The Minot-Sleeper Library has been serving the community since 1885, acting as a cultural center and meeting place for patrons and the community. The Library is free to all patrons in the Newfound area, and offers a wide range of resources including books, magazines, DVDs, internet accessible computers, Wi-Fi connectivity, downloadable audio, adult and children’s programming and so much more.
Minot-Sleeper Library Circulation Policy
Residents and taxpayers of the Newfound Area School District (Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron, New Hampton) and Hill are eligible for free library borrowing privileges so long as they conform to Library policy. Patrons shall be required to fill out an identification card listing name, address and telephone number. Staff of the Newfound Regional School District and employees of the Town of Bristol may also receive a library card with borrowing privileges free of charge under the same provisions. Non-resident patrons shall be required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable fee. Borrowers must have their Library card or key tag with them in order to check out Library materials.
There is a $3.00 replacement fee for lost cards.
Library Materials Books and the ukulele may be kept for 14 days, magazines, movies, and the telescope for 7 days, and puzzles are loaned out on an honor system. There is a limit of 4 DVDs per Library card. A book, movie or magazine may be renewed, unless it has been placed on reserve for another borrower. Renewals may be made once over the phone. Renewals may be made by contacting a library staff member during normal operating hours or by a patron using his or her online account. Patron accounts that have one or more items that are 30 days or more overdue will be automatically restricted. Items may not be put on hold or checked out to a restricted account. Once all overdue items are returned, the patron account will once again have full borrowing privileges. Materials may be returned in the book drop when the Library is not open.
The telescope may only be checked out to Minot-Sleeper Library patrons who are 18 years of age or older. Patrons must sign a Telescope Borrowing Agreement each time the telescope is checked out. The telescope will circulate for 7 days and may be renewed, if there isn’t a waiting list. The patron is responsible for reading the instruction manual for the telescope’s proper care and use. The patron will pay a $450 replacement cost if the telescope is lost or damaged beyond repair. If the telescope is returned damaged, the patron will be charged a fee based on the cost of repairs and/or the cost for a new telescope. The borrower is responsible for all items included with telescope. If any of these items are damaged or lost, the borrower will pay a replacement fee.
Any situation not covered by this policy will be reviewed and acted upon by the Library Director.
Minot-Sleeper Library Overdue Policy The Minot-Sleeper Library fosters an environment for free use by its patrons. Therefore, there are no imposed fees for overdue items returned. If a borrower damages library property, they shall make good the loss or damage in such a way as the Librarian may direct. Once the Library receives the replacement cost of the material(s), the damaged material(s) becomes the property of the patron. Patrons are requested to notify the Library of any changes to phone numbers or addresses so that Library staff may contact them when material has been reserved.
Two weeks overdue: Patron will receive a phone call
Six weeks overdue: Patron will receive a letter with the cost of replacement and will lose borrowing privileges until item is returned, paid for, or replaced. At the discretion of a Librarian, or if circumstances do not allow for a phone call, a letter can be sent sooner.
Claims Returned Policy: If a Library patron feels that he/she has returned an item and if that item is not on the shelf, then the user may claim the item returned with no penalty. There is a limit of 3 claims returned per user, after which library privileges will be suspended.
Computer and Internet Access Policy
The Library and its Trustees do not control the internet and cannot guarantee the authenticity of its content. The Library can not censor access to material nor protect users from information they find offensive or controversial. It remains the responsibility of the user to determine what is appropriate. The Library disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the internet, or any consequences thereof. Parents, not the Library staff, are responsible for their child's use of the internet at the Library. .
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