Message to Library Cardholders
With your library card comes many rights and privileges. You have access to books, films, recordings, and more at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library. However, you also have responsibilities with your card. Please exercise appropriate behavior in the library so that other people may enjoy its facilities. Take good care of library materials and return them on time so that other people may enjoy them too.
Loan periods for different library materials vary. Each borrower is responsible for returning material by the due date indicated on the date card in item pocket.
Because resources are limited, limits are imposed on the number of materials that may be borrowed at one time. The staff may exercise discretion in applying this rule when circumstances warrant.
Certain library materials may be renewed, if they are not on reserve by another patron, if they are not overdue, if they have never been renewed before, etc. Items may be presented at the Circulation Desk for renewal, or patrons may renew items via their online accounts. Please note that some items are not available for renewal – non-reservable copies of bestsellers, DVDs, etc.
Patrons wishing to return books when the library is closed may deposit them in the book depository outside the Children's Room Entrance. Items should be returned before midnight on the due date; any overdue charges will be recorded on the patron's record. REMINDER: CDs, videocassettes, and DVDs should be returned in the Media slot of the book depository.
Overdues & Fines
Overdue fines are computed at a rate of 15 cents per day for most adult materials, and 10 cents per day for children's materials, with a maximum of the price of the item.
Overdue fines for videocassettes, DVDs, and films are computed at the rate of $1.00 per day, with a maximum of the list price of the item.
Overdue fines for museum passes are computed at the rate of $10.00 as of 7:00 p.m. on the due date, and an additional $10.00 per subsequent day.
Borrowing privileges are suspended for patrons who have any overdue item or any outstanding fines on their records until the item is returned or fines are cleared.
Patrons are required to pay the replacement cost, as determined by the library, plus a non-refundable $3.00 processing fee, for a lost item. If a lost item is found and returned within 3 months, a maximum of half of the material cost, minus fines calculated as of the return date, will be refunded.
Patrons are required to pay the repair or replacement costs, as determined by the library for damaged materials.
Appropriate Behavior in the Library
Keep your voice lowered when conversing in the library. Step into the hallway or vestibule if you are involved in a prolonged conversation. Other people in the library may be doing research and may be disturbed by constant or loud talking.
Supervise young children at all times. The library recommends that a parent or adult accompany young children to and from the library and remain with them in the library. Please do not leave children under 10 years of age in the library unsupervised.
Youth in the Adult Room must behave appropriately or return to the Children's Room.
Mutilation and/or theft of library materials will not be tolerated. Magazines, newspapers, books, etc. are for use by all library users. Library privileges will be suspended by anyone who is found mutilating or stealing library materials.
Legal action may be taken in certain cases.
Food and drink are not permitted in the library except in approved areas (Green Room at the Adult Room Entrance or Outdoor Reading Area in patio near Reference Desk, weather permitting) or outside the library.
The Board of Trustees adopted Library Etiquette and Safety Tips for the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library on March 19, 2014.
Materials Donation Policy
The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library Board of Trustees has established this policy to set guidelines for accepting donations of materials.
The Library shall accept donations of books, media, periodicals, subscriptions, and other library materials subject to the following conditions:
Any and all material becomes the property of the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library which retains exclusive right to the disposition of said property. The Library cannot accept any item that is not an outright gift and no restriction may be placed upon its use. Donated items will not be returned to the donor.
Gifts of books and audiovisual materials are accepted with the understanding that they will not necessarily be added to the collection. The evaluation and disposition of gift materials is the responsibility of Library staff authorized by the Library Director. Material not added to the Library collection may be disposed of through public sale. Material not added or sold may be distributed to non-profit institutions or discarded or recycled through the Valley Stream Sanitation Department.
Donations must be in acceptable physical condition. Materials should be in good to excellent condition. No soiled, torn, worn, moldy, or damp materials will be accepted. There are certain books the library cannot accept: outdated textbooks, Readers Digest condensed books, outdated encyclopedias, moldy or damaged books, or books that are old but not antique. It costs the library money and staff time to dispose of these books, which have no market.
All gifts shall receive written acknowledgement. Assignment of value for income tax and other purposes is the responsibility of the donor. Any appraisal of a gift to the Library is the responsibility of the donor. The Library does not appraise materials nor endorse appraisals provided by donors.
The donor is responsible for delivering all donations to the Circulation Desk. Library staff cannot provide assistance in bringing donations into the Library.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, Henry Waldinger Memorial Library, November 28, 2012.