Materials may not be reserved with these cards. Interlibrary loans are available to State Mandated Access Cardholders via the Levittown Library only.

The use of State Mandated Access Cards is, therefore, subject to the rules and regulations of each library at which they are presented. The member libraries of the Nassau Library System are autonomous and each establishes its own policies and procedures.

Lastly, where excessive use by non-residents can be documented, a library does not have to honor State Mandated Access Cards.

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