- Books, Magazines, Playaways, Kits, Books on CD – 3 weeks
- DVDs and Music CDs – 1 week
- New Adult Fiction & New Large Print Fiction – 2 weeks
- Interlibrary Loans – 3 weeks
- Special materials – varies
Rules of Conduct
Patrons should engage in activities associated with the use of the public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or attending library programs may be asked to leave the library. To maintain an environment that promotes the enjoyment of the library’s resources and services, as well as to protect the safety of all patrons, staff, and materials, please observe the following rules:
- Shoes and shirts must be worn.
- Smoking is not permitted on library property.
- Eating and drinking are not allowed in any area of the library except in the meeting room when the room has been reserved for a specific function.
- Children under ten years old must be accompanied by a responsible person.
Responsibility for all children using the library rests with the parent/guardian/caregiver or assigned chaperone and not with library staff.
- No pets are allowed, except service animals providing assistance to their owners.
- Solicitation is prohibited.
- Cellular phones, pagers, and similar devices should be silenced upon entering the library. Conversations on these devices are restricted to the lobby.
- Use of skateboards, scooters and roller blades is not allowed on the premises.
- Playing on audible devices with or without headphones or anything loud enough to interfere with other patrons’ use of the library is not permitted.
- Anyone who vandalizes library property will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
- The library staff reserves the right to ask patrons to leave if they are disruptive.
Creating a disturbance by making noise, talking loudly or engaging in other disruptive conduct which prevents others from enjoying library services is not allowed.
- It is forbidden to sit or lie on tables, place feet on furniture or lying on floors. No person will be allowed to block the entry, aisles or traffic areas of the library.
- Excessive displays of affection are inappropriate behavior for the library.
- The use of profane, obscene or offensive language or gestures is not permitted and the person will be asked to leave the building immediately.
- Loitering on library property is not allowed. Unacceptable loitering behavior will be determined by whether the offending party prevents others from entering the building and/or enjoying the library.
Police will be notified as deemed appropriate by the Director or library staff on duty for any person(s) causing a disturbance on library property. Anyone exhibiting disorderly conduct, false public alarms, harassment, loitering, or prowling, as defined in RSA 644, will be barred entry to the building and prosecuted at the discretion of the Board.
Public Computer Policy
Patrons must sign in at the circulation desk before each session.
In order to use the computers, you must be in good standing with the library and have NO fines over $3.00 and NO overdue items.
Minors under the age of 18 must present a school ID or valid library card. Minors must provide the name of a parent or guardian including that person’s phone/cell number.
Parents are responsible for supervising their children’s Internet sessions at the library, not library staff.
Only one person per computer terminal is allowed (unless approved by staff). Patrons shall not engage in loud or boisterous conduct that disrupts other users.
Computer use is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Computer sessions shall be limited to 30 minutes if other patrons are waiting and signed up to use.
Users shall not download material onto the computer’s hard drive. They may download material onto their personal storage devices such as a thumb drive or disk.
Users shall not represent themselves as another person and/or use computer access to transmit obscene, threatening, or harassing materials.
Users shall NOT access unlawful materials including but not limited to those that are obscene or harmful to minors as defined by [RSA 650:1].
Users may print pages to a printer at a cost of 10¢ per page for black and white or 25¢ per page for color.
All computers and printers will be turned off 15 minutes before the Library’s closing.
Willful and malicious damage to library equipment will result in suspension of library services and/or prosecution of criminal charges [RSA 202-A:24].
Failure to follow these rules may result in a loss of computer use privilege.
Patrons are requested to be mindful and respectful of other patrons waiting to use computers. Patrons may file written appeal to the library Director if patron feels that denial of privileges/use has been unfairly rendered by library staff. If patrons have an issue or conflict with the Director then a written appeal outlining and specifying the date, time, user content and reason for the appeal shall be submitted to the Board of Library Trustees for review at the next regularly scheduled Trustee meeting.
Unattended Children Policy
The Hollis Social Library is intended to be a place where everyone is welcome. Everyone is encouraged to read, attend programs, and to make use of the library resources. For the safety of minor children and the enjoyment of all patrons using the library, the library has developed and will follow a specific policy regarding unattended children. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to ask a staff member for an explanation.
- Children under 10 years of age, while in the library, shall at all times be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person (parent, caregiver or sibling age 16 or older.)
- Children age 10-13 years may be left unattended for no more than two hours. The person responsible for the child must leave a telephone number with the child where he/she may be reached or the telephone number of another responsible person who can transport the child home if necessary.
- Young people age 14 through 17 years are treated as adult users. However, they are legally the responsibility of their parents and should have an emergency contact telephone number available.
Disruptive Attended Children:
- Staff will ask disruptive child to behave.
- If the disruptive behavior continues, staff shall inform responsible person that their child is disruptive, pointing out the Rules of Conduct posted in the library.
- Both may be asked to leave if the responsible person is unable or unwilling to control the child.
Disruptive Unattended Children
- Staff will ask disruptive child to behave, pointing out the Rules of Conduct posted in the library.
- If disruptive behavior persists, staff members shall attempt to contact the responsible person who will be advised of their child’s behavior and asked to pick up their child immediately.
Unattended Children At Closing Time
- The library staff will not assume responsibility for the welfare or supervision of any child.
- Thirty minutes before closing time, the library staff shall urge all unattended children, under 18 years, to call their parents. If parents do not arrive by closing time, at the discretion of the staff, the Hollis Police may be called to assist the child.
- Under no circumstance shall a staff member take a child out of the building or transport the child to another location.
Telescope Borrowing Agreement
Guidelines for Borrowing and Use:
- A valid Hollis Social Library card and license must be presented at check-out.
- Borrowers must be in good standing, with a current valid address on file.
- Borrowers must be 18 years or older.
- The telescope may be borrowed for 1 week.
- The telescope must be returned to a staff person at the circulation desk. It may not be left at the circulation desk or outside the library; otherwise a $10 charge for unnecessary risk will be incurred.
- A late fee of $5 a day will be assessed for each day the telescope is late.
- Borrowers are responsible for reading the instruction manual for proper use.
The borrower is responsible for all costs associated with damage or loss of the telescope and/or any accompanying materials. Any missing or damaged items will result in charges up to $350.
Proper Care & Use:
Keep the telescope in a clean, dry, dust-free place, safe from rapid temperature changes and humidity. Do not store the telescope outdoors. Keep the dust caps on the front of the telescope and on the focuser when not in use. Make sure to turn off the range finder when not in use.
Looking at the sun with any optical instrument could result in permanent eye damage.