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Sanger Public Library Policies

NEW FINE POLICY: Effective Jan. 31st, 2018

NEW PATRONS

There is no charge to get a Sanger Public Library card and we have no residency restrictions, however we do have certain stipulations and requirements which are listed below:

 

Adult applicants:

  • Must show a valid photo ID with a current address, such as a driver's license (a valid temporary driver's license is acceptable).
  • If your ID doesn't have your current address, a recent/valid proof of address is required in addition to the photo ID. Accepted documents include: lease agreement, utility bill, car insurance, property tax statement, bank statement, etc (any type of official document or mail will work).
  • While we have no restrictions regarding place of residence, short-term residents and visitors to the area may be issued a temporary card with an expiration date of less than a year (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc.) at the discretion of the library.  A permanent mailing address, phone number, and temporary physical address (if applicable) should be provided.

 

Under-18 applicants:

  • There is no minimum age to get a library card, but a child must be able to sign his/her full name on our family card form in print or in cursive.
  • At least one parent/guardian of minor should have a Sanger Library card in good standing. If a parent does not have a Sanger card, we will first issue a card to the parent (see above for information on getting an adult card) and then issue cards to their child(ren).  
  • A parent/guardian of those under 14 must fill out and sign our family form for their child to receive a card.  
  • Cards may be issued directly to minors ages 14-18 (without parent signature), but video checkout and ability to use our computers will still require a parent or guardian with a Sanger card to give written permission.
  • Written parental permission is required for ALL minors to check out DVDs and use library computers.

GENERAL CIRCULATION

Adults may checkout up to 15 books and 4 movies at a time.  Under-18 cardholders may checkout up to 10 books and 2 movies (see below) at a time.  Only one 1 multi-disk set (e.g., a season of TV) may be checked out by at a time.  Audiobooks, CDs, and non-fiction video are counted as books against your checkout limit.  We have a DVD checkout limit of 6 movies per household.

 

Video Checkouts for Under-18 Cardholders:

Under-18 cardholders may only check out movies with permission for a parent or legal guardian.  For under-18 cardholders to check out video on their own, parents/legal gaurdians must sign a permission form.  Children under 13 will be limited to G and PG rated videos. Minors between the ages of 13-18 may check out movies of any rating.

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Check Out Periods and Renewals

  • Books, Audiobooks, CDs, and non-fiction video check out for 2 weeks at a time and may be renewed up to 2 times.
  • Movies and TV Series check out for 1 week at a time and may be renewed up to 2 times.
  • Great Courses sets check out for 3 weeks at a time and may be renewed up to 2 times.
  • Launchpads checkout for 1 week at a time and may be renewed only once (see the "Launchpads" tab above for more information).

**It may not be possible to renew an item if a hold has been placed on it.

SANGER PUBLIC LIBRARY VIDEO CHECKOUT POLICY

Adults may checkout up to 4 fiction videos and 1 multi-disk set (e.g., a season of TV) at a time.

With a signed permission form from a parent, a minor may check out two fiction or nonfiction DVDs. Children under 13 will be limited to G and PG rated videos. Minors between the ages of 13-18 may check out videos of any rating.

There is a limit of 6 videos per household.

 

 

LAUNCHPAD POLICY

Our Launchpad tablets are available to check out by adult patrons who have been Sanger Public Library cardholders (in good standing) for at least 6 months.  We do require that patrons checking out Launchpads sign a waiver form that acknowledges their responsibility for repair or replacement costs for the Launchpad or any of its components in the event of damage or loss.  Launchpads check out for 1 week at a time and may be renewed once.  No more than two launchpads may be checked out per household at one time.  

Late fees are $1 per day.  Please return Launchpads at the desk during open hours... do not return Launchpads in the drop box outside.

Launchpads are also available for in-library use (checkout not required).

 

CHECKOUT POLICY for NTLC CARDHOLDERS 

Important: NTLC cardholders (participating libraries listed below) are strongly encouraged to contact their home library AND Sanger Public Library to inquire about Launchpad checkout before travelling to Sanger Public Library.

 

Launchpads may be checked out by cardholders from other NTLC libraries under the following conditions:

  • The cardholder's home library has approved a Launchpad checkout.
  • Cardholders must have been in good standing at their library for at least sixth months.
  • The cardholder agrees to check out the item AND return it directly to Sanger Public Library (Launchpads will not be sent through the courier service like books and movies). 
  • The individual must sign the standard Sanger Public Library Launchpad waiver form to acknowledge their responsibility for repair or replacement costs for the Launchpad or any of its components in the event of damage or loss.
  • Sanger Public Library reserves the right to withhold Launchpad checkout privileges for any cardholder.

 

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The following libraries are a part of the NTLC (North Texas Library Consortium) group:

  • Alvarado Public Library
  • Aubrey Public Library
  • Betty Foster Public Library (Ponder, TX)
  • Bridgeport Public Library
  • Decatur Public Library
  • Haslet Public Library
  • John Ed Keeter Saginaw Public Library
  • Justin Community Library
  • Krum Public Library
  • Lake Dallas Library
  • North Richland Hills Public Library
  • Roanoke Public Library
  • Westworth Village Public Library

PUBLIC COMPUTERS AND WI-FI

We have several computers available for public use, as well as a copier, printer, scanner, and fax machine.  Our WI-FI network is free and does not require a password to connect to.

  • To use a library computer, log in with your library card number and password.  Cardholders who are under 18 will only be able to log in to library computers if a parent or legal guardian has a given signed permission for computer access (parents are responsible for their children’s use of the computer).
  • Guest passes are available for use if you do not have a Sanger Public Library card.
  • A user is limited to 30 min. if others are waiting. Those using a computer for recreation must yield to those who need it for education or information.
  • The user is responsible for damage to equipment, materials and software, and will pay the cost of repair or replacement.  Users may not interfere with the operation of another computer.  They may not alter, damage or delete data or computer programs.
  • The library is not liable for copyright infringement and users may not access material that is illegal or harassing to others.
  • Library staff is available for assisting only when not needed at the circulation desk or for reference questions.

COPYING, PRINTING, SCANNING, AND FAXING

  • 8.5x11in copying and printing are $0.15 per page for B&W and $0.50 per page for color.
  • There is no charge for using the scanner.
  • Faxing is $1.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page.

 

Two laptops are available for library use only.

Requirements for laptop checkouts are:

  • Valid Driver’s license or state issued ID.

USE OF THE SANGER PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

(Revised, 2/15/15)

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Meeting room equipment:

Ceiling mounted projector with Component Video and VGA inputs

Stereo System with Stereo inputs and Bluetooth audio connectivity 

DVD Player

Podium

Tables/Chairs

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      Local nonprofit organizations, educators, and groups of two or more individuals who would like to engage in a not-for-profit activity that adheres to the library’s policies may use the meeting room during the library’s normal operating hours through arrangements made with the library staff. Library and city sponsored events have priority, and other groups on a first come, first served basis. Before or after the library’s normal operating hours, the meeting room will only be available for city and library-sponsored activities and meetings.

             Other guidelines:

  • Groups and individuals may not reserve the room more than three times in a two month period, with the exception of library-related meetings and city board meetings.
  • Hours of scheduling should include the total time the room will be needed, including setup or assembling and possible cleanup.
  • Adult supervision of minors (under the age of 18) is required.

 

Applications:

Requests for use of the meeting room should not be made more than 30 days in advance. The application form should be filled out and signed by an official representative of the group.

Applications may be rejected and previously granted permission may be withdrawn at the discretion of the library director or authorized staff member for violation of the meeting room rules or conduct inconsistent with the library’s policies.

 

Rules for Use:

A driver’s license or $75 deposit will be collected before the room is used by groups not sponsored by the city or the library. The deposit will be returned if the room is left in clean and orderly condition (or in the same condition as it was in before the event). The person reserving the room is responsible for the condition of the room and its contents. An application form should be filled out and a staff member will let the individual or group in the room. When the meeting is over, a staff member will check the room and lock the door. If there is damage to the room or more extensive cleaning is required, a fee will be assessed to cover the costs of repair or cleaning.

The size of the group shall not exceed the maximum capacity of 50 persons. The room comfortably seats 30 or less.

The user is responsible for all table and chair arrangements.

The room should be left in a neat, orderly condition. If not, the group will be given notice that future access to the meeting room may be denied.

Smoking is prohibited in the meeting room or elsewhere on the library premises.

Advertising and the sale of merchandise or other materials related to a for-profit venture is prohibited unless specific approval is obtained in writing from the Director prior to the meeting (Examples of exceptions are book signings and educational events).

 

REFRESHMENTS:

Only light refreshments may normally be served in connection with a meeting, although exceptions may be made with prior approval. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. The room must be left clean, including any kitchen equipment used. 

 

LIABILITY:

Granting permission for the use of the meeting room does not imply the endorsement of the Sanger Public Library Director or Staff. The library cannot be responsible for loss or damage to exhibits or personal property left in the room. Neither the Library Board not the City of Sanger will be responsible for any accident or injury incurred during the use of the meeting room.

Thank you for your cooperation.

(Revised 2/15/2015)

SANGER PUBLIC LIBRARY DAYCARE ATTENDANCE

The policy below is for daycare organizations that wish to bring groups of children to the library or to library events.  This policy helps ensure that both daycare groups and regular library users have the best possible experience at Sanger Public Library.  Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you!

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(8/15/16)

Sanger Public Library is always delighted to have daycares join us at events or simply come to browse the library.  We appreciate your assistance in adhering to these policies as it helps us ensure that daycares and regular library patrons alike have the best experience possible at Sanger Public Library.

Please review the following policies.  We request that daycares return a copy signed by their owner, director, or manager to Sanger Public Library by email, fax, or in person the next time your daycare comes to the library.  We greatly appreciate your help and look forward to seeing you in the library!

General Daycare Policy for visiting Sanger Public Library:

  • Library staff members will not provide direct supervision of children in the library and are not responsible for unsupervised children.  It is the responsibility of daycare providers to actively supervise the children in their care. 
  • Daycares visiting the library are expected to have an adequate number of care providers available on site for the number of children they are bringing to the library.
  • Daycare providers should be familiar with the Sanger Public Library Behavior Policy.
  • While we encourage children to browse the library, we appreciate the help of care providers in ensuring that books are properly cared for.  If you or a child has pulled a book from a shelf and are unsure of where it goes, we appreciate it being brought to the desk to ensure it is reshelved in the correct location.
  • Daycare providers are expected to follow all pertinent State of Texas, Denton County, or City of Sanger laws that govern childcare services.

 

Attending Events and Programs sponsored by Sanger Public Library

  • Daycares must contact the library by phone (940-458-3257) to request permission to attend a program or event no less than 48 hours in advance of the event
  • Sanger Public Library will consider various logistics such as age requirements and event capacity when evaluating requests to attend events or programs.  Daycares must be prepared to provide the following information: 
    • An accurate count of the number of children expected to attend
    • Information about the ages/grade level of the children
    • The number of staff or care providers expected to accompany their children
  • For groups of children larger than seven, Sanger Public Library requires at least two care providers are on site when attending events or programs. For some programs such as certain craft activities, the child/provider ratio may be lower.  
  • In the event that the number of children a daycare plans to bring significantly changes, the library should be notified by phone no less than one hour before the program begins.
  • If a daycare is attending certain types of programs (e.g., a craft activity), daycare providers may need to actively participate in the facilitation of that program for their children.
  • It is the responsibility of daycare providers to actively supervise the children in their care during events.
  • Sanger Public Library is not obligated to approve daycare requests and may deny permission to attend for any reason.  Sanger Public library may also only give conditional approval (e.g., may not exceed 10 children or must have more than 2 providers present).
  • While we seek to be as accommodating as possible, daycares that do not contact us in advance or bring a significantly higher number of children than indicated may be turned away on site.






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LIBRARY BEHAVIOR POLICY

We ask that you follow our guidelines to make the library a place that everyone can enjoy.  Thank you for your cooperation.


  • Refrain from engaging in actions that could result in damage to the facility.
  • Please notify authorities, staff, or police if you witness someone vandalizing or otherwise damaging the property.
  • Physical assault and verbal abuse, including the use of insulting or threatening language to patrons or staff, will be cause for removal of offending party or parties, and could result in legal action.
  • Public intoxication or acting under the influence of drugs is prohibited.
  • Other illegal actions subject to prosecution under penal laws of the state of Texas are expressly forbidden.
  • Loitering and sleeping are not permitted on library property.
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the building and within twenty feet of the entrance.
  • Weapons, offensive clothing, bare feet, running, and loud/disruptive behavior are not permitted.
  • Eating and drinking beverages other than water in a closed container are not permitted inside the library.
  • Service dogs are admitted, but other animals are to remain outside the building.
  • Library personnel are not responsible for unattended children and will not provide baby-sitting service.
  • Authorities may be notified if children are left unaccompanied for lengthy periods and/or on repeated occasions.
  • Police will be called to escort unattended children or other individuals unable to arrange for transportation when the library closes. They will be taken to the police station.
  • Only employees, volunteers, or other authorized persons are permitted in library work areas.

 

Violation of any rule in this policy may result in exclusion from the building and loss of borrowing and computer privileges. 

Sanger, Texas City Hall
502 Elm St, Sanger, TX 76266
Phone: 940-458-7930

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