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Circulation Policies
The Library Circulation Policy serves to define the number of items that can be checked out at a time, the time limit for the check out, the fine for late returns and borrower eligibility. In agreement with the Freedom to Read and the Statement on Labeling, the Library does not put limits on the circulation of materials based on content. The Library Director and management staff have the discretion to override any limits or fines based on mitigating circumstances. Limits, check out time limits and fines are only meant to maximize the availability of the Library's collection to the public. 

The Library may also choose to have a period of amnesty for fines, or collect donations of some sort, for example food in lieu of fines. Because of these factors, the limits and fines stated here are changeable. The following or a similar statement of the Checkout Policy is distributed with all new library cards and is posted in the Library.

The Library is not responsible for any damage to equipment used to access library media. The borrower is responsible for the safe return of each item checked out and its container and will be charged full replacement value if either is lost, stolen or damaged.

As a member of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, the Library extends borrowing privileges to residents of cooperating communities, that is the cities of Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulf Beaches, Gulfport, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Seminole, Tarpon Springs and the unincorporated area of the county. 

Note:  Reciprocal borrowers outside Pinellas County do not have access to online databases and resources purchased by the Cooperative or individual libraries.

Circulation/Fine Document

Who Can Get a Library Card:
Click here for detailed information on how to get a PPLC Library Card.

Youth and adults receive the same library card with the same privileges unless a special request is made by a parent or legal guardian.  Parents or legal guardians can choose a children's card with desginated limitations.

Residents of cities not participating in the Cooperative may obtain a one year membership for $100 per household. The following cities are at present not participating in the Cooperative: Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, and South Pasadena. Hillsborough County does not have reciprocal borrowing with Pinellas County.  There is is a $100 charge for Hillsborough County residents.

Visitors to Safety Harbor may also get a temporary library card. A paper card (that is not the plastic Pinellas Public Library Cooperative card) is issued to the visitor for six months only. The visitor must present the following for identification: a checkbook drawn on a local bank and/or a lease, utility bill or rental agreement with a local address and a permanent ID with an address from their home, such as a passport or driver's license. The visitor's card can only be used in Safety Harbor.

Library cards are issued for five years. A lost library card needs to be reported immediately and replaced. The Library will charge a $1.00 fine to replace a card that has not expired. 

Computer Use Only Cards:

Residents of Pinellas County with a current, valid Florida drivers license or Florida indentification card with a local address, may obtain a computer use only card.  This card will provide access to the public Internet computers only.  Materials can not be checked with this card.

General Policies
In providing public access to the Internet, the Safety Harbor Public Library subscribes to the principles of intellectual freedom expressed in the American Library Association's LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS and FREEDOM TO READ statements and its interpretations of these documents. Library staff will not monitor, control, or restrict anyone's access to equipment or the range of information available within the limits of State and/or Federal law. Parents or their designated guardians are responsible for personally overseeing their child(ren)'s use of the Internet and to limit or restrict their child(ren)'s access to the Internet. Library staff is not responsible for the decisions and behaviors of minors who visit the library without a parent or guardian.

The Library complies with all applicable state and federal laws regarding Internet access and the use of public computer workstations. Users of Library computing resources must comply with federal and state laws, Library rules and policies, and the terms of applicable contracts including software licenses while using Library computing resources. Applicable federal and state laws include but are not limited to Florida Statutes, Chapters 847.011 (1)a and 847.0133(1) and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the June 23, 2003 United Sates Supreme Court decision relating thereto are attached. In compliance with CIPA, the Library provides filtered and unfiltered Internet access according to the provisions of the law.*

Additional examples of applicable laws, rules and policies include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity and child pornography; the Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Users who engage in electronic communications with persons in other states or countries or on other systems or networks may also be subject to the laws of those jurisdictions and the rules and policies of those other systems and networks.

The Safety Harbor Public Library Code of Conduct applies to the use of all library computer workstations, with or without Internet access. Users must not use computing resources to gain unauthorized access to local or remote computers or to impair or damage the operations of the City of Safety Harbor computers or networks, PC workstations or peripherals. This includes blocking communication lines and running, installing or sharing virus programs. Deliberate attempts to circumvent data protection or other security measure are not allowed.

The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative member libraries are now offering the NetSmartz Internet Safety program on designated computers in the libraries. Kids and teens are able to participate in a safety education program and learn in an interactive environment.

The following Internet information disclaimer will be posted at all public computer workstations.
Provision of this service does not constitute any endorsement by the Safety Harbor Public Library. The Library shall have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed on the Internet from Library equipment. Internet users are reminded that: 
  • Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. 
  • Parents and designated guardians are responsible for limiting, restricting, and/or overseeing the use of the Internet by their children. 
  • Filtering software does not block all material users might find offensive. 
  • Public library workstations are not private or secure.

* The Children's Internet Protection Act provides United States Code citations for the definitions of "obscene" (18 U.S.C.& 14660) and "child pornography" (18 U.S.C.&2256). The Act identifies "harmful to minors" in Section 1703 (b) (2).

The Safety Harbor Public Library wants to provide as much information as possible for the community, and therefore includes many links to outside web sites on our web site. When visitors to the Library site access one of these links, they leave the Library site and are connected to another site via the Internet. While the Library attempts to link to sites that are interesting and useful to the community, those sites are NOT under the control of the Library. The Safety Harbor Public Library is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or the links it contains. The inclusion of links on the Library web site does not indicate endorsement by the Library or the City of Safety Harbor.

Policy on Unattended or Disruptive Children
The Library welcomes all children to use their facilities and services. However, responsibility for children using the Library rests with the parent/guardian or assigned chaperone, not with library personnel.

Children ages seven or under should not be left unattended in the library; they must be accompanied by an adult or a responsible caregiver. Responsible parties must remain in the library while children attend story time or other programs.

Children ages seven and older may use the library unattended subject to other policies and procedures adopted by the library concerning behavior, conduct and demeanor. Disruptive children will not be allowed to interfere with library service to other patrons.

Individuals who with unacceptable behavior will be asked to leave the library.    
  • First a verbal warning will be issued and the patron will be asked to correct the behavior in question.
  • Second warning, the person(s) will be asked to leave the library.
  • Third warning for minors will result in a parent/guardian conference with library management for re-admittance.

Disruptive behavior is any behavior within the library which infringes on the rights of others using the library. The library cannot assume responsibility for persons or property outside the building.

Children aged nine and under must use the computers in the children's area. Children nine and under must have a parent or guardian's permission to use computers.  Children over the age nine must use the computers in the teen or adult area. 

Copyright Policies

The following guidelines are to be implemented and utilized by the staff and patrons of the Safety Harbor Public Library. They do not constitute legal advice but are viewed to be within the best interest of the Library. The guidelines address the effect of copyright on the normal operation of the Library. They do not address all the issues covered by the legislation and its revisions. The Copyright Law of 1976 and its revisions should be consulted for additional questions.

Institutional Policy
The Staff members will be expected to be familiar with and adhere to the provisions of the copyright laws currently in force under the Copyright Law of 1976 revised. Notices will be posted to inform the public of potential violations of the Copyright Law. This policy will be available to the Staff and public.

Neither the Library nor its Staff will be held liable for willful violation by patrons either on the Library premises or the patron's use of the material outside of the Library.

Copyright Defined

Copyright is the legally secured right to publish and sell the substance and form of a literary, artistic or musical work. Its duration is the life of the author plus 50 additional years. It protects published or unpublished works fixed in any tangible media, including literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial, audiovisual and architectural. Copyright is intended to provide an author the sole right to make authorized copies; prepare adaptations, translations, or abridged versions; distribute copies; give public performances; or display works. A work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office or display a copyright notice to be protected by copyright. Works published before 1978 may have different protection. As the 1976 Copyright Law offers more protection to the copyright holder, the Library will assume that all works have the 1976 protections, unless it is proven otherwise.

Fair Use
The principle of fair use applies to library use of all copyrighted materials. Congress has stipulated the following factors influence the determination of fair use: a) whether the use will be for commercial or nonprofit educational uses; b) the nature of the work in question; c) the amount and substance of a work used in proportion to the whole; and d) the economic effect of the use of the work in the general marketplace.

Department Level
The Library Director shall be the department level contact for copyright.

Copyright Notices
The library staff will place copyright notices near all equipment that is capable of reproducing copyrighted materials. This equipment includes but is not limited to: audio and video cassette recorders, photocopy machines, and computers. Notices will also be affixed to photocopy request forms, and interlibrary loan forms which may result in a photocopy.

Special Permission
Staff must obtain written permission from any copyright owner for the library to copy or use any material beyond the scope of fair use.

Videotaping of Local Productions
Performance of copyrighted productions such as plays, skits, concerts and choral productions may be videotaped only for the purpose of review, evaluation, or rehearsal but may not be retained by the library or the patron.

Collection Development Policy

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