Wyandanch Public Library

About the Wyandanch Public Library

Our Mission

The mission of the Wyandanch Public Library is to provide quality materials and services, which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and professional.

Our Policies

Who May Use the Library:

  • The library will serve all residents of the community and the public library system area. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation.
  • The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises. There are several meeting rooms which are used by the public. The organization must apply at the reference desk for the necessary forms.

Patron Responsibilities and Conduct:

It is a patron's responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law.

Rules and Regulations of the Wyandanch Public Library:

Our goal is to provide a safe and educational atmosphere for all. We ask that you follow these library rules. We reserve the right to deny access to the library in the event of your violation of these rules.

  • No eating, drinking or smoking is allowed in the Wyandanch Public Library.
  • All trash must be placed in the proper receptacles.
  • To ensure proper safety, playing is prohibited.
  • There will be no loitering on library property. There will be no boxing horsing around, or playing on the lawn or in the parking lot.
  • Wyandanch Public Library is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Bikes left unattended are the responsibility of the owner. Use the bike rack to lock bikes.
  • No weapon of any kind is allowed in the Wyandanch Public Library. Possession of a weapon is grounds for removal or police intervention.
  • During regular school hours, children from K-12 are not permitted in the library unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Class trips will be the exception.
  • Young children grades K – 6 utilize the Children's Room for reading, study, and computer use.
  • Any child asked to leave the library twice will not be readmitted without a parent or guardian.
  • Any adult asked to leave the library twice will have their library card revoked.
  • Any misconduct involving verbal abuse (i.e.: yelling, screaming, cursing, loud talking, etc.) is grounds for removal. Throwing books, articles of clothing or any other objects is grounds for removal.
  • Failure to follow directions of Security Personnel is grounds for removal.
  • Personal CD Rom games and other electronic equipment are not permitted.
  • Gym equipment, football helmets, sports equipments, etc., are not allowed in the library. No card playing is permitted in the library.
  • All persons who enter the Wyandanch Public Library must behave responsibly and are accountable for their actions.
  • No cellular phone use will be acceptable in the library.

Interlibrary Loan:

Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library's collection. In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Wyandanch Public Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make an effort to have its current holdings listed in a tool that is accessible by other libraries throughout the state.

Loan Periods:

  • 3 weeks for books.
  • Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.
  • Interlibrary loans are due the date indicated by the lending library.
  • Books may be renewed once if there is not a waiting list for the title.
  • Current issues of periodicals do not circulate.
  • Non-current periodicals may be checked out for one week and may not be renewed.
  • One week for cassettes, audio books, and compact discs.
  • 3 days for videocassettes.
  • Audio Visual materials are nonrenewable

The director may establish the loan period for special collections, materials which are temporarily in great demand, such as for student projects, or materials added to the collection which is in a new format, e.g., computer software.

There is no limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time, with one exception -- two items on a subject is the limit for a known school assignment.

Circulation Policy:

Registration
  • All borrowers must be registered and must have a valid local patron card to borrow library materials.
  • Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a new library card. The following statement will be printed on the registration form for the patron's information and acceptance:
    I agree to be responsible for all items borrowed with the library card issued in the above name, including items borrowed with it by others with or without my consent unless I have previously reported the loss of my card. I promise to comply with all library rules and policies both present and future, and to give prompt notice of change of address or loss of library card.
    Signature _________________________________
  • Identification is required. A driver's license or student ID is preferred; however, any other official ID or recent nonpersonal piece of mail may be acceptable.
  • Applicants under 13 years of age must have a parent or guardian give their consent on the application form before a new card can be issued.
  • This parental signature is not required for children who are renewing cards.
  • Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued.
  • All library cards expire after three years. In order to renew a library card, patrons must produce identification and must clear all outstanding fines and bills.

Lost or forgotten cards:

If a patron loses his/her library card, he should notify the library as soon as possible and request a replacement.

All patrons, adult and juvenile, are expected to bring their library cards with them if they intend to check out items. An individual who repeatedly ignores this expectation may be denied the privilege of checking out materials until they present their card at the library.

Reserves

Reserves may be placed by patrons either in person or over the phone. Patrons will be notified by postcard or telephone when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve or for interlibrary loan services.

Fines and charges

There are fines for overdue materials. A first notice is sent after the material is due. If the material is not returned within a designated period, a bill will be sent for the material with the cost of replacement of the material and a service charge for processing, cataloging and postage. Patrons who have been sent an overdue notice exceeding $10.00 shall be denied library privileges until those overdue materials are returned or paid for if lost and/or damaged.

Fines

There are fines for overdue materials. A first notice is sent after the material is due. If the material is not returned within a designated period, a bill will be sent for the material with the cost of replacement of the material and a service charge for processing, cataloging and postage. Patrons who have been sent an overdue notice exceeding $10.00 shall be denied library privileges until those overdue materials are returned or paid for if lost and/or damaged.

Items Loan Period Limit Fines per day
Book on CD 21 Days 5 Per Card .05
Book on Cassette 21 Days 5 Per Card .05
Career Collection 21 Days 5 Per Card .05
Cassette & Book (J) 21 Days 5 Per Card .05
Cassette (J)) 21 Days 5 Per Card .02
Circulating Encyclopedias 7 Days 1 Per Card .05
Civil Service Test Books) 21 Days 2 Per Card .05
DVD Movies(Adults & Juveniles) 7 Days 5 Per Card 1.00
Fiction Books 21 Days 5 Per Card .05
Music CD 7 Days 5 Per Card 1.00
Non-Fiction 21 Days 5 Per Card .05
Study Guides 21 Days 2 Per Card .05
Video (Fiction & Non-Fiction 7 Days 5 Per Card 1.00

Fax Policy

Outgoing fax services are available during library hours as time permits. Library fax machines are not available for direct use by the general public. A patron who wishes to have materials faxed may do so at a rate of $1.00 per page. The maximum limit on each transmission is ten (10) pages.

Meeting Rooms

The room is available to individuals or organized groups in the Library service area. Exceptions may be made by the Library Board if the Board deems extenuating circumstances are involved.

The fact that a group is permitted to meet at the Library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group's policies or beliefs by the Library staff or Board.

Request must be made at the office of the Library Director at least one (1) week in advance of the date of the intended use and not more than three (3) months in advance if such use.

It is understood that library programming will have first priority in room use.

There will be no charge for use of the meeting room.

No admission may be charged by the group.

Refreshments may be served and shall be provided by the group. No smoking is allowed.

The people using the room shall leave it in neat, clean, orderly condition; if not, the group/individual will be given notice that continued offense will result in denied access to the meeting room.

The Library is not responsible for any equipment, supplies, materials, clothing, or other items brought to the Library by any group or individual attending a meeting.

The Library Board and staff do not assume any liability for groups or individuals attending a meeting in the Library.

Political Meetings

The Wyandanch Public Library will consider request to use our meeting room for political gatherings from any Duly Elected Public Official. Other such requests will be considered only if they fall within the category of "Open Forums", where all sides of the political spectrum are duly represented.

Displays and Exhibits

As an educational and cultural institution, the Wyandanch Public Library welcomes exhibits and displays of interest, information and enlightenment to the community. Displays of handiwork, historical material, nature study, or any other material deemed of general interest may be exhibited. The director shall accept or reject material offered for display based on its suitability and availability.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the preservation or protection, and no liability for possible damage or theft of any item displayed or exhibited. All items placed in the Library are there at the owner's risk.

Areas available to the public for displays and exhibits are the glass exhibit case, the meeting room, and the general bulletin board. A release must be signed by the exhibitor before any artifact can be placed in the library. An example of the release follows:

Wyandanch Public Library Display and Exhibit Release

I, the undersigned, hereby lend the following works of art or other material to the Wyandanch Public Library for exhibit purposes only. In consideration of the privilege of exhibiting them in the Library, I hereby release said Library from responsibility for loss, damage, or destruction while they are in the possession of the Library.

Exhibition to be held in the __________________________________
During___________________________________________________
Description of materials loaned_______________________________
Signature_________________________________Date_________________
Address__________________________________Telephone_____________

Our Board and Director

The following are the names of the BOARD of TRUSTEES. These men and woman have a commitment to making the WYANDANCH PUBLIC LIBRARY a library where the educational, cultural, and intellectual needs of the residents are fulfilled.

Board of Trustee Meetings

All meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm., excluding the month August.

Computer-Internet Policy

Wyandanch Public Library provides access to their computers to Wyandanch residents who have a library card. The Library also provides access to the Internet, via the Gateway maintained by Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SuffolkWeb). Anyone wishing to use this service must have an account which can be obtained through Wyandanch Public Library and meet the following rules.

  1. Any adult Wyandanch Public Library card holder in good standing, eighteen years of age or older, may apply for an Internet account. The Applicant may be asked to show proof of age. Persons under eighteen years of age will be required to have parental permission to apply for an Internet account.
  2. Wyandanch Public Library (WPL) and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) assume NO responsibility for the content, quality, accuracy or currency of the information obtained through the Internet.
  3. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature. It is the responsibility of parents to monitor their children's activities.
  4. Account holders are responsible for the proper use of their Internet account, and for understanding and complying with the SCLS "Acceptable Use Policy". Failure to comply may result in cancellation of their Internet Account.
  5. Any use of this service for unlawful purpose including downloading Copyrighted material is Prohibited.
  6. Any user's traffic which crosses another network may be subject to that network's Acceptable Use Policy.
  7. Any attempt to degrade, disrupt or destroy SCLS or WPL system performance is prohibited and subject to loss of SCLS and WPL privileges.

Print Policy

Customers are charged for printing on the Library's paper as follows:

  • Black and white (laser) printouts: $.10 per sheet.
  • Color (where available): $1.00 per sheet.
  • Payment is made through a debit card system, which associates a monetary balance with a customer's library card number.
  • Customers can use their own paper in Library printers if they need other than white paper. Paper used with Library printers must comply with posted printer paper specifications. The charge is the same as for printing on the Library's paper.

Tutoring Policy

  1. Tutoring in the Library is prohibited and shall be considered a violation of the Wyandanch Public Library House Rules, unless authorized in advance by the Library Board of Trustees in accordance with the Facility Use policy.
  2. Requests to use the Library facility by volunteer tutors or for examination preparation for students K-12 will be considered by the Library Board of Trustees upon written application only. Decisions shall be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the facility use policy and subject to availability of library space.
  3. Any person, company, or group providing educational services, to an adult or child shall be considered a "tutor", and any educational service or activity, provided to another person in the library building shall be considered "tutoring" for purposes of this policy unless the services are rendered as part of a library-sponsored program.
  4. Interaction between a parent(s) and a child(dren) for educational purposes is not subject to this policy.
  5. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in the loss of library privileges.
  6. Implementation of this policy rests with the Library director and library staff.
  7. Final interpretation of this policy rests with the Board of Trustees.